India: As more and more Indian students prepare to study abroad, Ireland is at the forefront of welcoming them at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. To ensure a smooth transition to Ireland and the well-being of all students, Education in Ireland, together with the Irish Embassy and New Delhi Visa Office, has organized on-the-job information sessions before departure for Indian students for the 2022-23 academic year.
At the in-person briefings held in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, the government’s first physical events since the pandemic, representatives from Irish higher education institutes as well as visa and government officials were on hand to give crucial information to students. Visa officials explained the student visa process and shared key tips for seamless application. In addition, accommodation options for students in Ireland were also relayed, along with an introduction to the Irish government, after which students were able to freely network with government officials and other prospective students over a tea party.
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Ambassador Brendan Ward, Irish Ambassador to India said, “We are coming out of the pandemic and students around the world are determined to pursue their dreams of studying abroad. In order to be more accessible to Indians, a number of Irish higher education institutions have been very active in India and have invested in a presence on the ground. Also, a growing 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 2022–23 academic year, Ireland is also delighted to welcome them to the world-class education offered by our higher education institutions and to help them prepare for their future with a two-year stay option that enables students to achieve their career goals.”
With a public health policy framework, Ireland has removed all of its pandemic-related restrictions. The adult population was fully vaccinated and more than 50% also received a booster shot. Additionally, Ireland has been welcoming international students across its borders since 2020 when the pandemic hit, thanks to the many initiatives of the Irish government for their local and international populations and timely security measures. With no COVID restrictions and no public spaces open in Ireland, students can explore the opportunities of the Emerald Isle to the fullest.
Mr Barry O’Driscoll, Regional Director, India and South Asia for Education Ireland, said: “Ireland has a long history of welcoming international students and in recent years has become one of top destinations for Indian students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It offers the benefits of an English-speaking education in a country that is at the heart of Europe’s cultural, economic and technological vanguard. Ireland is known for having one of the most stable, competitive, secure and business-friendly. , which presents a perfect background for students looking to develop their careers. The higher education system is particularly comprehensive, with a hands-on approach that offers opportunities at an affordable cost compared to other popular destinations.
Summarizing the pre-departure briefings, Mr Driscoll added: “With the country’s comprehensive policies and national vaccination programme, Ireland is more than ready to welcome back international students from the 2022-23 academic year in Ireland to fully experience an education that goes deeper than books, tutorials or lectures – an education in the truest sense of the word.”
Considering its world rankings and cost-effective courses with scholarship opportunities, Ireland has proven to be one of the best education systems in the world for international students. It also has an internationally renowned reputation for academic quality which prepares students for competitive job markets in Ireland and beyond. From quality education to a welcoming culture, Ireland undeniably offers a well-rounded experience for international students who wish to pursue higher education outside India.