YOUR PROGRAMME INCLUDES:
Airport shuttle: (please note that because of check-in times the earliest coach for arrival day will most likely be at 10am)
- Transport: All transport for field trips
- Orientation: 'MU Welcome Packs' with day trip to Dublin and special 4th of July welcome breakfast!
- Tuition: full tuition for your academic courses and transcripts
- Housing: Single rooms in on-campus University apartments
- Field Trips: At least one field trip per academic class
- Activities: At least two 'evening social activities' organised per week
- Meals: cooked breakfast includes Monday-Friday
- Staff: In order to support you through the programme our range of summer school staff provide support 24 hours a day and live on campus with you so that you always have someone to talk to, hang with and to lead you in your activities, field trips and weekend adventures.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?:
- Transport: All transport outside of what is outlined above
- Lunch & Dinner: Students are responsible for arranging their own meals outside of breakfast (Mon-Fri)
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Optional Day Excursions: Each week on the Friday our student coordinators will be organising optional day trips to places across Ireland. These trips are organsied based on student feedback and demand upon arrival
- International Flights
All participants must have valid medical/health insurance for the duration of the program. This is both a Maynooth University and an immigration requirement.
Please note that the running of the Maynooth University International Summer School is subject to sufficient student numbers.
We look forward to welcoming your application soon!
The programme fee is €3,405
Once you submit your application here, within 10 working days you will be emailed with details of how to make a secure online payment to Maynooth University.
Places on the MUISS fill up quickly and therefore we run on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, we cannot hold or guarantee your place on this programme until your deposit payment is made.
To secure your place on the programme you must complete the application form and make payment of a €200 non-refundable deposit before March 30th.
The remaining €3,205 is due by April 30th.
You may choose to pay the full programme fee in one payment at any time prior to April 30th if you wish to do so.
Applications close on Tuesday March 30th 2021; if a payment has not been received prior to this date you will be automatically withdrawn.
Please note that if you plan on using financial aid for payment and as a result believe you will find making these deadlines difficult you can contact us to discuss potential options by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our commitment to attracting a diverse student body Maynooth University is pleased to announce the opportunity to win scholarships towards the cost of our summer school. We will provide a limited number of scholarships worth up to €500 against the cost of tuition for our international summer school.
How does it work?
When you submit your application form here you will be asked to upload a statement (of no more than 500 words) explaining how you represent an under-represented student body and why you are applying to come to our summer school! Best of luck!
When to apply by?
Scholarships are only available to those who complete registration by our early-bird deadline February 15th 2020.
When will you hear?
We will contact successful recipients within a few weeks after our final application deadline of March 30th 2020.
*Only students who have paid their €200 non-refundable deposit will be eligible for the scholarship.
Maynooth University advises all students contemplating applying for the scholarship to ensure that they have the means to pay the full amount of the programme fee as the scholarship decision will not be made until after the final deadline for applications has passed.
As only a small number of €500 scholarships are available we advise students not to commit to coming to Maynooth for this summer school unless they are confident that they can complete full payment with or without the €500 scholarship.
It is also important to note that the scholarship is discounted off your programme fee and is not a cash scholarship.
Successful applicants who have paid the €200 deposit will be informed in early April before the remaining programme payment is due.
Pick two courses to take as part of your summer school programme - one from 'Stream A' and one from 'Stream B'
Please note all classes are subject to change before October 15th 2020.
Courses carry either 5 ECTS or 7.5 ECTS.
5 ECTS can equate to either 2.5 or 3 US credits but please check with your home advisor.
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 and IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 545 (paper based) or equivalent is required if English is not your first language.
Please note that the running of all classes are subject to sufficient student numbers.
All syllabi can be found here:
MUISS Master Syllabi Document
**Please note that all syllabi are subject to slight change or modification.
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
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
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
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.
