Courses: Most courses are lecture-based and students are assessed on a limited number of assignments. During one semester, students may choose courses from any undergraduate department and may concentrate on one academic field or take courses from different departments. As is the case at Rollins, some courses may be unavailable due to schedule conflicts, over-enrollment or prerequisites, but in general, visiting students may select from a wide range of excellent courses including courses from the following academic fields:
For a full list of academic fields and courses available, please follow this link. Students participating in this program on average take the equivalent of 16 credits during the semester at Maynooth. Two-hundred and three-hundred level courses at Maynooth are equivalent to upper-level courses at Rollins.
NUI Maynooth will use the courses listed on a student application to pre-register students and/or use the courses as a guide to know what type of courses interest study abroad students. Students will have a period of two weeks after registration to change modules. In this time, it is advisable that students attend many different lectures to decide if they have made the right choice. This time allows students to sit in on a variety of lectures and not miss out on important notes. Students wishing to change modules should then return to the Records Office in Humanity House with the new list of complete modules. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his/her modules are recorded correctly.
A Word About the Irish Educational System: The academic system in Ireland is quite different than the U.S. system. There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance. Study in Ireland requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study. Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization. As a result, first-year or second-year courses in In Ireland may be appropriate for American juniors and seniors. Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.
Academic Support Services: The Academic Advisory office offers a convenient first point of contact for students who wish to seek advice or assistance with their general experience of University life. The office provides an ombudsman-like role for students who may be encountering difficulties in their programme of study. The Academic Advisory offices are located on the first floor of Education House. Education House is located on North Campus of the University
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript from the National University of Ireland.
Faculty: All courses are taught by the National University of Ireland faculty members.