Maynooth University is a vibrant institution with more than 8,800 students. The university is located on a pleasant campus 12 miles west of Dublin. The campus possesses some of the finest state-of-the-art research and academic facilities in Ireland. The spacious campus is laid out on extensive grounds adjacent to a beautiful rural park on one side and within easy walking distance to the historic town of Maynooth. The campus is divided between an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings and a modern complex of teaching, research, support facilities, as well as state-of-the-art student residences and sports facilities.
The Surrounding Area
Maynooth is 25 minutes from downtown Dublin, the capital and largest city in Ireland. Trains run regularly to Dublin from Maynooth station, which is in walking distance to campus. The university town combines the historical legacy of its medieval origins with a present day location on the fringes of Dublin. Maynooth is a charming and busy town with many shops, cafes and general services, while preserving much of its rural ambience with a surrounding peaceful countryside.
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Over fifty clubs and societies are active at Maynooth University, providing many opportunities for students to get involved in social, cultural and sporting activities. Maynooth University has an indoor sports hall and fully equipped gymnasium and swimming pool which accommodate a wide variety of sporting activities including badminton, basketball, fencing, karate and raquet-ball. Maynooth, one of Ireland’s only university towns, can serve as an ideal location for students. There is also a very active international student’s society which arranges social evenings and events for international students.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0 GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the study abroad program with Maynooth University will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. They offer a wide range of programs including, but not limited to, anthropology, computer science, English, finance and economics, history, mathematical studies, media studies, medieval Irish and Celtic studies, politics and psychology.
Spring semester (only):
Visiting Spring students are able to stay into the summer to participate in the new "Study Abroad: Be More" program. Participants of the program will gain valuable international work or service learning experience. The objective of this four-week program is to help participants stand out in the global marketplace whilst, at the same time, offering them a unique living-learning experience.
Service-Learning placements include: Youth Service, Animals, Community Outreach, Elderly support
Internship placements include: Business & Accounting, Media & Marketing, STEM, Graphic Design
For more information on the "Study Abroad: Be More" option please click here
Maynooth University’s student housing is within a five minute walk of academic buildings, the library, and sports and recreational facilities. Visiting international students live in shared apartments with Irish and European students. Most apartments have single bedrooms with an en suite bathroom and all are wired for internet use. Students share a living room area and kitchen. A homestay option may also be available.
Academic Year Dates
Mid-September to Mid-May
Fall Semester Dates
Mid-September to Early January
Spring Semester Dates
Late January to Mid-May
This program is available as Study Abroad. This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad. There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html