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Program Fee Fall 2018: $16,400 USD*

*price subject to change each year

Program Fee Includes:

  • A UNCW program leader for the start of the program
  • On-site Maynooth program staff throughout your stay
  • Tuition for full-time course load (12- 15 US credits)
  • On-campus housing (single room ensuite in apartments) 
  • Meal plan (details provided in the Housing & Dining section)
  • Special Thanksgiving dinner and monthly dinners for the UNCW group
  • Airport transfers on set arrival and departure days
  • Welcome orientation
  • Social activities and day trips during orientation
  • One field trip or excursion per month for the UNCW group
  • Health Insurance
  • Leap Card for discounted rates on public transportation
  • Internet access
  • Full access to campus amenities ranging from state-of-the-art library to rec center

Not Included:

  • International Flight
  • Passport, if needed (usually $135 USD)
  • Immigration fees (usually about €300 euros)
  • Nominal club fees (costs just €2 euros to join a club or society);
  • Meals not covered in meal plan 
  • Ground transport for travel other than program-sponsored excursions and amounts over the initial LEAP card allowance

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 the Spring semester (this is the deadline regardless of plans for the Fall semester). Students who submit this enrollment deposit will then receive additional information about signing up for UNCW@ Maynooth program and a link to UNCW's Education Abroad online application for the program.

June 1st- Deadline for FYSA's to complete UNCW's Education Abroad online application and submit a $500 USD non-refundable deposit to secure their place in the program. This is a decisive moment in the enrollment process! With the payment of a $500 deposit, the participant is committing to the 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 sometime after the submission of the deposit, the participant is responsible for payment of any portion of the program fee that has been committed on their behalf.

Early July- In early July, program participants will receive an email from the Office of International Programs informing them that it is time to make the payment for the program. There will also be detailed instructions in this email on how to proceed to complete the payment. Once this email has been sent, participants will then have just under 30 days to make the payment in full or to enroll in a payment plan.

The Maynooth program fee will be charged to each participant's UNCW student account. You will then be instructed via email, as mentioned above, to login to your UNCW account to pay this balance. There you will have the various payment options: using a credit card,  linking and using a specified checking account of your choice, or a payment plan.

Please note that this program is not eligible for financial aid (including grants, education loans, federal loans, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and UNCW scholarships). No loans or scholarships that must be processed through UNCW's Office of Financial Aid can be used for the program. Please contact the FYSA Admissions Coordinator with any financial aid questions (910-962-3246 or admissions@uncw.edu).

Additional Resources

The cost of your time abroad 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 travel independently, and by monitoring the amount of shopping you do.

Payment Options


Payment Plans


The Euro

As you know, the currency in Ireland is called the euro. Its symbol is €. You should start familiarizing yourself with the conversion rate of the USD 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: https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/euroleafleten.pdf.

Also, remember the euro is the currency only in the Eurozone. If you are traveling to another country during your visit, like the United Kingdom, the euro may not be used there. Be sure to double check this information before you travel.

Debit and Credit Cards

A debit card allows you to withdraw money from your bank account in the United States in the currency of your host county. While most places now require a PIN-and-chip debit card, it still serves as an extremely convenient way of accessing money while abroad. 

It is also 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 charges for debit and credit card use abroad. A 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 USD. If your card is already fairly worn, consider getting a new one before departure.

Safety: Debit and Credit Cards

Before traveling, be sure to notify your bank and/or card companies that you will be traveling abroad to avoid your card 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 home, 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 and be sure to 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/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. Also, we recommend that you do not carry more cash than you need at a given time.

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 get started.