What are the health and support services available in Ireland?
Here’s a lowdown on the support services available for you!
It can be a little challenging to cope with the changes in your environment when you move to Ireland for the first time. With a new set of customs and norms, adjusting into the culture takes some time, and you may need some assistance to absorb it all smoothly. But if you struggle to adjust, or feel alienated or unhealthy, there are a range of support services available to help you out.
In case you get hassled at any point, you can reach out to:
Campus support services
Dedicated to support international students via various orientations and programs. These may include supportive and educational workshops, cultural celebrations and academic support. Sometimes, they also help with student accommodation and employment/internship opportunities.
Student associations on campus
Most universities and colleges have their own student associations, which help international students manage their various activities along with academics. Some universities also have a dedicated international student associations to offer unbiased support to students from another country.
For instance, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has an Undergraduate Students’ Union that ensures all inter-cultural students have a voice. It also helps bridge the gap between the students and the administration.
Student associations off campus
There are various student associations outside of campus that work for the welfare of national and international students.
Ireland has a national representative body for tertiary level students called as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) that stands for almost 400,000 students in over 40+ colleges/universities that works for student rights and support.
Support for students with disabilities
Most universities and institutions offer special support to international students with disabilities, but it is best to communicate the same at the time of application to discuss if any special arrangements need to be made for you.
For instance, as an initiative Trinity College Dublin through its Disabilities Ambassador Program enables leadership, public-speaking and networking skills among its disabled students through the.
Make sure you have a health insurance
Remember, most universities and colleges also provide with health insurance facilities to international students. Discuss with your IDP counsellor for the details regarding your health insurance options in Ireland.
We recommend you to get registered with a local doctor or a medical centre located in your campus on arrival.
In an emergency
- Ireland does not have local police forces. Instead, there is a nationwide force called The Guardians of the Peace (A Garda Síochána), established in 1922 that is led by a commissioner.
- If you happen to face any emergency, call the “blue light" services - Garda Síochána, ambulance, fire and Irish Coast Guard on the toll free numbers - 112 or 999. You can call 112 from anywhere in Europe.
- If you need to report a crime that does not require immediate attention, visit your local Garda station.
A great way to come prepared to face various challenges of settling into a new country is by attending one of our pre-departure sessions, which are help free of cost for our students. Just walk into any of your nearest IDP office to know more about the same.