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In partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and Kishwaukee College, ECC students can spend a semester abroad at Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland. The semester program is administered by Elgin Community College, but students will earn credit on an ECC transcript.

This unique partnership enables students to immerse themselves in the culture of Ireland and visit County Carlow. Carlow is only one and a half hours southwest of Dublin in the gentle rolling hills of some of Ireland's most beautiful countryside. The academic program contains culture courses and well as electives in the humanities and social sciences.

Nicknamed the Emerald Isle for its lush green landscape, Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic which features coastal mountains, agricultural lowlands and numerous rolling hills, lakes and bogs. With a population of 54,000, Carlow is home to two colleges including Carlow College, known to locals as St. Patrick’s College.

Located 50 miles south of the thriving capital city of Dublin, Carlow is best described as a quintessential Irish country town. Affectionately referred to as “Carlow-Town” by the locals, Carlow serves the nearby rural areas of the Barrow Valley.

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Program Overview

On behalf of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs and Kishwaukee College, ECC is proud to sponsor a semester-long study abroad program to Carlow College, in Carlow, Ireland. The program is available in the fall and spring semesters.

Students in this program will enroll as full-time students at Carlow College. The cornerstone of the program is The Irish Experience course which provides students with an introduction to the history, culture, and people of Ireland. This course includes field study for students and a forum for inquiry into the country they reside in for the academic term. Also available are both Irish history and literature courses. The remaining course options are similar to those students take at their home college. Attention has been paid to identifying courses that will help students fulfill general education requirements for their degree programs. Participating in a semester abroad need not delay a student’s graduation date.

A faculty member from an ICISP member institution will be on-site in Carlow to serve as a faculty liaison to students, the Carlow College faculty and administration, Elgin Community College, and ICISP. While this individual will be a support for students and other individuals, s/he will also provide service to Carlow College as a visiting professor or in another mutually agreed upon capacity.

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Program Dates

  • Fall semester: September 11 - December 20
  • Spring semester: January 4 – May 9

Program Application Deadline

  • Fall semester: May 15
  • Spring semester: October 15

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students 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.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 12 semester hours of college-level coursework completed
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition (ENG 101) completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel
  • Recommendation of the International Office

Applicants must have no outstanding financial obligations to ECC and no disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development. Applicants can contact the Center for International Education and Programs to determine eligibility; admission into the program may require an interview. Admission is made on a space available basis.

Academic Program

The student will receive 12 transferable college credits in the semester programs. Credit will be granted by Elgin Community College.

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. Students will then choose four additional courses from an approved selection of classes primarily composed of humanities and social sciences fields. A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Education and Programs (building B, room B105) or by emailing Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Academic Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.

Lodging and Meals

Housing is provided at Lennon House, a newly renovated residence hall on the college campus. Students will have a private bedroom and will share living space, kitchen, and bathroom with two or three other students. WiFi is available in the residence hall. Laundry facilities are available on the premises. The cost of housing is included in the program fee paid to Elgin Community College. Meals, however, are not included in the fee. A nice selection of grocery stores and eating establishments are located within walking distance.

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A current passport and visa are required for students in the semester program. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with directions on how apply for a visa.


Participation in a pre-trip orientation is mandatory. The orientation will be approximately six weeks prior to departure. Details will be sent upon acceptance.

Program Fees

This program for the 2014-2015 academic year is estimated at $7,300. The program fee includes:

  • Instructional Costs at Carlow College
  • Course-related Field Trips
  • Housing
  • Linen Rental
  • Faculty Liaison
  • ICISP Cosponsored Program Fee
  • Orientation Materials
  • Mandatory Insurance

The program fee does not includes:

  • ECC tuition and fees
  • Transatlantic Transportation
  • Meals
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Airport Transfer to/from Carlow
  • Personal expenses

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Awards range in size up to $1,000. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship should complete a scholarship application (contained within the program application) and submit all required documentation. Selection is competitive.

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Carlow program, please complete the following forms:

Submit it to the Center for International Education and Programs in B 105.


For further information, please email the Center for International Education and Programs at or call 847-214-7809.

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