Since 2003, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has developed important collaborative relationships with institutions of higher learning in the United States. We are dedicated to establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with institutions who share our commitment to creating a global and interactive educational community.
St. Ambrose University is an independent, diocesan Catholic university located in Davenport, Iowa. Although the Carlow College/St. Ambrose partnership was only established in 2003, their historical links go back much further as the third bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, James Davis, was a Carlow College graduate (1878). Since its establishment, the Carlow programme has grown to become one of the largest semester study abroad programmes at St. Ambrose University. This partnership has also resulted in the exchange of academic ideas through faculty and student exchanges.
The Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) is a consortium comprised of over thirty institutions serving students studying at two-and four-year institutions in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin. Since establishing a partnership with Carlow College in 2009, the Carlow programme has become its most popular semester study abroad programme. A unique feature of the ICISP programme is the steady stream of faculty members who choose to spend a term at Carlow College. These faculty members not only serve as mentors to study abroad students, but they also engage with the greater Carlow community in a manner that allows for them to enjoy and experience Irish culture at its finest.
Carlow University is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As one can surmise from the similarities in their institutional names, Carlow University has a strong historical tie to Carlow College. Six years after the Sisters of Mercy were established by Mother Catherine McAuley (1831), the then president of Carlow College, Fr. Andrew Fitzgerald, was instrumental in bringing the Sisters of Mercy to Carlow where they established St. Leo’s Convent (1837). It was from Carlow that Mother Frances Warde and six sisters left for Pittsburgh to establish the first Mercy community in the United States (1843). Building on this historical link, Carlow University established a semester study abroad programme at Carlow College in 2010.
The University of West Florida (UWA) is a mid-sized public university located in Pensacola, Florida. In the Summer 2014 Term Carlow College served as the ‘headquarters’ for their programme sponsored by the Theatre Department aptly titled, ‘The Irish Experience’. Students from UWF participate in the Carlow Arts Festival and work collaboratively with the Carlow Little Theatre. The UWF Irish Experience Programme has grown to include students from the Art and Music Departments and in 2016 the Carlow College Irish Experience Team ran their Irish Experience programme for the UWF students.
Mount Mercy University (MMU) is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our institutional relationship with MMU began in Spring 2015 and was finalised with the signing of an agreement for education cooperation on 20 March 2016 when the President of MMU and their Senior Leadership Pilgrimage visited Carlow College, St. Patrick’s. It is envisaged that this agreement will lead to student and faculty exchanges as well as organisational collaboration in the area of hosting joint symposia, workshops and conferences.