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API students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at Maynooth University choose from a range of undergraduate courses as offered in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture styles, and grades are based predominantly on one final exam.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum G.P.A. 3.0
  • Open to freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

API students who choose to study abroad in Dublin at Maynooth University choose from a range of undergraduate courses as offered in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Courses are arranged in the seminar and lecture styles, and grades are based predominantly on one final exam.

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

In addition to the normal class offerings at Maynooth University, API semester students may participate in one of several certificate programs offered during the semester or academic year. These may include:

  • Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage
  • Certificate in International Business

MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY MENTOR PROGRAM

API students at Maynooth University have the exciting opportunity to participate in a university-sponsored mentoring program. Maynooth University’s Mentoring Program facilitates intercultural exchange by matching full-time Irish students with recently arrived study abroad students. It is a program with mutual benefits! The local Irish student mentors are eager to share the area they know so well with their API student mentee, and the API students are encouraged to integrate with local students and learn more about Irish life, both inside and out of the university setting.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students will receive their transcript from Maynooth University (formerly known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) upon completion of their program.

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2. Most courses at Maynooth University are equivalent to 2.5 U.S. semester credits. Students take up to 6 courses and receive 15 credit hours per semester. Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require minimal additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 1-week add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at Maynooth University.

IRISH STUDIES OPTIONS

Maynooth University offers a flexible Irish Studies pathway designed specifically to introduce international students from all disciplines to Ireland’s history, literature and culture. API students may opt to take a one-semester, introductory module in Irish Studies, or to enroll for the wider-ranging Certificate in Irish Studies, which can be taken over one or two semesters.

INTRODUCTION TO IRISH STUDIES 2.5 CREDITS (SEMESTER).

Coordinated by An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, this module draws on a number of academic disciplines, including literature, film, and music. No previous knowledge of these subjects is required as this introductory course caters for study abroad students from all academic backgrounds. Weekly classes, led by subject specialists and conducted through the medium of English, are complemented by field trips that introduce students to issues, trends, and debates relating to Irish society, cultural heritage, and national identity. Tracing a number of key themes across a range of twentieth-century and contemporary texts and films, students are encouraged to explore and debate what it means and have meant, to be Irish.

CERTIFICATE IN IRISH CULTURAL HERITAGE 10 CREDITS (SEMESTER OR ACADEMIC YEAR)

This certificate on Irish Cultural Heritage is available to students visiting Maynooth University for a single semester and for the full academic year. The program offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of early Irish cultural history with particular emphasis on archaeological, literary, historical and linguistic evidence. Modules are delivered by academic experts while there is an exciting program of Field Seminars that bring students to some of the most iconic archaeological and historical sites. There are no prerequisites and no exams: all assessment is through written assignments. Semester students may take other courses at Maynooth University for additional credits in order to retain full-time status (12-semester credits).

Modules:

  • Students choose one core module and three optional ones:
  • ID001 Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage (core)
  • ID003 The Cultural Heritage of Newgrange (optional)
  • ID004 Cultural Heritage & the Irish Literary Tradition (optional)
  • ID005 Cultural Heritage & the Early Irish Heroic Tradition (optional)
  • ID013 The Cultural Heritage of ‘Royal Sites’ (optional)
  • LC101 Irish Language 1 (optional)
  • PH204 Medieval Philosophy (optional)

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 10 CREDITS SEMESTER

The objective of this certificate is to provide visiting international students with a grounding in the functional principles of international business. Upon completion of the certificate, students will demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of the fundamentals of business and management in general, as well as a solid grounding in international business specifically. In particular, the program will challenge cultural and management stereotypes and question the application and appropriateness of frameworks established under more traditional perspectives. Semester students may take other courses at Maynooth University for additional credits in order to retain full-time status (12-semester credits).

