Maynooth University International Summer School (Direct Enroll)

Maynooth University International Summer School (Direct Enroll)
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerMarch 31Early JulyEarly August
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Direct Enroll
Program Overview

The NUI Maynooth International Summer School program offers students the opportunity of a lifetime. They study in a beautiful institution with a history of high quality education stretching back 200 years. Along with the academic program, there is a program of cultural heritage, and historical and sightseeing tours arranged for students during the week. On the weekends, there are various optional tours for students to choose from allowing them to travel and explore Ireland. Alternatively, students may prefer to take advantage of the many low fare airlines that offer opportunities to explore some of Europe's famous cities (London, Paris, etc).


Tentative Program Dates: July 7th - August 4th 2018

Pick two courses to take as part of your summer school programme - one from 'Stream A' and one from 'Stream B'


Courses carry either 5 ECTS or 7.5 ECTS. (5 ECTS can equate to either 2.5 or 3 US credits)

We teach all courses with 40 contact hours and you will have class 4 days a week, 5 hours of class per day. All courses also include at least one field trip where you can explore sites relevant to your course material.

Eligibility: Students must be sophmores, juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5.



AN 303/Anthropology: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland

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, mono cultural and Catholicism. The class analyses manifestations of Irish culture such as dance and language, how they are reproduced, and what meanings they hold.

MN 313/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream A

International Marketing

This class focuses on marketing management in global organisations and introduces students to the nature and complexity of international marketing strategy. Students will identify opportunities and challenges associated with expansion into  new geographical markets and formulate strategies for product development and promotion.  

MN 329/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream B

Social Media

This class addresses the many issues surrounding the use of social media in business and marketing channels, exploring how individuals and firms navigate social media to gain a competitive edge. It undertakes a practical examination of how to make use of social media for the purposes of customer acquisition, information gathering, the maintenance of business contacts, market design, and decision-making.

MN 215/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream B

International Business

This class focuses on international aspects in 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.

AFF 263/Digital Humanities: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Digital Humanities: Technology Transforming Cultural Heritage

This class introduces this exciting and dynamic field which is changing the nature of traditional research and practice by using new digital tools and methods, such as 2D and 3D visualisation, augmented and virtual reality, games, 3D printing, crowd-sourcing, text encoding, and web archiving to capture, model, analyse, represent and disseminate the past.

EC 217/Economics: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Economics of the European Union
* prerequisite: introductory course in microeconomics

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’s key policies, and their impact on the outside world.

EN010/English: 7.5 ECTS - Stream A

Public Speaking and Communication

This course introduces students to the key elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It improves critical learning skills and enables the development of core professional communication skills.

EN 272/English: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Creative Writing

In this class students are introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The class focuses on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will produce writing for discussion and criticism and work on developing these extracts in response. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.

EN 254/English: 5 ECTS - Stream B

Modern Irish Literature

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. 

GY 313/Geography: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Climate Change

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 modelling-based projections are analysed, as are options to mitigate future global warming.

GY357/Geography : 5 ECTS - Stream B

Women, Gender and Society

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.

HY 273/History: 5 ECTS - Stream A

Ireland and the Great Famine

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.

HY 254/History: 5 ECTS - Stream B

Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism in Ireland

This class examines a range of key historical themes in pilgrimage, travel and tourism, wider social, economic and political contexts, fluctuations in the numbers of people travelling, the significance of travel writing and the mid-nineteenth century development of railways and their role in facilitating greater mobility.

LS20/History/History of Art: 5 ECTS - Stream B

Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900

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 artefacts defining Ireland’s cultural landscape as it evolved over this 300-year period, within their social contexts. 

ID202/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS - Stream A

​The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society

This class introduces students to early cultural history, with an emphasis on the past as a foundation for the present, as well as the disseminations of cultural heritage. Students will assess the manipulation of history in relation to some of the great Irish prehistoric and early medieval locations.

ID201/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS - Stream B

Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland

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. 

MC 202/Kennedy Institute: 5 ECTS - Stream B

Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience

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. 


Transcripts are issued in mid-September once assessments have been corrected and the external examination board has met.


Attendance is obligatory. Credits will only be awarded to students with full attendance at the end of the program. 


Maynooth is Ireland's only university town. It traces its historical significance back to the 12th century and combines this legacy of medieval origins with it's location in the beautiful Irish countryside while being just 15 miles west of the center of Dublin, Ireland's capital. It is a charming busy town with many shops, cafes and public transport. It is home to a vibrant community that offers students abundant opportunities foe a very enjoyable social life. 


Student accommodation will be in on-campus apartment-style residences. Each student will have their own single, en-suite room within a 4 to 5 bedroom apartment. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen and living room/dining room area. Internet will be available through LAN cables in each bedroom. 

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Program Costs

To find the estimated costs of these programs, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Maynooth University's website, with the mouse hovering over "Admissions", click on "Tuition and Fees" on the top of the page.
  2. Look over the expense items listed under "Program Fees" and "Expenses" and tally up expenses from BOTH, converting the currency from Euro to US Dollars (suggested currency converter: XE-Converter).
  3. Last, also add to the total expenses the Study Abroad Fee of $600, health insurance (~$40 insurance fee), and the costs of airfare to Maynooth (~$1,300).
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