As a legendary land full of breathtaking, wild landscapes, Ireland offers a unique mix of perennial traditions and friendliness. The Irish people are originally welcoming and joyful artists and musicians. Irish cities are well-known for being dynamic, full of activity and home to young people (more than 40% of the Irish population are younger than 30).
High-quality education is not a new concept in Ireland: more than 80% of young Irish people take the final exam come the end of their schooling. Recent studies have reported that teachers pay a great degree of attention to their students, with the average size of the class standing at 17 pupils. Furthermore, the Irish government has invested a lot over the last few decades in making the education system international so that it becomes more attractive to foreign students.
The Irish education system
The Irish secondary schools follow a pattern set up by the Ireland Ministry of Education: all students follow the same programme and take the same official exams, whatever the type of school they attend (public or private). The access to upper education is very competitive and depends a lot on the grades obtained for the Leaving Certificate.
The secondary school system includes 6 years divided in 2 cycles, the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.
JUNIOR CYCLE: Year 1 to 3 (from 12 to 15 years): these 2 years work as preparation to the Junior Certificate.
TRANSITION YEAR: Year 4 (from 15 to 16 years): this transitive year between 1st and 2nd cycle enable students to try new subjects and help them find their future study path. Study programme in transition year varies from one school to another and includes a larger number of subjects for the whole 3 terms (12 against 6 to 9 during other years). This is great for foreign students who can benefit from personal development as well as strengthening their language and academic skills.
SENIOR CYCLE: Year 5 and 6 (from 16 to 18 years). At the end of the 2 years, students take the Leaving Certificate.
The final year (Year 6) is not open to foreign students as it is entirely dedicated to the final examination.
Please note: some Irish schools are entirely same gender and it is compulsory to wear a uniform.
The programme is for motivated participants, aged 12 to 18, who wish to study for one term, one semester or one academic year in an Irish public High School. This is a unique opportunity to live the life of an Irish of your age, share unique moments with the family who receives you and discover, first hand, the culture of this country.
Our partner cooperates with many institutions in many parts of Ireland. The school choice is made according to your profile, your school records and subjects that you would like to study.
Unique of this program: we guarantee you the hospitality in a family that has a child of the same gender and is similar age to yours (a year or two), and especially that follows his schooling in the same school. This means that you have a buddy to assist your academic integration, but also that your host family knows the school and it operates.
The communication and exchange are the key words of the success of this visit, as well as openness and the desire to adapt to a different lifestyle.
This formula is recommended for young autonomous, sociable and open students. To facilitate the integration, it is also recommended to have fulfilled at least 2 or 3 years of English study.
There are two types of classes given: compulsory and optional subjects.
Compulsory subjects: Mathematics, English and Irish (Gaelic is compulsory only for the Irish, young foreigners use this time for personal study).
Optional subjects (elective subjects): a wide range of subjects is available, and varies per institution: Modern languages (generally French or German, sometimes Italian or Spanish), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies such as Accountancy and Economics, History, Geography, Music, Art, Classical Studies, Technical Drawing, Design and Technical Graphics, Engineering, Technology and more.
Foreign students generally take 6-7 subjects, including 2 which are mandatory (Maths and English).
Class schedules vary from school to school, but usually take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00.
For young people who have difficulties in English, our partner can arrange private lessons with a teacher, as a supplement to the curriculum.
Schools offer a variety of extra-curricular activities (sports, workshops and various clubs). We encourage students to participate with the activities offered by the school or the ones organised by the family. The local coordinator or your host family will assist you in your efforts.
Note: the family does not necessarily organise specific activities for the student they welcome. He/she integrates into his/her family life and will have to come up with things to him/herself.
The host families are carefully selected by our Irish partner who has gained nearly 40 years of experience in organising immersion programs abroad for young people worldwide. In Ireland, the majority of people live in small towns or rural areas.
The Irish are very attached to family values and are known for their hospitality and friendliness.
