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Cross-border Student Flows

These charts give an indication of the number students who are enrolled in higher education institutions from the other jurisdiction. The data supports findings from the OECD report ‘Collaborating across borders: the case of Ireland-Northern Ireland’ (2013), which highlights that despite the proximity and absence of language barriers, cross-border student mobility remains low. However, 2015 figures for North to South flow has shown an upsurge due to changes in the admission scoring system for A-Level applicants.

Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL); data for Ireland is sourced from the The Higher Education Authority (HEA)


About this chart

North to South - refers to the number of students (full-time and part-time) domiciled in Northern Ireland who are enrolled in Irish third-level institutions for the academic year specified.

South to North - refers to the number of students (full time and part-time) domiciled in Ireland who are enrolled in Northern Irish higher education institutions for the academic year specified.

Year - Series refers to academic year, for example 2000-01.

Enrolments at Northern Ireland's Higher Education 
Insititutions by country of origin

Total in thousands

  • Other EU
  • Non EU
  • GB
  • Ireland

Students Enrolled in Irish Third Level Institutions by country of origin

Total in thousands

  • Other EU
  • Non EU
  • GB
  • NI