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Irish universities will offer places to Ukrainians

Irish universities will offer places to both Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland and Irish students who were studying in Ukraine, the government confirmed on March 14. 

The Irish government will work "collectively" with the Irish Universities Association to support Ukrainian refugees Photo: unsplash

Approximately 46 Irish students were studying in Ukraine, the majority of them enrolled in medicine or dentistry courses, before the Russian invasion

Simon Harris, the higher and further education minister, met with the Irish Universities Association to discuss the sector’s response to the war in Ukraine. 

Approximately 46 Irish students were studying in Ukraine before the Russian invasion, with the majority of them enrolled in medicine or dentistry courses. Now, they will be able to continue their studies at Irish universities. Harris said his department has contacted each of the students individually to put a plan in place for continuing their studies. 

A working group composed of the deans of medicine, the medical council, and the department and admissions officers has also been set up to ensure they can integrate into “the relevant program at the right level”. 

In a statement, Harris said that supporting Irish students is the “immediate priority”, but confirmed that the government and the IUA will “work collectively to ensure Ukrainian people can access higher education here too”. 

“It is so important that we support the next generation of Ukrainians and that we ensure that they can continue their education”

“They will be treated just like Irish students,” Harris elaborated in a video posted on Twitter, adding that a central information point will be set up to “make it as easy as possible to get the information they require and to navigate the Irish higher education system”. 

“Given that we are now approaching the end of the teaching semester in Irish higher education, it is likely that eligible students will be accommodated in the next academic year starting in September,” a spokesperson from the IUA told The PIE News. 

Some 5,500 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in Ireland, according to Micheál Martin, taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland. The country, in line with the EU, has waived its immigration rules to allow Ukrainian people to enter without visas and immediately have the right to work.

The IUA said that English language training may be a “pre-requisite for arriving students” looking to enrol in a course of study. The Irish government will be offering English language support to Ukrainians arriving in Ireland to help them “embed in Irish society”. 

“It is so important that we support the next generation of Ukrainians and that we ensure that they can continue their education,” said Harris. The minister will meet with his European counterparts on March 16 to discuss a consolidated approach to supporting students.

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17 Responses to Irish universities will offer places to Ukrainians

  1. Unfortunately, my two sons students from Mariupol, the city that is completely distroyed now, have no chance to go out of the country and continue their education because all males from 18 to 60 are not allowed to leave the country. So, inly female students have opportunities to continue the education. Can you help us with some advice?

    • I am a fifth-year medical student and was studying at Kyiv Medical University (KMU) before the war broke out. I am in need of a placement in a Medical College at a University in Ireland to enable me to complete my medical education. Kindly assist me, I feel stranded at the moment.

  2. Hi! My name is Alla and I’m from Ukraine. My daughter is 17 years old and she is a graduate of the school. I learned that your university has prepared special programs for Ukrainians who can enter the university. Can I learn more about these programs? Thanks!

  3. Hello! My name is Artem, I’m from Ukraine. I was studying Computer Science (2 year) in Kyiv and due to war I left my country. I want to continue studying in Ireland and want to learn more about special university programs for Ukrainians. Furthermore, I would be grateful for any information!

  4. Hello! My name is Anna. I am a Ukrainian Second-year Business student, whose university was bombed in Kharkiv city because of the war. I am looking for a safe place to live and to continue my study. And I would like to know about Irish university programs for Ukrainian refugee students. I would be so grateful for the information! Thank you!

  5. Good time of day! I am Denys. I`m from Ukraine. I will leave from school in two months. My plans were crashing when russia was come to my country. Now I am finding some education in different universities of foreign countries. I wanted to get an education of cybersecurity in Kiev. Just now I found your site with information of helping Ukrainian students. Can I get more information about your university, faculties I can enroll in, what I need for admission? Thank you for helping Ukraine and it`s inhabitants!

  6. My son is second year student in Charkiv Medical University. What kind of documents he need in order to continue his education in Irland?

  7. Hello Sir or Madam! My name is Nataliya, I am Mother. My daughter is a student of 11 classes. She dreams to learn Psychology. Tell me please, is any support for ukrainian schoolchildren? My English is not perfect, but she has IELTS C-1.

  8. Unfortunately, a war has broken out in my country and I cannot continue my studies, I am a first-year student at the University of Kyiv, is it possible to transfer to a university in Ireland? if so what I have to do for this?

  9. Unfortunately, a war has broken out in my country and I cannot continue my studies, I am a first-year student at the University of Kyiv, is it possible to transfer to a university in Ireland?

  10. Hello. My name is Yuliia.This year I am graduating from National Pedagogical University in Kyiv.
    My specialization is foreign languages.
    I’d like to get Master Degree in your country.
    What programs or universities you can offer?
    Thank you)

  11. Hello, my name is mahdee bahjat,
    I’m a dentistry student at Kyiv medical university, I wanna ask if you are going to make an option for continuing medical students at the English university for Ukrainian refugees, I was in the 3rd-course of dentistry in the English faculty?
    now i live in germany and there is no chance to continue my education in English medical universities!
    Thank you for answering.

  12. Good afternoon! My name is Valeriya, I’m an 11 grade student and about to graduate from school in few weeks. I dreamed of entering a medical university in Ukraine before the war began. Can I learn more about special programs that were prepared for Ukrainians or scholarships of any foundation help programs? I’m currently looking for a medical university in Irland and would be grateful for any information.

  13. Hello! My name is Anastasia/I’m a student at Kyiv medical university, I study in the 4rd-course and I am looking for an English program to transfer to a foreign university, do you have any Irish programs for medical students to continue studies.

    Thank you for answering.

  14. I was studying in international European university in kyiv for the past 2 years, and I feel lost to where I have the chance to continue my study, I would be more than glad to get to chance to continue my education in Ireland. Kind regards

  15. Dear Sir/Madam,
    Thank you for opening your doors wide in such times as this for the “opressed”. It’s a great ray of hope for many of us. I completed 8 semesters of Medical school in the Poltava State Medical University in Poltava. I would like to know the possibilities for foreign students who were studying in Ukraine like myself in the respective universities …?.

    Thank you for your time and reply.

  16. Hello, my name is Yeva.
    I`m glad to know that so many variations of study are open for Ukrainian students right now. It’s really important and gives hope to start new life.
    I`m a student at National Medical University named after 0.0. Bogomolets based in Kyiv, I study in the 5rd-course.
    I’m looking forward for any English or medical course to continue my study in Ireland. I would really like to integrate in this country.
    Thank you. in advance for your answer.
    Kind regards.

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