MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY: National University of Ireland Maynooth
Location | Program Academics | Dates | Requirements | Housing
As Ireland's only university town, the University is closely integrated with the historic and lively Kildare town of Maynooth, which is a charming, safe and vibrant place with an abundance of facilities and is well serviced by bus and rail routes for direct, frequent and easy access to Dublin city, which is approximately 25 kilometers east of Maynooth. The grounds around Maynooth University are what you would expect from an old university: very beautiful planned gardens, playing fields and woodland areas.
The gates of the university open onto the vibrant student town. The Royal Canal is nearby with pedestrian and cycling paths. The university’s kayaking club make regular use of the nearby River Liffey. Located close to the Irish and European headquarters of many multinational high tech companies, the university continues to forge strong links with industry and is well placed to cater for the growing demand for high quality graduates.
Maynooth University has 3 Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy; Science & Engineering; and Social Sciences. Students can suit their individual needs and requirements and choose classes across all 27 Departments. All available classes are listed online in the Course Finder
, including information on course content, teaching and learning methods, learning outcomes and assessment. Maynooth University classes are based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which can be easily converted into the US credit system. Students can take as many classes as required, but the recommended class load is 30 ECTS per semester
Maynooth University houses the only Department of Anthropology in the Republic of Ireland, and the University was was noted for its outstanding strengths in English Literature and Geography in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Maynooth University established the Department of International Development
in 2013. This program focuses, in particular, on the countries of the Global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the opportunities and challenges they face in a rapidly changing international context. Development Studies highlights local-global connections and how we need to think globally when acting locally and explores issues such as globalization, climate change, food security, poverty, human rights, health, education, gender, inequality and empowerment from an international development perspective.
The fall semester begins in early September and ends in December for those students who are only attending Maynooth during the fall semester. For students who are attending Maynooth for the academic year, the fall semester will end in January. The spring semester begins in January and ends in May, for all students. Please visit Maynooth's Academic Calendar
for more detailed information.
You must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to apply.
Maynooth University has modern on-campus housing located within a five minute walk of lecture theatres, the library, sports and recreational facilities. The apartments are secure and there are staff on call at any time of the day or night. Students can live in River Apartments, with single en-suite rooms or Village and Rye Hall Apartments, with single rooms and shared bathrooms Fully equipped kitchen and dining and living area, plus laundry facilities are included in each apartment complex. You will also have the option to live with a host family. More information can be found on Maynooth's Accommodations page
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