English language school in Galway goes into liquidation
The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) is deeply concerned about the sudden closure of the International House Galway. The school formed part of a global network of 150 language schools under the umbrella of the International House World Organisation. ICOS has been informed that all enrolled students are to be re-located to re-commence their studies in February; however, questions remain over what will happen to students who have paid money to the school, but have yet to arrive in Ireland.
Speaking about the closure, Laura Harmon, Executive Director of ICOS said the following:
‘The closure of the International House in Galway is a cause for concern, particularly, when the school was still advertising courses on their social media as late as 2 weeks ago. While ICOS welcomes the assurances that enrolled students will be re-located to a new school, we are concerned that learners who have paid money to the International House, and have yet to arrive, will lose out financially. ICOS is calling on the government to urgently implement the International Education Mark (IEM) and ensure that all measures are taken to safeguard international students’ investment in their education, including mandatory use of escrow accounts.’
ICOS has already been contacted by one affected student who paid money to the International House Galway. Unfortunately, their visa was refused, and now they are looking for a refund. We advise any student impacted by the closure to contact us at https://www.internationalstudents.ie/contact
For media comment contact: ICOS Executive Director, Laura Harmon