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About ICOS


ICOS collaborates with its members, student organisations and government agencies to ensure that international education policy and practice in Ireland is quality driven and remains firmly focused on the educational and social needs of all students. We promote the rights and welfare of international students who choose Ireland as a study destination and support staff in colleges who work with them.

Mission

To be the leading independent organisation advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland. ICOS will collaborate with its members, student organisations and government agencies to ensure that international education policy and practice in Ireland is quality driven and remains firmly focused on the educational and social needs of all students.

Key Aims

Activities

The organisation's main activities in pursuit of these aims include policy work in the area International Education and the provision of training and information services, including mediation and advice to students in difficulty. ICOS is fully independent in this core work, for which we raise our own funds rather than receiving state funding.

Throughout its history, ICOS has also been invited to provide practical and administrative support to a number of study fellowship programmes bringing international students to Ireland. In particular, we have played a long-standing role in managing aspects of the Irish Aid Fellowship Programme on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Governance

ICOS has more than thirty institutional members, including all seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, many of the Institutes of Technology and all the major independent third level colleges. Our membership also includes the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

Members decide on broad strategy, policy and membership issues but delegate day-to-day management to a professional staff based in Dublin, overseen by an elected Board of Directors.

Key objectives are developed in our 2012-16 Strategic Framework. Activities are reflected in our annual reports and occasional publications.

 

Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages logo ICOS has signed the Dóchas code of conduct on images and messages - please send your feedback to code@icosirl.ie. If you are not satisfied with ICOS' compliance with the code, you have a right to complain to this address giving specific details of your concerns and, if not resolved to your satisfaction, to raise your complaint with Dóchas.