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Summer Programme

Spend 4 weeks in Ireland

We offer a 4-week summer programme to students from our partner universities in the US. It’s ideal for students who cannot avail of the semester study abroad programme, or who just want something shorter that they can do during the summer period.


Learn about Irish literature, history and culture

The programme gives students the opportunity to learn about Irish literature and the history, culture and people of Ireland. It is a great way to see a different part of the world, discover a new culture and spark academic interests.


See the real Ireland for yourself

During the three weeks, students are immersed in Irish culture, gain first-hand experience and make lifelong friends. The programme also allows plenty of time for independent travel and exploration, so you can see the real Ireland for yourself.


The next summer programme runs from May 31 – June 28, 2022

For more information, contact Dr Eric A. Derr in the International Office:

Carlow Town

Carlow, Ireland, affectionately known as Carlow-town, is the quintessential Irish country town. With a population of 25,000, Carlow is home to two colleges including Carlow College, known to locals as St. Patrick’s College. Learn more about Carlow College at and about Carlow-town at Dublin is about an hour away and is easily accessible by both train and bus.


The cost of housing is included in the program fee. Housing is provided at Lennon House, a residence hall on the college campus. Residing at Lennon House is a requirement of the program. Each student will have a private bedroom and will share living space, kitchen, and bathroom with two or three other students. WiFi is available in the residence hall and is included in the fee. Laundry facilities are located on the premises. Bed and bath linens are provided.


Meals are not included in the program fee but there are fully functioning kitchens available for student use. Students are expected to cook or provide meals for themselves. Many students enjoy group dinners in the common area in Lennon House. Additionally, a nice selection of grocery stores and eating establishments are located within walking distance of the College.

Applicants for the Summer 2022 Program at Carlow College must:

  • be 18 years of age or older as of the program start date;
  • have completed at least twelve credit hours at their home institution by the time they commence their studies at Carlow College;
  • have obtained a cumulative mark of at least 2.5 out of a 4.0 at their home institution;
  • have obtained a grade of B or higher in a written composition course completed at a third-level institution (e.g. post-secondary institution);
  • be a learner in good standing at their home institution; provide proof of health insurance;
  • be in possession of a valid passport.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Students will need to acquire, or have acquired, a current passport before departure. Applicants should allow at least eight weeks for standard passport processing in the U.S. An application form and passport information can be obtained at your local post office or at Passports must be valid for six months after the program ends. A visa is not necessary for the summer program for U.S. citizens.

*Students interested in this program should fill out the Summer Study Abroad Application Form and the form should be processed through the international office of your home institution.

Students in this program will enroll in the Irish Experience course and the Irish Literature course earning 6 semester credits. The Irish Experience course provides students with an introduction to the history, culture and people of Ireland. The Irish Literature course will introduce students to the great literary tradition of Ireland by exploring literary construction of Irish identity and nationhood from the 19th century. Both courses include field trips and a forum for inquiry into exploring Ireland.

Cultural excursions are the foundation of The Irish Experience Program. The summer program includes several unique trips such as:

Carlow & Wexford

New Ross (Dunbrody Famine Ship)

St Mullins

Mount Leinster

Brownshill Dolmen


Kilkenny City

Kilkenny Castle

St. Canice’s Cathedral (Round Tower)

St. Francis Brewery


Wicklow & Kildare

Moone High Cross

Glendalough Heritage Centre and National Park Avoca


Wild Atlantic Way

Cliffs of Moher

The Burren


Belfast City & the Northern Coast

Political Murals Tour

The Titanic Experience

The Giant’s Causeway

Bushmills Distillery

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge


*Please note that, in some circumstances, excursion itinerary may be subject to change.

The cost to participate in the program for Summer 2022 is €2,845. A non-refundable booking deposit of €500, taken off the total program cost, is due with the completed application form by February 15, 2022. The balance of the fee is due April 27, 2022. In the unlikely event that the program is unable to run, a full refund is provided (including the booking fee). Please note that applications received after the final deadline will not be considered.

Fees and payments can be made through the Carlow College website:

The following are included in the program fee:

  • program tuition;
  • accommodation (including bed linen and WiFi);
  • four day-long field trips (includes: admission to all field trip sites; private bus and guides);
  • one overnight field trip (includes: admission to all field trip sites; accommodation; private bus and guides);
  • on-site program direction; and
  • airport collection/drop-off.

The following are not included in the program fee:

  • round-trip airfare from the United States;
  • Meals;
  • Passport fee;
  • visa fees from non-US citizens (if applicable);
  • personal travel & expenses;
  • books/classroom material; and
  • health insurance.
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