Widen your perspective of the world through Carlow’s study abroad program. The programs last from  a week to as long as a year and are Carlow-created, university-sponsored or provided by a third party. Financing opportunities are available.

A group of Carlow students posed in front of a rock on a study abroad trip.

Next steps to get abroad

  • Begin your pre-departure planning with a study abroad advisor. Learn about funding options, plan coursework and apply to the program
  • Apply for or renew your U.S. passport, which can cost up to $150 and take as long as eight weeks to arrive
  • Meet with Carlow’s financial aid office about available options and make a plan to finance your travels
  • Meet with your academic advisor: Plan the best time of year for your experience

Carlow-created study abroad programs 

Semester programs

  • Ciao! Carlow (Rome, Italy): Spend a semester as a student at the American University of Rome. Open to Carlow students only.
  • Carlow to Carlow (Carlow, Ireland): Study at Carlow College in Ireland for a semester 
  • ISEP Exchange: You can spend a semester or full year at any of more than 300 ISEP member institutions outside of the U.S. Open to Carlow students only.

Summer programs

  • Carlow Cares: Sligo, Ireland: Participants stay in Sligo, Ireland, and are assigned to a school, hospital or community setting providing services to special needs individuals
  • Panama: Students in pediatrics, primary care or urgent care can fulfill 40 hours of clinical practicum experience  This one has no page to link to
  • Master of Fine Arts Residency in Ireland: MFA in Creative Writing is a low-residency program that meets in Ireland for two intensive residencies in June

Yearlong programs

  • Northern Ireland: Carlow sends three students to several Northern Ireland universities through the Business Education Initiative

Other programs

  • Carlow Cares, Belize: Students work in a rural school, health clinic or business tourism office during their spring break
  • Study Abroad in Peru: Interdisciplinary 10-day program includes visits to Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest.

University-sponsored or third-party study abroad programs 

Travel to a country not offered in a Carlow program through another accredited U.S. university. Credits easily transfer from the sponsor school to Carlow. Other programs through third-party providers such as companies or organizations also provide opportunities to travel abroad and study a specific interest like art or language. Carlow financial assistance can’t be used with these programs, but government aid or loans are sometimes available.

Two people are walking along a cliff and body of water.

Funding your trip

Most students can find an affordable study abroad experience. Our Finanical Aid office is here to assist you as you make plans to study in another country. We recommend that you prepare early so that everything is in place before you depart.

You may use your Carlow institutional aid with the Rome, Italy; Carlow, Ireland; and 50-plus countries in the ISEP Exchange program. 

Financial Aid information

Scholarship Databases


After your trip

Your travels may be over for now, but it is important to foster new skills you’ve learned and reconnect with your international experience. Carlow’s Center for Experiential Learning is here to help with your post-study abroad needs, including the following:

  • Incorporate your study abroad experience into resumes and job interviews. Get tips on how to format your resume for an international employer and apply for international jobs.
  • If you want to study abroad again, the Center for Experiential Learning will help you explore program and funding options. Get advice and help with applying for post-graduation opportunities:
  • Explore careers in international education be exposed to the  behind-the-scenes work of study abroad by working in the Center for Experiential Learning for a semester
  • Network with international educators at events and conferences such as the Lessons from Abroad Three Rivers Returnee Conference
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