Ireland seeks US college students - call to travel for university education

Corey Schor of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, Anthony MacKenzie of Frederick Douglass High School, Regina Robinson of the Office of the Comptroller of New York City, and Peter Ryan of the Irish Con

Andrea Laidman also pursued her postgraduate study in NUIM. A Notre Dame alum, she told the crowd about her enriching experience of studying in Ireland, despite not having any Irish lineage.

Her time studying anthropology and international development in NUIM allowed her to connect with Irish people while also embracing the benefits of a world class education system.

Dervan, who heads Education in Ireland’s office in New York, says there is a big push from the current Irish government to pitch Ireland as a destination for schooling.

“The targets that were set down in the strategy are quite ambitious,” she says, adding that there are hopes to increase the number of full-time international students in Ireland by 50% in the lead up to 2015.

“All of the Irish universities have representatives that are active here,” Dervan said.

Considering the high cost of education in the U.S., studying abroad can be a more cost effective option for some students.

“Ireland isn’t necessarily cheaper for all students, but if you’re the type of student who’s looking to go out of state and looking at going to a private college in the U.S., you can save up to $20,000 a year by studying in Ireland; that would be for a full time degree,” said Dervan.