Study abroad in Ireland

Spend a spring, fall or summer semester on the Emerald Isle!

The magic of Ireland awaits you in this exciting and dynamic semester study abroad opportunity.

Enjoy living in Carlow, Ireland, affectionately known as Carlowtown, is the quintessential Irish country town with a population of 25,000. Attend classes at one of Ireland’s oldest educational institutions, Carlow College, established in 1793. If you want to study abroad, but not in a huge metropolitan area, this is the program for you! Dublin is about an hour away and is easily accessible by both train and bus.

Students in this program will enroll as full time students at Carlow College, earning 12–18 semester credits in spring and fall and 6 semester credits in four week summer program. The cornerstone of the program is The Irish Experience, a course which provides students with an introduction to the history, culture, and people of Ireland. This course includes field trips and a forum for inquiry into the country they reside in for the academic term.

Check out Carlow College's site and the Carlow Tourism website to learn more!


Courses are offered in the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students from ICISP member institutions are required to take The Irish Experience and 3-4 electives, for a total of 12-18 credit hours. Electives vary from semester to semester; check with your ICISP representative for the most current offerings. ICISP students are only permitted to take courses from the pre-approved course list that has been articulated through ICCB and are transferable to their home institution.

Required Courses:

  • The Irish Experience

Elective Courses

Elective courses are offered in a variety of disciplines within liberal arts, humanities, social sciences, and literature. Offerings vary and may not be offered each semester. This list is not exhaustive and may change without notice:

Irish Literature Survey of British Literature I & II Creative Writing
Introduction to Literature Introduction to Fiction Introduction to Acting
Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Mass Communications Intercultural Communication
Ethics   Introduction to Philosophy World Religions
Developmental Psychology  Social Psychology Introduction to Psychology
World Religions Developmental Psychology Social Psychology
Contemporary World Literature Western Civilization 1 Western Civilization 2
Irish History Irish Dance  



The program includes trips to the following locations:

The cost of transportation and entry fees for all cultural excursions are included in the program cost.


The cost of housing is included in the program fee. Housing is provided at Lennon House, a renovated 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 a living space, kitchen, and bathroom with two or three other students. Wi-Fi is available in the residence hall. Laundry facilities are located on the premises. Bed and bath linens are provided.

Meals are not included in the program fee. A cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday is located in the academic building, but there is no food service in Lennon House. Students are expected to cook for themselves. Kitchen and cooking facilities are available in Lennon House, and many students will share meals with their housemates. A nice selection of grocery stores and eating establishments are located within walking distance.

Estimated Program Costs:

Call 217/351-2532 or email for more information.

Program includes instructional and housing costs; course-related field trips; faculty liaison; and insurance and consortial fees. Homestay option includes breakfast (daily) and kitchen privileges. 

Airfare, meals, airport transfers, one credit hour of Parkland College tuition and fees, and personal expenses are not included.

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For More Information:

Contact Jody Littleton: Office D175, phone: 217/351-2532 or email for more information.