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University of Sanctuary Ireland  (UoSI) is an Irish initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and other education institutes welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. We want to spread this culture of welcome across the institutions of higher education all over the island.

Across the Island of Ireland, many universities and colleges, public and private, have pledged to support those newcomers seeking sanctuary in Ireland. Currently Dublin City UniversityUniversity of Limerick, University College Cork, University College DublinNUI Galway, Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin have received the University of Sanctuary Award,  and Athlone IT is the first College of Sanctuary in Ireland. Many other colleges across the island are working on obtaining the designation of the title, too.

Higher education institutions in Ireland are now more accessible than ever before. You can find out about how to apply to Universities of Sanctuary and other higher education institutions in Ireland by visiting Irish Refugee Council's Education page, or watch their video.

You can also visit our Youtube channel to access videos about how to apply to Higher Education Institution in Ireland such as: 

How to apply via Central Application Office (CAO)

Government Student Support Scheme

Student Universal Support Ireland [SUSI] grants

Get in touch with your local Education Guidance Counsellor

Click on logos to access further information from each Higher Education Institution.



If you are interested in helping your higher education institution to become a Place of Sanctuary too, please read the guidelines and accreditation criteria below:

UOSI Guidelines to become a University of Sanctuary

UoSI Application for Accreditation


You may also like to look into the experiences of and resources for higher education institutions in our sister network Universities of Sanctuary UK.

Three years after receiving the designation of a University/College of Sanctuary title, there will be a reaccreditation process. You can access the application form and evaluation form of this process.

Get in Touch: 

The current Chairperson of UoSI is Prof. Lorraine McIlrath From MIC, University of Limerick <[email protected]>
Please feel free to get in touch with the University of Sanctuary Ireland Committee at <[email protected]> for further enquiries.




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