International Student Exchange Will Be ‘More Inclusive’ Than Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2021 by steve

“A new international student exchange scheme will provide more opportunities for US students and be more inclusive than its predecessor, according to the UK’s universities minister. The EU’s long-running Erasmus program gave students the chance to study abroad, as well as running an exchange scheme for staff …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 7 May]

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Startling fall in EU applications to study in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2021 by steve

“Applications from the United Kingdom’s number one overseas student market have plummeted by 40% for undergraduate courses starting in 2021-22, but it is Brexit and not COVID-19 that is to blame for the fall …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 14 April]

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Irish Erasmus students to have hotel quarantine paid for by State

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“About 500 Irish college students studying in EU countries which have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list are set to have their accommodation paid for by the State under new plans. The move to add five EU member states – Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg – to the quarantine list has sparked alarm within higher education due to the costs facing returning Irish students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Provost candidates diverge in stances on international student fees increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The future of fees for international students is likely to be determined by which of the three candidates in the race to be Trinity’s next provost is successful in the April election. Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan and Jane Ohlmeyer took different standpoints on whether fees for non-EU students would increase under their provostship at a hustings this evening hosted by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Audrey Brown and Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 29 March]

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Brexit fuels surge in overseas demand for college places here as points to rise

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Brexit has fuelled the huge leap in demand for college places this year, and is likely to contribute to driving up the points for some courses. Almost half the extra 6,268 CAO applications are from students living outside the Republic …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 March]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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International Students – Travel

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandSorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if international travel for foreign third level students is deemed essential travel …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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‘Students Lost to Brexit’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2021 by steve

“Modeling kept under wraps by the British government for nearly two years estimates that Brexit could cost the nation’s universities nearly two-thirds of their European Union student enrollment and £63m ($87m) in one year, but that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge will boost their income …” (more)

[John Morgan, Inside Higher Education, 12 February]

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International students face more quarantine but report better understanding of their mental health

Posted in Life on February 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“While Trinity has announced its continuation of online classes, many international students elected to return to accommodation in Dublin even in face of travel restrictions …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 February]

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International students attending University of Limerick ‘fully compliant’ with Covid guidelines

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick says more than 100 international students who have arrived in Limerick in recent days ahead of the Spring semester are complying with all public health guidelines and regulations. The PhD students, who travelled from Algeria on a specially chartered flight, quarantined for 14 days and tested negative for Covid-19 before their departure …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 20 January]

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UL to welcome 140 Algerian students as part of four-year PhD agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One hundred-and-forty students will jet into Limerick from Africa tomorrow, to study at the University of Limerick, and will have to isolate on UL’s campus for 14 days as part of international covid-19 travel protocols. The Algerian government is funding the PhD students to study at UL under a deal estimated to be worth over €10 million to the university …” (more)

[David Raleigh,, 18 January]

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Brexit can give Irish colleges a boost says MEP Sean Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish colleges can get an unexpected boost this year, thanks to Brexit. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly says over 100,000 EU students came to Britain last year to study under the Erasmus programme …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 January]

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One Dublin College Opts Against Charging International Students More

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Joyce Zhao flew from Shanghai into Dublin on a wintery night in February 1999 at around 11pm, and realised there was no-one at the airport to meet her. ‘My arrival was actually forgotten by the college’, says Zhao. She had enrolled in a private college, settling for Ireland after two failed attempts to get a US study visa, she says. A rep was supposed to pick her up …” (more)

[Shamim Malekmian, Dublin Inquirer, 13 January]

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WIT Sees Drop In Income Due To Fewer International Students During Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology’s income dropped by €844,000 as a result of a significant drop in the number of new international students beginning their studies at WIT. In the 2020-21 academic year, Waterford Institute of Technology had 125 total international students, 68 of whom were new entrants, as opposed to 227 in the 2019-20 academic year, of whom 172 were new entrants …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 9 January]

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Losing Erasmus would have a devastating effect on social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

“With less than two weeks left of the Brexit transition period, one of the key issues still on the negotiating table is the UK’s future in the EU’s Erasmus+ study abroad scheme. The Independent reported this week that, with talks going ‘nowhere’ and Michel Barnier’s insistence on an all or nothing approach, the UK is set to forfeit access to the scheme altogether …” (more)

[Sofia Lewis, Independent, 17 December]

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Irish Students in the UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDanny Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has finalised the agreement with colleges in the UK to ensure that Irish students do not have to pay higher fees or be considered as international students if they apply to UK colleges for courses, including postgraduate courses for 2021 to 2022, due to Brexit …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Students and overcrowded living spaces

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was dismaying but not surprising to see the RTÉ investigative report last Thursday (December 3rd) on overcrowded living spaces. For international students, this is a familiar reality of living in Ireland …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, Irish Times, 9 December]

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How the pandemic has affected UL international students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every year students from all over the world attend the University of Limerick for a semester as part of the Erasmus program. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities throughout Ireland have adopted online teaching methods this semester, which has resulted in many international students being unable to travel to Limerick for the year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 29 November]

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Erasmus must only happen next semester with increased student supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its inception, the Erasmus programme has been hailed by students and academic institutions across Europe as being a rite of passage. One of the programme’s centrepieces is its support network between students and the institutions involved, be it through the flagship Erasmus grant, networking events for overseas students or language learning opportunities directly from the programme itself …” (more)

[Adam Balchin, Trinity News, 28 November]

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New international student enrolments drop by 43% in US

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“International student enrolments in United States universities declined by 16% in autumn 2020 and drops in new student enrolments were more than twice as steep, at 43%, according to data from a snapshot survey designed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US higher education. A drop was expected, and researchers anticipate a surge in enrolments after the pandemic has ended, fuelled by pent-up demand and aggressive ongoing recruitment of international students …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 16 November]

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