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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.
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 Boyne Valley is considered Ireland's Heritage cultural centre, where it was known at once to be the seat of the High Kings, and the political & ceremonial centre to this Island. The Boyne Valley is scattered with ancient burial tombs older than the pyramids, and ceremonial lands, Medieval Castles that were honoured by the Irish clans, It also has some of the best agricultural land in the country. During this trip, you will get to stop at a famous Castle, visit a working farm, and hike to a stunning Megalithic Tomb on witches Hill.
On Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Galway City is a look into Ireland’s more traditional gaelic culture, in the setting of a friendly, bohemian city, with small town feels. Situated alongside a popular seaside destination, you can visit beautiful beaches and walk the long winding promenade. When you are done exploring its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colorful shop facades, old bookstores, and weekend markets, there’s still more to do! Kick back & listen to some of Ireland's best traditional musicians, tour the great museums, watch craftspeople make hand-knit, pick up a Claddagh ring in the home of Claddagh, sip on a cuppa beside a turf fire, or test your ears on the Gaelic language sung & spoken. Galway is not called the ‘Capital of Culture for nothing”
Howth is a fishing village just north of Dublin, with stunning scenic Hikes and views of Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse. Howth is also renowned for its Seafood and has some of the most famous Fish & Chip shops in Ireland.
During our trip, we can take a Hike on Howth Hill to a Famous Lighthouse, You can also visit the Weekend Market, where there is an array of Irish crafts to browse, and you can sample the wide selection of organic foods on offer. When done with all of that, taking a stroll through Howth harbor, and see if you can get a glance of the cheeky Seals that pop up every now and then is always fun!
Wicklow has been named “The Garden of Ireland” and with it’s beautiful fauna & flora, and it’s breath-taking scenery, you will see why. Our journey will bring us through locations where famous movies such as Braveheart and PS I Love You were filmed. This trip includes stops at waterfalls, the famous Lough Tay, or “Guinness Lake”, the P.S I love you bridge, a hike in the world famous heritage site of Glendalough (Glen of two lakes) where we will see the dramatic and the breathtaking ancient glacial valleys of the Wicklow Mountains and a visit to the Monastic ruins there which hold great importance to Irish history.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
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:
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.
Students will receive their transcript from Maynooth University (formerly known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) upon completion of their program.
Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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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).
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).
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 Class Catalog
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. Crockery is not included. 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.