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Immersion Homestays in Ireland

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Why choose an immersion homestay?

  • For all ages and language levels
  • Year-round, from 1 week
  • Stay with a qualified, experienced teacher
  • Guaranteed progress, fast
  • Total immersion - no chance to speak your first language
  • Private lessons from 2-6 hours per day
  • General Activities, Sports, Culture, Leisure


Total Immersion Language Tuition

Home tuition is a unique opportunity to experience your host culture as well as making rapid progress in a relaxed and friendly environment. Living with a qualified and experienced native teacher is a great way to learn about culture hands-on - from mealtimes to free time.

Choose from business, specialized or general courses or exam preparation, or make the most of one of the many activity programmes on offer (sports, culture and leisure activities.)

Our partner organization carefully screens its total immersion homestay teachers and works with tutors throughout France and Switzerland, making it easy to find the right tutor for you. All the tutors are experienced and qualified, and offer a warm and welcoming homestay experience as well as quality language lessons.

Advantages of Total Immersion

  • Constant contact with the language

    With one-to-one lessons in a total immersion homestay, fast progress is guaranteed. You will be staying at your teacher's home without the opportunity to speak your first language, meaning you use the target language in a broad range of contexts and situations.

    Please note that total immersion stays require effort and motivation - being immersed in a foreign culture can be demanding!

  • Experienced, qualified tutors

    Our partner organization's teachers are experienced and qualified to teach their native language. They regularly take part in continuous professional development and their teaching methods are modern and specially tailored to one-to-one tuition.

    In addition, they are thoroughly screened and regularly inspected to check not only the quality of the ir lessons but the suitability of their homes.

  • A very warm welcome

    All the tutors are carefully interviewed and inspected to ensure they meet the highest standards of homestay accommodation. If you suffer from allergies or have special dietary requirements, or if you prefer a non-smoking or child-free home, please let us know at the time of booking.

    Thanks to an extensive network of qualified, vetted tutors, you will always be matched with the right tutor for you.

  • Specially tailored programmes

    • Reaching your goals: Immersion stays can be adapted to a broad range of goals and targets, whether you're looking to improve your language proficiency for work, prepare for an exam or specific event (conferences, travel abroad), refresh your knowledge of the language or make up any aspects of the language you've missed. Lessons are tailored to your specific needs and goals with a focus on improving your weak points and helping you make solid progress fast.

    • Quick results: One-on-one lessons make for faster progress, learning at your own pace - often faster and more efficient than learning in a group setting.

    • Supervision for young learners: Total immersion homestays are also ideal for young learners, who are well taken care of by our host families. Our "Cocooning" option is mandatory for under-15s and recommended for under-18s. This guarantees that the teacher or an adult member of the family is at home at all times when the student is there.

    • Group immersion: For 2 students with the same language level taking lessons together, we offer a 20% discount per person.

Our partner organization

Home Language International, our partner organization, is amarket leader in total immersion home tuition. Since 1979, this family business has grown to establish ties with teachers in over 30 countries worldwide, offering homestays for an impressive 20 languages. Local organisers, located in each of the 110 regions covered, supervise the teacher network and ensure the quality of accommodation and courses.


Language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Schedule: to be arranged with your teacher
  • Placement test: first day of lessons. An online test prior to departure is also available
  • Language level: all levels
  • Locations: Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick. Homestays are not usually located in the city centre. Teaching and accommodation quality are more important criteria than being centrally located. You will be asked to choose 3 preferred locations at the time of booking
  • Certificate of completion and progress report at the end of your stay (on request)
  • Options: specialised vocabulary, cocooning (mandatory for under-15s) (see below)
  • Qualifications: all the teachers hold a university degree and/or an equivalent qualification, and/or a recognised teaching certificate
  • Number of students per homestay: you will be the only student per homestay. Very rarely, one or two other students of a different nationality may be staying with your teacher.

Courses on offer

We offer both standard language programmes and Language & Activities programmes, ideal for practising your target language in a broad range of situations.

  • Standard Programme

    Choose from 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours of private language lessons per week.

    Optional extras

    • Specialized vocabulary/exam preparation
    • Cocooning
  • General Activities Programme

    This programme includes 10 hours of lessons per week plus 5 hours of general activities per week. You can decide on your activity schedule with your teacher on arrival. This programme is a good way to put your Spanish into practice. All activity fees are included in the price (transport, entrance fees, etc.) Option available for all destinations.

