Task Force on Students Affected
by the Closure of Private Colleges
The primary role of the Task Force was to coordinate efforts to source reasonable, alternative study courses for students affected by the closures. To do this, the Task Force engaged with high-quality private providers with learner protection arrangements in place to examine the options for providing reasonable accommodation to assist students. For English-language students affected by the closures, ACELS-recognised colleges who are members of Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), an organisation which provides learner protection arrangements for students through its member colleges, offered alternative provision at a reduced fee to displaced students in order to continue their studies. Students on non-English language courses were offered assistance in completing their courses by certain colleges who are members of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA), and have learner protection arrangements in place.
As confirmed in January 2015, the Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills continue to seek to advance the regulatory reforms to the student immigration process that were announced in September 2014. Further information in this regard will be posted to this website when available. As set out in Ireland’s International Education Strategy 2010-15, the interests of students are at the heart of our concerns.
Please review the Updates page for information on ongoing developments.
The information on this website will be updated on a regular basis.