ICOS was founded in 1970 and its offices are based in Dublin on the Morehampton Road.
We collaborate with our members, student organisations and government agencies to ensure that international education policy and practice in Ireland is quality-driven and remains firmly focused on the educational and social needs of all students.
We promote the rights and welfare of international students who choose Ireland as a study destination, and support staff in colleges who work with them.
All international students in Ireland achieve their educational goals, are treated equitably by the education providers that host them and are valued by wider society.
Protect and enhance the rights of international students in Ireland while championing their contribution in the places they study and in the communities in which they live.
What we do
We continually strive to ensure that the benefits brought about by international education are recognised, the barriers faced by international students in Ireland are minimised, and that these students are integrated into Irish academic life and wider society. We apply a determined diversity, equity and inclusion approach to all of our activities.
Throughout its history, ICOS has also been invited to provide practical and administrative support to a number of study fellowship programmes bringing international students to Ireland. In particular, we have played a long-standing role in managing aspects of the Ireland's Fellows Programme on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
How we're governed
ICOS has 26 institutional members, including all of the universities and technological universities in the Republic of Ireland, many of the Institutes of Technology and all the major independent third level colleges. Our membership also includes the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).
Members decide on broad strategy, policy and membership issues, but delegate day-to-day management to a professional staff based in Dublin, overseen by an elected Board of Directors.
ICOS subscribes to the principles and standards of the Charities Regulator's Governance Code
See a full list of our members here.
Adam Crowther, Dublin Business School
Hazel Moloney, Dublin City University
Harriet Le Good, National College of Ireland
Holly Cowman, Mary Immaculate College
James Curry, Union of Students in Ireland
Karen McAvinue, Technological University of the Shannon
Kevin Geoghegan, Griffith College
Louise Kelly, National University of Ireland Galway
Michelle Hogan, Trinity College Dublin
Natalie O'Byrne, University College Cork
Shamiso Chigorimbo, University College Dublin
Sinead Day, South East Technological University
Finance and Operations Manager
Policy & Communications Manager
Senior Programme Officer
Chi Mai Nguyen
Communications and Alumni Officer
Training and Activities Officer
Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
ICOS has signed the Dóchas code of conduct on images and messages - the purpose of the code is to provide a framework through which organisations can ethically design and implement their public communications strategy.