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.

 

Update September 2014: Following the closure of Kavanagh College, Eden College, IBSD, Millennium College, Allied Irish College and English in Dublin, all students of the closed colleges were deemed to be on academic holiday up to 1 September 2014.

NB Student academic holiday expired on 1st September 2014. Students of the closed colleges are no longer on an academic holiday.  All students resident on a Stamp 2 permission are required to be enrolled on a full-time programme included in the Internationalisation Register. All students from the closed colleges must ensure that they have enrolled on an appropriate programme by 31 October 2014. Students will encounter difficulties in renewing their immigration permission if they have not done this.

INIS strongly advises all affected students to pursue offers through this website. Students enrolling on a course that will not meet the criteria for the new Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), which takes effect from 1st January 2015, do so at their own risk and should satisfy themselves that the college or their immigration agent has arrangements in place regarding learner protection in the event that the programme ceases prior to completion by the student.

The following types of programmes will not transition to the ILEP:

  • Non ACELS English language programmes;
  • Further education programmes
  • Vocational and higher programmes accredited by UK and other overseas bodies (the status of a small number of overseas accredited degrees remains to be determined).
  • All professional programmes with the exception of ACCA accountancy courses offered by Platinum providers.

 

Update 4 September 2014: The provider English in Dublin which was based at 54 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2 has ceased operating. Students that are impacted by the closure of this college should refer to the Student Options section of this website to understand the options that are available to them.

Please see note below from INIS regarding immigration permission:
English in Dublin Students
Following the closure of English in Dublin, INIS would like to reassure all affected non-EEA national students that their immigration permissions will remain unaffected at the present time. However, all non-EEA national students resident in Ireland on a stamp 2 permission are required to be registered on an appropriate course from the Internationalisation Register. All students affected by the closure of English in Dublin should address their education situation as a priority. INIS would urge all students to refer to and avail of the options on this website (Student Options) which detail the alternative arrangements offered by high quality private sector provides.

Update 2 September 2014: On 2 September 2014, the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan T.D., and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., published the final report of the Task Force established earlier this year to help students affected by college closures and the new policy statement, entitled Regulatory Reform of the International Education Sector and the Student Immigration Regime. For further information, including a copy of the Task Force report, please click here.

Update 6 August 2014: The provider BCT which was based on 39 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 has ceased operating. BCT is one of the colleges which was suspended by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) from registering new students from outside the EEA while INIS investigated irregularities which came to light regarding immigration compliance. Students that are impacted by the closure of this college should refer to the Student Options section of this website to understand the options that are available to them.

* 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.