“It’s harder to engage students online,” says Peadar Collins, welfare officer at University of Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

In late September, hundreds of students gathered at Spanish Arch in Galway. They were widely condemned for breaching Covid-19 regulations. While stud(...)

Lorna Fitzpatrick, president of the Union of Students of Ireland, said a sharp decline in State investment in higher education per student has led to universities becoming over-reliant on student fees as a source of income. Photograph: Alan Betson

Universities risk reputational damage due to “extravagant” fees being charged at a time when most learning has shifted online, a seminar organised by (...)

Fiachra O’Luain, co-founder of the English Language Student Union, said legislation was needed to outlaw the ‘no refund policies’ of some English language schools in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

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 pa(...)

Fabio Oliveira: ‘It’s not fair considering what we paid for. As a teacher in Brazil I know that online classes require not only a good internet connection but a suitable place  where students can work without interruption.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fabio Oliveira was working as a chef in a Dublin cafe when the country went into lockdown in March. A few days after the restrictions were announced, (...)

Tarek Nigim: “After three and a half years here, I’m asked what I think of Ireland. My answer: mighty craic.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In a time of falling state support for higher education and rising student numbers, could international students help to plug the funding shortfall? (...)

“We welcome all the regulatory proposals from the Education and Justice Ministers announced this week, but we remain skeptical that they will be implemented,” says David O’Grady, chief executive of Marketing English in Ireland

Thousands of overseas students who came to Ireland to learn English have lost their courses and their tuition fees over the past year with the closure(...)

Current permissions allowing students to study in Ireland while attending a 25-week English language programme will be reduced from a year to eight months from October.

Reforms to the immigration system for private colleges and English language schools will eliminate rogue operators and “blatant abuses”, the Governmen(...)

Two Dublin-based schools succeeded in their legal challenge against new Government accreditation requirements.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State may face a claim for damages from English language schools which failed to secure accreditation under a new register after the High Court r(...)

Students from Eden College pictured when it closed this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A liquidator appointed earlier this year to a third-level college catering mainly for foreign students can be replaced by one chosen by the students a(...)

Staff and students with gardaí outside  Leinster College language school in Harcourt Street, which has closed its doors recently due to financial issues. Dave Moore, communications officer for the Irish Council for International Students,  believes more closures are likely. Photograph: Dave Meehan

More than a dozen English language schools and further education colleges could close in coming months as new Government regulations come into effect(...)

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