Ireland's Students Overseas

Number of students from Ireland studying abroad: 18,917

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Ireland studying abroad

Rank Place of Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 United Kingdom 14,996 79.3%
2 United States 1,071 5.7%
3 France 493 2.6%
4 Germany 375 2.0%
5 Australia 240 1.3%
6 Hungary 193 1.0%
7 Netherlands 184 1.0%
8 Canada 90 0.5%
9 UAE 79 0.4%
10 Spain 72 0.4%
  All Others 1,124 5.9%


Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2014). Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from Ireland studying abroad:
19,617

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Ireland studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 16,469
2 United States 1,201
3 France 407
4 Germany 301
5 Australia 244



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012). Global Education Digest 2012. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

This page only shows ERASMUS exchange data, from September 2008 to May 2009.

1,838 students from Ireland participated in ERASMUS.

 Top 10 destinations and number of students from Ireland studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 France 473
2 Spain 317
3 Germany 253
4 UK 224
5 Netherlands 86
6 Italy 84
7 Sweden 76
8 Denmark 58
9 Belgium 53
10 Finland 44



Note: For more information about ERASMUS, please visit the European Commission website.

Source: Education in Ireland

Number of students from Ireland studying abroad:
20,254

Top 10 destinations and number of students from Ireland studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United Kingdom 16,790
2 United States 1,139
3 Germany 504
4 France 498
5 Australia 482 (2005)
6 Canada 126 (2005)
7 Denmark 124
8 Spain 73
9 Sweden 65
10 Austria 49



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2008). Global Education Digest 2008. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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