The UK and Ireland are among the most popular destinations for US students studying abroad. In 2001-2002, the UK was the most favoured destination, with over 30,000 American students, although only 300-400 of these came to Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland was the eighth most popular destination with 4,375 students (this was a 10.1% increase over the previous year, despite a weak US economy and post 9/11 concerns). These numbers include full-time registered students and ‘study abroad’ students on short-term semester or summer school programmes; the latter make up over 70% of the total.
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