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Long Room, Old Library, at Trinity College Dublin Photo by: National Geographic

Why Irish Americans should save thousands and go to college in Ireland

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Long Room, Old Library, at Trinity College Dublin Photo by: National Geographic

This is not just a dollars and cents argument, though.  Most American high school students tend to have a rather insular view of the world.  I can say that because I once was one.  Attending university outside of the US, and well outside of their comfort zone, is sure to be a mind-opening and empowering experience.  A degree from an Irish university can also help distinguish job applicants as they embark upon careers in a difficult climate and in an increasingly globalized world.  Additionally, an Irish undergraduate degree opens the door to relatively inexpensive postgraduate study in Ireland or elsewhere in Europe; renders expensive postgraduate study back in the US less burdensome in the end; and creates a greater possibility of living and working in Europe in the future.

Pursuing a university degree in Ireland is not for all, or even for a large number of, American high school students.  A lot will stick with traditional semester or year abroad programmes if they do cross the Atlantic.  But for some, in particular for Irish-Americans with strong ties to this country, it is an avenue definitely worth considering.  So as Irish-American families with children in high school celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend back in the US, I hope some adventurous students will think about it and look at the various options online.  And I hope their parents think about how nice it would be to spend a future St. Patrick’s Day in Galway, Dublin, Limerick or Cork visiting their son or daughter studying for a degree at an Irish university.       

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