Study Abroad

Worldwide, educational, study abroad programs

Experience the world while earning credits towards a degree

Study abroad, supported by the Center for Experiential Learning, provides a hands-on, international experience that introduces a global perspective to academic study. Opportunities range from one-week to an academic year in length and are Carlow-created, university-sponsored or third-party provided with available finance opportunities.

Four steps to studying abroad:

  1. Meet with a study abroad advisor: Begin the pre-departure planning process with the study abroad advisor. Learn the options, review funding options, plan coursework and apply to the program.
  2. Get a passport: Apply or renew your US passport. Passports can cost up to $150 and may take up to eight weeks to arrive.
  3. Meet with the financial aid office: Learn about available financial aid options and make a plan to finance going abroad.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor: Plan the ideal timeframe to study abroad.

Study abroad program opportunities

Carlow-created study abroad programs
Carlow-created study abroad programs are created for Carlow University students. Apply pre-approved credits to the program and, for some, use institutional aid to finance going abroad. Programs are offered by semester, summer, year-long or spring break.
  • New! Study Abroad in Peru: 10-day, interdisciplinary, study abroad program to Peru, including visits to Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon Rain Forest.
Semester programs:
  • Ciao! Carlow (Rome, Italy): Students spend a semester studying at the American University of Rome. Open to Carlow students only.
  • Carlow to Carlow (Carlow, Ireland): Students spend a semester studying at Carlow College in Ireland. Open to Carlow and non-Carlow students.
  • ISEP Exchange: Students spend a semester or full year at any of the ISEP member institutions outside of the US. Open to Carlow students only.
Summer programs:
  • Carlow Cares: Sligo, Ireland: Students participating in the program stay in Sligo, Ireland and are assigned to a school, hospital, or community setting which provides services to individuals with special needs. Open to Carlow and non-Carlow students.
  • Panama: Students in Pediatrics, Primary Care or Urgent Care can fulfill 40 hours of clinical practicum through this international experience.
  • Master of Fine Arts Residency in Ireland: MFA in Creative Writing, a low-residency graduate program, meet for two intensive residencies in Ireland every June.
Year-long programs:
  • Northern Ireland: Through the Business Education Initiative, Carlow can send three students to study at several Northern Ireland universities.
Spring break programs:
  • Carlow Cares, Belize: Students spend their spring break working with a rural school, a rural health clinic or business office for tourism.

Additional study abroad program opportunities

University-sponsored or third-party provided study abroad programs

Students can travel to a country Carlow may not offer through an accredited American university. Credits will transfer very easily from the sponsor school to Carlow. Other programs, available through third-party providers like companies or organizations, provide opportunities to travel abroad and study a more specific interest like art or language. Carlow aid cannot be used with these programs; however, government aid or loans can be an option. 

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Continue the study abroad experience

Students benefit from applying the skills and experience of studying abroad to career planning, future study abroad programs or international education. The Center for Experiential Learning offers post-study-abroad support to students when they return.