Spring Dates: early January – early May
Fall Dates: early September – mid-December
Summer Dates: three weeks in June
In this semester-long program, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Irish culture and history on the Emerald Isle while earning Madison College credit. Courses are held at Carlow College, one of Ireland’s oldest educational institutions. There is a summer option for this program as well.
Affectionately referred to as “Carlow Town” by the locals, Carlow is best described as a quintessential Irish country town. In this town, located about 50 miles south of Dublin, a wide selection of merchant shops and traditional pubs line the cobblestone streets of Carlow’s bustling city centre.
Carlow College, founded in 1793, is one of Ireland's oldest educational institutions. There are approximately 800 students which allows for small classes.
All students are required to take “The Irish Experience” (3 credits), which provides an introduction to the history, culture, and people of Ireland and combines classroom presentations and discussions with guided and independent field trips. Students then select from an approved list of three to four additional courses in the humanities and social sciences. Summer students enroll in two courses: Irish Literature and the Irish Experience for a total of 6 credits.
All students accepted into a semester-long Study Abroad program are required to take the Madison College one credit online course titled "Perspectives on Study Abroad". This course is designed as an introduction to and support of residence and study in another country. Students will learn cultural theories, learning styles, cross-cultural communication skills, and strategies for development of cross-cultural competencies. Students will participate in activities designed to increase their cultural awareness, cross-cultural sensitivity, and own adaptability to another culture. The course will facilitate the intense learning process that occurs when individuals are placed in a new cultural context and will challenge students to explore their own cultural assumptions.
Accommodations and Meals
Students 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. The residence hall is near Carlow Town Centre and on the Carlow College campus.
Housing is included in the program cost; however, meals are not included. A nice selection of grocery stores and eating establishments is located within walking distance.
As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. Possible excursions may include:
- Kilkenney Castle
- Duckett’s Grove
- Dunhill Caves
A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing. A visa may be necessary and will be purchased once students arrive in Carlow.
All students are required to attend three pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information. One orientation will take place in Illinois about 6-8 weeks in advance of the program, on a Saturday. The other two sessions will occur at Madison College.
Students are accompanied by a visiting U.S. faculty member who provides oversight for the program and assistance to students as needed.
The program fee for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 is $7900 and the Summer 2018 program fee is $3900, which includes:
- Application fee
- Tuition and instructional costs
- Course-related field trips
- Health insurance
Additional costs include:
- Airfare and airport transfer to/from Carlow
- All meals
- Refundable housing security deposit
- Spending money
- Passport (if you do not have one) and visa
- Madison College Perspectives on Study Abroad Course Tuition (Approximately $120)
The application deadline for Fall semester is in May; the deadline for Spring semester is in October; the deadline for Summer is in February. All materials, including the initial deposit of $500, must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)
For More Information
If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.
This program is administered by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and is open to member colleges in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more information visit the ICISP website.