    Some of the many activities available include:

    • Cinema outings
    • Shopping
    • Bowling
    • City walks
    • Restaurant outings
    • Visit to a local farm
    • Cooking
    • Picnics
    • Board games
    • DIY

    Especially recommended for young learners. This is a fun way to learn the language and reap the rewards by practising during fun and engaging activities. You can also choose 15 hours of lessons plus activities and/or 10 or 15 hours of activities (additional fees apply.)

  • Sports Programme

    1 week full-board accommodation + 10 hours of language lessons + 3 private sessions of sport (unless mentioned otherwise) typically of 1 hour (this may be longer if you join a group of students at a similar level). Sports sessions usually take place with a professional instructor but may also be with a member of the host family (when a suitable member is available) or with the local organiser. Important: You must insure against illnesses and accidents to yourself or third parties. Remember to indicate your sport level on the enrolment form.

    • Cork

    • Tennis - 3 x 2 hours

    • River fishing - 2 x 2 hours
    • Deep-sea fishing - 1 full day
    • Horseriding

    • Dublin

    • Golf

    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Horse riding
    • Sailing
    • Wall-climbing

    • Galway

    • Fitness/gym - 2 x 2 hours

    • Yoga - 2 x 2 hours
    • Fly fishing - 2 x 2 hours
    • Horse riding
    • Rugby - 2 x 2 hours
    • Tennis

    • Limerick

    • Tennis

    • Horse riding
    • Golf
    • Fly fishing - 2 x 2 hours
    • Swimming
    • Go-karting - 4 x 30 mins
    • Surfing - 2 x 2 hours
  • Culture Programme

    1 week full-board accommodation + 10 hours of language lessons + cultural activities (e.g. visits to museums, castles and other famous places of cultural interest). Cultural activities usually take place with your language teacher but can take place with any member of the host family. If you can't find exactly what you want in our cultural programmes, tell us what you would like to do and we'll give you a price!

    • Cork

    Cork Gaol Heritage Centre & Radio Museum, Blarney Castle, Lewis Glucksman Gallery

    • Dublin 1

    Choose 3 visits from the following: visit the ancient monastic site at Glendalough, Newgrange passage grave in the Boyne Valley, Trinity College & Book of Kells, Dublin Castle & Cathedral, City sightseeing tour on open top bus, National Art Gallery, History Museum

    • Dublin 2

    (literary programme): Choose 3 visits from the following: Visit the writers' museum, attend a play, join in the long-established literary pub crawl! (aged 18+), attend a poetry reading, visit Marsh's library & the Joyce Centre/ Museum/House of the Dead, see the places where 3 of the following writers lived: Swift, Shaw, James Joyce, Beckett, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde

    • Galway

    Choose 3 visits from the following: Birr Castle & Gardens, Clonmacnoise, Viking Cruise on the Shannon, Kylemore Abbey, Connamara, Athenry Heritage Centre, Portumna Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Tour Ballylea, Athlone Castle & Heritage Centre

    • Limerick Visit King John's Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Hunt Museum & Thomond Park Museum (when available)
  • Leisure Activities

    1 week full-board accommodation + 10 hours of language lessons + leisure activities

    • Cork

    Shopping: The Old English Market, the handicrafts centre in Blarney Irish Dancing

    • Cork, Galway & Limerick

    Cooking - 5 hours of traditional Irish cooking

    • Dublin

    Scary Tour: Ghost Bus/Gravedigger Ghost Tour, haunted Dublin historical walking tour, Wicklow Gaol

    Traditional Irish Music & Dance (18+): Traditional Irish pub crawl, the Irish House Party, Céilí Dancing in the Culturlann

    Cooking or baking

    • Limerick

    Irish Dancing

Optional Extras

  • Exam Preparation Courses/Business and Specialized Vocabulary

    Your teacher will design a course to prepare you for an exam. Please note that you must bring your own material, books, previous exam papers and any other material you need to prepare for the exam.

    Specialised vocabulary: designed for students who need to improve their professional language skills. Specialised vocabulary with technical terms in areas such as business, medicine, engineering, law, computing, architecture, tourism etc. can sometimes be provided on request. Please note that the teachers are not actual engineers, doctors, lawyers etc.

    Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

  • Cocooning

    Closer supervision for students under 18. This guarantees that the teacher or an adult member of the family is at home at all times when the student is there. This option does not guarantee activities. Please note that students aged 15 or under MUST take the cocooning option and it is highly recommended for under 18s.

    Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

  • Language & Fun: Teen Special: (13 to 17 years old included) • Full-board accommodation in your experienced teacher's home • 10 hours of language lessons based on your interests (sports, hobbies, idols etc.), internet videos, music/ film/sports projects, role playing, debates, writing a diary etc. • Choice of 3 activities from local shopping, going to the town/park/beach, board/video games, local place of interest, cooking a typical dish • 1 hour's daily homework/project to do in your free time which is corrected during lesson time.

    Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

  • Special diets

    We welcome students who need special diets provided we are notified in detail of these in advance. If these diets involve the host family making extra arrangements (such as a gluten-free diet) a supplement will be charged.

    Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

    • Special needs We welcome students with physical disabilities (such as vision or hearing impairments), emotional or behavioural disorders (such as ADHD) or learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) provided we are notified of these in advance.

    Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

  • VIP

    This option is specially designed for people who enjoy a very comfortable standard of living at home and who require extra comfort when they come to stay with a host family. You can expect a superior standard of accommodation and meals. VIP stays always include a private bathroom and VIP students can be sure that their teacher has plenty of experience hosting this type of student and knows how to satisfy their requirements.

    Additional fees: 100% of your chosen programme

  • VIP for Young Learners

    This option is specially designed for people who enjoy a very comfortable standard of living at home and who require extra comfort when they come to stay with a host family. You can expect a superior standard of accommodation and meals. VIP stays always include a private bathroom and VIP students can be sure that their teacher has plenty of experience hosting this type of student and knows how to satisfy their requirements.

    Additional fees: 100% of your chosen programme

  • Two students sharing

    If you choose to share lessons with a second student you must come with someone who has the same language level as you and on the same dates. You share lessons, activities (if applicable) and also share a room unless otherwise requested. Please complete 2 booking forms - one for each student - and write the name of the person you are sharing with.

  • Discount: 20% discount for each student

  • Christmas/New Year

    Any bookings which include Dec 24th, 25th or 26th (Christmas) or Dec 31st or Jan 1st (New Year) are subject to an additional fee. If your stay includes both Christmas and the New Year the supplement is only charged once. N.B. This supplement does not include activities

Additional fees: see Dates & Prices tab

Dates & Prices 2017

Dates 2017

Course start dates: every week, year-round

Prices 2017

Programme Prices -

All taxes and registration fees included.

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Standard Programme (price per week)

*Round trip compulsory for students under the age of 16. During the summer (30/06 - 01/09), 15-hour program minimum.

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Single room, homestay at your teacher's house
  • Course materials
  • Full board
  • Assistance from the local organiser
  • Placement test, certificat of completion and progress report (on request)
  • If your chosen programme includes activities: 10 hours of lessons, 5 hours or 3 sessions of the chosen activity, including entrance fees and transport
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to your chosen destination
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional extras (Specialised Vocabulary, Exam Preparation, Cocooning, VIP accommodation)
  • Christmas/New Year extras (24, 25, 26, 31 December, 1 January)
  • Transportation in and around your chosen destination
  • Optional activities
  • Extra nights
  • Exam fees, where applicable
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance


  • Students travelling together (same language level, same dates): 20% discount for the second student and for the third and fourth student 25% discount

  • Accompanying person: full-board accommodation for a second person who comes with you and shares your room but does not have lessons or activities. 20% discount for the second person aged 4 or over, 75% discount for children under 4 years old

    • Senior

    Students aged 60 and over receive a discount for all stays that begin and end between October and May.

    Discount: 5%

Practical Information


Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Sunday

(7 nights - some teachers are flexible on arrival and departure days)

  • Arrival airports and train stations:

Information about the nearest airport or station will be provided with the details on your teacher and host family. You will be picked up and dropped off by your host family, local organiser or by a private driver (usually by car, though occasionally by public transport).

If you decide to travel to an alternative airport or station, or if you arrive before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m., an additional fee will be charged. Students under 16 must book pick-up and drop-off, except if you inform us in advance that they are accompanied by their parents.

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (approximately 8 days after we receive your deposit).

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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