Project Atlas Partner: Education Ireland

In 2014/2015, there were over 27,700 international students studying in Ireland’s public higher education institutions. The United States, China, and France remain the top places of origin of international students in Ireland. Full-time international students in Ireland made up 16 percent of the total higher education enrollments in 2014/15. Top five places of origin of full-time international students studying in Ireland in 2013/2014 were the United States, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany.

Source: Education in Ireland

Inbound/International Student: A student who undertakes part, or all of their higher education experience in Ireland, if Ireland is not their country of domicile. Data reported to Project Atlas only reflect full-time enrollments on a full program of study. This includes inbound Erasmus students, Junior Year Abroad students, Overseas campus students, other inbound exchange students.

Outbound Student: A student participating in Erasmus and other short-term/exchange outbound education abroad experiences.

Private HEI: Generally, a higher education institution that does not receive state funding. For Education in Ireland purposes, private HEIs who fall under their national qualifications framework, are government recognized and sign up to a code of practice in relation to student welfare.

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​Data Collection and Resources

Enterprise Ireland (EI) is a national agency responsible for the promotion and management of the Education in Ireland brand and the collection of the data on international students. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the agency responsible for setting policies relating to higher education and international student data collection. Both EI and HEA represent the main sources of international student data which is collected on an annual basis.

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Source: Education in Ireland