All families have at least one child that has a similar age to that of the student they host (a year or two difference), and especially that follows his/her education at the same school as the young host. You thus get someone to accompany you in your first steps in the Irish school system. A valuable aid to successful integration!
It may be that the family receives another student from another nationality at the same time as you.
You will be housed in a single room or one shared with one of the children or the second student from another nationality and enjoy a stay with full board.
The local coordinator
During your stay in Ireland, you will benefit from the help and support of a local coordinator. This is the person that prepares your stay, selects your host family and takes care of your school registration.
He/she will be there to answer all your questions and solve small problems that may arise. He/she is also there to help in case of problems with the host family, or just to make sure everything goes well. It will be your main contact for the duration of your stay.
Dates and Prices 2019-20
School year 2019-20
Academic year (9 months): 26/08/2019 - 29/05/2020
1st term (4 months): 26/08/2019 - 20/12/2019
2nd term (3 months): 06/01/2020 - 03/04/2020
3rd term (1 month and a half): 20/04/2020 - 29/05/2020
Accommodation is included during the All Saints and February holidays. It is not included during school holidays (please see extra charges below)
All Saints (1 week): 26/10/2019 - 03/11/2019
Christmas (2 weeks): 21/12/2019 - 05/01/2020
February (1 week): 15/02/2020 - 23/02/2020
Easter (2 weeks): 04/04/2020 - 19/04/2020
- Preliminary interview for the application
- Enrolment fee at the host school and other administrative costs
- Accommodation at the host family, individual room and full board (packed lunch mon-fri)
- Accommodation during short holidays (All Saints' Day and February)
- Personal assistance, guidance and advice from a local coordinator
- Transfer at the beginning and end of your stay to and from Dublin airport to your host family
- A complete uniform
- School books
- Transport to school
- School newsletters
- An emergency number available 24h/24h 7/7 days
Prices do not include:
- Travel to/from your destination at the dates sent to you
- Accommodation expenses at your host family if you arrive outside of the dates sent to you
- Additional transfers if needed
- School materials
- Outings or excursions organised by the school if these take place
For stays from 4 to 16 weeks, see High School in Ireland with a same-aged student - 1 month to 1 term
To be eligible for this programme, you must:
- Be between 12 and 18 years old
- Have sufficient English skills so that you are able to attend classes and communicate without difficulty
- Demonstrate good school results for the past two years
- Be willing to stay with a host family and make new friends
- Demonstrate flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad program is for you? Then send us a Registration form as soon as possible.
You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and we will invite you to confirm your booking by paying a deposit of €90 in order to begin to process your booking.
We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for a full interview. This costs €90 and must be paid at the latest on the day of the interview if we have not yet received a deposit. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
If the interview is successful, we will send you the relevant documents to be completed and ask you to pay a deposit of minimum €1500 (25% of the total price). This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking.
The deadline for submitting the aforementioned folder is :
- April 15 for August departures
- October 15 for October departures
Later dates may be possible depending on the availability in the schools. However We strongly recommend booking at least 3 months before departure for a better preparation of the stay.
Late bookings occurring after the indicated deadline will be subject to a €200 express handling fee.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on the application process.
Arrivals: Saturday or Sunday
Departures: Saturday or Sunday
Airport of arrival : Dublin
Transfers upon arrival and completion of your stay from Dublin airport to your host family is included in our prices.
Please arrange your journey so that you arrive between 09:00 and 18:00 and depart between 11:00 and 20:00
Return trips during holiday periods can be organised for a fee (please see "Prices and Dates").
Note: do not make travel arrangments until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.
For children under 16: some airlines, such as Ryanair, do not allow children under 16 years traveling unaccompanied by an adult and do not offer the service UM (Unaccompanied Minor). It is therefore important to check with the company chosen before booking the ticket.
Health/Accident Insurance, Medical repatriation and social security is mandatory for this type of exchange programme. You will be asked to provide an attestation of this when you create your application.
Easy Languages offers complete insurace adapted for youth exchange programmes. Please see Insurance and guarantees