The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) is located in County Kildare, Maynooth, about 25 km (15 miles) west of Dublin city centre. The student population is about 1/2 that of EIU at just over 6,000 students. NUIM has a rich history dating back to 1795 and is Ireland's 2nd oldest university.
Maynooth is a small town of about 8,500 people and could be described as a suburb of Dublin due to its close proximity to this city. Unlike American suburbs, Maynooth has a classic, Irish feel with many historical sites and quaint country roads to visit and explore.
NUI, Maynooth offers courses in 3 faculties, but not all courses are open to international students. International students are able to take courses in the following areas:
- Ancient Classics
- Computer Science
- European Studies
- Experimental Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Media Studies
- Nua-Ghaeilge (Basque, Medieval Irish, and Celtic Studies)
- Venture Management
Go to NUI, Maynooth's web site
on choosing courses, for information on how international students should go about choosing courses at Maynooth. View the programs offered here
After Your Trip:
at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar
In addition to an orientation week and activities put on by the NUIM International Office, the larger NUIM community encourages campus involvement by international students. You could join one of many Clubs and Societies
or attend one of the numerous campus social events. There's even an International Students' Society that plans excursions to other areas of Ireland as well as events specifically for international students.
Travel around Ireland is easily done by air, train, or bus; however, bus travel is the most affordable. Since Ireland is such a compact country, you can travel almost anywhere within a couple hours. If you want to explore other areas of Europe, affordable flights (usually ranging from $50-100 one-way) can be taken from Dublin to other major European cities.
Although NUIM does have residential facilities, most rooms are reserved at an early stage. Obtaining accommodation in Maynooth can be difficult, but the Residence Office
will help you to secure housing. Students are advised to make arrangements as early as possible. Inquiries in connection with on- or off-campus housing can be made through the NUIM Residence Officer.
Types of available housing for students:
1. River Apartments (on-campus)
- apartment with ~5 bedrooms (each with own bath), large kitchen, dining, lounge area, internet access (86-100 Euro/wk.)
2. Rye Hall (on-campus)
- apartments with 3-7 bedrooms, at least two bathrooms (91 Euro/wk.)
3. Village Apartments (on-campus)
- 5 bedroom apartments with two bathrooms (81 Euro/wk.)
4. Hostel (off-campus)
5. Family Type Accommodation (off-campus)
- live with Irish family, can arrange for meals with family or make your own
6. Houses and Housesharing (off-campus)
- rented house with other students (rent can vary; approx. 70-85 Euro/wk.)
7. Temporary Accommodation
** You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.**
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter Ireland, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
Tourists are not required to obtain visas for stays less than 90 days, but may be asked to show onward/return ticket. For longer stays or to work or study in Ireland, permission must be obtained from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform within the first 90 days of arrival. Submit 1 application form, a completed alien registration form, a valid passport, 4 passport photos, proof of sufficient funds. Students and persons who plan to work in Ireland require additional information. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Ireland, 2234 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/462-3939) or the Consulate General in Chicago (312/337-1868).
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.