Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland

Study Abroad in Maynooth: Academics

Maynooth University

Maynooth University has been recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #49 in the new Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 rankings. Maynooth University is also the highest placed Irish university in these rankings. It is Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 12,000 students from over 90 countries.

Today, the university is a place of lively contrasts. It is at the same time Ireland’s youngest university, established as the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 1997, and Ireland’s second oldest university, with a tradition of academic excellence tracing back to the founding of St Patrick’s College in 1795. The campus of Maynooth is divided across the South campus, an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings, and the North campus, a modern complex of teaching research, accommodation and support facilities.

Academic Overview

Each course carries a recommended 3 credits and students select two courses from a wide range of subjects.

Attendance is required to receive full credit.

Computer access and email There are many computer facilities for students on campus. Local AIFS staff will provide any assistance required including help and advice on a wide range of topics relating to the Computer Center which will help students benefit fully from information technology while studying at Maynooth.

ECTS Maynooth University awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course description are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits.

Library The library contains over 450,000 books and eBooks and more than 42,000 electronic journals. The library also provides a range of information skills and training courses to enable students to identify, obtain, evaluate and use information efficiently, effectively and ethically. The library has many computers for student use, self service photocopying and also provides laptops and Kindles, which can be asked for at the main desk. The staff are extremely helpful and are available to assist with any queries.

Textbooks Students should budget about €60 for textbooks.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. Students receive letter grades on this scale:

71+ A+
66 - 70 A
63 – 65 A-
61 – 62 B+
58 – 60 B
55 – 57 B-
52 – 54 C+
48 – 51 C
45 – 47 C-
40 – 44 D
0-39 F

Transcripts are issued by Maynooth University upon successful completion of the prescribed assessments. One official copy of the transcript will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

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