Foreign students happy with Irish colleges.

Irish colleges were cited for their community atmospheres, innovative programmes, support structures for students, as well as their multicultural mix and vivid student life.

Online study choice platform, StudyPortals based its findings on over 17,000 reviews from over the past academic year.

Maynooth University was given StudyPortals top Outstanding international student satisfaction award, with the National University of Ireland, University of Limerick, and University College Cork all walking away with the Excellent prize.

86 per cent of students were happy with their study abroad experience, compared with 89 per cent in 2014.