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UK Direct: National University of Ireland Maynooth summer school
Maynooth, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
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Fees and Policies Summer 2
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Anthropology, Business Management, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, International Business, Religion/Theology
Course Language:
Housing Options:
Residence Hall
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Purchase required (via EA at UK)
Program Description:
Maynooth University Summer School
Maynooth, Ireland

Program Overview

Maynooth University is located in the beautiful, historic town of Maynooth, just 15 miles west of Dublin city center. The university's location gives it a unique character among Ireland's universities, and has contributed to the development of a strong sense of community both within the college and in its relationship with the surrounding area.

Maynooth has excellent public transport connections to central Dublin and the rest of Ireland, providing the ideal location from which students can explore the capital city and the country.

A range of courses are available. This is the latest information provided by Maynooth University:

Modern Irish Literature - notable guest lecture from Head of Dept. Emer Nolan (renowned Joycean scholar)
Creative Writing (poetry & prose) - practical course delivered in lecture and workshop format focusing on the practicalities of writing, editing as well as giving and taking criticism of work. 

The Great Irish Famine - Fantastic feedback on this courses in 2014. Includes a field trip to the largest collection of Famine era original documentation in the world. 
The Medieval Irish Town - looking at the development of the Irish town through the medieval period with a special focus on the role of religion (of interest to both History and Religion students).

Computer Science NEW IN 2015
Algorithms & Data Structures 1
 - Review of elementary programming concepts suitable for implementation of abstract data types; Analysis of basic algorithms, Algorithms for searching and sorting; Fundamental linear data structures; Object oriented programming
Software Design - Introduction to principles of object oriented software analysis, design and programming using C++. 

Economics of the European Union - The structure of the European Union; basic trade theory; the single market; the theory of optimal currency areas and monetary union; European labour markets; the Common Agricultural Policy; competition policy; EU trade policy.
International Trade - Why do countries trade?, What do countries trade?, Who gains from trade? and How and why do governments intervene in trade? 

Business Management
Managing in the International Environment
 - Focusses on international aspects in management theory and literature, which are relevant across international cultures and borders. 
International Human Resource Management - This module focuses on aspects of Human Resource Management in multinational firms, such as staffing, human resource development, performance management and career issues.

Anthropology NEW IN 2015
The Anthropology of Ireland
 - Module introduces students to key concepts and approaches within the anthropology of Ireland, which has been moulded and shaped by multiple local and global forces.

Irish Cultural Heritage NEW IN 2015
Introduction to Irish Cultural Heritage
 - Students will develop a broad understanding of cultural heritage in the areas of archaeology, history and early Irish literature and assess this in the context of practical heritage resource management. 

Environmental Politics - An introduction to theoretical thinking relating to the areas of environmental politics and policy-making, as well as studying the history of the environmental movement and the emergence of ''green parties'' in western democracies. 

For more information on these summer school courses, click here to go to the Maynooth University International Office website. Then click on 'Academic Overview' to view course descriptions.

  • Earn 7 US credits in just 4 weeks
  • Program fee includes the cost of Maynooth tuition, accommodation, most meals, cultural activities, and excursions
  • Spend summer in Ireland and earn credit toward your UK major and/or minor
This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit
Students will earn transfer credit from Maynooth University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Maynooth University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Maynooth University. Students will be notified by their EA advisor on how to access the Maynooth application AFTER their UK application has been approved. 

Housing & Meals
Students are accommodated in single rooms in on-campus apartments. 3 meals a day Monday - Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday are provided. Students are responsible for all meals at the weekend.

Student Life
Information to follow. Please check back.

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center, accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations on the Irish Government website as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
EA Advisors assist students according to academic major. To find your EA Advisor visit EA Contact Us

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 07/05/2015 08/01/2015
NOTE: Program dates provided by Maynooth University

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.