(a) Will Ukrainians be treated as International students or Irish/EU students from a fees perspective?

Ukrainians who wish to commence a higher education programme in Ireland will be able to do so without being charged international fees.  

(b) Will Ukrainians be eligible for the Free Fees Initiative?

It is not clear at this time if Ukrainians can avail of the FFI.

(c) Will Ukrainians be eligible to apply for government grants (SUSI) to attend Further and Higher education ? 

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland's national awarding authority for all Further and Higher education grants.

Normally to be eligible for SUSI there are two very strict criteria.

a. Nationality - you must be Irish or have Refugee Status/Subsidiary Protection/Permission To Remain (not all stamp 4 visas are eligible) - see https://susi.ie/nationality-criteria/ 

b. Residency - you must be physically in Ireland for 3 of the past 5 years - see https://susi.ie/undergraduate-student/residency-criteria/ 

It is not clear at this time if Ukrainians will be eligible to apply for SUSI.

(d) Implications re starting a degree in September 2022 

CAO (Central Applications Office) processes applications for undergraduate degrees on behalf of the Higher Education Institutes / Universities.

The usual closing date for CAO applications is February 1st, there is a late closing date of May 1st but not all students are eligible for late applications.  See  https://www.cao.ie/apply.php for details on how to apply for a place on an undergraduate degree.

Individual Universities may have restrictions on late applications, for example, some Universities may not consider late applications from certain categories of applicant. In particular, mature applicants, and those presenting qualifications other than recently taken EU school-leaving examinations, should check the relevant University website before making a late application.

Mature Students (those 23 years of age on or before the 1st of January 2022) and applicants applying for Restricted Courses MUST contact the Universities BEFORE making a late application.  

However there are many further education courses (usually one year) that you can apply for during the summer to start in September.  See here  https://www.fetchcourses.ie/courses 

(e) Sanctuary Scholarships 

Sanctuary Scholarships are offered by Universities / Higher Education Institutes to people who are not eligible for state grants.

Some Universities require a minimum of one year in Ireland in order to apply for their scholarships and some do not.

(f) Will my University Degree in Ukraine be recognised in Ireland?

This guide will help those arriving from Ukraine compare their qualifications to similar awards on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications and may assist them in accessing education and employment opportunities here in Ireland.

Ukrainian - https://www.qqi.ie/sites/default/files/2022-03/naric-guide-ukrainian-2022.pdf  

English - https://qsdocs.qqi.ie/Downloads/User%20Guide%20for%20NARIC%20database%20010217.pdf

Polish - https://qsdocs.qqi.ie/Downloads/NARIC%20Guide%20-%20Polish%202018.pdf 

Russian - https://qsdocs.qqi.ie/Downloads/Naric%20Guide%20-%20Russian%202018.pdf 

Queries to https://forms.qqi.ie/naric/award-queries 


(g) English Language

The 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across the country offer English language skills courses for adults.

If you need to learn English or improve your English, the ETB will assess your English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and will arrange appropriate language and other learning supports to help you develop your English.

This service is free.

Contact your local ETB  here  https://www.etbi.ie/etbs/directory-of-etbs/ 


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