Founded in 1795, The National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth is Ireland's second oldest university institution. Building on a tradition of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its teaching and research activities, NUI Maynooth is committed to being a world-class center of learning and academic discovery, while still retaining a uniquely friendly and personal atmosphere. NUI Maynooth has a long-standing international reputation for learning and academic excellence in the sciences and humanities. The university is committed to providing an environment in which students can learn, develop, and mature. The focus is on ensuring all students have an experience that will benefit them both personally and academically. The University's facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, a weight room, playing fields, a swimming pool, and student union building. There are more than 150 active clubs and societies providing many opportunities for students to get involved in social, cultural, and sporting activities.
The National University of Ireland at Maynooth is located in a quiet area of Maynooth, fifteen miles from the bustling Dublin city center, which is accessed by train and bus. The town offers a variety of shops and traditional Irish pubs.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.