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Over 4,000 New College Places To Be Available Next Semester

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9:21 AM - 13 Jul 2021



Funding for an additional 4,600 college places is set to be approved by Cabinet Ministers today.

There's been a significant increase in demand for places, partly due to more applications from mature students and Europeans.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is looking for 24 million euro to fund extra places.The Minister is seeking 440 extra places in health sciences like nursing, pharmacy and medicine as well as 450 places in science subjects.

There's also set to be a significant increase in the number of places in law, education and media studies.

Guidance Counsellor Brian Mooney says Brexit is the reason more European students are coming to Ireland to study.

"Over  3,000 additional applications are being made by students in Europe, who would've traditionally gone to UK universities to study in an English-speaking university. But they are now regarded as international students, from a UK perspective. They would be charged international fees, 20, 30, 40 thousand euro a year. And they can come to Ireland now for 3,000 euro a year."



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