Aug 10, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Besides having some of the best universities in the world, with all of them in the top 5 percent, Ireland has another reason to celebrate.

A silver lining in Brexit’s wake: Ireland’s position as a hub of international education has been kicked up a notch because of an expanded agreement in their new international education strategy. 

Last year, the Irish government launched its newest international education strategy to increase the number of international students an additional 33 percent by 2020. 

The bonus?   Under the new strategy, students can stay for up to two years after their studies to work on their job search.  Prior to the new strategy, students had only a year.

Who studies in Ireland?  Students from all over the globe.  Currently, about 33,000 students from 160 countries comprise Ireland’s international student population, with the biggest numbers hailing from the US, China, India, the Middle East, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Indian students are the fastest growing population, with about 2,500 Indians student.  Approximately 90 percent are at the postgraduate level.  Experts expect to see a 25 percent increase in student numbers when they look at the numbers again next month.

What do Indian students looking for work in Ireland study?  Information Communication Technology (ICT), international finance, pharma, and engineering.

Learn more about studying in Ireland




Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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