Task Force on Students Affected
by the Closure of Private Colleges

Welcome to the Student Task Force website. On 21 May 2014, the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Justice and Equality announced the establishment of a task force on students affected by the recent closures of five private colleges: Kavanagh College, Eden College, IBSD, Millennium College and Allied Irish College. The Task Force will report to the two Ministers and is chaired by senior officials of the two Departments. The primary role of the Task Force is to coordinate efforts to source reasonable, alternative study courses for affected students. This website has been set up by the Task Force to provide a central reference point for all affected students and others requiring information on the college closures. Agents seeking information on alternative study options for displaced students should consult the “Student Options” page.*

A number of students affected by the college closures have already found alternative study courses either with the assistance of members of the Task Force or independently. Nonetheless, many students still need to find alternative courses in order to complete their studies in Ireland. The Task Force is engaging with high-quality private providers to examine the options for reasonable accommodation to assist these students. Colleges offering places to students will have to charge a fee to cover some of their costs, but this will be at a significant discount in acknowledgement that a fee has already been paid to the closed college.

As set out in Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-15, the interests of students are at the heart of our concerns. The Irish education and training system aims to offer international students a high-quality education and a unique, positive and enriching whole student experience that is based on strong integration with their Irish peers.

* The Task Force comprises membership of the Department of Education and Skills; the Department of Justice and Equality; the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Quality and Qualifications Ireland; Marketing English in Ireland; Higher Education Colleges Association; Enterprise Ireland; the Irish Council for International Students and City of Dublin ETB.

The information on this website will be updated on a regular basis.