The MFA in Creative Writing program at Carlow University is a unique, international, low-residency program where students meet for four intensive residencies, two in Pittsburgh, PA in January and two in Ireland in June. Students in our program have the opportunity to refine and explore their writing through concentrations in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction under the guidance of award-winning American and Irish mentors. It provides boundless opportunities in which students work closely and rigorously with internationally-renowned writers, but is still designed for those who juggle various obligations while aspiring to become better writers.

This is not a typical Study Abroad program -- it is a fundamental piece of Carlow's MFA in Creative Writing program and is available only to those students. 

To learn more about the MFA program or to apply online, please visit the MFA page on the Carlow website, contact the MFA office at 412.578.6081, or email the Interim Director, Jan Beatty, at

The Location

Trinity College Dublin was the home for the 2018 June MFA residency. Great writers such as Oscar Wilde, Johnathan Swift and Samuel Beckett have studied at Trinity. Dublin is the home of the world's best known writers: James Joyce, William Trevor, John Mc Gahern, Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.

Students experienced the inspiration of Dublin's rich literary history and intellectual traditions by studying with Ireland's current generation of acclaimed writers.

For more information, please visit the City of Dublin's website

Program Fees - 2017

(subject to change)

Ireland Residency Fees:

$2875.00, which includes room, board, and student traveler health insurance

Extra fees:
  • Airfare
  • Some dinners
  • Personal expenses
Program Includes:
  • Housing
  • Residency curricula
  • Meals (All breakfast, lunches and most dinners)
  • Excursions

Graduate Students Financial Aid

Federal Stafford loans are available for this program
Half-time is 3 – 5 credits
Full-time is 6+ credits

Residency Fee for January 2018 Pittsburgh residency
$1050.00 without lodging
$2050.00 with lodging