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Visa issuance suspended at four colleges in Ireland

The issuing of visas and residence permissions to international students seeking to enrol at four English language colleges in Ireland has been suspended, following an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times that resulted in claims that some schools are willing to alter official records, allowing students to flout visa regulations.

Ireland: new scholarships to build trade ties

Ireland has launched a scholarship scheme for students from emerging markets in a bid to increase trade ties. Promoting Ireland as a study destination is "a priority area in the government's Action Plan for Jobs 2013," said Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

Irish college waives fees for homestay hosts

Keen to lessen the financial strain on home pupils, a private tertiary college in Ireland has hit upon a novel idea: to waive fees for any Irish student who provides lodging to an international student. Griffith College is promoting the offer in Brazil, China and Russia among other markets.

International student mags join forces

Two magazines aimed at international students but based on opposite sides of the Atlantic have teamed up to promote mobility. Yeah! International Student Magazine, Ireland, will share content with US-based International Student Voice. 4,445 US students went to Ireland in 2011/12; 1,100 Irish went the other way.