Number of EU students applying to Irish universities has tripled since Brexit

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The number of applications from students from the European Union planning to study at Irish universities has increased significantly since the Brexit referendum, according to a report by the Irish Independent.

The same noted that after the 2016 UK referendum, there were a total of 1,934 applications from citizens of EU countries in 2017, which increased to 6,383 in 2022, marking a notable increase since 2020/ 21, the period in which the United Kingdom officially left the European Union, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The report, based on figures provided by the Central Applications Office (CAO), shows that the numbers have steadily increased in terms of the number of applications made by citizens of other countries, as well as Britain and other non-EU countries.

Furthermore, the most significant increase in this regard was observed among students from other EU states, rising from 1,934 in 2017 to 6,383 this year.

According to the report, applications from UK students have increased by 9% this year and 39% over the past two years, from 760 to 970 for a total of 1,050.

At the same time, applications from Northern Ireland have fallen over the past two years, from 1,418 to 1,408.

In this regard, the Oireachtas Education Committee recently explored a range of issues affecting enrollment from north to south while introducing several recommendations.

According to the results, cross-border registrations are considered mutually beneficial in economic and social terms; however, they remain low.

In addition, Minister for Further and Further Education, Simon Harris, pointed out that CAO application statistics reveal that the desire to study at Irish universities is showing a noticeable increase year on year.

He said that as Ireland continues to invest more in higher education, the system will continue to grow, reform and improve.

According to the minister, the increase in international interest comes after universities are also facing an increase in the number of national applicants leaving school due to the baby boom of the early 2000s.

Harris stressed that it was important to add that an increase in international applications does not come at the expense of Irish applicants.

In addition, the minister wanted to see a “greater student exchange across our island, and that’s why we’re working with institutions in Northern Ireland to create better pathways, especially in healthcare.”

In May, international students in Ireland urged the government to further extend Stamp Two visa permits, which were due to expire on May 30; if not, they should anticipate a personnel crisis this summer.

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