Posted by: gillroe | March 18, 2010

‘Global Irish’ lured home!International students are to be offered reduced third-level fees

The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish nationals across the world are being offered reduced third-level fees to come and study in Ireland.

The new ‘Ireland Homecoming Study Programme’ was announced last night by the Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Washington as part of efforts to generate €10m for the Irish economy.

Eight institutes of technology will now offer significantly discounted fees in order to attract descendants of the Irish diaspora. Rate Non-EU students have to pay fees to study in Ireland, but the new scheme means that the Irish diaspora will pay up to 40pc less than the normal rate. Moves to reach out to the Irish diaspora follow last year’s think-in in Farmleigh which heard from Irish-Americans about Ireland’s economic difficulties and possible solutions.

The new study programme aims to attract over 500 students over the next three years and is expected to contribute an estimated €10m to the Irish economy, according to Mr Cowen.

The eight institutes offering the reduced fee of €5,950 include Athlone, Blanchardstown, Carlow, Cork, Dundalk, Galway/Mayo, Sligo and Waterford. Programme creator Brian McNamara said the ‘global Irish’ can now obtain very affordable qualifications in Ireland through the new scheme.


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