uncw office of
international progams


Maynooth, Ireland


Sept 14, 2014- Dec 19th 2014


For more information on program costs or application, please contact:
or call: 910-962-3685



Cost and Inclusions

Cost & Inclusions

Program Fee: $16,700

($16,250 payable to UNCW; $450, or the exact conversion equivalency to €300, to be used for immigration fees)

What This Includes:

  • A UNCW program leader for the first 10 days
  • On-site NUIM Program Director who will meet regularly with the students and serve
    as mentor and guide to assure their successful adaptation to university life at Maynooth.
  • Tuition & fees
  • Immigration fees
  • Cost for UNCW program leader to accompany student for hte first 10 days of the semester.
  • Partial meal plan
  • On-campus housing just a five-minute walk to all lecture halls, campus restaurants and
  • Meal plan (Students will get a weekly credit at dining facility of 80 Euro. This will cover
    between 10 and 20 meals per week, depending on choices & appetites. The on-site
    coordinator will add that amount of credit to their ID every week. This also gives them
    the flexibility to eat whichever meals they want there, but also cook occasionally at home,
    and not pay for meals at weekends if they are away.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome orientation
  • Easy train or bus ride to Dublin
  • Full access to campus amenities ranging from state-of-the-art library to rec center
  • Health insurance
  • Use of rec center, library, internet.
  • Mobile phone (Phone itself and 30 Euro credit plan. Enough to text away and make some
    local calls - they'd all be on the same network so they can communicate with each other
    for free.)
  • Excursions will be included in the required class on Irish Heritage.
  • Internet access
  • A special Thanksgiving dinner for the UNCW group and more!!

What It Doesn't Include:

  • Flight
  • Nominal club fees (as in one or two euro per club)
  • ground transport for travel other than program-sponsored excursions
  • food not covered in meal plan

Payment Schedule

May 1st- FYSA students must formally accept their offer of admission to UNCW and pay
enrollment deposit to secure their spot at UNCW for spring ‘15 (this is the deadline regardless
of fall plans). Students who submit this enrollment deposit will then receive additional information
about signing up for UNCW@Maynooth and a link to UNCW's International Programs online
application for the program.

June 1st- Deadline for FYSA’s to complete UNCW’s International Programs online application
and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their placement in the program. The deposit
must come as a check payable to UNCW and be sent to:

Office of International Programs
118 Friday Annex
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

Mid-July- In mid-July, program participants will receive an email from the Office of International
Programs informing you that it is time to make payment for the program. There will also be detailed
instructions and video tutorials attached in this email on how to proceed to complete payment. Once
this email has been sent, participants will then have 30 days to make payment in full.

The Maynooth program fee will be charged to each specific student account. You will then be instructed
via email, as mentioned above, to login to your account to pay this balance. There you will have the
option of paying this balance by using a credit card, or by linking and using a specified checking account
of your choice.

Additional Resources

The cost of your trip will depend on how you choose to live and where you plan to travel.  You can lower your expenses abroad by doing such things as: purchasing food at grocery stores or markets rather than eating at restaurants, by staying at youth hostels instead of hotels when you undertake independent travel, and by monitoring the amount of shopping you do.

The Euro

As you know, the currency in Ireland is called the euro.  Its symbol is €.  You should start familiarizing yourself with conversion rate of the dollar to the euro and vise-versa.  You can do so by checking an online converter such as Oanda

You may also want to start familiarizing yourself with the euro banknotes and coins.  This way, you aren’t standing or sitting in public spaces trying to figure out how much money you are holding in your hand or trying to figure out how much you owe the waiter or clerk.

https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/euroleafleten.pdf .

Also, remember the euro is the currency only in the Eurozone.  If you are travelling to another country during your visit, the euro may not be used there.  For example, England does not use the euro.  Get this information before you travel. 

Debit Cards

A debit card allows you to withdraw money from your bank account in the United States in the currency of your host county, which serves as an extremely convenient way of exchanging money while abroad. 

Credit or Charge Cards

It is a good idea to carry a credit card as a back up to your debit card.  Keep the telephone number for the credit card company separate from your card and leave a copy of it at home.  Many credit cards can be used in ATM machines, but be aware of the charges this can incur.  Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted worldwide than are other cards like American Express and Discover.

Be aware of any foreign transaction fees your bank likely charges for debit and credit card use abroad.  3% per transaction is not uncommon.  Set up online banking for these accounts so you can monitor your expenses and associated fees as they get translated into dollars.  If your card is already fairly worn, consider getting a new one before departure.

Safety re Debit/Credit Cards 

Before traveling, be sure to notify your bank and/or card companies that you will be traveling abroad to avoid your card usage being frozen.  You should also ask if there is a transaction limit or a daily limit set on the card and make changes on those limits if appropriate.  If your card is lost or stolen, cancel it as soon as possible. Before you leave the States, copy down the account numbers of these cards as well as the customer service numbers of the bank and/or card companies.  Make copies of this information for yourself as well as a family member.  Store the information in a safe place separate from where you store the cards themselves.


Negotiating, making small purchases, and bartering are much easier if you have hard currency rather than debit or credit cards.  You may also need cash for other purchases like public transportation or when sharing costs with friends or fellow students.  Check exchange rates before you change money, and be aware that airports, hotels and train stations will often charge a higher rate of commission than a bank (the larger, the better).  Also, do not carry more cash than you can reasonably afford to lose.

Tipping Etiquette in Ireland

It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with tipping practices in Ireland.  There are times when you’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether or not you tip but this link will help you start considering the topic.




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