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Carlow, Ireland

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Cathedral of the Assumption

Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow, Ireland. Photo by SAU student, Christine Mattern

This program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester.

Course offerings:  Nursing (Fall semester); Communications; Computer Science; International Business;  Irish Studies; Humanities; Management; Marketing; Psychology; Sociology; Theology; Philosophy and Creative Arts
Dates:  September - December or January - May
Price:  $9,000 (as of Fall 2014 - subject to change)
Financial Aid:  Eligible students can use up to $4,000 of their SAU scholarship plus federal and state aid (excluding work study grants) for one semester.

Program description

Carlow, Ireland (located approximately 50 miles southwest of Dublin) is an ideal setting to spend a semester abroad. As a medium-sized student town, Carlow is quaint enough to be personable, but large enough to be captivating. 

Students choose from a wide variety of general education courses at Carlow College or "St. Pat's" as it's known by the locals. Nursing students can take Biology 211:  Microbiology - at the Institute of Technology Carlow during the Fall semester of their sophomore year. NOTE: Nursing students must take Anatomy and Physiology prior to studying abroad in Carlow.

Program highlights

  • "Irish Experience," a required course designed for study abroad students, will introduce you to the history and culture of Ireland. Regular field trips will enable you to explore Carlow and its neighboring towns.
  • Small class sizes will allow you to get to know your professors and fellow classmates.
  • Living in on-campus dormitories with Irish and other international students makes it easy to meet new people.
  • Travel to Dublin in less than three hours for a taste of city life or to catch a cheap flight to Europe.
  • On-site support from your Carlow College liaison and the international office at IT Carlow.
  • Volunteer and Internship opportunities available upon request.
What is included
  • SAU zone tuition (12-18 credits)
  • On-campus housing at Carlow College (with free wi-fi)
  • International Health Insurance
What is not included
  • Passport
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals and personal expenses (approximately $100-150 per week)
  • Bed Linens - students can rent linens from Carlow College (50 Euro) or purchase their own.
  • Books
  • Additional travel expenses
  • 300 Euro visa extension (Garda) fee
  • Laundry

Application deadlines

  • Fall Semester:  April 1
  • Spring Semester:  October 1

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit your $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by April 1 (Fall applicants) or October 1 (Spring applicants).

Payment deadlines

  • October 1: $500 deposit due (Spring applicants)
  • December 20: remaining balance due (Spring applicants)

Payment details

  • Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after October 1/April 1.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by December 20/August 20.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after the December 20/August 20 payment deadline.