Education in Ireland is a government initiative which promotes higher education study opportunities in Ireland. According to it, the statistics show an increase in the popularity of Ireland as a destination for study abroad.
During the academic year 2011-12, Ireland saw a 9% increase in the number of US students coming to the country for their higher education.
As reported by the 'Open Doors', an annual survey was conducted by the Institute of International Education, which covered details about studying abroad as a trend.
According to the report, Ireland stands at 9th place, in the list of the most popular destination for US students to study abroad, and the overall growth of students studying abroad raised by 3.4%.
As compared to the academic year 2012-13, there is an increase in students by 55% in the academic year 2013-14, in the number of US postgraduate students coming to Ireland for a postgraduate degree work and research.
U.S. manager for Education in Ireland, Michelle Dervan, said, "We attribute our growing popularity to a number of factors. Ireland's universities and colleges offer unique academic programs that can be highly cost competitive when compared to U.S. education costs, particularly at the postgraduate levels. Many students report to us that their overseas study experiences- both on campus and off - gives them global perspective and a hiring advantage after graduation. And certainly, students appreciate the easy access that Ireland provides to other parts of Europe."
Associate director of University College Dublin International, Enda Carroll said, "We strive to be receptive to students' interests and academic needs. Students are attracted by opportunities for undergraduate research, service-based learning, and unique internships. As with other Irish universities, we have strong partnerships with U.S. universities and colleges and work with them on curricula mapping to ensure students stay on track for their degree programs while studying in Ireland."
The number of US students in Ireland has more than tripled compared to last two decades. This shows how popular the Irish varsities are when it comes to US students studying abroad.