KD310/International Development: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Global Development Issues and Responses
This class explores the big challenges facing our world today and how we can respond to them. Students will learn about international development priorities and policies and about Ireland's and the EU's relationship with the wider world. They will examine the causes and consequences of climate change, globalisation and migration and the roles of government, business, civil society and individuals in addressing these global challenges’
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
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
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 /History: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Early Medieval Ireland- Society & Politics
In this course, students will investigate aspects of medieval Ireland from 431 to 1014. Centred on the themes of society and politics, the class examines Ireland’s conversion to Christianity, Irish kingship and law, Vikings raids and settlement, the career of Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf with its legacy.
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 - cannot be combined with ID201
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 - cannot be combined with ID202
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.
CREDIT TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATES
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.
- Stay in our on-campus apartment–style Village residence: you will have your private room within a 4- or 5-bedroom apartment and share 2 washrooms with your flatmates.
- Each apartment has a furnished kitchen and a living room/dining room area.
- Kitchens come stocked with some key cooking equipment and utensils.
- Housekeeping is on a regular basis with linen and towels included and changed weekly.
- Wifi is freely available throughout campus.
- Laundry can be accessed using our laundry room - tokens as of 2019 are €3.50 per load.
- Breakfast is provided in our on-campus Student Union restaurant from Monday to Friday.
- Most special dietary requirements can be catered for with sufficient advanced notice.
- There are various supermarkets within easy walking distance of the campus.
- There is less than a 10 minute walk between all classrooms, libraries, shops and public transport links.
- Frequent commuter trains to Dublin city take less than 40 minutes and cost about €8 round trip.
- There are also various busses available to you with late night options at weekends.
- We'll talk you through your transport options at orientation.
COMPUTER ACCESS AND WIFI
- Computer facilities are widely available throughout campus.
- If you have your own internet enabled devices will find free, open-access wifi throughout most of the campus.
- You will receive their login codes for online learning platforms prior to arrival.
- Contains over 450,000 books and eBooks as well as 42,000 ejournals - plenty to keep you busy!
- There are many computers for you to use, self service photocopying and a coffee shop!
- The staff are extremely helpful and will deal with all your queries promptly.
- On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium and an indoor sports hall and a fully equiped gym.
- We'll also enjoy a few sporting events on campus - last year these included Gaelic Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Trampolining and Archery!
- There are numerous outdoor pitches for you to book out and enjoy.
Choose from a Range of Optional Excursions to go on and Explore Ireland!
While studying with us on the Maynooth University International Summer School you will continue to learn and encounter new experiences outside the classroom.
We host lots of activities on campus (at least two per week) and are always around for a chat, catch up or a sing song! In addition we offer the following:
Orientation Trip to Dublin (included)
Where better to start our adventures than with Ireland's global and dynamic capital. Your day includes a visit to the famous Croke Park Stadium and Museum as well as having the opportunity to do a skyline walk on the roof of the stadium witnessing a spectacular view of Dublin City and a chance to explore Dublin's past.
Weekly Optional Friday Day Trips:
(subject to change)
Friday 9th of July
Belfast City (Northern Ireland)
Friday 16th of July
Friday 23rd of July
All Friday day trips are totally optional and are 'pay as you go' therefore students will be making their way to each city via public transport and are responsible for making their own payments directly for the bus or train.
We will have MUISS coordinators travelling on EVERY day-trip to provide advice and guidance on the best places to visit and see in each city. Students will be free to explore each city at their own lesiure as well as extend their stay into a weekend visit at their own cost. Students are responsible for organising their own arrangements but our MUISS coordinators will be there to help advise and support in any way possible.
Contact our team at email@example.com or +353 (0)1 708 6467 with any questions that you have or to discuss the programme.
How do I get to Maynooth?
The town of Maynooth is located just 28 minutes from Dublin International Airport. We advise students to fly to Dublin Airport from their home country.
For students arriving to Ireland on the official start date we will have Dublin Airport transfers arranged at certain times throughout the day to pick you up and bring you straight to Maynooth University. If you are arriving earlier or later than our scheduled pick-up times you can get the Airport Hopper bus directly from Dublin Airport to Maynooth town and then it is just a short walk to the campus. This is an excellent direct service and tickets can be bought here.
