Short report on US scholarship schemes to universities in Ireland, North and South

February 2004

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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