Third Level Education Overseas

This scheme provides funding for the teaching of Irish in foreign universities. The objectives of the fund are to promote and foster goodwill for the Irish language outside Ireland and to provide a platform from which the Irish language can be accessed and showcased as an international language.

The fund is open to applications from third level institutions abroad wishing to provide Irish language courses as part of their academic programme. All applications for funding from 3rd level institutions located in the USA and Canada must be channelled through the Fulbright Commission (www.fulbright.ie) and the Ireland Canada University Foundation (www.icuf.ie) respectively.

The criteria used in assessing applications for funding include:
• the institution’s experience in providing Irish language courses and the promotion of Irish generally;
• the quality of the Business Plan;
• the amount of co-funding available from the institution and/or other sources; and
• accreditation of the course(s) being provided.

List of foreign universities supported in the academic year 2015-16

List of grants approved for foreign universities for the period 2016/17 to 2018/19

List of contacts in overseas universities

Service Level Agreement between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Fulbright Commission.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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