Five Higher Education Institutions Collaborate to Launch Online Guide for Greater International Student Integration in Ireland

An online initiative by five higher education institutions to assist international students in making the transition to living and learning in Ireland was launched on Tuesday 24th May.

Daily tasks Irish students take for granted, such as how to pay an electricity bill, setting up a bank account, where to buy stamps and even finding petite sized clothes will be addressed within the content, which was created following extensive student surveys with international students currently studying in Ireland.

Live and Learn in Ireland—Digital Supports for International Students is a collaborative, interdisciplinary cluster project by students, academics and professional staff from IT Carlow, Cork Institute of Technology, IT Tralee, UCC and Waterford Institute of Technology. The initiative, which was two years in development, is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (NFTL).

Four online units highlighting the academic, social and practical challenges that international students may face when arriving in Ireland will be launched next Tuesday at IT Tralee by Dr. Terry Maguire. Content was based on extensive primary research and consultation with industry and sector experts and will be made available to all future international students through the higher education institutes they are attending.

“Live and Learn in Ireland is research focused and driven. International students across five higher education institutions were surveyed and their responses informed the creation of the online units which were purpose built from a student perspective”, said Dr. Yvonne Kavanagh from IT Carlow, who was involved in the two-year project.

“The aim of the initiative is to help international students to integrate quickly into the higher education system so they have a more fulfilling experience in Ireland”.

For further information, visit #liveandlearnirl.


For reference: Alma Feeley, Communications Dept., IT Carlow 059  9175098