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Study Abroad in Ireland or England?

Phoeb4Phoeb4 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited August 9 in Study Abroad
Hi everyone, I have decided to study abroad in the Fall of 2018 but I am having trouble deciding between National University of Ireland Maynooth (Maynooth, Ireland) and Saint Mary's University (Twickenham, England). I was hoping to gain some advice and perspective on this situation from anyone having experienced these two areas or even better the universities themselves. Maynooth is approximately 30-40 minutes from Dublin and Twickenham, being in South London already, is about the same distance to the centre of London.

A few factors contributing to my decision:
- Accomodation (Maynooth will provide me with a shared flat between 4-5 other students with a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area and private bedroom with an ensuite for approx $4500 AUD, whereas Saint Mary's accomodation is just a private bedroom and ensuite with no shared living areas apart from the large communal kitchennette shared between all students in the hall for approx $6500 AUD) I feel as though the Maynooth accomodation will be more beneficial for the social aspect of my experience, not to mention the drastically cheaper cost, but would love advice on this.
- Modules/Units/Classes (In order to ensure I am taking a full load of classes transferrable at my home university I would need to undertake between 4 and 6 modules/units/classes at Maynooth but only 3 at Saint Mary's) I usually take 5 units at my home university and this is already more than most Australian students and classed as an 'intensive semester' so am not too keen on upping that number and overstressing myself with no free time while abroad.
- Travel (Domestic travel within Ireland seems very accessible and beautiful while London is undeniably a gateway to Europe) I would like to spend any free weekends I have experiencing affordable travel destinations.
- Overall social/emotional wellbeing (I have heard that Dublin is a much more happy and welcoming place than London, but not sure if this is true or not) Ultimately, I will be going away from all my friends and family all by myself for 4+ months and the social/emotional experience is super important to me. I want to be able to integrate well and feel at home in my exchange university.

If anyone has attended these universities themselves I would love to hear thoughts and opinions particularly on the accomodation living situation :)

Replies to: Study Abroad in Ireland or England?

  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 3,952 Senior Member
    Dublin may not be quite as good a launching pad as London, but there are plenty of cheap flights to points all over Europe. Either place will give you lots of options for travel.

    Modules: number of units can be misleading, as they may not have equivalent workloads. I will check with the recent Maynooth grads that I know to see what the number was, but they took typical course loads and were not overwhelmed by the amount of work (ie, they had very active social lives!).

    St Mary's Twickenham has a reputation for being friendly, and is very new and modern, while Maynooth is a new-old university (it only became it's own self in the late 1990's, but was put together out of pieces that started in the early 1700s, so there are both historic and modern parts). As far as I know, academically, Maynooth is stronger than SM-T.

  • SC AnteaterSC Anteater Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    We stayed in the University of Limerick dorms last summer for vacation which had the same set up as Maynooth. It was very nice. I told my kids don't expect such nice accommodations (and your own private bath!) at U.S. colleges.
  • mysmommysmom Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    My daughter had a fantastic semester abroad at UCL in London. That said, the cost of living in London was very high. I just returned from a visit to Dublin and love it. Good luck making your decision and have a memorable semester!
  • allly079allly079 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
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