Modules:

  • MN215 International Business (Fall)
  • MN313 International Marketing (Fall)
  • MN322 Managing Multinational Cooperations (Fall)
  • MN224 International Marketing (Spring)
  • MN214 International HR Management (Spring)
  • MN 323 International Corporate Entrepreneurship (Spring)

CREDIT INFORMATION

Maynooth University awards credit based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Semester courses at the university are usually awarded 5 or 10 ECTS credits. Universities in the U.S. typically award .5 credit hour for every 1 ECTS credit. For example, a course worth 5 ECTS would transfer to the U.S. as 2.5 semester credit hours. It is very important that students planning on studying at Maynooth University discuss the transfer of credits with an advisor at their home university – some universities have different standards for transferring ECTS credits. Based on the ECTS credits awarded per course, students usually take 5-6 classes in order to receive 12-15 credit hours per semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet the requirements of the home university. Most courses at Maynooth University do not have specific prerequisites, though certain disciplines may (languages, mathematics, and sciences). Courses offered on a year-long basis can only be taken by students visiting for the full academic year.

Maynooth University Courses

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Maynooth University Courses

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Maynooth University Courses

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Highlights
  • Courses with Irish and other international students
  • Best of both worlds – small Irish community on the outskirts of Dublin City
  • Ireland’s only university town
  • Beautiful old campus buildings mixed with modern architecture
  • Many scenic trails and country walks
  • Charming small town feel
  • Vibrant campus community
  • Approximately twenty miles from Dublin city center
  • International excursion

Faculty

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    Sophie Bonheim

    Sophie will be one of your Resident Directors in Dublin and a resource for you while living in Ireland with us!

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    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone

    Mariana Delmonte-Gladstone will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - mariana.delmonte-gladstone@apiabroad.com

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Dublin programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!

  • Dingle

    Dingle is renowned for its landscape panoramic views and also for the warmth of its people. It is a small fishing village with many castle ruins, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona is home to a remarkable cultural energy, unique cuisine and fiercely individual spirit. The glorious modernist architecture (Art Nouveau) studs the city streets and avenues, and is mainly represented by the various works by Antoni Gaudí including the Sagrada Familia Church. The city also boasts an artistic legacy, from important Romanesque and Gothic works to major galleries.

  • Glendalough and Kilkenny

    Glendalough is nestled in County Wicklow, known to the natives as “The Garden County” thanks to its unrivaled beauty and abundant wildlife. The name means “valley of two lakes” and this glacial valley is home to an early medieval monastic settlement with the beautiful mystic structures towering into the sky.

    On to Kilkenny, a medieval city that has maintained its historical allure and architectural grandeur for tourists from all over the world. Nestled on the river Nore, Kilkenny is a medley of cathedrals, monasteries, defensive Norman walls, castle turrets and bridges all strung together with winding medieval alleyways. Nicknamed the “Marble City” after their well-polished, limestone pavements that glisten on a wet day, the city is renowned for its beauty.

    Winning the title of a city over 400 years ago, Kilkenny still retains the charm of a provincial town, but has strong ecclesiastical roots and is home to the Butler Family’s Castle. A trip to Kilkenny requires a visit to this prominent and noble city structure. The castle was built in 1195 as a Norman settlement and symbol of occupation and was originally a wooden structure, but now the stronghold is a stone fortress of four large circular towers and a massive ditch, whose ownership was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for 50 pounds.

    These tenacious people have gained the nickname “the Cats” across the land of Ireland due to their fighting spirit in the traditional Irish sport of Hurling, which has won them the most all Ireland finals out of any county.

    Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors and tourists alike with fantastic restaurants, hotels, and pubs scattered all over the town and superbly preserved and valued history. It is no wonder that Kilkenny remains one of the top day trips from Dublin.

  • Northern Ireland

    Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. The students will spend the weekend enjoying many facets of the area's attractions while learning about the significance of the city throughout Irish and world history. Students can marvel at the beauty of Giant’s Causeway and test their mettle crossing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture. Students will spend an afternoon exploring the interactive, award-winning Titanic Experience museum, with many hidden surprises and memorabilia from the ill-fated vessel. No visit to Belfast would be complete without a tour of West Belfast. Students will take a walking tour with local guides who will explain the complicated history of the North Irish conflict from both sides of the divide. Students will have to chance to question the issues and discuss the Peace Process with those who have helped to shape and develop it.accessible.

