For Carlow students only. Colleges and universities that participate in this Study Abroad in Northern Ireland Program may send up to 3 students each year to study in Northern Ireland through the Irish American Scholars program.

Students may apply to study at the following schools:
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Queens University
  • St. Mary’s University College
  • Stranmillis University College
  • University of Ulster

The Location

Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west. At the time of the 2001 UK Census, its population was 1,685,000, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the population of the United Kingdom. Due to its unique history, the issue of the symbolism, name and description of Northern Ireland is complex, and similarly the issue of citizenship and identity. In general, Unionists consider themselves British and Nationalists see themselves as Irish, though these identities are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

For more information, please visit the Northern Ireland wikipedia site.


Queens University and University of Ulster are internationally recognized. They do not offer study in all disciplines, but most U.S. students will find appropriate subjects on these campuses. Belfast Metropolitan College specializes in educating students with strong career goals in vocational areas such as business, marketing, computing, performing arts and communication, and also in Irish studies. Stranmillis University College of Queens University specializes in teaching training and St. Mary’s University College of Queens University specializes in liberal arts and teacher training. The programs and faculty are of high quality and U.S. students can expect a fulfilling year.

Program Dates

(range depending on University)
  • Fall Semester or
  • Spring Semester or
  • Year (Fall and Spring semester) 

Program Fees

  • Tuition - NONE
  • Housing Fee - Depends on Location
  • Study Abroad Fee - $200 per semester
  • International Health Insurance - $200 per semester

For More Information

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