Study Abroad: Ireland


Program Overview

Students will spend three weeks in Sligo, Ireland, where they will be assigned to a school, hospital, or community setting which provides services to individuals with special needs. From Monday through Thursday of each week, students will be transported to their field experiences where they will assist the staff in daily activities. On Fridays, students will reflect and share their experiences with other participants in the morning. Friday afternoon through Sunday evening will include cultural and sightseeing opportunities for students.

The Location

Sligo, capital of the Northwest region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns with over 20,000 residents. It both charms and inspires awe with its dramatic backdrop of glimmering Atlantic beaches, rolling green hills, and over 5,000 archaeological sites dating back as far as the megalithic era. As the administrative, commercial, and industrial capital of the region, Sligo offers program participants the opportunity to embrace Ireland's beauty, history, and vibrant 21st-century lifestyle. More information on Sligo can be found here: Sligo Tourism.

Required Course

SPED 466 International Field Placement in Special Needs Education or
PRC 726 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Behavioral Health

This 1-credit or 3-credit field placement includes 45 hours of hands-on practical experience with individuals with special needs. Placement will vary depending upon a student’s course of study. Opportunities to interact with a variety of related service providers enhance the experience while offering students multiple perspectives and techniques for enriching the lives of individuals with different abilities. Each student will be placed in a setting for individuals with special needs and be provided with an Irish mentor for guidance.  

  • PsyD students: Visit PsyD site for information regarding coursework/expectations.

Program Dates (to be finalized)

  • May 9th - June 1st 2019

Program Fees

All fees are subject to change. The following items will be billed to participants by Carlow:

  • Tuition
    • Undergraduate: $675 (1 credit) *OR* $2,025 (3 credits)
    • Graduate: $825 (1 credit) *OR* $2,475 (3 credits)
  • $2,500 - projected residency fee, including the following items:
    • Housing in Sligo (double room, kitchen, living area, laundry access) and during overnight excursion to Dublin
    • Some group meals
    • Excursions (past programs have included trips to Dublin, Galway, among others)
    • Ground transportation in Ireland
    • Lodging during Dublin
    • On-site daily and emergency support from faculty and staff
  • $50 - International health insurance

Additional expenses for which students should budget include:

  • $500 - Program deposit (paid upon commitment to program and credited to program bill later on)
  • $1,100 - International airfare between US and Ireland (estimate)
  • $300 - $700 - Additional meals and personal expenses (estimate; depends greatly on individual lifestyle)

Program Application 

Study Abroad Interest Form

Both Carlow and non-Carlow students are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education, psychology, nursing, sociology, art therapy, and health sciences, but applications will be welcomed from any student with a sincere interest in working with individuals with special needs.

Basic eligibility requirements for all applicants include a minimum GPA of 2.50 and a good disciplinary record on the applicant's home campus.

Space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply today. Students will be accepted into the program until all 12 slots are filled or January 18, 2019, whichever comes first. 


For More Information

Questions about academics, field placements, and on-site activities should be directed to:

Dr. Susan O'Rourke - Faculty Leader