Brexit prompts tumble in number of Irish students going to UK

Almost half of first year in veterinary science in Warsaw and Budapest are Irish

More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher college fees, the removal of NHS funding of nursing and paramedical, and uncertainty over Brexit have contributed to a big drop in applications to UK universities from Irish students.

If you are considering applying to the UK system – Ucas (ucas.com) – there is no time to wait: the closing date for most courses is today, January 15th.

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