The number of applications from European Union students planning to study at Ireland’s universities has increased significantly since the Brexit referendum, according to a report in the Irish Independent.
The same noted that after the 2016 UK referendum, there have been recorded a total of 1,934 applications from citizens from EU countries in 2017, which rose to 6,383 in 2022, marking a notable increase since 2020/21, during which period the UK officially left the European Union, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The report, based on the figures provided by the Central Applications Office (CAO), shows that the figures have continuously increased in terms of the number of applications filed from citizens from other countries, as well as from Britain and other non-EU countries.
In addition, the most significant increase in this regard has been noted among students from other EU states, jumping from 1,934 in 2017 to 6,383 this year.
According to the report, applications from British students increased by 9 per cent this year, and 39 per cent over the last two years, increasing from 760 to 970 to a total of 1,050.
At the same time, applications from Northern Ireland have decreased in the past two years, from 1,418 to 1,408.
In this regard, the Oireachtas Education Committee recently explored a range of issues affecting enrolments from north to south while introducing several recommendations.
According to the findings, cross-border enrolments are considered as mutually beneficial in economic and social terms; however, they continue to remain low.
Besides, the Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has stressed that CAO application statistics reveal that the desire to study in Ireland universities was marking a notable increase year on year.
He said as Ireland continued to invest more in higher education, the system would continue to grow, reform and improve.
According to the Minister, the increase in international interest comes after universities are also facing a surge in domestic school-leaver applicants due to the baby boom of the early noughties.
Harris stressed that it was important to add that an increase in international applications did not come at the expense of Irish applicants.
In addition, the Minister wanted to see a “greater exchange of students across our island, and that is why we are working with the Northern Ireland institutions to create better pathways, particularly in healthcare.”
Back in May, International students in Ireland urged the government to further extend the Stamp Two visa permits, which were set to expire on May 30; otherwise, they should anticipate a staff crisis in the summer.