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The Irish Central Applications Office has reported a significant increase in British students looking to study in Ireland as a result of the increase in UK tuition fees. Around 2,500 British students have submitted an application to an Irish university, representing an increase of 27% on last year.
Further applications to Irish universities, such as Griffith College (pictured), are expected in the coming months as British students face up to the reality of higher tuition fees.
Tuition fees at Irish universities range from c.€2,250 in the public sector to around €5,000 at private universities. While no Irish financial aid is automatically available to British applicants, and it is not possible to take British student loans abroad for full degree courses, the real cost of higher education in Ireland is now significantly lower than studying at a British university for most students.
This trend is set to continue for the next years as more and more British students become aware of the opportunities and advantages of studying in Ireland.
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