The number of Irish students hoping to study at universities in the UK in September has increased by 5 per cent in a year, despite an almost 20 per cent decline in EU applicants in the country.
Figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) show that 5,100 Irish students applied to study in the UK this year, compared with 4,850 last year and 3,760 in 2019.
A total of 20,820 applications were submitted by students across the EU by the deadline last month, compared with 25,740 last year, and 43,560 in 2019 — a decline of 52 per cent.
Before Brexit, all EU students were eligible to pay the same fees as UK and Irish students, about £9,250 per year. However, from
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