2019 Educatius High School Programs in Ireland for International Students
Ireland

Ireland

Studying abroad in the beautiful country of Ireland is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for international students. Famous for its rolling emerald green hills and dynamic cities such as Dublin and Cork, Ireland also offers the best hospitality in the world and a fantastic range of high schools. Ireland is the perfect place for curious students to discover a new culture whilst receiving an excellent education in either a public school or one of our private boarding schools, which will prepare them for top level higher education in Ireland or abroad. Students from all over the world can embark on a Classic, SELECT, or Academic Exchange programme and feel right at home on the Emerald Isle thanks to Educatius’ caring and experienced Irish host families and our trusted Guardianship programme.

Highlights of High School Programmes

Available programmes:
Number of select schools
14
Type of schools available

Why study High School in Ireland?

Ireland is the perfect destination for international students looking for an exciting academic and cultural exchange experience. With three different programme types available, Educatius Ireland has an option to suit every student, no matter their nationality, budget, or academic goals. From cities like Dublin and Cork which have world-famous histories and attractions - to placements in counties like Monaghan and Tipperary, which give students a more authentic small-town experience, the Emerald Isle truly offers something for everyone.

 

How Does the Irish High School system work?

School Year

Age

Programme Name     

Study Options

1st -3rd

1st Year – 11-year-olds

2nd Year – 12-year-olds

3rd Year – 13-year-olds

Junior Cycle, culminating in the Junior Certificate

Students study a combination of 7-8 core subjects and 2-3 chosen subjects. In 3rd Year they complete coursework and exams to receive their Junior Certificate qualification.

4th

14-15-year-olds (though other students can opt for this year)

Transition Year Programme

Students study a combination of core subjects alongside chosen subjects and can also choose from a wide variety of activity-based learning programmes.

5th – 6th

5th Year is the entry year for all 16-17-year-olds. There is no direct entry into 6th Year.

Leaving Certificate

 

Students study 7 subjects- 3 core and 4 chosen. They complete coursework and exams to receive their Leaving Certificate qualification.

Educatius Ireland only places international students in 2nd, 4th and 5th Year.

Students aged 14-15 in Ireland enrol on the Transition Year Programme. A course which is completely unique to Ireland, Transition Year is designed to prepare teenagers for adult life. In addition to core academic subjects including English and Maths, students take ‘taster’ subjects to help them decide what they might like to study later in their school career, alongside activity-based learning courses including running a small business, work experience, fashion design, community volunteering, sports, and field trips. Transition Year is a fantastic choice for international students, as it gives them a well-rounded academic education whilst they improve their English and learn new skills.

 

 

Why Choose Educatius?

What sets Educatius apart from other high school exchange companies is our high-quality accommodation placements and the ongoing support we provide to our students. We understand that where you live is just as important as the school you choose, and that international students need extra support whilst they are living far away from home. Educatius Ireland takes extra care when selecting a host family for each student who needs one, and our Student Liaison Officers are dedicated to helping the students adjust to their new surroundings and overcome any challenges they may encounter.

Each month, our local staff provide parents with a report based on feedback from the school, the host family, and the student.

Throughout our entire history, Educatius Ireland has been committed to quality support of international students. That’s why all our staff are specially trained and have multiple years of experience working with young people from all around the world to provide them with successful high school programmes.

Where do students live?

Living with an Irish Host Family

Ireland is famous for its friendly hospitality and long-standing tradition of welcoming international students, so it’s no surprise that our host families in Ireland are among some of the best in the world.

Irish host families can live in the city, the countryside, an apartment, a house, or with or without children of their own. Some host families have pets, some do not. Our host families come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common - they love learning about new cultures and providing international students with an unforgettable family experience in Ireland.

Educatius Ireland is dedicated to giving students a truly immersive exchange experience in an Irish home. Students will be placed with families who speak English as the primary language with only 1 or 2 foreign students in the home. If there are 2 international students in the home, they will be of different nationalities - to ensure students speak in English at all times.

As a member of a host family, international students will experience life in Ireland first-hand. Their host family will introduce them to Irish culture and help them to feel comfortable in their new home. They will have the unique opportunity to truly improve their English, experience everyday life alongside Irish people and certainly not least, create bonds with a caring family who they will probably stay in touch with for the rest of their life!

 

Howya! Tá Gaeilge agat?