  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!

  • Dingle

    Dingle is renowned for its landscape panoramic views and also for the warmth of its people. It is a small fishing village with many castle ruins, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona is home to a remarkable cultural energy, unique cuisine and fiercely individual spirit. The glorious modernist architecture (Art Nouveau) studs the city streets and avenues, and is mainly represented by the various works by Antoni Gaudí including the Sagrada Familia Church. The city also boasts an artistic legacy, from important Romanesque and Gothic works to major galleries.

  • Glendalough and Kilkenny

    Glendalough is nestled in County Wicklow, known to the natives as “The Garden County” thanks to its unrivaled beauty and abundant wildlife. The name means “valley of two lakes” and this glacial valley is home to an early medieval monastic settlement with the beautiful mystic structures towering into the sky.

    On to Kilkenny, a medieval city that has maintained its historical allure and architectural grandeur for tourists from all over the world. Nestled on the river Nore, Kilkenny is a medley of cathedrals, monasteries, defensive Norman walls, castle turrets and bridges all strung together with winding medieval alleyways. Nicknamed the “Marble City” after their well-polished, limestone pavements that glisten on a wet day, the city is renowned for its beauty.

    Winning the title of a city over 400 years ago, Kilkenny still retains the charm of a provincial town, but has strong ecclesiastical roots and is home to the Butler Family’s Castle. A trip to Kilkenny requires a visit to this prominent and noble city structure. The castle was built in 1195 as a Norman settlement and symbol of occupation and was originally a wooden structure, but now the stronghold is a stone fortress of four large circular towers and a massive ditch, whose ownership was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for 50 pounds.

    These tenacious people have gained the nickname “the Cats” across the land of Ireland due to their fighting spirit in the traditional Irish sport of Hurling, which has won them the most all Ireland finals out of any county.

    Kilkenny has a lot to offer visitors and tourists alike with fantastic restaurants, hotels, and pubs scattered all over the town and superbly preserved and valued history. It is no wonder that Kilkenny remains one of the top day trips from Dublin.

  • Northern Ireland

    Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. The students will spend the weekend enjoying many facets of the area's attractions while learning about the significance of the city throughout Irish and world history. Students can marvel at the beauty of Giant’s Causeway and test their mettle crossing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture. Students will spend an afternoon exploring the interactive, award-winning Titanic Experience museum, with many hidden surprises and memorabilia from the ill-fated vessel. No visit to Belfast would be complete without a tour of West Belfast. Students will take a walking tour with local guides who will explain the complicated history of the North Irish conflict from both sides of the divide. Students will have to chance to question the issues and discuss the Peace Process with those who have helped to shape and develop it.accessible.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Ring of Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail and part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits that include golf, water sports, cycling, walking, running, riding and the very best fishing in freshwater rivers. Above all, the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s Southwest.

    There is a huge variety in the excursion including incredible scenery, historical and archaeological sites of national importance, Ceilí dancing, traditional music, Gaelic football, meeting local people, visiting a Gaelic speaking area and learning about local traditions & the way of life. Students get to experience life in Kerry and visit places most tourists never see. It’s always great fun or ‘great craic’ – an experience not to be missed!

Maynooth offers accommodation for over 900 students in purpose-built on-campus apartments, a short stroll from classes, the Maynooth town center, and connecting bus and train routes. Students can enjoy the privacy of a single bed ensuite room with shared communal areas for cooking and socializing. All utilities are included, with wifi available across the entire campus. There is 24/7 security and support for any issues you may experience. The apartments also offer lift access to upper and on-site laundry facilities, as well as the use of the campus fitness center, restaurants, cafes, and health clinic.

Housing for academic year students is included in the period between the fall and spring semesters. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep, 2019 - Dec, 2019 $16,880 May 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Academic Year Sep, 2019 - Jun, 2020 $32,780 May 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Spring Jan 28, 2019 - Jun 6, 0019 $16,880 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 10, 2018