Students can offset third level fees with host plan

STUDENTS intending to study in Griffith College Limerick have been given a novel way to save on tuition fees.

STUDENTS intending to study in Griffith College Limerick have been given a novel way to save on tuition fees.

In return for providing bed and board to an international student for 12 months, Irish students can offset their tuitions fees for attending the college for one year.

Griffith, located on William Street in the city, launched the innovative programme in response to market needs and “in recognition that families are being forced to re-direct budget from third level fees to other areas of household expenditure”.

Diarmuid Hegarty, president of Griffith College, explained: “We are conscious that these are difficult economic times for Irish families. The objective of this scheme is to provide more opportunity for Irish students to attend college by eliminating the fees while offering international students a unique living experience during their time in Ireland.”

Key benefits of the programme include making third level education more accessible to undergraduate and post-graduate students by off-setting fees, as well as promoting language and culture transfer between Irish and international students, providing “a truly global education”, the college said.

“A key advantage of this programme is the exchange of language and culture between both groups,” explained Mr Hegarty.

There is some flexibility in the programme in that the international student can stay either with the student’s immediate family or with a relative living in the city or the surrounding areas, “within a reasonable commute”.

For those families who want to avail of the option at a future date, it can be put on hold for up to three years following the family providing accommodation for the international student.

In August Griffith unveiled details of a new online learning Master of Business Administration programme - the Heriot-Watt MBA - in association with Edinburgh Business School.

For more contact Griffith on 061-310031.

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