Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland

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Study Abroad in Maynooth: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, conflict resolution, criminology, design innovation, early and modern Irish, economics, education, engineering, English, equine management, European studies, finance and accounting, French studies, geography, history, international development, Irish cultural heritage, languages, law, mathematics and statistics, media studies, military studies, music, philosophy, physics, politics, sociology and theology

Program Options

The International Program at Maynooth University gives visiting students the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses (subject to prerequisites) studying alongside local students. The university offers a diverse and flexible curriculum across the arts, engineering, humanities, mathematics, sciences and the social sciences. Students typically take 4 courses per semester from across 34 university departments. Maynooth is the only university in Ireland to offer anthropology courses and due to its history offers an unrivalled suite of theology courses. Students may choose up to 6 3-credit courses but to ensure a manageable workload we recommend a maximum of 5.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 3.0 GPA

The Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage offers an inter-disciplinary overview of Irish culture with a focus on archaeology, history, language and literature. Students choose either ID 001 (3) Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage or ID 012 (3) Introducing Settlement and Society in Early Ireland and then select three additional courses from the following list.

  • ID 003 (3) – The Cultural Heritage of Newgrange (3)
  • ID 004 (3) – Cultural Heritage and the Irish Literary Tradition (3)
  • ID 005 (3) – Cultural Heritage and the Early Irish Heroic Tradition (3)
  • ID 013 (3) – The Cultural Heritage of Royal Sites (3)
  • LC 101 (3) – Irish language 1 (3)
  • PH 204 (3) – Medieval Philosophy (3)

This program has field seminars to the Boyne Valley World Heritage Site which includes the three largest artificial structures in Neolithic Europe dating from 3300- 3000 BC; the Hill of Tara, the great monastery of Clonmacnoise and the prehistoric complex at Emain Macha which contains archaeological sites dating from 2200 BC. Students may have to pay a small supplement to participate in some of these excursions.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

The Certificate in International Business offers visiting international students a grounding in the functional principles of international business. Students choose 2 courses from the sample listed below plus 2 further courses from within the business modules at Maynooth University. This certificate is designed for students who have completed one year of a business degree or liberal arts majors with business as a core subject.

Fall Semester

  • MN 215 International Business
  • MN 313 International Marketing
  • MN 322 Managing Multinational Corporations

Spring Semester

  • MN 224 International Management
  • MN 214 International HR Management
  • MN 323 International Corporate Entrepreneurship
Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

This certificate is designed for visiting international students, especially those currently enrolled in officer training programmes in their home university. It will provide students with a grounding in “military science”, with a special emphasis on military history and strategic studies. Core modules will explore the development of modern warfare from classical times to the present day. Keys themes will include the developments in military technology, tactics and the fundamentals of leadership. The core modules will also provide an introduction to strategic theory. Course content will encompass the air, land and sea operating environments. Classes will be delivered in a lecture/seminar format. During the twelve-week course, key case studies in military history, strategic studies and leadership will be examined. Student performance will be graded using assignments and end of semester exam.

Students take the three mandatory courses below and can choose a further two courses from the International Program:

  • HY 216: A History of Warfare from Plato to NATO (3)
  • HY 316: Maritime Strategy and Naval Warfare in the 20th Century (3)
  • HY 675: Modern Warfare (6)
Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

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) 200 Under 50 rankings. Maynooth University is also the highest placed Irish university in these rankings. It is Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 13,000 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.

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