November 21st, 2012: Irish Undergraduate Numbers in US Continue to Grow Open Doors 2012 Data Published; Irish Undergraduate Numbers in US on the Rise

Institute of International Education (IIE), in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department, recently published its annual Open Doors report on international student mobility.

The comprehensive data shows that although overall numbers are down for Irish students studying in the US, undergraduate numbers have increased since 2011. Commenting on the figures, Ms. Joanne A. Davidson, EducationUSA Advisor in the Fulbright Commission, stated “undergraduate applicants continue to rise year after year, highlighting the continued draw of US college programs. With competition for jobs in Ireland becoming more difficult than ever, students are looking to diversify their CVs from an early age in order to set themselves apart in this challenging market.”

Interestingly, more and more Irish students are looking to complete  their studies at community colleges in the US, as the third most popular school  for Irish students is a community college. The East Coast of America also remains popular, with three of the remaining most popular schools located in Massachusetts and Connecticut. To see the complete “Fast Facts about Ireland,” you can download the pdf here.

Ireland continues to be a draw for study abroad students, with over 7,000 Americans attending Irish universities in 2011-2012.

EducationUSA is pleased to support students in achieving their goal of studying in the United States. For more information on the EducationUSA service, including applying to college, taking the SAT, or financing studies, please see http://www.fulbright.ie/study-in-the-us.

To read the full Open Doors report, please click here.