Study Abroad Incoming

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has inter-institutional agreements with many partner higher education institutes across the US where students can spend a semester studying abroad in Ireland as part of their undergraduate degree. This programme provides a perfect opportunity for students from our partner institutes to enhance their educational experience and cultural understanding and to join and contribute to our vibrant, multicultural community at Carlow College. Spending a few months in a different culture and community is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends from all over the world, gain valuable insights into a different culture and grow as an individual.

Carlow College offers an Irish Experience programme that is specially designed to cater to the needs of international learners who want to understand Irish culture. At the heart of this programme is the mandatory Irish Experience course which provides students with an introduction to the history, culture and people of Ireland. For more information regarding on-campus accommodation, see here.

All study abroad applications are due to the International Officer at Carlow College by 15 October (Spring Term) and 15 May (Autumn Term). An application is considered complete when it includes:

  • a completed Carlow College, St. Patrick’s S. Semester Study Abroad Application Form; hyperlink this to the document in the folder of the same name.
  • a copy of your passport page showing your photograph and personal details;
  • certified copies of transcripts from current institution of study;
  • if your first language is not English, attach evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS Score or equivalent); hyperlink this to the document in the folder titled ‘English language requirements for admission to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s’
  • if you have elected to provide evidence of disability or learning differences, a completed Carlow College Evidence of Disability Form. hyperlink this to the document in the folder titled ‘Evidence of Disability form 2017’

Please note that the issuance of student visas is for the duration of the learners’ academic studies. As such, visas do not permit learners to remain in Ireland prior to, or after the conclusion of, the academic term.

Our incoming study abroad students are registered on the B.A. (Hons) in Arts and Humanities Programme, but can take courses across all our undergraduate degree programmes. Disciplines include: Creative Arts, English, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Theology. As such, study abroad students can choose from a wide selection of courses that fulfil either general education or major/minor credit hours (generally 12 / 15 credit hours). Learners should consult with their home institution or study abroad provider to ensure their chosen courses will transfer back to their academic programme of study.

To learn more about the courses on offer at Carlow College, click here.

As part of the Irish Experience course all incoming study abroad students are expected to attend field trips, which are uniquely tied to the content covered in the Irish Experience module and are led by academic staff members of the College. The five field trips visit the following areas: Carlow; Dublin City, Kilkenny City, Belfast, Wicklow and Kerry (weekend away). The programme fee includes admission to all field trips sites, private bus, accommodation and guides.

All incoming study abroad applicants are required to obtain a Stamp 2 Visa from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to study at Carlow College for one academic term or one academic year. After applicants have formally been accepted onto the programme, they will receive a ‘Letter of Induction’ from the President of Carlow College. Along with this document, applicants are required to present to the Immigration Officer at Dublin Airport the following documents:

  • a ‘Letter of Induction’ validating that they are a study abroad learner at Carlow College;
  • a valid passport issued by the United States;
  • evidence of private medical insurance (arranged by your home institution);
  • evidence of sufficient funds in the amount of €3,000.

The Immigration Officer at Dublin Airport will stamp all passports for a period of thirty days.

Upon completion of registration at Carlow College, the International Officer at Carlow College will schedule appointments with the Carlow/Kilkenny District Immigration Officer for the application of a Stamp 2 Visa. At their designated appointment, students will present the same documents at the Garda Station that they presented to the Immigration Officer at Dublin Airport. In addition to being fingerprinted, students are required to pay an application fee in the amount of €300 payable by credit/debit card.