Language students taking classes online should receive refund on fees, says council

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who have paid for English languages classes but must return to online learning in light of the latest restrictions should be entitled to a partial refund on their fees, the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) has said …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Queen’s University chartered £616 a ticket flight from China for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast has brought hundreds of students to Northern Ireland direct from China on a chartered jumbo jet. The Boeing 777 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways and carrying the 369 new and returning students, landed at Belfast International Airport from Beijing on Saturday …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of overseas students that have enrolled in Irish universities for the autumn term; the provisions in place to ensure that students coming from abroad adhere to the two-week self-isolation period; the person or body responsible for overseeing these provisions and monitoring students’ compliance; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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UCD Residences to postpone check-in by a week

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email to students registered for on-campus accommodation, UCD Residences Room Booking Team announced that the check-in start date would be postponed from September 10th until September 17th …” (more)

[Doireann de Courcy Mac Donnell, University Observer, 3 September]

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International students to be charged €350 for meal plan during isolation period

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students arriving to Trinity are to be charged €350 for meals provided by College during a two-week isolation period ahead of the semester. Students arriving to Trinity from countries that are not on the green travel list are required to restrict their movements for 14 days after they enter Ireland …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 2 September]

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Safety protocol for international students in place

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences has joined with other higher education institutes (HEIs) to develop a protocol that is to facilitate the safe arrival of international students, many of whom are returning to Ireland to continue their studies …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 September]

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English language schools should suspend recruitment, Department says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language schools should suspend the recruitment of international students until 2021, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has recommended. In a three-page letter sent to language school representative groups as part of talks regarding the sector’s reopening, the Department said it would welcome ‘a voluntary moratorium’ which would put a stop to the enrolling of new international students to English language schools in Ireland …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Self-Isolating International Students Must Pay for Trinity Accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students coming from non-greenlist countries due to be moving into Trinity accommodation will have to quarantine for two weeks at their own expense. Students returning to Trinity from outside Ireland must arrive by September 7th in order to comply with the two-week mandatory self-isolation before term starts …” (more)

[Amy Cox, University Times, 15 August]

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Trinity to provide transfers and meal services for arriving international students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has confirmed plans to provide airport transfers and a meal service to international students restricting their movements during their first two weeks in Dublin, in communication with affected students this weekend …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 10 August]

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Reopening of schools and colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The surest way for schools to fully re-open at the end of August is to totally suppress Covid-19 on the entire island as per New Zealand. This means 100% buy-in on masks, distancing, etc, backed by effective legislation along with a 24-hour testing service, compulsory testing/isolation of incoming travellers, minimal foreign travel and all-island collaboration …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 3 August]

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International Students Long for College Experience and People More than Degree

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) is considered Ireland’s largest international university. It is home to over 6,000 international students that make up 29% of the student population, according to then most recent registration figures …” (more)

[Danielle DerGarabedian, College Tribune, 26 July]

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Will international students be allowed back this autumn?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2020 by steve

“While many universities in the Western world fret about how many international students will turn up on campus for the start of the new academic year, at least one Norwegian university has ‘revoked admission’ to its masters degree programmes taught in English for non-European Union students as a result of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 24 July]

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No twin room at UL as college confirm free accommodation for international students during self-isolation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A reduction in course fees for the next academic year is not being considered by the University of Limerick. However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the university has announced a number of changes in relation to accommodation for the forthcoming semester …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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Landscape of post-pandemic transnational higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2020 by steve

International“The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the landscape of transnational higher education (TNHE) in three dimensions: student mobility, economic recession and international political tension. As a health catastrophe, COVID-19 affects cross-border mobility, opening up opportunities for TNHE to absorb the demand for international qualifications …” (more)

[Agustian Sutrisno, University World News, 18 July]

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Language schools warn of Covid-19 job losses and hit to economy

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

Ireland“At least 75,000 fewer foreign students will come to Ireland this year due to coronavirus restrictions, according to an organisation representing English language schools …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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What agents say about the plans of Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Universities that host international students face grim COVID-related challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty among international students regarding their plans to study abroad. For a large number of universities around the world there is an urgent need to understand what these students will do …” (more)

[Ying Yang, Jenna Mittelmeier, Miguel Antonio Lim and Sylvie Lomer, University World News, 11 July]

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EU students to be charged tuition fees at Scottish universities after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“Free university education for EU students studying in Scotland will be scrapped after Brexit. Holyrood’s higher education minister Richard Lochhead said the Government will end free education for EU citizens starting their studies next year, with the money saved going towards encouraging more Scottish students into university …” (more)

[Tom Eden, Belfast Telegraph, 9 July]

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British Universities Explore Charter Flights for International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“More British universities could charter flights to bring in overseas students as competition heats up among higher education sectors keen to show that they will pull out all the stops to help international students amid the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Inside Higher Ed, 9 July]

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