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Institute of Technology Carlow

Carlow, Ireland
Campus setting Suburban
Living cost USD 1,121 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Public

About Institute of Technology Carlow


Institute of Technology Carlow; Engage, Learn, Challenge, Innovate

The Institute of Technology Carlow is dedicated to excellence in higher education.  Our faculties of Engineering, Science and Health and Business and Management offer a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Our student body is as diverse as the courses we offer and we welcome applications from school leavers, direct entry students, post-graduate and international students. The student experience is the main focus for staff and faculty at Institute of Technology Carlow.  Our wish, is for every student to achieve their full potential in a professional, fair and supportive environment. 

We use a fresh and modern approach to teaching and learning, embracing all that technology has to offer to enhance our lectures, tutorials and workshops in laboratories and studios.  All this combined with relevant, practical work experience and independent project work means that we produce graduates who are trained to the highest standards and expertly prepared for the world of work. 

When you graduate from Institute of Technology Carlow you will have the right to remain in Ireland for one year (level 8 Honours Degree; BSc, BEng, etc.) or two years (level 9 or 10 qualifications; MSc) to put what you have learned here with us to use, with top companies like Google and Facebook who along with many other industry leaders in the fields of life and bio sciences, engineering, technology and computing, all call Ireland home.

Research is at the heart of Institute of Technology Carlow’s academic activities, with a 5.5 Million euro dedicated research centre and more than 5 strategic research organisations active on campus.  Our research and development activities are closely aligned with national research activities as well as programmes in Europe and the wider world.  Through our engagement and collaboration with the local community and beyond, with industry and with our many academic and research partners, both at home and abroad, Institute of Technology Carlow continues to excel in its commitment to research and higher learning.   

Campus information

Our campuses are state of the art facilities that have received multi-million Euro investments in buildings and services.  As mentioned above, the student experience is at the heart of everything we do here and our campus is no exception. We have invested in facilities to help you to learn well, study well, eat well, feel well and be well. 

Our international office with its friendly and helpful staff are dedicated to making your transition from your home country to ours as smooth as possible.  From the moment your application arrives with us until we shake your hand at your graduation ceremony we will be here for you, providing the support and assistance you need to get the very best out of your time at IT Carlow.

Student Services

  • Medical/Health Centre
  • Meditation/Multi-faith Room
  • Access Service
  • Careers Service
  • Counselling Service
  • Students Union

Computing & Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

  • Multi Storey Library
  • Multi-Media Centre
  • TV Studio
  • Radio Studio
  • Over 1,200 full access PC's
  • FREE Internet access

Sporting Facilities

  • Multi-purpose sports hall
  • Health & fitness suite
  • Sauna-steam rooms
  • High performance strength & conditioning gym
  • Exercise studio
  • Activity rooms
  • Spinning room
  • Rehabilitation therapy clinic
  • Sports science laboratories
  • Full size sand based flood lit Gaelic Football and Rugby pitches
  • Full size flood lit 4G Soccer Pitch
  • All-weather 5 aside/7 aside pitches
  • 150mt tartan sprint track


One of the main advantages of choosing Carlow over Ireland’s bigger cities of Dublin, Cork or Galway is the low cost of living.  There are a variety of accommodation options in Carlow and all at very affordable prices.  The estimated cost of living in Carlow is RM2000-RM2500 per month.  Wherever you choose to live, it is likely to be within walking distance of the college itself and so you will not need to save any money for transport costs.

There are houses to rent in Carlow and you can check out what’s available and how much they cost. A three bed house costs between RM3700 and RM4600 per month, this price excludes bills for essential utilities such as electricity, heating, water etc.  On the daft website you will also find rooms to rent in shared houses. 

Many families in Carlow open their homes to students from at home and abroad.  Local students call this type of accommodation ‘digs’ and often the family provide both breakfast and dinner which is included in the price.  Utilities costs are also included in the price of your ‘digs’, which usually costs between RM450 and RM 550 per week.  You make the payment directly to your host family.  The advantage of this type of accommodation for international students is the opportunity to get to know Irish culture and experience Irish hospitality at its best.

Institute of Technology Carlow have two specialised student residences that we offer through our accommodation partners.  If you choose this type of accommodation you will be surrounded by your fellow students both local and international.  Our accommodation partners think of everything when it comes to making sure that you have all the facilities and comforts that you would find at home and with all the fun and advantages of living with your new friends and course mates.

The Hatch Apartments are in a central location, right by the riverside and with beautiful views of Carlow town, perfect for those of you who want to be close to the action and nightlife.  

The Cois Abhainn Residences are right beside the college so couldn’t be more convenient for those of you who like to be close to the library and campus life even when lectures are over.  Each apartment in Cois Abhainn includes two single rooms with access to a shared bathroom and one twin room with a bathroom for you and your roommate.

At both student residences a security deposit is paid when you move in and provided that no damage is done to the room during your stay the deposit will be returned to you when you leave.  This type of deposit is known as a refundable deposit and may also be required if you chose to rent or to share a house.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Architecture, Building 1 Business, Management 4 Computer Science, IT 2 Engineering 2 Health and Medicine 1


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