Founded in 1795 as St. Patrick's College, Ireland's national seminary, today's National
University of Ireland Maynooth is a modern research university with over 27 majors
to explore, including the popular Celtic Studies. Located in the beautiful, historic
town of Maynooth, just 15 miles west of Dublin city centre, the campus is a stunning
mix of new and old, offering its 10,000 students a lively and friendly atmosphere
to connect and explore over 150 different student clubs and organizations.
Boasting the only true college town experience in the country, Maynooth is centrally
located to Kildare town of Maynooth where students will find a charming range of small
town shops, services, restaurants and pubs. Maynooth/Kildare town is a quick five
minute walk from the local train station offering excellent transport connections
to Dublin city centre and the rest of Ireland. The city itself is quaint and comfortable,
truly catering to the large surrounding student population. From the city center,
a quick five to ten minute walk will take you to either side of campus.
- Student Buddy Network: Exchange students can apply for a local buddy to help offer them transition assistance
as they newly settle in Ireland
- International Society: This organization hosts events throughout the year for international
students, including discounted tours of nearby tourist destinations.
Fall Semester: Mid-September to mid/late January
Spring Semester: Late January to late May
Term Dates for 2015-16
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites. Certain
fields may be restricted for local students, and unavailable as an exchange student.
- Generally study aboad students select level 1 (Intro) classes for lower division.
Levels 2 & 3 classes are upper-division and assume a depth of knowledge in the field.
- Course credits are offered in European Credit Transfer units (ECTs). A full-time
student should enroll in 30 ECTs.
- Teaching will typically be in lecture format, with less formal discussion sections
led by tutors. A knowledge of library research methods and writing is highly advisable,
as is a willingness to read beyond the scope of the course.
- Final grades are usually based upon a comprehensive exam. For this, keeping up with
assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
Language of Instruction
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure.
- Prerequisites: Level 2 & 3 classes generally require significant experience in the
field. If, based upon transcript review, you do not have the necessary prerequisites,
you will be asked to consider an alternative course.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses
abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.
15 semester units/30 ECT units (European Credit Transfer system). Typically this
works out to 4-5 classes/semester.The European Credit Transfer system is calculated
in a 2:3 ratio, and rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, a 5 ECT unit
class will count as 3 CSU semester units. Most students will take four-five classes
at 5 ECTs/each.
A wide range of housing options is available at Maynooth. New residence halls are currently being built to extend on-campus services, but students may also opt
for off-campus housing, or even a homestay with an Irish family.
A very helpful guide to the range in housing prices is available for
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,634/semester.
No tuition or fees due at Maynooth.
- On-campus residence: $550-$725 per month; Off-campus residence (room only): $500 per
month and up
- Health Insurance: $47/month
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $650 per month.
- Sample 2017-18 Budget
For Fall Semester/Year Study: March 15
For Spring Semester Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Visit the National University of Ireland Maynooth website at Maynooth University to learn about the university and life in Maynooth. Use visit Dublin for a variety of local events in the larger metropolis of Dublin city.
- Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are
eligible for this program.
- Obtain course descriptions from the Module Catalogue for each of the faculty in which you wish to study. Please note that registration
for courses will happen during your orientation program and not all classes will be
open to visiting exchange students. Having flexibility in course options is critical.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major/minor department to determine if Maynooth
courses will count toward you major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in
classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please send the transcript(s)
directly to Global Education, c/o Tiffany Gabbard, Craven 3200, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley
Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 or pick in person and drop off at Global Education
- Read about your accommodation options and follow the instructions given online.
- Complete the online Maynooth Application and submit a copy to the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor for your file.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and follow up with the Study Abroad Advisor with
any additional questions.
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