Griffith College offering Tipperary students innovative solution to offset the cost of third level education fees

Griffith College has launched an innovative programme, the Griffith College Student Exchange Initiative, whereby an Irish student can offset their tuition fees for one year, in return for their family providing accommodation and board to an international student from the college. Flexibility exists for the Irish host family as the international student can stay with either the student’s immediate family or with a relative living in the greater Dublin area, Cork City or Limerick City, depending on which campus they are attending.


The initiative has been put in place 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.


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


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.


Speaking about the initiative, President of Griffith College Diarmuid Hegarty said; “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.  A key advantage of this programme is the exchange of language and culture between both groups.”


Those who wish to apply can find out more by contacting the Griffith College admissions team on 01 415 0415 or

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