What’s it All About

Our Enrichment Semester Program at Sligo Institute of Technology creates a dedicated time for students to adjust to the responsibilities, independence and lifestyle of college life in a supportive, safe and low stress environment.

The program is designed to be a practical, enriching and fun stepping stone for students requiring an adjustment period between high school and college.

While on the Semester Enrichment Program you’ll be taking a reduced course-load of 3 to 4 classes in any discipline of your choosing, you’ll have the full support of the Irish Gap Year team to check in, make sure you’re are attending classes and are well fed and rested.

You’ll have the option of transferring credits from your semester at Sligo IT to your home university, or you may attend this program purely for enrichment purposes.  

During your time at Sligo IT you will be staying with other freshman in student housing, eating at the college and attending classes regularly.

You’ll be travelling on weekends with other Irish Gap Year students to some of Ireland’s most celebrated cities, towns, National Parks and heritage sites.

If you are looking for an academic stepping stone from high school to college in a fun and supportive environment, this is the program for you.

Who is this Program for?

The Sligo IT Study Abroad Program is for students interested in a semester abroad program on Ireland's West coast. Famous for its outstanding nature, freindly locals and arts scene, Sligo is an ideal city for students interested in getting deeply involved in Irish culture. With the support of the Irish Gap Year team, this program is an ideal stepping stone into one's college career.

Dates for Upcoming Programs

Sligo IT Semester Abroad: Autumn & Spring annually

How to Apply

To apply for our European Explorer Program you must first create an account with Irish Gap Year. It's an easy process and can be done through the link below. 

We will reach out to you via email once you've created your account and encourage interested students to begin their formal application. All applicants will undergo a Skype or phone interview with director of admissions Ryan Allen to conclude the application process. 

Upon acceptance, a 10% deposit is required to secure a place on this program.  The balance of the program fee is then due 90 days prior to the start of the program.

To start the application process and manage your registration please create an account

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About County Sligo

County Sligo is one of Ireland’s most scenic and quaint counties, located along the dramatic backdrop of the northwest coast. Sligo Institute of Technology is home to 6,500 students and is centrally located in Sligo Town, a regional city nested along the Garavougue River, Atlantic Ocean and surrounding mountain ranges. Sligo Town has a population of just under 20,000 people and is renowned for its rich literary and musical traditions, rugged countryside and inviting, friendly locals. 

A Unique Experience

  • Travel with other Irish Gappers to some of Ireland’s most loved cities – Dublin, Galway and Belfast.
  • Go surfing, kayaking and hiking on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Immerse yourself in college life.
  • Connect with a close-knit group of International Students.
  • Study a modern campus in one of Ireland’s most scenic locations.
  • Discover Ireland’s more about Ireland’s literary greats at the home of WB Yeats in county Sligo.
  • Make sure to join the college’s great range of Sports Clubs and Societies including, athletics, Swimming, Drama, Surfing, Arts and Gaming.
  • Take advantage of the onsite gym, swimming pool and football pitches.

Academic Offerings

School of Business and Social Sciences

Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.8.

Students can do 10 or 20 credits per semester. Equivalent of 3 to 4 classes.

Grades achieved during your time at Sligo IT will be converted into relevant US grades using the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) framework.


Campus housing.
Students have their own private room in a combination of houses or apartments in either the Yeats or Clarion on campus. 


Students are responsible for all meals.  The campus has dining facilities and there is easy access to a range of grocery stores both on and off campus.

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