Since 2003, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has developed important collaborative relationships with institutions of higher learning in the United States. We are dedicated to establishing and maintaining relationships with like-minded institutions who share our commitment to creating a global and interactive educational community.
Our international partners include:
St. Ambrose University – Davenport, Iowa, United States
St. Ambrose University is an independent, diocesan Catholic university situated in Davenport, Iowa. Although the Carlow College/St. Ambrose partnership was only established in 2003, the historical links go back much further as the third bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, James Davis, was a Carlow College graduate (1878). Since its establishment, the Carlow programme has grown to become one of their largest semester study-abroad programmes. This partnership has also resulted in the exchange of academic ideas through faculty members.
Francis Marion University – Florence, South Carolina, United States
Francis Marion University (FMU) is a public university situated in Florence, South Carolina. Our institutional relationship with FMU began in Summer 2017 and culminated in January 2018 with the signing of an agreement for education cooperation between the presidents of both institutions. This agreement facilitates academic collaboration between both institutions and faculty / student exchanges.
Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs – Illinois, United States
The Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) is a consortium comprised of over 30 institutions in Illinois and Wisconsin. Since establishing a partnership with Carlow College in 2009, the Carlow programme has become its most popular semester study-abroad programme. A unique feature of the ICISP programme is the steady stream of faculty members who choose to spend a term at Carlow College. These faculty members not only serve as mentors to study abroad students, but they also engage with the greater Carlow community in a way that allows them to experience Irish culture at first hand.
Carlow University – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Carlow University is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As one can surmise from the similarities in their institutional names, Carlow University has a strong historical tie to Carlow College. Six years after the Sisters of Mercy were established by Mother Catherine McAuley (1831), the then president of Carlow College, Fr. Andrew Fitzgerald, was instrumental in bringing the Sisters of Mercy to Carlow where they established St. Leo’s Convent (1837). It was from Carlow that Mother Frances Warde and six sisters left for Pittsburgh to establish the first Mercy community in the United States (1843). Building on this historical link, Carlow University established a semester study-abroad programme at Carlow College in 2010.
Cardinal Stritch University
Cardinal Stritch University is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi situated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our institutional relationship was formalised with the signing of a Semester and Short-Term Study Abroad Agreement on 1 July 2019. Since its signing, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s has welcomed study abroad students for both its semester study abroad programme and summer study abroad programme.
Mount Mercy University
Mount Mercy University (MMU) is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our institutional relationship with MMU began in Spring 2015 and culminated in March 2016 with the signing of an agreement for education cooperation when the President of MMU and their Senior Leadership Pilgrimage visited Carlow College, St. Patrick’s. It is envisaged that this agreement will lead to student and faculty exchanges as well as organisational collaboration in hosting joint symposia, workshops and conferences.
South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University is a public university situated in Brookings, South Dakota. Our relationship began in the Spring 2020 and culminated in the signing of a tripartite agreement with SETU Carlow. This agreement facilitates academic collaboration and provides the opportunity for South Dakota State students to study abroad in Carlow, Ireland.
St. Francis College
St. Francis College is a private university founded by the Franciscan Brothers situated in Brooklyn, New York. Our relationship began in 2021 and culminated in the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding with SETU Carlow on 2 February 2022. This memorandum opens the door to further collaboration in: student mobility, faculty collaboration and research initiatives.
The University of Missouri is a public university situated in Columbia, Missouri. Our relationship began in the Autumn 2018 and culminated in the signing of an agreement for a short-term study abroad programme based at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s; this agreement was signed on 24 July 2019.