Study Abroad: Carlow to Carlow

In 1837, Fr. Andrew Fitzgerald, PhD, President of St. Patrick’s Carlow College welcomed the Sisters of Mercy. The sisters founded St. Leo’s Convent on property adjacent to the College. From Carlow, members of the Mercy Community traveled to the United States and founded the colleges and universities we operate today. Carlow University continues to have a relationship with Carlow College in Ireland. Carlow College is located in Carlow Town, a small city with many amenities within an hour of Dublin. It maintains its strong tradition as a student-friendly campus where students and their lecturers work together to create the optimum atmosphere for study and personal development.

Courses are taught by accredited faculty, and students can earn up to 15 credits in a variety of disciplines. All courses are accredited by Carlow University, and students will be issued a Carlow University transcript.


Carlow (Irish: Ceatharlach, meaning "four lakes") is the county town of County Carlow in Ireland. It is situated in the southeast of Ireland, 84 km from Dublin. According to the 2006 census, the population of the town and its environs is 18,204. The settlement of Carlow is thousands of years old and predates written Irish history. The town has played a major role in Irish history, serving as the capital of the country in the 14th century. For more information on what the Carlow region has to offer, visit the Carlow Tourism website.


Founded in 1793, Carlow College is Ireland's oldest Catholic institution for higher education and has a rich tradition of preparing its students for the changing global market. Through its long history, Carlow College has remained a small but dynamic college that caters to a diverse cohort of students from various countries and backgrounds.

On-site support for visiting students is provided by the International Office.


Specifically designed for American study abroad students, the Irish Experience Course, required of all Carlow University students, introduces students to Irish music, history, culture, and life by integrating both coursework and guided field trips to provide a more holistic experience of Ireland. Past field trip destinations have included:

  • County Carlow
  • Dublin City
  • Kilkenny City
  • Wicklow Mountains
  • County Wexford
  • County Kildare
  • County Kerry


In addition, various courses are available in the following disciplines:


  • Communications
  • English
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Irish Dance
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Theatre
  • Theology



Fall or spring semester


Tuition and Fees - Carlow University traditional undergraduate tuition
Housing - $2,200 (subject to change)
International Health Insurance - $200