When should I arrive/depart?
Your programme fee covers accommodation from the start date to the end date of the Summer School. So you should aim to arrive and depart on those dates.
How do I apply?
You can apply by completing the application form here.
What is the cost of living?
Allow between €600 and €800 for cost of living expenses (excluding accommodation and breakfast & lunch Mon-Fri). This is an estimate only and will depend on each student’s individual needs.
Where will I live?
You will be living in an apartment with 4 others in the Village block of our on-campus accommodation. You will have your own room and shared bathrooms, living area and kitchen per apartment.
Can I choose who I live with?
If you have a special request of who you want to live with you must email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 4 weeks before the programme start date. While it is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate all student requests.
What are the check-in/out times of the accommodation?
Check-in starts from 2.00pm and check-out is by 10am.
What if I want to arrive early or stay later?
This can be arranged but please note there is additional costs involved. If you wish to avail of this service you can email email@example.com directly with your request. Please ensure to inform them that you are staying with MUISS. Please also ensure to notify the MUISS team that you are arriving early or departing later by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to bring towels/bed linen/pots & pans?
Bed linens and towels are provided and are changed weekly and the apartments are serviced regularly by housekeeping, but it is your responsibility to keep your living quarters in good condition.
The apartments also come partly stocked with crockery and cutlery.
What laundry facilities are available?
There is a laundry machine in each residence and a main laundry room just a few minutes’ walk away. You can ‘top-up’ a laundry card from the accommodation office located next to your building. Laundry is approx. €4 per token.
Do I need a visa?
If you are a citizen of the EU, U.S. or Canada you do not require a visa as the summer school is less than 90 days in duration. When you complete your payment of the programme fee you will be issued with an acceptance letter which we recommend you to bring to the airport with you on arrival into the country.
Non-EU, Non-USA/Canada Students
The Irish government requires nationals of some countries to hold a visa in order to visit Ireland. To see if your country requires a visa please check the Immigration website. As you are studying in Ireland for only a short period of time you will need to apply for a tourist visa. You can find all the information about the documents you need here.
Please note – if your country is not on this list you do not need a visa.
Do I need to bring/buy books?
No, you will have access to the Maynooth University Library throughout your stay. Faculty will not require you to purchase any books for the classes.
Will I have access to computer suites?
Yes, you will have access to computers across the campus. Printing facilities are available in the Library.
What if I have a disability or additional support needs?
Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and/or disability at the point of the online application. The Maynooth University International Summer School team will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme.
Applicants can also contact email@example.com to discuss their needs prior to submitting their application.
Do I need medical insurance?
Yes. All participants must have valid medical/health insurance for the duration of the program. This is both a Maynooth University and an immigration requirement.
How do I request a transcript?
Upon completion of the Summer School your classwork and exams will be assessed and graded by our faculty. The results will then be processed through the University’s exams board and copies of the transcripts & results will be sent to your home university.
If your home university is not an official partner of Maynooth University your transcript will be sent to the home address used when submitting your application, if this is an issue please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transcripts will be issued in mid September.
Students who wish to receive an additional copy of their transcript can also do so by following the instructions here.
Am I guaranteed the classes I picked?
While MUISS does its utmost to ensure all students are placed in their first preference classes this is not always feasible. Classes can only run if sufficient numbers enrol in each, therefore it is essential that you choose a first and second preference class for both Stream A & Stream B.
When will I know what classes I have been accepted for?
Students will be notified in early May with the details of what classes they have been assigned to along with information on orientation and other important arrival details.
When will I find out about my scholarship application?
We will contact successful recipients within a few weeks after our final application deadline of March 30th 2020. Only students who have paid their €200 non-refundable deposit will be eligible for the scholarship.
Is the €200 deposit refundable?
No, the €200 deposit is non-refundable.
My question isn't here, so what do I do now?
Look back throughout the webpage and if you still can't find the answer to your question you can email email@example.com and our team will be more than happy to help you as best we can!
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