Ireland is first choice of study for international students

Students walk past the helix

European students have voted Ireland the number one place to study abroad according to a recent online study.

The website Studyportals.com collected the data from over 170,000 reviews posted to their site from students around Europe based on their experiences of studying in a foreign country.

Ireland received the highest praise in the study with Irish universities’ sense of community spirit, innovative programmes and vivid student nightlife getting a special mention.

Finland, Sweden and Denmark sat below Ireland in the table with the UK taking 10th place out of the 18 countries surveyed. France received the poorest rating with students complaining about poor student services and excessive bureaucracy.

NUI Maynooth was awarded Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award by StudentPortals while University of Limerick (UL) and University College Cork (UCC) were both recognised by students for having excellent standards.

DCU Student Union President, Kim Sweeney, said “This news is fantastic for both Ireland and DCU, with over two and half thousand undergraduate and postgraduate international students, we have a wide diversity of students across all campuses.

I am delighted that international students have voted Ireland as the most satisfying place to study. We have seen a huge increase in international students becoming involved in Students life here by getting involved in clubs, societies and attending more and more events.”

Speaking to The College View, third year Journalism student Sonja Sjögren spoke about her experience of studying in Ireland since moving from Finland three years ago.

She said, “When I was researching universities abroad that do journalism I was just really attracted to DCU and it seemed like the best option for me. Also, it had to be an English speaking country and college in Ireland is much cheaper than for example in England.”

Aidan Delaney

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