Cultural Integration and Research Programme

Running for over 15 years, the only programme of its kind in Ireland.

Started by Dave Barron (M.Ed., B.A., Dip.Ed. Management) former principle of St. Mary's College Carlow, Dave used his array of experience to build this unique and exceptional programme.  

  • 7-14 day programme based on Cultural Research & English Language Usage.
  • Integrate with Irish students who assist in visiting and researching heritage sites in Carlow Town.
  • Prepare a short report based on your research.
  • Give a presentation on your home country or city to your Irish friends.
  • Meet other cultures through presentations and interaction activities (Middle East, China, the Netherlands, Finland).
  • Experience Irish Dancing and Irish Music through professional tuition.
  • Practice Gaelic Football, Hurling and Tag Rugby during fun activities.
  • Stay with an Irish host family.
  • Enjoy a full day tour to Dublin City Centre and Croke Park GAA Museum and Stadium.
  • Receive a 'Certificate of Participation' on successful completion. 
Saying goodbye at the end of the programme is never easy!

Recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English Language Teaching (ELT).

Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.