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What is the IHSP?

The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme (IHSP) is open to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish emigrants who are interested in completing a semester of study, two semesters or an entire undergraduate degree at one of Irelands Institutes of Technology. The IHSP will be of particular interest to the Irish Diaspora located outside of the European Union who would normally be subject to full Non-Eu tuition fees.

IHSP Tuition Fee: €7,500

Students should budget a minimum of €7,500 to cover their cost of living for two semesters

The disciplines of study available include:

Accounting & Finance, Law, Business, Humanities, Music, Design, Information Technology, Science and Engineering

Each participating Institute may set a limit to the number of students who may qualify for the programme. For a full list of programmes please use the ‘Course Search’ facility on the home page.

How do students qualify for the programme?

IHSP Requirements:

Applicants must be a minimum age of 17 years on January 1st on the year of application i.e the intake year.

1.Students must demonstrate that they have completed a High School Diploma equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate.

2.Applicants who hold Irish passports will automatically qualify.

3.Applicants who do not hold an Irish passport need to demonstrate one of the following:

a. Their parent(s) or grandparent(s) had a registered Irish birth,
b. Their parents(s) or grandparent(s) were Irish citizens and/or held an Irish passport or dual citizenship.
c. If neither of your parents was born in Ireland but you can claim Irish Citizenship by descent, you can use a Certificate of Entry in the Foreign Births Register issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the long form of your civil birth certificate in support of your application.
d. Holders of the Certificate of Irish Heritage are now eligible for instant apply. See

Please note: Applicants may also qualify for the IHSP through marriage and adoption. Relevant supporting documentation will be required.

How do students apply for this programme?

Applications should me made directly to the International section of the relevant Institute of Technology, quoting IHSP and attaching documentation stating how you satisfy the requirements listed above.


Contact details for all Institutes are available at

The deadline for applications is July 4th each year for commencement the following September.