International students, including from India, enrolled at Irish institutions may be allowed to return to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year, which is scheduled to begin this September. It is projected that by that time, Ireland’s national vaccination program will be complete and things will take a different shape, compared to Spring 2021.
This announcement was made by the Regional Manager of India & South Asia for Education in Ireland, Barry O’Driscoll, while speaking about the 2021-22 academic year in Ireland.
He added that the return to campus experience will be done in a phased manner with different groups of students. It is also likely that remote learning will remain in phase for larger student groups.
O’Driscoll mentioned that eligible international students who applied for a two-year stay back visa, due to the pandemic, were forced to remain in their home country and study online for the current academic year. They will now be eligible for the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme.
When international students return to Ireland to study, or to avail themselves of the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme, they will be required to abide by the current public health Covid-19 guidelines.
O’Driscoll also spoke about the expected changes in the education system, wherein he mentioned that most Irish universities had been quite successful in catering and adapting to the needs of international students amid the pandemic. They had also been able to transition effectively to a remote or hybrid delivery system. As the situation is expected to return to normalcy soon, universities may take its own good time to re-transition to classroom teaching.
He further expected his pride in the close links they have with the industry across science, computing, business and engineering, which helped Irish universities conduct group work, class presentations and discussions.
Overall, both domestic and international students have responded positively to the response of Irish universities to the global pandemic.
In addition, the Irish government has announced undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for Indian students, which are worth €1,500,000.
O’Driscoll added that higher education institutions themselves are offering scholarships based on merit to international students. Education in Ireland also gave away 10 scholarships worth €3,000 each.
The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships 2021 give away a total of 60 scholarships every year for one year of undergraduate or postgraduate study to eligible international students.
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