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Maynooth University (MU) is located in the beautiful, historic town of Maynooth on the fringes of Dublin, Ireland’s bustling capital city. MU is ranked among the Top 200 Most International Universities in the World (Times Higher Ed.) and is named in The Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges as one of the world’s top institutions for 2017. MU is also ranked 68th among the next-generation of leading universities in the world (Times Higher Ed. Top 150 under 50). We offer a flexible, selective curriculum across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and the Sciences. MU boasts world-class teaching facilities, comprehensive student support services, small class sizes and a vibrant social scene. If you are a student who prospers in a smaller university setting and are seeking an exciting and academically-stimulating university experience in one of the world’s safest, most beautiful countries, Maynooth University is the perfect fit for you!

Founded
1795
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Maynooth University
Maynooth, Co.
Kildare
Co. Kildare
Ireland

Reviews

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Anne
9/10

Studying abroad with Maynooth University was one of the best decisions I've made. The adjustment went smoothly for many reasons including the support from my homeschool staff, but also the support from on-site staff and the kindness of my Irish housemates, faculty, and Maynooth locals. My accommodation in River Apartments on campus was perfect. I had my own room and bathroom, but also a shared space with Irish students and International students. I had enough space to reflect quietly on my study abroad experiences, and also had the space to form lifelong friendships in my own apartment. While Maynooth is a small Irish town, Dublin is a train ride away. You have access to the big city and traveling abroad is easy enough! I would highly recommend studying abroad with Maynooth.

How can this program be improved?
Be prepared for a lot of independence in terms of your academic progress and class attendance. It took time for me to adapt to the difference between the Irish and American education system, but this is all part of studying abroad. It is important to adapt to the system and seek resources if needed.
Yes, I recommend
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Dylan
10/10

LOVED Maynooth. My favorite class - and the one I gained the most from academically and professionally - was with the Kennedy Institute. Look into a class with them!

The classes were very laid back as far as difficulty goes. I appreciated that because my home university is very intensive in academics. Maynooth had the perfect balance. I still gained a lot from many of my classes without massive loads of stress. That gave me the opportunity to get involved on campus and makes friends from different countries. I traveled to several other countries while studying abroad. As a student from the USA, it was very important for my experience studying abroad to see as many places and interact with as many cultures as possible.

Biggest tip: travel and make as many friendships as possible!

How can this program be improved?
Registration was a little confusing, but a lot of that is just that European and USA course registration is different. The language barrier (even though we both speak English) was a little challenging just because there's different names for stuff in the US. For instance, I got points docked for not using A4 paper. I had no idea what that was until I was a good month into the program because our standard letter-sized paper is 11"x8.5" in the US, not A1.

In general, Maynooth had nearly every base covered. It was really hard to come up with ways they could improve their program.
Yes, I recommend
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Shelby
10/10

Studying abroad at Maynooth University was one of the best decisions I ever made. Although I originally wanted to study in Dublin City, the university was located in a town outside of Dublin, so I got to experience the best of both worlds. I absolutely loved taking the train into Dublin every weekend and exploring the surrounding area. When I was feeling stressed about my assignments, it was relaxing to take the short train journey to Dún Laoghaire and walk along the sea. At Maynooth, I made meaningful and lasting friendships with students from Ireland, France, Germany, and Austria, in which I still communicate with them regularly. My courses were extremely interesting and my professors were fascinating. In one of my history courses, the professor arranged for us to tour Castletown House, which was closed for the season and to meet the curators of the National Museum of Ireland. As a history and museum studies student, this was an incredible opportunity. Maynooth University will forever hold a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to return to Ireland one day :)

Yes, I recommend
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Emily
7/10

I fell in love with Maynooth the second I got on campus! Maynooth really gives you that "small town" feeling that you wouldn't get from being right inside Dublin, but it nevertheless is so close to Dublin that you have the amenities of the city in your backyard. The academic system was the hardest thing to adjust to, specifically having only one or two papers/tests constitute your entire grade for a class. Because of how classes are designed, it is also hard to meet Irish students. The best way to do that would be to get involved in clubs, which were very fun.

I loved how friendly all of the locals were. I never felt unwelcome for a second at Maynooth. I wouldn't trade going abroad to Ireland for the world!

Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
10/10

Due to travel difficulties, I arrived in Maynooth very late at night. The airport hopper dropped my friend and me off on Main Street. It was dark. It was late. We did not even know where to go to receive the keys to our apartment. We followed the signs to the University and ended up on the South side of campus (no where near where our apartments were). We probably looked very lost carrying duffles and rolling two suitcases around while wandering about the campus. Needless to say, I was stressed. This Irish student approached us, called security for information about where the apartment reception was, and accompanied us to the apartment complex. She was so kind for giving up her time to help us get where we needed to go. That's the moment I knew that I had chosen to study abroad in the right place.

How can this program be improved?
N/a.
Yes, I recommend

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