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Education Abroad Office

Maynooth University

Area: Global Direct
Location: Maynooth
Country: Ireland
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: Maynooth Direct Program

USC's direct enrollment program in Ireland is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Irish people in Ireland's only university town. This international opportunity is located in County Kildare, located just 15 miles west of the Dublin city centre and 25 minutes from the Dublin Airport,  Maynooth is an ideal location for travel into the country's largest city and also to other international destinations.

Students will attend Maynooth University, also called the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Maynooth was formally established as an independent institution in 1997, but can trace its origins to 1795, making it simultaneously one of Ireland's youngest and oldest institutions. With a student population of 13,000 and smaller class sizes, students will find themselves at home in this quaint Dublin town. Maynooth is home to a large variety of restaurants where locals enjoy a great social atmosphere. Maynooth Castle and Carton House are close by and offer an incredible look into Ireland's past. 

Cost: Maynooth University tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

Students pay tuition, housing and technology fees directly to Maynooth University. The estimated amount for tuition at Maynooth University is around €8,500/ semester. Students will be responsible for their own costs of living and personal expenses, which totals to roughly €5,000  per semester.

Maynooth offers a variety of courses spanning across multiple disciplines. Students attend classes with Irish students and other students from around the world. All classes are taught in English with the exception of foreign language courses. Students typically earn between 12-15 credit hours per semester.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The International Office at Maynooth University offers limited organized excursions, but the Maynooth Student Union hosts many programs and trips throughout the year, along with a variety of sports clubs from American Football to Surfing clubs available for students to join. Students have opportunities for individual travel.

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. 

Students can apply to live on campus in student accommodation or seek off campus housing in shared houses or apartments. On campus housing is limited and offered to students on a first come, first served basis. All on campus housing offers shared common areas and kitchens and is located within a 5-15 minute walk to your classes. Students are encouraged to be flexible in the case they do not receive on campus housing.  Room and board costs range from $3,000 to $4,500 a semester.   

Classes begin in late-September and end in December for the fall semester. Students studying abroad at Maynooth only for the fall term will take their exams in December before their departure back to the U.S. Students studying abroad at Maynooth for the full academic year will take their first semester exams once they arrive back from winter break in Janurary. In the spring, classes begin in early February and end in late May, with exams taking place from late May to early June. 

All new students must attend the orientation program that is scheduled at the beginning of each semester. During orientation students will be given information about the campus and community of Maynooth University. Services available to international students will be explained as well as locations of important places on campus. Maynooth University offers ongoing support services as well as opportunities for international students to get involved in the campus community. 

U.S. citizens do not require a visa to study in Ireland. It is, however, a requirement that all students register with the Immigration officer in Leixlip or Dublin within one month of arrival in Ireland. The immigration fee is currently 300. You will need to be enrolled and registered as a student at Maynooth before you can register with the Immigration officer. Full details will be given to students during orientation. 


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