How to get a higher education abroad
Foreign students are more likely to study in the US than their home country, but they’re also more likely than native-born students to go to college abroad.
In 2016, around 2.5 million students went to universities in countries other than the US, up from around 2 million in 2008.
A majority of them (62 per cent) went to a top-tier American university, while 22 per cent went to an institution that’s ranked in the top 10 of a list of world’s best.
Here are some tips for those who want to pursue their higher education in the countries they’ve studied the most.
Read more: The numbers of foreign students in Ireland grew by more than 2.3 million between 2008 and 2016.
The number of students studying abroad is up by around 6 per cent from 2016 to 2021, while the number of foreign-born Irish students has fallen by about 1 per cent.
The Irish government has made significant efforts to attract foreign students to study here.
In the past two years, there’s been a focus on bringing in a greater number of international students from countries that have higher rates of high unemployment and lower living standards.
However, that effort has not been without its problems.
The US and Europe, both of which have seen the number and size of international student populations explode in recent years, have seen their foreign student populations decline.
In 2017, there were 8.5m international students in the United States, compared to 8.1m in the EU, according to data from the Association of American Universities.
Ireland, which has a much smaller population of foreign citizens, has been one of the most affected countries.
A survey by the University of Notre Dame found that the number, which had been at around 3.5 per cent of the Irish population by 2022, had risen to 6 per the previous year.
It’s unclear how much of this was due to the increased number of graduates and the number from countries with higher unemployment rates.
“The Irish government hasn’t had a good strategy for attracting international students to Ireland,” said Claire Smith, professor of higher education at the University College Dublin.
“International students in general are highly mobile, and the Irish government needs to consider more carefully how to attract and retain international students.”
Smith said she believed Ireland had been a relatively good place for international students.
She said she had seen international students arrive from countries like Singapore and Germany as well as places like Canada and Japan.
She added that there was a lot of focus on Irish students studying in the UK, but the government needs better access to the US for overseas students.
“I think we’ve done a good job of getting students to the United Kingdom, and now we need to make sure we’re not doing it too often,” she said.
Irish Foreign Minister Alan Shatter has been lobbying for the government to increase the number at the university level.
He said the Government was taking a more holistic approach to its international education efforts and was looking to add another five or six international universities to the University, including some from Ireland.
The Government has set aside €1bn for international education.
It also pledged to provide support to Irish students to travel abroad and study abroad.
But, at the moment, it’s difficult to access the full extent of international education opportunities for students studying outside of Ireland.
Students have been given the option of studying in more than 20 countries across the world, including the US.
For example, a 2016 report from the University’s International Students Programme showed that Ireland had over 1,300 international students studying overseas.
The report also highlighted that more than half of the students who were studying in Europe were from EU countries.
In Ireland, international students are not the only group of students who study abroad for higher education.
The government has also invested heavily in a range of international infrastructure projects, including a new €500m investment to build an international airport and a new infrastructure hub in Dublin, which was built to cater for more than 600 international students a year.
“Ireland is very proud of its record in attracting international international students,” Shatter said.
“We are one of only a few EU countries that offer a degree from international colleges.
We’re also proud of our commitment to internationalisation and internationalism.”