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Explore the Emerald Isle!

In partnership with Carlow College and Kishwaukee College, the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) offers a semester-long program in Carlow, Ireland. This program offers students an exciting and affordable introduction to Ireland while studying in the quintessential Irish country town of Carlow. Located 45 miles southwest of Dublin and just east of the Wicklow Mountains, Carlow, or "Carlow-Town" as it is referred to, is a wonderful study abroad location for students interested in learning in the lush green landscape of the Emerald Isle. Participating students will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips to places like Dublin, Kilkenney Castle, Duckett's Grove, Dunhill Caves, and more.


Program Description:
Carlow College, founded in 1793, is one of Ireland's oldest educational institutions. This small college of approximately 800 students provides students with small classes and allows them to engage with student-centered faculty. The program offers both a strong academic component and extensive cultural immersion as well.

An ICISP faculty will also be on-site to assist with personal or academic issues.  This faculty member will be available to ICISP student participants throughout the entire semester of study abroad.

Program Credits:
The student will receive 12 transferable college credits in the semester programs.

Required class:

  • The Irish Experience (3)

This required class is structured of American students and provides a safe environment in which the students can learn about Ireland.

The students will then choose four additional courses from an approved selection of classes primarily composed of humanities and social science courses.

Program Requirements:
This program is open to serious students, teachers, and individuals who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Irish culture and history.

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition I completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

Pre-Trip Orientation:
The required pre-trip orientation will be held at Kishwaukee College prior to departure. Students should contact their ICISP representative further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:
The program fee is $7,800.

The fee will cover:

  • Course-related field trips
  • HealthSelect Overseas Platinum insurance through HTH Worldwide
  • Housing
  • Instructional costs

This fee does not cover:

  • Airfare & airport transfer to/from Carlow
  • Meals
  • Passport & visa
  • Personal expenses

Note: Please check with your home institution regarding any additional tuition costs.

Scholarships for this program are available through ICISP.

Flight Details:
The necessary information will be given to the students in order for them to schedule their individual flights into Ireland.

All participants will need to have or acquire a current passport before the date of departure (applicants should allow 8) weeks for standard passport processing). A visa is necessary and will be purchased once you are in Carlow.

Lodging and Meals:
Students will live in a newly renovated residence hall on the college campus. Students will share bathroom, kitchen, and living space with 3-4 other students. Bedrooms are private. Altough meals are not included, there is a cafeteria on campus and several grocery stores are conveniently located to the campus.

Application Deadline:
Applications are available through your institution's ICISP Representative. You must apply through your home institution, applications submitted directly from students will not be accepted.

Fall Study Program - May

Spring Study Program - October

Visiting Faculty:
The visiting faculty will be required to oversee and provide leadership for the ICISP program and student service needs of Illinois students in Carlow. Please contact your local ICISP Representative for further details. For application: Click Here.

Additional Information:
For additional information on this program, please contact the ICISP Representative at your institution.


Lisa March
Study Abroad Coordinator
(815) 825-2086 Ext. 2560

Beth Parks
International Education Coordinator
(815) 825-2086 Ext. 3170

Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8664
Fax: (309) 268-7980
For questions regarding this website, contact the ICISP office
Last Updated: January 2013

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