University Guardianship

More and more, Irish universities are requiring international university students who are under 18 years of age when they commence their course, to nominate an Irish-based educational guardian. Many students and families also like the peace of mind that there is a friendly face and professional support to call on during this time. Importantly, for non-EEA students who need to register with immigration authorities, they will need a guardian present.

Year-round Support

Dedicated guardianship support staff available to the students and parents throughout the year, Monday-Friday, to provide guidance on living and studying in Ireland – on hand with friendly, local knowledge and advice.

Meet & Greet

The dedicated Student Welfare Coordinator will visit students on campus to be introduced to the students and deliver a presentation to explain their programme of support.

Pastoral Support

The dedicated Student Welfare Coordinator will maintain regular contact with the student through email and phone: giving the students an opportunity to discuss any issues that they might need support with as they pursue their studies away from home.

24/7 Emergency Phone line

Provision of a 24-hour, 7-day week emergency phone number for students and parents to deal with unexpected events (e.g. cancelled flights, disciplinary issues or illness etc.).

Pastoral Visits

The Student Welfare Coordinator will run check-up workshops twice per programme: giving the students an opportunity to discuss any issues that they might need support with as they pursue their studies away from home.

Immigration Registration

Scheduling of immigration appointments with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). Management of necessary documentation for presentation at the registration appointment. Accompaniment to the registration appointment and official appointment of educational guardianship.

Homestay Support

The sourcing of a caring and warm Irish homestay and organisation of all police-checks on the student’s behalf. Organisation of all administration relating to the payment of homestay fees. Acting as a liaison point and support service for the homestay families throughout the year to ensure the student’s stay is a positive one.