Your host family in Ireland will speak English, but a large part of the population can also speak Irish. Some good Irish phrases to know are "Dia duit" (Hello), "Tá Gaeilge agat?" (Do you speak Irish?) and "Sláinte!" (Cheers!). “What’s the craic?” is also a popular way to ask people “What’s up?” and Irish people can often be heard describing something funny as “gas”! Studying abroad in Ireland gives you the unique opportunity to improve your English whilst also picking up some of the ancient Irish language.

 

What does an Irish Host Family provide?

Once you are accepted into a high school on a Classic, SELECT, or Academic Exchange Programme, Educatius Ireland will allocate you to a host family in your placement area. To get to school, students might walk, ride a bike, take a school bus, take public transportation, or their host family might drive them.

In the home, students might have their own bedroom, or share with another international student.  Each student has their own bed, study area, wardrobe, and space. International students share the rest of the home with their host family and they will share meal times, social times, outings, and holidays together throughout their stay.

Host families are there to support students and help them settle into their life in Ireland, by helping them practise their English, making them feel welcome, sharing the local cuisine and culture, answering any questions they may have, and supporting them when they need help or are unwell.

 

Continual Service and Support

Each Educatius student in Ireland is protected by our Service Promise, so you can be confident that you will receive ongoing support from before you arrive until the day you complete your high school programme. Each student is assigned an Educatius Student Liaison Officer, who works with the student, their host family, and school to be there to orient students and families, and act as a liaison to resolve issues. Our 24/7 phone line makes sure that students and parents can always reach us in case of an emergency.

Living in an Irish Private Boarding School

Private Boarding Schools in Ireland are always a popular choice with Irish and international students. School staff provide great support, creating a home away from home for the duration of the student’s stay.

International students live among Irish students and other foreign high school students in Irish Private Boarding Schools. Supervising adults also live in the boarding houses, providing constant guidance and support. Going to a boarding school is an amazing opportunity to bond immediately with new friends and feel part of a special community. Thanks to the boarding house’s proximity to the school’s facilities, students have the chance to get involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities straight after classes. Boarding houses always have separate facilities for boys and girls.

In addition, to emphasize the importance of family life in Irish culture, many boarding schools close every (or every second) weekend and students return home to be with their family.

Schools that offer 5-day boarding close every weekend. Schools that offer 12-day boarding close every second weekend.

Educatius Ireland organizes a host family for students who are enrolled in Irish Private Boarding School programmes, so they can live with them when their boarding school is closed. This gives students the unique opportunity to experience life both as part of an Irish family and as a boarder throughout their high school programme.

High School Programmes in Ireland

European passport holders only

The Ireland Classic High School programme is the traditional High School programme that most European students choose. 

Educatius matches students with a carefully selected Host Family and high school throughout Ireland. Placements can be in city locations or in more rural settings. 

Studying at a state school offers our students the chance to study alongside their Irish counterparts following a range of subjects and courses at Transition Year or Leaving Certificate levels. Educatius will always choose the school and subjects on behalf of the student based on their interests and skills. 

Our students stay with Host Families in the local community. Host Families are paid a stipend for hosting and Educatius handles the screening, placement, and supervision of Host Families before and during the programme. These families have a strong desire to welcome a foreign student and help them experience Irish culture. 

 

Why Students Love This Programme  

  • Experience real Irish culture and lifestyles outside of the big cities, though getting to the big cities for day trips is often very easy. 
  • Excellent education system offering traditional subject options as well as the exciting Transition Year programme.
  • Ireland is a safe, family-oriented country – students become part of a close-knit community.
  • Opportunity to experience much more of Ireland (and the UK) with our optional Student Trips.
  • Flexible requirements and deadlines – we can and do accept bookings after the deadlines.

     

    Who Can Attend? 

    The Ireland Classic programme is open to students who are aged 13 - 17 at the start of the school year in August

    Length of ProgrammeAcademic Year, Multiple Year, Semester, Term 
    Minimum English RequirementNo mandatory English assessment required, though students are expected to have at least an Intermediate level
    Academic HistoryMinimum GCSE equivalent in English, Maths and 5 other subjects
    Can a diploma be obtained?To earn the full Leaving Certificate, students will need to complete the full 2-year programme. All students will receive a transcript at end of studies regardless of length of stay.
    Programme Start Date

    Last week of August / Start of January 

    Application Deadline

    Academic Year: 30th June for September admission

    Semester & Term: 30th June for September admission OR 15th November for January admission

    NationalityEU Passport holders only 

     

    What Is Included?

