Engage in future-focused study at this leading Institute of Technology.

Known for its innovation, state-of-the-art facilities and multicultural community, IT Carlow attracts students from over 80 countries each year.

The top-tier aerospace engineering, media and sport programmes lure many international students – who often fall in love with Ireland’s South East along the way.

IT Carlow’s hands-on learning and vibrant campus culture promises an unforgettable experience inside – and outside – the classroom.

International students talk about what they like about IT Carlow

About IT Carlow

The Institute of Technology Carlow was founded in 1970. Now with over 7,000 students, it has a well established reputation for leading facilities, excellent student support services and strong sense of community.

IT Carlow has one of the highest rates of international students; about 15% of the student body.

Overseas students love the small class sizes and individual attention they get here.

The main campus is in Carlow town, with smaller campuses in County Wexford and County Wicklow. The Carlow campus is also home to the Dargan Centre, a €5 million purpose-built research facility, as well as a large sports complex.

Student Dillon O'Reilly talks about the Aerospace Engineering programme at IT Carlow

Academic Departments

IT Carlow offers a wide range of courses across Business, Humanities, Science, and Engineering. All programmes offer career-focused education taught by knowledgeable and approachable lecturers. There are several programmes IT Carlow is particularly well-known for.

Aerospace Engineering: IT Carlow is the leading aerospace education facility In Ireland. This is the only Irish third-level institute to have its own on-campus aerospace centre, with a range of aircraft, a dedicated hangar, a wind tunnel and an avionics/UAV laboratory.

Media Production: The institute boasts leading production facilities including 4k cameras, a suite of digital media studios, and a broadcast-quality TV and radio studio. Teaching on the media course is done by experienced scriptwriters, producers, directors, animators, editors and camera operators with credits including CNN, Channel 4, and Sky.

Games Development: IT Carlow was the first Irish third-level institute to offer a B.Sc. in Computer Games Development. Alumni of IT Carlow’s industry-renowned course are now working for Aeria Games, Glu Mobile, Havok, Swrve, Demonware, DIGIT Games Studios and Microsoft.

Sports: Irish soccer star Robbie Keane and Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who both played for LA Galaxy, completed courses in IT Carlow. The Sport & Exercise degree courses are delivered in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and Leinster Rugby Club.

Student Sandra Nyarko talks about the civil engineering programme at IT Carlow

What can I study?

A preview of IT Carlow's new sports centre, opening in 2020

Sport & Campus Life

IT Carlow’s 65 clubs and societies are a large part of the campus community. You can join a society at any time during the year and bond over interests as diverse as Board Games, Chess, Drama, Karting, and Sign Language.

The institute also has serious sporting pedigree, a result of its world-class sports facilities and the achievements of its teams and athletes at third-level elite and competitive sports. 

No matter what your ability or level, there are plenty of opportunities to train, play or compete here. The choice of clubs is diverse, from archery to powerlifting, cricket to MMA, fencing to soccer.

The Barrow Centre sport facilities are well-equipped centres for strength, conditioning, fitness and sport. Students are free to use the sports hall, steam rooms, gym, as well as GAA, soccer and rugby pitches and sprint track.

A new €15 million South Sports Campus is being developed 1km from the main Carlow campus. When it’s completed in summer 2020 it will add 6 floodlit sports pitches and a state-of-the-art 400m all weather athletics track.

Insta-worthy stops along Ireland’s Ancient East

Exploring Carlow and Beyond

The IT Carlow campus is just 10 minutes walk from Carlow Town, one of Ireland’s largest towns situated on the banks of the River Barrow.

Carlow is around 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Dublin City, and 30 minutes from the charming city of Kilkenny (you’ll be visiting Kilkenny for both its magnificent castle and famous comedy festival).

International students rate Carlow for the affordable cost of living, green surroundings and friendly locals, as well as easy access to explore the rest of Ireland’s East. On weekends you can explore the famous beaches of Wexford or go north to Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. 

At A Glance
Semester at IT Carlow
Start Date
21 September - 18 December 2020
Fall Semester

11 January - 26 March 2021
Spring Semester

12 April - 18 June 2021
Summer Semester
1 semester - 2 semesters
Apply By
1 April - Fall and Summer Semesters

1 October - Spring Semester


What's included?

Airfare, mandatory health insurance, visa costs, in-country transportation, and spending money aren’t included.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

*Application and Commitment fees are in addition to the programme fee.

Up to €1,000