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This four-week summer program presents the best of both worlds – the opportunity to live and study in Ireland’s only university town in a rural setting while being only a half-hour away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The Maynooth University summer school offers the largest number of summer course options of any of our Ireland programs in topics such as international business, economics, history, literature, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies. Courses include unique field trips to places such as the Irish Parliament, the National Library, country estates, and more!
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 beautiful coastal walk to Greystones, begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray, taking about 2-3 hours, we navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, packed with yummy eateries to suit all tastes!
Galway is a charming coastal city on the west coast of Ireland. County Galway is Ireland’s largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, and even today the mother tongue of much of the population is the native Irish language. The countryside surrounding Galway seems not to have changed in 150 years. Fields that were abandoned during the potato famine of the mid-1800s still lie untouched, and one sees the low stone walls and rolling hillsides that characterize Ireland. In the midst of the history and tradition of the countryside lies the bustling city of Galway. Students find plenty of diversion in the city labeled the “Cultural Capital of Ireland.” Students may also visit the 13th century Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed before undertaking his journey to the New World.
Maynooth University will host a daytrip to capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast, even though it’s had a troubled past, is richly diverse and has transformed itself into a hip and dynamic city. It has a multitude of great attractions to choose from that are steeped in history and Culture. Try the Black Cab tours, or a visit to the Peace walls, wonder at the architectural genius of the Titanic Exhibition, while living the experience in this interactive museum, or simply enjoy the happening Foodie scene that has exploded there. The option to stay over night is available at own cost, if you wanted to experience more of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones fans will be happy as Belfast and Northern Ireland’s striking scenic beauty features heavily in the series, and the Game of Thrones tourism is growing there! Trips the legendary Giant’s Causeway are also easy to arrange from Belfast!
Kilkenny City is strongly on the tourist trail for its Medieval backdrop, culture to creativity, fine eateries to vibrant nightlife! It’s got something for everyone.If you fancy seeing one of the most renovated Castles in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle is worth a visit. Kilkenny is also known for its craft and design workshops, public gardens and museums! Enjoy a day of exploring it’s many pretty streets and buildings, and for those who want to experience more, you can opt to stay over at own coast and see what Kilkenny by night has to offer!
TOTAL CREDITS - 5-6 semester credits
Students who want to study abroad in Dublin should consider looking a little outside of the city at the charming Irish town of Maynooth!
API students receive their transcript from Maynooth University (formerly known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) upon completion of the 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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Students in the summer direct enrollment program at Maynooth University will take one course during the first two-weeks of the program (called Stream A), followed by one course during the second two-weeks of the program (called Stream B) for a total of 5-6 semester credits. Students should select one alternate course for each stream.
Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed.
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, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.
This physical geography class addresses the causes and consequences of climate change. It examines the various techniques that calculate long-term perspectives, and how climatic fluctuations have social, economic, and political consequences. The implications of modeling-based projections are analyzed, as are options to mitigate global warming.
Language of Instruction: English
This class provides an overview of EU institutions and policies, including a brief history of the EU and insights into current challenges facing the union. Students will learn about the economic theory of preferential trade areas, the EU’skey policies, and their impact on the outside world.
In this class, students are introduced to the causes and consequences of the 1845-1853 great Irish famine. The class examines the economic, social, and political background, as well as public and private reactions, and the changes in Irish society resultant from the famine.
This course focuses on marketing management in global organizations through the international dimension. Over the eight central themes students will consider both tactical and strategic issues in marketing, as experienced by multinational companies (MNCs) and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Central themes are: the nature of international marketing strategy, international environment(s), market analysis and selection, market entry and ownership strategies, international market segmentation, international product management, international pricing, and global communication strategies.
In this class, students explore Ireland’s economic, social and cultural challenges and look at how Ireland’s present-day multiplicity intersects with the traditional image of rural, monocultural and Catholicism. The class analyzes manifestations of Irish culture such as dance and language, how they are reproduced, and what meanings they hold.
Language of Instruction: English
This course will introduce students to the basic elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It will also improve critical learning skills and enable the development of core professional communication skills.
Throughout this course, students will be introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The workshops will focus on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will be expected to produce writing for discussion and criticism and to work on developing these extracts in the light of that criticism. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.
This class introduces students to the early cultural history, with an emphasis on the past as a foundation for the present, as well as the dissemination of cultural heritage. Students will assess the manipulation of history in relation to some of the great Irish prehistoric and early medieval locations.
In this class, students develop a broad understanding of early cultural heritage in the areas of archaeology, history, and early Irish literature. Diverse and exciting aspects of Irish cultural history, as well as care, presentation, and future development of important heritage sites, are assessed.
This course addresses the advantages and disadvantages of social media in business strategy. It will provide a high level overview of the theoretical underpinnings of social media and their relationship to business objectives. Students will gain a set of tools to gauge social media practices and performance, such as network analysis and social media analytics, and learn how to develop a social media strategy to enhance the overall business strategy.
This class introduces students to programming fundamentals. This class is designed for students with no previous knowledge of computer science or computer programming. Students learn to understand, evaluate, and create algorithms, write structured programs, select and implement data structures, and object-oriented programming.
This class focuses on international aspects of management theory and literature. Students will discuss approaches to ethics, negotiation, motivation, and management and leadership across countries, considering the importance of understanding and embracing difference across countries.
This class surveys the main artistic and stylistic movements evident in Ireland in the period of 1600-1900. Students will identify key individuals, structures, designs, visual art, and artifacts defining Ireland’s cultural landscape as it evolved over this 300-year period, within their social contexts.
This class introduces students to historical, sociological, geographical, and political perspectives on women and gender, and to contemporary debates about gender and society. Students will learn about the main trends in gender inequality on a global scale.
This class explores the big challenges facing our world today and how we can respond to them. Students will learn about international development priorities and policies and about Ireland's and the EU's relationship with the wider world. They will examine the causes and consequences of climate change, globalization and migration and the roles of government, business, civil society and individuals in addressing these global challenges.
This class helps students understand the nature and impact of violent conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. It incorporates concepts from psychology, sociology, and economics to explain origins, logic, and motivations for violence. By looking at the Irish conflict, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict towards a transformative peace.
In this class, students will discuss a number of exemplary works from the early decades of the twentieth century, a period of remarkable creativity in Irish writing. Students will explore the complex relationship between literature, culture, and politics in this formative period of Irish history.
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.