Gap Year Academic Programme

About this course

Combine a semester studying at Emerald Cultural Institute with a semester at one of Ireland’s leading universities: Maynooth University.

Choose university modules form 34 academic departments over 3 faculties, Including modules in Law, Business, History, Media, Engineering and Science.

Receive ECTS Credits for your semester abroad.

During the first semester at Emerald Cultural Institute students will improve their English for academic purposes and will acquire the English skills needed to successfully follow their Study Abroad Programme.

Students can choose one of two different programmes depending on the students starting level of English.

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Emerald, Dublin & Maynooth University, Maynooth
From 12 weeks English course + Semester at Maynooth University
Class Size
Maximum 14 for the English course
12 weeks English for Academic Purposes (20 hours General English + 6 hours of EAP per week)

25 weeks Academic Year Programme (20 hours General English + 6 hours of Electives per week – IELTS/ EAP/ Business/ Communication)
Gap Year Programme 1
Level required: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)

Gap Year Programme 2
Level required: IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)
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Start Dates

*All dates are subject to change, with as much advance notice as possible given.

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Please Note

*Accommodation options and prices for Emerald Cultural
Institute and Maynooth University available on request.

*Application requirements for Maynooth University:
• GPA 2.6 (if below must supply two references)
• Transcript
• Passport

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  • Academic Mentor assigned during studies at Emerald
  • Free Workshops and Supervised Study in Emerald
  • Access to Emerald Learn Platform for the duration of the programme
  • Study Abroad Semester at Maynooth University