Ireland is one of the favourite destinations for learning English abroad. Beautiful for its green meadows, its pubs and its spectacular landscapes, it leaves no one indifferent. 

It’s not by chance. It is one of the most attractive destinations in Europe and one of the friendliest countries in the world.

Accomodation

All our students stay with a host family (only one student per family) The most important thing is that Host Families welcome students into their homes as if they were already part of their family. 

The environment created for the student is the most critical element to the success of hosting.  It is important the whole family welcomes the idea of hosting another person in their home.

The first step of our recruitment process is to carry out an inspection of the host family home to ensure the accommodation is suitable in size for an extra member of the family. We also carry out a full comprehensive vetting (police check) of each host family prior to any placements. 

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN IRELAND

All schools in Ireland have a high academic level and a wide range of sports. Students are encouraged to take part in all extra-curricular activities: sports, drama, choir, etc

The secondary school system in Ireland consists of 6 years of study, which is divided into two cycles, Junior and Senior.

SCHOOL YEAR

AGE

DESCRIPTION

JUNIOR CYCLE

Year 1

12 -13

Overseas students take two core subjects; English and Mathematics and several electives to include science and technology, languages, art, music as well as more traditional subjects such as history and geography.

Year 2

13 -14

Year 3

14 -15

TRANSITION YEAR

Year 4

15 – 16

Transition year forms a break between the junior cycle and the senior cycle. The progamme varies from school to school but it is usually less academic than other school years. While in 5th year students study up to 7 subjects, in transition year students may study 12 subjects or more over the course of three terms. Work experience is usually included. It is an excellent year for international students to begin High School studies as it provides valuable opportunities to develop English language ability and life skills and allows for personal development without the pressure of preparing for a state exam.

SENIOR CYCLE

Year 5

16 -17

5th and 6th year form the senior cycle. At the end of the two years, students take the Leaving Certificate Examination, which is necessary for high school graduation and university entrance. Students normally sit this examination at the age of seventeen or eighteen. The Leaving Certificate is also recognised and highly regarded by academic institutions in the UK, Europe, the United States and across the world. Overseas students must take a minimum of six subjects including the two core subjects of English and Mathematics. Students can then choose their other subjects from a broad range, including science and technology, languages, art, music as well as more traditional subjects such as history and geography.

Year 6

17- 18

Sample Class Schedule:

  • Classes begin at 9:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. 15 minute break
  • 12:30 am Lunch
  • 1:45 pm classes
  • 3:45 pm classes end

Entry Requirements in the Program to Study an Academic Year in Ireland:

  • Copy of birth certificate.
  • A copy of the Passport.
  • Academic record of the last two years.
  • Registration form.
  • Letter of recommendation from your school.
  • Medical certificate.
  • European sanitary card or private health card.
  • Age between 12 and 17 years.
  • A copy of the regulation signed by the student and one of the parents or guardians.
  • Two passport-size photos.

Support system:

When the student arrives in Ireland, a tutor / coordinator is assigned to them throughout their stay. This person will be available 24 hours a day and will be in charge of assisting the student in everything they need.

The programme includes:

  • Enrolment in a secondary school in Ireland.
  • Enrolment and locker fees.
  • School insurance.
  • Full board accommodation with host family during the school year except during Christmas and Easter holidays.
  • Books, uniform (except shoes) skirt or trousers, jumper, 4 shirts, tracksuit and school jacket (only for full academic year)
  • School bus or bus pass for public transport.
  • Supervision and regular reports to parents.
  • 24 hour assistance.
  • Transfers from and to airport at the start of the program, Christmas, Easter and End of school year.

• The programme DOESN’T include:

  • Flights
  • School trips.
  • Extra curricular activities.
  • School stationery, etc.
  • Pocket money.
  • Phone calls or internet.
  • Transititon Year fees (300€ approx. Depending on each school).

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On arrival there is an orientation session with their coordinator and other students in the area. You will learn about rules to follow and introduction to Irish culture. You will not only learn English, but also learn how they live in Ireland.

It is important to be open minded and honest with your new family, your coordinator and the rest of the people you will be in contact with. You will realise people are eager to help but you must be willing to ask, otherwise they will presume that everything is ok.

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