Student Information Sessions and Workshops

ICOS offers a number of sessions for students, all of which can be tailored to the specific needs of your students, if needed. For further information on any of the below sessions, or to book a session, contact us at training@icosirl.ie.

Making the Move to a New Place: Thinking About Culture

from €250*
1-1.5 hour session delivered to up to 100 students.**

*This is the reduced basic rate for institutions that are members of ICOS. The cost for non-members will be higher. ICOS also invoices for standard expenses. Training equipment, venue and refreshments should be provided by the institution.
**Where a session is in excess of the maximum numbers, delivery may take place across two sessions, or a different rate may apply.

Newly-arrived international students in Ireland

This is a lecture-style information session on what international students can expect to experience during the first few weeks and months of living in Ireland. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural biases and perspectives, and learn about differences in how people communicate across cultures in order to help them adjust to living in a new culture. Students are also briefly introduced to issues of culture shock and homesickness.


Immigration Information Sessions

from €300*
1-1.5 hour sessions delivered to up to 100 students.**

*This is the reduced basic rate for institutions that are members of ICOS. The cost for non-members will be higher. ICOS also invoices for standard expenses. Training equipment, venue and refreshments should be provided by the institution.
**Where a session is in excess of the maximum numbers, delivery may take place across two sessions, or a different rate may apply.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students commencing or nearing the end of their studies.

These are lecture-style immigration information sessions delivered on the following topics:

  • The immigration registration and renewal process
  • The Third Level Graduate Scheme
  • Work Permits

Students also have the opportunity to ask their own questions on immigration, and will come away from their session with a clear knowledge on the immigration process and what visas are available to them after graduation.


Introduction to Cross-Cultural Awareness and Communication

from €600*
Delivered as a half day (3 hours) session for up to 20 attendees.**

*This is the reduced basic rate for institutions that are members of ICOS. The cost for non-members will be higher. ICOS also invoices for standard expenses. Training equipment, venue and refreshments should be provided by the institution.
**Where a session is in excess of the maximum numbers, delivery may take place across two sessions, or a different rate may apply.

International and home students in Ireland; students preparing to volunteer abroad; students preparing for a period of study abroad.

This is a workshop-style session targeted at smaller groups of maximum 20 students due to the interactive nature of the approach. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural biases and perspectives and learn about how to develop their intercultural communication skills. The workshops include a combination of video clips from the ICOS Diverse Voices training pack, an introduction to theories of cultural dimensions and communication as well as small group work exercises to allow students to learn about the diversity and cultural experiences of their peers.

These workshops work well for class groups to encourage understanding and integration as well as providing an early ‘ice-breaker’ for students to get to know each other.

These workshops can also be tailored to suit the needs of specific student groups, such as students preparing for a year of study abroad, as well as student volunteers. For student volunteer groups, the relevance of cross-cultural awareness is set out in the Comhlámh Volunteer Charter in the context of responsible volunteer behaviour.


Dealing with Culture Shock and Homesickness

from €300*
1.5 hour session delivered to up to 20 students.**

*This is the reduced basic rate for institutions that are members of ICOS. The cost for non-members will be higher. ICOS also invoices for standard expenses. Training equipment, venue and refreshments should be provided by the institution.
**Where a session is in excess of the maximum numbers, delivery may take place across two sessions, or a different rate may apply.

Newly arrived international students; home students preparing to depart for studies abroad.

This is a workshop-style session targeted at smaller groups of 20 students due to the interactive nature of the approach. The session works best approximately 1 month after students have arrived in Ireland, and creates a space where students can discuss what they miss most about home and the challenges of adjusting to life in Ireland. A transition planning approach is adopted to enable students to properly identify the changes they are experiencing, and introduces them to strategies they can use to effectively manage these changes. Students will leave the session knowing what to anticipate in relation to culture shock and homesickness, and what steps they can take to help them get through the process.

This session can also be adapted for home students about to depart Ireland for studies abroad.


Do you have a more specific training need? ICOS can also deliver tailored training sessions which can be developed to meet your student training needs. For any enquiries, contact us at training@icosirl.ie.