The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT), The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and Castel Education deliver the International Medical/Pharmacy Commencement Programme (IMCP/IPCP).
The Programme is an integrated, streamlined and innovative approach to the preparation of International students for health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and podiatry) education. This successful collaboration has been specifically developed to prepare the International student for the learning experience within the Irish Education sector. It aims to support the student in an advanced learning environment that encourages innovation in teaching and research.
The Programme is a specific pathway for International students, who wish to pursue a career in medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and podiatry. It takes particular regard for the need to provide an adequate foundation for students from a non-English speaking environment. Students complete the two semesters (1 year) of the International Medical/pharmacy Commencement Programme at the Institute of Technology, Tralee and this is followed by either the six year medical degree, the 4-year Pharmacy degree/Physiotherapy/podiatry degree, delivered in RCSI/NUIG.
Castel provides assistance in an number of areas, including course selection, administration, transportation, accommodation and specific language training. Students enrolling in these pathway programmes require targeted language training in order to reach the English level required for direct admission into their chosen third level programme in Ireland.
The programme offers a smooth transition in a small urban environment for sudents to embark on their professional studies. Students address deficits in their English language skills and are introduced to a range of discipline related modules which lead into their chosen profession.
Students’ academic progress is closely monitored, and immediate feedback is provided to ensure optimal language development and overall student advancement. In addition to adjusting to cultural life, students familiarise themselves with the Irish educational, social and administrative systems.