Ireland Homecoming Study Programme
Live, Learn & Experience
Welcome to IHSP website. Here you will find details on how to apply for this exciting programme
The IHSP intiative was launched as a pilot programme on March 17th 2010, St. Patricks Day, in Washington D.C by An Taoiseach Mr. Brian Cowen.
This new pilot programme aims to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish nationals, and non-resident passport holders, residing outside of the European Union to return to Ireland for their Higher Education studies. The participating Institutes of Technology recognize the important role that the Irish Diaspora plays in promoting Irish Culture and Trade.
Students who participate in this programme will have the opportunity to study at one of Irelands Institutes of Technology. Students who qualify will benefit from the new "Irish Diaspora tuition fee". For the first time the Irish Diaspora have been recognised and rewarded by the Irish state through the creation of a reduced tuition fee for the (non-EU resident) Irish Diaspora. Students will also have the opportunity to live with Irish families during their stay in Ireland, further adding to the students cultural experience and strengthening the students cultural link with Ireland.
The Irish Diaspora consists of Irish emigrants and their descendants in countries such as the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and continental Europe. The Diaspora maximally interpreted, contains over 70 million people, which is over fifteen times the population of the island of Ireland itself. According to the Emigrant Advice Network (EAN), 3.1 Million Irish Citizens (Passport Holders) live overseas.
A real Irish Experience
A big part of particpating in the IHSP is the opportunity to live, absorb and engage with Irish culture.
Institutes of Technology
The Irish Institutes of Technology are University level Institutions offering a range of Undergraduate and Graduate programmes in Business, IT, Engineering, Science, Humanities and Health Science.