Ireland has reopened its doors to Indian students. Those looking to pursue undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) in Ireland in the 2022-23 academic year attended a pre-departure briefing organised by Education in Ireland, in association with the Embassy of Ireland and the Visa Office in New Delhi.
The in-person briefing sessions were held in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Representatives from Irish higher education institutes as well as visa and government officials shared key tips with the students. Visa officials simplified the visa process details and shared information to make the application process easy.
A presentation by the Irish government detailed accommodation options. At the event’s high tea reception, students were able to freely network with peers and officials.
“We’re emerging from the pandemic and students across the world are determined to pursue their study abroad dreams. In order to be more accessible to Indians, several of Ireland’s higher education institutions have been very active in India and have invested in an on-ground presence. Besides, an increasing number of Indian students are motivated to explore academic options in their fields of interest and have chosen Ireland as one of their preferred destinations. For the academic year 2022-23, Ireland is also equally excited to welcome them to the world-class education offered by our higher education institutions and to help pave their future path with a two-year stay-back option that enables students to achieve their career goals,” said Brendan Ward, Ireland’s ambassador to India.
Ireland has continued to welcome international students even after the pandemic. Several safety measures by the Irish Government have led to the gradual removal of all pandemic related restrictions. The country’s adult population has been fully vaccinated and over 50% have received their booster doses. Students can now, without any restriction, experience learning in Ireland.
Barry O’Driscoll, regional manager, India & South Asia for Education in Ireland, said Ireland has a long history of welcoming international students and in recent years has become one of the top destinations for Indian students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. “Ireland provides the benefits of an English-speaking education in a country that’s at the heart of the cultural, economic, and technologically leading edge of Europe. Ireland is known to have one of the most stable, competitive, secure, and pro-business economies, which presents a perfect backdrop for students looking to grow their careers. The higher education system is uniquely comprehensive, with a practical approach that provides opportunities at an affordable cost as compared to other popular destinations,” O’Driscoll said.
“With the country’s comprehensive policies and national vaccination programme, Ireland is more than ready to once again welcome international students for the 2022-23 academic year to fully experience an education that goes deeper than books, tutorials, or lectures-an education in the real sense of the word,” he added.