Education in Ireland recognises the work of US Student Ambassadors

Education in Ireland recognises the work of US Student Ambassadors

In a ceremony at Ireland’s Department of Education and Skills on Friday 20th April, Education in Ireland’s first ever group of student Ambassadors will be presented with certificates of achievement by Secretary General, Seán Ó Foghlú. Twenty – two Ambassadors from 16 different States in the US and representing all seven Irish universities will be present to receive their awards.

The student Ambassdor’s role is to blog several times each semester on their experience of living and studying in Ireland and to represent their Irish universities when called on. In addition, when these students return home they will from time to time work with Education in Ireland and the Irish universities at promotional events in their area.

Education in Ireland U.S. Ambassador Programme

In November 2011 Education in Ireland and the seven Irish universities launched a new US Student Ambassador Programme, connecting prospective American students and their families with those already studying in Ireland.

The Ambassadors represent some of the 7,000 US students who choose to study in Ireland each year.

The Ambassador Programme is one in a series of new initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the quality of Irish degree and Study Abroad programmes, while also assisting and encouraging interested students as they embark on their applications. Throughout the academic year, the US Student Ambassadors share their experience and insights of life as a student in Ireland through blogs, articles and video posts. To follow their stories online or to send an email enquiry, log on to http://blog.educationinireland.com or Facebook ‘Education in Ireland USA’.

Quote from Education in Ireland

“The typical US student in Ireland is a global, career-minded individual seeking a high-quality and affordable college experience,” said Michelle Dervan, USA Manager for Education in Ireland. “The Student Ambassador Programme seeks to connect these students with prospective US students through the sharing of their experience in Ireland.”

Background to the Programme

Meet a selection of our Ambassadors

Meghan Carter

Hails from New Jersey

Studies Accounting at University College Cork

“I ended up choosing UCC because I felt it fit my needs the best. I really liked their Accounting course especially because of the internship opportunity that’s given to you in the third year. So far I’m really enjoying all my classes. It has been really easy adjusting to living in Cork because the city isn’t too big and the people are friendly.”

Logan White

Hails from Nebraska

Studies Engineering at Dublin City University

“I decided to go abroad for a few reasons. One of the biggest was the chance to experience people and places from a completely different culture, as well as to get an international perspective on structural engineering…. So far my experience has been amazing. Dublin offers a lot of new experiences, especially for college students. I am extremely comfortable with my decision…”

Katherine Davis

Hails from Massachusetts

Studies Business at the University of Limerick

“In the autumn of 2010 I started a study abroad programme at UL, which was supposed to last for a year. After getting involved on campus and seeing the opportunities living abroad presented, I decided to take a chance and transfer to become a full student here. This was after only one semester! Learning to live on my own and having to figure out how to rely on myself is one of my favourite parts of this experience and I highly encourage you to try it!”

Olivia Wirtanen

Hails from Minnesota

Studies Music Performance at NUI Maynooth

“After completing my bachelor’s degree in Minnesota, I happily packed my life into two suitcases and headed to NUI Maynooth. Hailed as one of the premier music programs in Ireland, NUIM is not only surrounded by beautiful gardens and towering gothic buildings but provides a welcoming network of support as well.”

Marielle Rocca

Hails from Napa Valley, California

Studies Business, Economics & Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin

“I am currently in my second year studying business and economics through the BESS program…. My first year at Trinity was one of the best experiences of my life and I am sure second year will be the same.”

About Education in Ireland

To learn more about Education in Ireland’s outreach to US high schools and universities, please visit http://www.educationinireland.com or Education in Ireland USA on Facebook.


Michelle Dervan, USA Manager, Education in Ireland


+1 212 546 0480 or +1 917 774 7569

Gill Roe, Manager, Education in Ireland


+353 (1) 7272365


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