January 29, 2020

Visitors from Ireland at Francis Marion

Visitors from Ireland at Francis Marion

Father Conn O’Maoldhomhnaigh, president of Carlow College St. Patrick’s in Carlow, Ireland, and Mr. Eric Derr, Carlow’s quality assurance officer and international programs director, chat with Dr. Mark Blackwell, director of international programs at FMU, on Wednesday. Carlow College, in Carlow, Ireland, is one of nine university exchange partners, in five different countries, affiliated with FMU. Additional exchange partnerships are expected to be announced later this year.

The exchange program is designed to provide cultural enrichment and personal broadening for students at both ends of the partnerships. The FMU-Carlow program, like all of FMU’s exchange programs, allows FMU students to attend a semester of college in Ireland, and students from the international university to attend FMU at no additional cost.  FMU’s other exchange partners are in England, Germany, France and Canada. 

Seven FMU students have studied, or are studying, in Ireland this academic year. Three Carlow students were part of an 11-student group of foreign exchange students at FMU last semester. 

O’Maoldhomhnaigh and Derr are attending an international conference in the United States and found time to come to FMU during their visit.