Arts, Music, Social & Natural Sciences

Maynooth University
Dublin, Ireland
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Arts, Music, Social & Natural Sciences

  • Location

    Dublin

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

    Maynooth University is the second oldest university in Ireland; established in 1795 as St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. While Maynooth is one of the oldest universities in Ireland, it is also Ireland's fastest growing university. Located in Ireland's only university town just 40 minutes west of Dublin, Maynooth makes for an ideal setting if you desire an impressive, yet close-knit, university. If you study at Maynooth for a semester or academic-year you'll have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students. Of particular note are Maynooth's certificate courses: Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage, Certificate in Irish Studies, or the Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies. ISA participants studying at Maynooth for a summer have the opportunity to take a wide range of Irish Studies, International Business and Computer Science courses with international students.

  • Term

    Fall 6 2020

  • Program Dates

    Mid Sep, 2020 - Late Dec, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    May 01, 2020

  • Credit

    20 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

The Arts, Music, Social & Natural Sciences program is offered through Maynooth University (MU). This program offers a wide variety of courses from three faculties: the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy; the Faculty of Science and Engineering; the Faculty of Social Sciences. Popular subject areas include Theology, English, History, and Irish Studies. Unique offerings include MU's certificate courses: Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage, Certificate in Irish Studies, or the Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies. Courses are taught in English by MU faculty with local and international students.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

You must have at least sophomore standing (second year) at your home university at the time of participation.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

ECTS Credits

20 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 27

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • You are required to take 4-6 courses per semester. 
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Ireland Site Specialist.
  • The courses listed below are only a sampling of what Maynooth University offers. Please see the course catalog, linked below, for additional course options.

Course Credit

  • You are required to take 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university. 
  • Per Maynooth University, 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 2.5 or 3 U.S. semester credits / 3.75 or 4.5 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the modules (courses) at Maynooth University. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on Maynooth's module codes. The structure of the module codes is made up of a sequence of letters and numbers. The module code starts with two letters which denote the discipline teaching the module. The remainder of the module code is made up of three numbers. The first number in the sequence indicates the year the module is delivered: 1 for first year, 2 for second year, and 3 for third year. These numbers correspond with the normal Maynooth three year undergraduate degree cycle. Modules classified as year 2 and year 3 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Maynooth University will reflect ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Maynooth University
Additional Course Offerings to the Sample Below
Course Options
Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy
Ancient Classics
English
Film
EN356
5 ECTS Credits
Modernism
EN353
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
French
2.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Contact Hours
German
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
7.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
History & European Studies
International Development
Music
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
Spanish & Portuguese
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Biology
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Ecology
BI303
5 ECTS Credits
7.5 ECTS Credits
7.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Chemistry
7.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Computer Science
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Databases
CS130
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Electronic Engineering
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Experimental Physics
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
7.5 ECTS Credits
2.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Mathematical Physics
7.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Mathematics & Statistics
Calculus 1
MT103A
7.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
2.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
2.5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Mathematics 1
MT001A
10 ECTS Credits
Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Accounting, Economics & Finance
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
10 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Anthropolgy
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Ethnography
AN122
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Applied Social Studies
Business
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Design Innovation
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Education
2.5 ECTS Credits
Geography
5 ECTS Credits
Climatology
GY213
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Law
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
EU Law I
LW201B
5 ECTS Credits
Jurisprudence
LW303B
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Sociology & Politics
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
5 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Johanna Alvarado

Program Manager, Ireland

DUBLIN TEAM

Antonio Santana

Resident Director, Ireland

James Goodman

Internships and CP Coordinator, Ireland

Sydne Cook

CP & Students Services Coordinator, Ireland

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Irish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Dublin. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood in Dublin and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. You will commute to class as most local students do: by walking or by bus. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Dorm

If studying at Maynooth University, you will be placed in on-campus dorms that are located about a five minute walk to the center of campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm is assigned to you by the university. Dorms are apartment-style dorms, typically housing five students in each apartment. You will be placed in dorms with international students from around the world as well as local students from Ireland. Dorms include a single-occupancy room, a shared or en-suite bathroom, a shared kitchen, and a shared living room. Free, unlimited internet access is available in each bedroom; laundry facilities are available in dorm. A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged if you are living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Belfast * Optional

Belfast is the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland; one of the six countries of Ireland that remain part of the United Kingdom. A “Black Taxi Tour” will take place that accumulates a tour around the Protestant and Catholic sections of the city; the tour will also stop at the Peace Wall. You will have lunch at St. George's Market and will visit the city hall. You will, then, have free time to explore.

Galway & the Cliffs of Moher

Galway (Gaillimh) lies in the heart of the West of Ireland, clinging to the outer edge of Europe. A walking tour will take play along Salthill;then, you will have the opportunity to have lunch at Galway’s farmers Market, partake in a walking tour of Galway's City and listen to some traditional Irish music.

The Burren, derived from the Gaelic 'Boireann,' meaning ‘Great Rock’, is a vast region comprised of limestone slabs. This region is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world. Standing 214 meters above the Wild Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher are the jewel in the crown of the Burren Region. Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of!

Glendalough

Glendalough is a glacial valley set in the stunning surroundings of County Wicklow. Wicklow is renowned internationally for its striking natural beauty, earning it the reputation of being the “Garden of Ireland.” A scenic drive will take place through Wicklow Mountains National Park, stopping in Guinness Lake, Sally Gap, and Powerscourt Waterfall. You will walk around the monastic settlement, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, as well as enjoy a scenic stroll along Glendalough's stunning lakes.

Howth

Howth is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. The district occupies the greater part of the peninsula of Howth Head, forming the northern boundary of Dublin Bay. You will have the opportunity to explore Howth town and part of their Cliffs with a spirited guide. Make sure to bring your hiking boots!

Kilkenny

You have the opportunity to partake in a guided tour to explore the intricate history of Kilkenny Castle, enjoying the captivating views of Kilkenny City and its surrounding countryside from the top of St Canice’s Cathedral round tower, as well as enjoying a visit to The National Craft Gallery.