International Applications

Here you will find all information about fees & grants for students wishing to study full-time or part-time. 

Semester Abroad

All study abroad applications are due to the International Officer at Carlow College by  

  • 15 October (Spring Term); or 
  • 15 May (Autumn Term).  

Applications must include:

  • a completed Carlow College, St. Patrick’s Semester Study Abroad Guidelines and Application Form; 
  • a copy of your passport page showing your photograph and personal details; 
  • certified copies of transcripts from current institution of study; 
  • if your first language is not English, attach evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS Score or equivalent); find out more here: English language requirements for admission to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s 
  • if you have elected to provide evidence of disability or learning differences, please submit along with your application a letter from the Disability Office (or equivalent) indicating the supports you currently receive. 

Please note that the issuance of student visas is for the duration of the learners’ academic studies. As such, visas do not permit learners to remain in Ireland prior to, or after the conclusion of, the academic term. 

 An application is considered complete when it includes: 

  • an up-to-date and official academic transcript; 
  • the nomination by the International Officer / Study Abroad Advisor at a 
    learner’s home institution. 
  • Semester Abroad Fees 

Summer Abroad

Applicants for the Summer Abroad Programme 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. 


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. 

Passport & 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. 

Undergraduate Programme Applications

All Undergraduate International Students should complete the Non-EEA Degree Programme Application Form [ ] and submit it to the International Office at Carlow College. 

Applications will be accepted either via email at: or via registered post, addressed to:  

Dr Eric A. Derr,  
International Officer,  
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s,  
College Street, Carlow, 
Co. Carlow,  

The deadline for completed applications each year is the last working day in May. 

Entry Requirements 

All Non-EEA full undergraduate applicants must have: 


As is standard national procedure, students on programmes with professional placements are required to undergo Garda Vetting Procedures and/or demonstrate to programme staff that they meet the relevant professional standards prior to commencing placements. If an enrolled student does not successfully meet the above requirements, they will be required to withdraw from his/her programme. If a student is forced to withdraw from his/her programme, fees from previous academic years will not be refunded to the student. 

Visas & Immigration

Semester Abroad Students or Non-Visa Required Countries 

All incoming Semester Abroad applicants or undergraduate students from non-visa required countries are required to obtain a Stamp 2 Visa from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to study at Carlow College for one academic term or each academic year.  

After you have formally been accepted onto the program, you will receive a ‘Letter of Induction’ from the President of Carlow College. Along with this document, you are required to present to the Immigration Officer at Dublin Airport the following documents: 

  • a ‘Letter of Induction’ validating that you are an international learner at Carlow College; 
  • a valid passport issued from your home country; 
  • evidence of private medical insurance (arranged by your home institution if on Semester Abroad program); and 
  • evidence of sufficient funds in the amount of €3,000 (or €500 per month if you are staying less than 6 months). 

The Immigration Officer at Dublin Airport will stamp all passports for a period of thirty days. 

Upon completion of registration at Carlow College, the International Officer at Carlow College will schedule appointments with the Carlow/Kilkenny District Immigration Officer for the application of a Stamp 2 Visa. At your designated appointment, you will present the same documents as above at the Garda Station. In addition to being fingerprinted, you are required to pay an application fee in the amount of €300 payable by credit/debit card. 

NOTE: Proof of Sufficient Funds 

  • Proof from a foreign bank 
  • You must bring 2 original bank statements from a foreign bank (i.e. your bank in your home country). 
  • The first statement must show a balance of €3,000 or equivalent (or €500 per month if you are staying less than 6 months). The statement must less than 1 month old. 
  • The second statement must be from the same bank. It must be less than 6 months old. 
  • Both statements must be for the same account and in your own name, i.e. the same name as detailed on your passport. 
  • You must also show that you have a debit card (for cash withdrawals in Ireland – cards from most countries should work). 
  • The debit card must be for the same bank account that has the €3,000 (or €500 per month if you are staying less than 6 months). 

Visa Required Countries 

If you are from a country which requires a visa in advance of travelling to Ireland, you need to allow up to 12 weeks for your visa to be processed, depending on where you are applying from. 

Visa information to study in Ireland can be obtained from the guidelines published by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. 

Once you have successfully obtained your visa, you may book your travel arrangements and travel to Ireland for the beginning of the Semester.