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More Irish studying at US third level 15.11.13

MORE Irish young people are enrolling in American colleges each year due in part to "fierce competition" for places at home.
A new report reveals that 1,158 Irish students are currently enrolled at third-level institutions in the US - a rise of 9.3 per cent in five years.
The report also shows that some 7,700 American students are currently attending third-level in Ireland - up 9 per cent.
Northeastern University in Boston is favourite among Irish undergraduates travelling to study in the US while New York University is the top choice for our postgraduates.
The figures are contained in the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education in the States.
It shows that Irish emigrant undergraduates are opting primarily to study along the east coast with Duquesne University, Boston College, Mercyhurst College, and the University of Scranton also making the top five.
Columbia University, the University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, and Cornell University complete the top five choices for Irish postgraduates.
The figures show that undergraduates account for 39 per cent (452 students) of the total with postgraduates accounting for 32.2 per cent (373). Students doing non-degree courses make up 19.7 per cent (228) with participants on short-term courses or other training schemes accounting for 9.1 per cent (105).
Meanwhile, of the Irish undergraduates, 86.6 per cent are doing four-year Bachelor degrees while 13.4 per cent are enrolled in two-year "feeder" courses at community college.
It costs an Irish undergraduate an average of $21,706US (16,143 euro) a year to undertake a four-year degree at a public university in US. That jumps to an average of $29,056US (21,600 euro) a year to undertake a four-year degree at a private US university.
Ms Davidson said, however, that a "significant proportion" of Irish students will qualify for either full or partial scholarships to help towards the cost of these tuition fees. Meanwhile, postgraduate study in the US can vary from $21,706 (16,143 euro) a year up to more than $50,000US (37,131 euro) depending on the college and field of study.
Education USA, which published the new report, is Ireland’s only official information source on studying in the US.
Its Ireland manager Joanne A. Davidson said there was "something for everyone" at America's 4,000 third-level institutions with feeder community colleges an option for people who don't get the Leaving Certificate points they expected.
She said once a person is accepted by an accredited American educational institution, they must then do a visa interview at the US Embassy in Dublin.
“It is no surprise that the number of Irish students studying in the US has grown this year. Competition is fierce for places in Ireland and with the holistic application process used by US colleges, many students find that their best fit university is actually abroad.
"So many Irish students are now looking for other options and are looking for ways to diversify to be more competitive in the jobs market down the line. I think they see America as a good way to do that, to stand out a bit from the rest of the crowd."
Ms Davidson said she expected the numbers travelling from Ireland to study in America to continue to rise in the coming years.
"We have found that our phones and emails are much, much busier especially in the past six to eight months," she added.
Meanwhile, the new report shows that a record high of 819,644 international students are currently studying in American, while US students studying abroad stands at an all-time high of more than 283,000.
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