Policy & Good Practice

ICOS promotes good policy and practice in international education and makes submissions and representations to Government on issues which concern the lives and welfare of international students in Ireland. We circulate and comment on key policy documents and organise forum events to hear the views of international students.

Key International Education Policy Documents & Reports

ICOS Focus Group Reports

Report on the findings of the ICOS and USI Focus Groups 2013 - Consultation with international students on Ireland's International Education Strategy, based on focus groups held in Dublin, Cork and Galway. (December 2013) Download PDF

Listening to the Experience of International Students in Ireland - Dublin 2012 - Report of a forum of international students held in Dublin in November 2012. Download PDF

Listening to the Experience of International Students in Ireland - Cork 2012 - Report of a forum of international students held in Cork in February 2012. Download PDF

ICOS Submissions to Government

ICOS' submission to the Public Consultation on Ireland’s New International Development Policy (August 2018). Download PDF

Submission to QQI White Paper Policy on Authorisation to use the International Education Mark (July 2014). Download PDF

Presentation to the Joint Education and Social Protection Committee of the Oireachtas on Recent Closures of Language Schools (June 2014). Visit page

Response to a review of 'Ireland's International Education Strategy 2010-15' (October 2013). Download PDF

Submission to QQI Green Paper Section 4.4 on International Education Mark (IEM) (September 2013). Download PDF

Response to doubling of immigration registration fee (November 2012). Download PDF

Response to the Review of the White Paper on Irish Aid (April 2012). Download PDF

Detailed response to 'Ireland's International Education Strategy 2010-15' and 'New immigration regime for full-time non-EEA students' (Dec 2010). Download PDF

Response to proposed new immigration regime for full-time non-EEA students (October 2009). Download PDF

Response to Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform on outline proposal on internships/placements (January 2009). Download PDF

Response to Economic Migration Policy Unit, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) on Proposed Draft Scheme on the introduction of Employment Permits for non-EEA students (April 2008). Download PDF

Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights: Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008 (March, 2008). Download PDF

Submission to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the issue of the proposed introduction of work permits for non-EEA students (December 2006). Download PDF

Response to the Government's Outline Proposals for an Immigration and Residence Bill (July 2005). Download PDF

Submission to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on White Paper on Overseas Development Aid (June 2005). Download PDF

Submission to the Minister for Education and Science: Promoting Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in International Education - some Observations and Suggestions (September 2003). Download PDF