Education in Ireland hosted a virtual Pre-Departure Event in New Delhi in collaboration with the Irish Embassy and Visa Office. The virtual briefing was for Indian and Sri Lankan students interested in studying in Ireland for the academic year 2021-2022. Students learned about the immigration procedure, housing possibilities, and their plans to return to Ireland’s campus. Let’s know more about this Pre-Departure Event and Ireland study visa for international students to study in Ireland, through this blog.
Is Ireland Ready to Welcome International Students in 2021?
Despite the worldwide pandemic, international education has shown remarkable resilience to COVID-19’s challenges. While many students did not give up their aspirations of studying abroad, Ireland’s thoughtful and cautious response to COVID-19 highlighted how Irish institutions prioritized students’ physical and mental health, ensuring the best levels of education to support foreign students’ aspirations.
The Virtual Pre-Departure Event
In collaboration with the Irish Embassy and Visa Office in New Delhi, Education in Ireland hosted a virtual Pre-Departure Event for Indian and Sri Lankan students wishing to study in Ireland for the academic year 2021-2022. Faculty from higher education institutes provided insights into the ‘learning experience’ in Ireland and what to expect, followed by a discussion with Indian students in Ireland who answered critical questions and gave their perspectives to students before they came to Ireland.
In addition, students’ accommodation options in Ireland were discussed and a briefing from the Irish government’s Visa Office. The students also got the opportunity to speak with visa officials one-on-one.
Views of Ireland’s Ambassador & Senior Education Adviser
Ireland’s Ambassador to India, Brendan Ward stated, “We’re still in extraordinary times and the pandemic has created challenges all across the world. However, Indian students can be sure that Higher Educational Institutions in Ireland are committed to enabling you to achieve your dream of studying there. The Irish economy has been rebounding strongly following the challenges of COVID-19 and is expected to grow by over 7% in the year 2021. We also expect to see many work opportunities open up for international graduates that many of you may also seek to avail work opportunities after graduation.”
Ireland has adopted a prudent role in ensuring public health measures are in place, anticipating that the adult and student populations will be fully vaccinated. The Irish government has also released a proposal for higher education institutions to return to campus, emphasizing the importance of face-to-face learning. It has put in place extensive assistance for businesses to help them overcome the challenges of COVID-19, allowing students to work part-time.
“Ireland has a long history of welcoming international students and in recent years has become one of the top destinations for Indian students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It provides the benefits of English-speaking education in a country that’s at the heart and the cultural, economic, and technologically leading edge of Europe. The country has a comprehensive national vaccination program. Ireland plans to have a fully vaccinated adult population by the end of August/ beginning of September, allowing students to experience an education that goes deeper than books, tutorials, or lectures. Education in the real sense of the word”, – Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Adviser for Ireland’s Department of Education
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