Study Abroad’s flagship programme, we welcome over 200 students every year to embark on an intercultural journey and self discovery while being hosted in the land of a thousand welcomes!
Embark on an adventure to the land of saints and scholars.
Embrace a country full of strong music, dancing and sporting traditions.
Enjoy the landscape, old buildings, history and mythology.
Become like thousands of students before you and find yourself with the gift of the gab using the local teanga (language)!
The Secondary School Programme in Ireland is open to international students between the ages of 15 and 17 who already have a reasonable level of English. Students gain a thorough understanding of Irish culture through living as a temporary member of a carefully selected host family while continuing their education at a local secondary school. Participants applications are screened and placed in one of 14 host communities dotted around the country. Each community has an appointed local coordinator who is a part of the AFS/EIL team and mentors and supports the student and the host family for the duration of the programme. Students must show a flexible attitude and be prepared to be located anywhere in Ireland including rural locations.
Students can choose from programme lengths of one term (up to Christmas break), two terms (August up to Easter break) or a full year with start dates at the end of August and start of January each year. Alternative periods can be arranged on special request.