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National University of Ireland Maynooth

The USC School of Music has a partnership with the National University of Ireland Maynooth that offers courses directly matching our program. Maynooth University has been recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #67 in the new Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings.

Music history, theory, performance and composition courses are offered at Maynooth. See a sample semester plan for music students.

Maynooth is Ireland's only university town and is situated just 25 kilometers west of Dublin and is well serviced by bus and rail routes. It is a small but thriving market town full of shops and business, restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs. Being a university town, Maynooth is known for its warm and friendly nature.

The historic town has, at either end of the main street, Maynooth Castle and Carton House, two former seats of the Dukes of Leinster. The great stone castle was founded in the early 13th century and became the principal residence of the Kildare branch of the Geraldines. Carton House has seen many changes over the centuries. The first record of a house at Carton was in the 17th century when William Talbot, recorder of the city of Dublin, was given a lease of the lands by the 14th Earl of Kildare. In 1739, Richard Castle was employed by the 19th Earl of Kildare to build the existing house after it was purchased by the 19th Earl of Kildare. Today Carton House is a luxury hotel and spa. The most important historical buildings in the town are within the University campus, some of which were built before the foundation of the college while others are in the late Georgian and neo-Gothic revival style.

A short train or bus ride will take you to the heart of Dublin's city center. Dublin is surrounded by the greater Dublin area where you can find an abundance of picturesque seaside villages, rolling mountains and rural areas, all within half an hour of the city center.

Information on cost and scholarships.

National University of Ireland Maynooth instructor bios.

For more information, contact:
Bailey Lee, study abroad advisor
Study Abroad Office, Close-Hipp 453
803-777-7557 or email
Jacob Will

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