Maynooth University is a vibrant institution located on a lush campus 12 miles west of Dublin. The campus possesses some of the finest state-of-the-art research and academic facilities in Ireland. The university is laid out on extensive grounds, adjacent to a beautiful rural park on one side and within 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 innovative student residences and sports facilities. Maynooth invites students to participate in one of three different international summer programs.
The Surrounding Area
Maynooth is situated within an easy commute to Dublin, the capital and largest city in Ireland. 25 minutes from downtown Dublin, trains run regularly from Maynooth station, which is within walking distance from 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.
Maynooth, one of Ireland’s only university towns, can serve as an ideal location for students. Although only 25 minutes from Dublin, students don’t need to go further than the campus and surrounding area for fun and excitement. In addition to taking classes, International Summer School participants will have the opportunity to explore Ireland and meet both international students and Irish people. Activities, such as walking tours, watching traditional Irish dancing/ music, and other events will be included for the students. Past excursions have included trips to Glendalough & Newgrange, Cork, and Kerry & Clare during the weekends.
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 racquet-ball. There are also outdoor pitches that are catered to sports such as hurling, soccer, camogie, and rugby.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.8 GPA at time of application
- Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 can be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into a summer program at Maynooth University can receive 3-8 credit hours for classes in a variety of subject areas.
- International Summer School - 4 week program (earn 6 - 8 credit hours). Areas of study have included anthropology, computer science, creative writing, economics, English, geography, history, Irish culture, management, politics,art history, women and gender studies, peace and conflict resolution, and public speaking/communication.
- The EU & Human Rights in a Time of Crisis - 1 week program ( earn 3 credit hours). Open to pre-law/final year undergraduates. It is also open to researchers and young professionals in law, political science and international and European studies, and in related sectors. Undergraduate students can also participate. This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet some of Europe’s most influential advisors, attorneys and professors, and hear them debate the relationship between European integration and the EU's actions to promote international justice.
- Dead Men Do Tell Tales - 1 week program (earn 4 credit hours). The Irish Heritage School (IHS) provides a unique programme teaching students how to excavate and assess human remains in the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park located in Wexford on Ireland’s south-east coast. The Dead Men Do Tell Tales course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology.
Students will gain practical burial excavation experience (in a controlled staged environment) and have the opportunity to analyse archaeological skeletal remains during laboratory sessions. Topics covered during lab sessions include: human and comparative osteology; determining sex, approximate age-at-death, living stature, identifying palaeopathological conditions and understanding how these techniques are used in archaeological and forensic contexts.
Program participants will be housed in on-campus apartment-style University residences. Students will have their own single room within a 4 or 5-bedroom apartment. Each apartment will include a fully furnished kitchen, living room, and dining room area. WiFi internet can be accessed throughout the apartment.
International Summer School
Early July to Early August
Field Anthropology School
Mid-June to Late June
The EU and Human Rights
Mid-June to Late June
Dead Men Do Tell Tales
Early June to Mid-June
Engineering & Comp Science Summer School
Mid-June to Late July
This program is available as a Study Abroad program. Participants pay an inclusive program fee to Maynooth University that typically includes:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Housing (includes linens and towels)
- Some meals
- Social Activities (i.e. workshops in Irish music, dance, sports, and culture)
The program fee varies slightly by program, so please see your Education Abroad Advisor for details.
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, textbooks, food, 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