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Study in the US

Study in the United States

Second and third year students of eligible undergraduate courses in Carlow College, St. Patrick’s have the option of spending the Autumn term in partner institutes in the United States. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture and see things from a different perspective.


Which undergraduate courses are eligible?

  • Arts & Humanities
  • English & History
  • Social, Political & Community Studies


Where in the US can you study?

  • Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa
  • Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina


What are the main features of the programme?

  • Spend the Autumn term (16 weeks) studying in the US
  • Take modules that fulfil your academic requirements (so as not to fall behind)
  • Pay the same tuition and housing fees to Carlow College as non-travelling students


Are there any scholarships available?

Students accepted into the Study Abroad programme are eligible for two scholarships:

  • Jon Stauff Scholarship Fund
  • Bishop James Davis Travel Prize.


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

Email: intloffice@carlowcollege.ie

Learners can only participate in the Programme for one term. The International Officer, in close collaboration with the Assistant Registrar for Strategic Development and the Programme Director, will ensure that modules are articulated correctly. If there are not enough modules at the host institution, then the applicant will be unable to participate in the Programme.

All study abroad applications are due by 15 March and are considered complete when it includes:

Once all applications are processed, those that meet our minimum academic requirements will be called for an interview. If successful, application details will be sent to the host institution admission consideration.

All applicants accepted onto the Programme must obtain a J-1 Visa: Exchange Visitor Programme. The J-1 Visa must be applied for, and obtained, prior to participation in the Programme.

The issuance of student visas is for the duration of the learners’ academic studies. As such, visas do not permit learners to remain in the United States prior to, or after the conclusion of, the academic term.

St. Ambrose University is located in Davenport, Iowa, an urban community that forms part of the metropolitan area known as the Quad Cities. Davenport is the third largest city in the State of Iowa with a population of 102,157; the Quad Cities have a combined population of 383,781. St. Ambrose University sits on a park-like campus that boasts ‘the best college housing’ in the State of Iowa. With over 1,200 learners choosing to live on-campus, Carlow College learners choosing to avail of this opportunity will have a real ‘American’ university experience. Learn more about St. Ambrose University at www.sau.edu.

Francis Marion University is located in Florence, South Carolina, a metropolitan area with a population 38,000. Florence is: an hour away from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; two hours away from Charleston, South Carolina and two hours away from Charlotte, North Carolina. FMU sits on a 400-acre old cotton plantation and includes a 100 acre of forest-land; it is well-serviced by public transportation. There are nearly 4,000 learners registered at FMU, which bills itself as South Carolina’s ‘prettiest campus’. Learn more about Francis Marion University at www.fmarion.edu.

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