    • Full-time education in an Irish state school of our choice
    • Full board accommodation in a Host Family - placements can be either single or double (with a student from a different nationality) depending on the size of the house.
    • Welfare package provided by our Student Liaison Officers to include an arrival orientation meeting, monthly meeting, and reports submitted to the home agency.
    • Once-per-term activity or social gathering for all students in the placement area, which is paid for by Educatius Ireland.
    • Student pack with handbook, contact telephone numbers, student ID card, and small useful gifts included.
    • Return airport pick-up and drop-off by the Host Family or Educatius representatives. 

     

    What Is Not Included?

    • School uniform - mandatory in all Irish schools (€150 - €200 approx)
    • School books (€100 approx) 
    • Transport to and from school (€175 per term approx) 
    • School locker and insurance fees (€90 approx)
    • All extra activities, trips, social events, or sports the student wishes to take part in
    • Travel / Medical insurance
    • Soft Landing Camp in Dublin for August arrivals
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Check out our Ireland Academic Exchange programme for a Classic alternative if you don't have an EU passport! 

Have you ever considered Ireland for a study experience?

Educatius’ Academic Exchange programme in Ireland opens up the Irish curriculum for international students at one exciting low price.
The Irish education system ranks as one of the top in Europe. Students will be placed in a Private Day school of Educatius’ choosing based on their academic profile in smaller towns throughout Ireland. They will benefit from being in close-knit communities and warm and friendly Host Families. What’s more, this programme is available for students aged 14 – 17 so is a great option to kick-start a high school experience.


Why Students love this programme


• Students enjoy being at Private Day schools with approximately 400-500 students and with very low international student populations (mainly Europeans).
• Excellent education system offering traditional subject options as well as the exciting Transition Year programme.
• Ireland is a safe, family-oriented country – students become part of a close-knit community. Experience real Irish culture and lifestyle outside of the big cities, though getting to the big cities for day trips is often very easy.
• Opportunity to experience much more of Ireland (and the UK) with our optional Student Trips.
• Flexible requirements and deadlines – we can and do accept bookings after the deadlines.
• Students can choose the Transition Year programme, which is good for students with lower English or weaker grades: no exams, core subjects, speciality programmes and experience-based learning.
• Students can then continue on for a second and third year to get their Leaving Certificate, which is equivalent to the UK’s A Levels, and is a good foundation for University study.

Who Can Attend? 

Students should be aged 14 - 17 at the start of the academic year in August.

Length of Programme

Academic Year, Multiple Year, Semester Term

Minimum English Requirement

Visa purposes: IELTS 4.0 or equivalent

Grade History

Minimum Grade C equivalent in English, Maths and 5 other subjects

Can a diploma be obtained?

Two years to complete the Leaving Certificate. All students will receive a transcript at the end of stay regardless of programme length.

Programme Start Date

Last week of August or beginning of January

Application Deadline

Academic Year: 30th May

Semester/Term: 30th May for August admission / 15th November for January admission

Nationality

Open to all international students. Please contact Educatius for assistance with visa requirements as this does vary by nationality

 

What Is Included?

• Full-time education in a Private Day School of our choice - our placement team spends time studying each application in order to place each student in a school most suited to their particular interests and skills.
• Full board accommodation in a Host Family - placements can be either single or double (with a student from a different nationality) depending on the size of the house.
• Welfare package provided by our Student Liaison Officers to include an arrival orientation meeting and monthly reports submitted to the home agency.
• Once-per-term activity or social gathering for all students in an area which is paid for by Educatius Ireland.
• Student pack with handbook, contact telephone numbers, student ID card, and small useful gifts.
• Return airport pick-up and drop-off by the Host Family or Educatius representatives (designated airport only).

What Is Not Included?

• School uniform - mandatory in all Irish schools (€150 - €200 approx.)
• School books (€100 approx.)
• Transport to and from school (€175 per term approx.)
• School locker and insurance fees (€90 approx)
• All extra activities, trips, social events, or sports the student wishes to take part in
• Travel / Medical insurance

Selecting the Private Day school programme opens up the possibility to live and study in exciting cities such as Dublin and Cork or in typically Irish towns throughout the country. The Irish education system ranks as one of the top in Europe. Students will be placed in a Private Day school of Educatius’ choosing, based on their academic profile in smaller towns throughout Ireland. They will benefit from being in close-knit communities and warm and friendly Host Families.

Private boarding schools in Ireland are always a popular option among Irish and international students. School staff provide great pastoral support, creating a home away from home for the duration of the student’s stay. In addition, to emphasis the importance of family in Ireland many boarding schools close every (or every second) weekend and students return home to be with family.

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