- A UNCW program leader for the first 10 days of the program;
- On-site Maynooth program director throughout your stay;
- Partial meal plan (details provided in the Housing & Dining section);
- On-campus housing just a 5-minute walk to all lecture halls, campus restaurants and
- Airport pick-up and return at end of semester*;
- Welcome orientation
(two-day Pre-orientation for FYSA group, plus three-day University
- Social activities and day trips during first two weekends
(example of trips – Newgrange,
Dublin walking tour, Viking Splash Tour, Day trip to the coast plus more!);
- LEAP Card provided with initial set amount (
€15) (LEAP Card provides discounted rates on
all public transport. Students can then add credit to their cards after that initial amount has
- Full access to campus amenities ranging from state-of-the-art library to rec center;
- Health insurance;
- Mobile phone plus credit monthly for 3 months to allow for free calls and texts to other
- Internet access;
- A special Thanksgiving dinner for the UNCW group; and
*on set departure days.
Not Included in the Program Fee:
- Immigration fees (usually about €300);
- Nominal club fees (costs just €2 to join a club or society);
- Food not covered in meal plan (But allowance should cover grocery shopping to allow students to cook on weekends);
- Ground transport for travel other than program-sponsored excursions and amounts over the initial
LEAP card allowance
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 ‘17 (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. This is a
decisive moment in the enrollment process! With the payment of a $500 deposit, the participant
is committing to payment of the entire program fee. Almost immediately after the June 1st
deadline, UNCW will begin making financial obligations and payments on the student’s behalf.
Therefore, even though the program fee charge may not appear on a student’s account for some
time after submission of the deposit, the participant is responsible for payment of any portion of
the program fee that has been committed on his or her behalf.
Send a check payable to UNCW to:
Office of International Programs
118 Friday Annex
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965
Early July- In early 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 just under 30 days to make payment in full or to enroll in a payment plan.
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.
Please note that this program is not eligible for financial aid (including grants, education loans
and UNCW scholarships). No loans or scholarships that must be processed through UNCW’s financial
aid office can be used for UNCW@Maynooth. Please contact the FYSA Admissions Coordinator,
Linda Byrnes, with financial aid questions (910-962-7779 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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.