What is the ILEP and why is it so important to International Visa students who want to study in Ireland?
In line with the Government decision of 19 May 2015 a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education were implemented, including introducing the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). This interim measure was expected to be in place for a short period of time pending the introduction of the International Education Mark (IEM).
However, as the IEM has not been introduced in 2016 as originally anticipated, the Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills have decided to extend the ILEP into 2017. It should be noted that the ILEP was, and continues to be, a mechanism for identifying programmes eligible for the purpose of recruiting non-EEA students and is not a quality assurance process and nor should listing on the ILEP be represented as engagement with a quality assurance process.
The Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), which is managed by the Department of Justice, is the complete list of courses which comply with the requirements necessary to obtain an International Student visa in Ireland. This list contains a comprehensive list of courses provided to International students by universities, colleges and English language schools in Ireland. They comprise of graduate and post graduate courses as well as English languages courses with a duration of 6 months or more.