STS High School 14–18 years of age
The Emerald Isle welcomes you

High School in Ireland

Classic/Select
Host family
Age 14-17

Céad Mile Fáilte! Or as the old traditional greeting phrase reads in a language you might understand better: a hundred thousand welcomes! In Ireland you will surely be exposed to a lot of Gaeilge (sometimes slightly incorrectly referred to as as Gaelic or Irish), but English is the main language on this green island. And that is one of the reasons to why high school in Ireland is a great alternative to studies in England. You get the language, but with a twist.

High School Classic

From $15,400

High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in Ireland, from the country’s famously beautiful countryside to its equally interesting and exciting cities! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.

High School Select

From $12,120

STS High School Select gives you full control of your high school exchange. It allows you to choose the exact location and school you want to attend while studying in Ireland. We work with carefully selected schools in some of the country’s most spectacular locations, which offer high academic standards, superb learning environments and wonderful host families.

With the High School Select programme you get a tailor-made high school exchange that perfectly matches your profile and preferences. You tell us what is most important to you, and we’ll make sure you get the exact experience you’re looking for.

Below you can find a selection of schools we work with in Ireland. We’re confident you’ll find a school that suits you to perfection!

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Friendly and fun

Ireland consists of two countries. Apart from the Republic of Ireland, there is also Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. As an STS exchange student you will be based in the Republic, where Dublin is the capital. This green island is waiting for you with a proud culture brimful of traditional music, strange sports, charming people and a beautiful landscape.

Everything within easy reach. Arts and culture in Galway, unbelievable scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way, rolling hills, old castles and long sandy beaches. Something for everyone. On top of that, Ireland have twice won the title “The world’s friendliest country”. It’s safe, beautiful and welcoming, just waiting for you!

Population: 4 million
Area: 70 280 km2
Capital city: Dublin
Coastline: 2 797 km
Longest river: Shannon (344 km)
Currency: Euro
Country code: +353

Irish high schools

The Irish school system has a very good reputation and the educational level is high. High school is called Secondary School and it’s divided into two parts: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. Most exchange students are placed in Senior Cycle, where you will study a mix of theoretical, practical and artistic subjects. English and maths are usually mandatory, the rest will be up to you!

If you’re into languages, you might want to study some Gaeilge. Within a few weeks you will be asking your friends ”cén chaoi a bhfuil tú?” instead of “how are you doing?”

When can I go?

There are three terms in the Irish school year – just like in England. The school year starts in September with autumn term, followed by spring and summer terms. You will attend the local high school in your host family’s area. In most schools, a school uniform is recommended and in some it’s even mandatory. Put on your uniform, bring your packed lunch and get ready for a great high school exchange.

Go n-éirí an bothar leat! In other words: may your journey be successful!

You’re heartily welcome!

Your Irish host family will do their best to make you feel at home on their beautiful island. Like the British, the Irish are known for their hospitality and sense of humour. The Irish way of speaking English can be a bit difficult at first, but you will soon get the hang of it. And probably start loving it!

Social life is important

Many of our host families live in the north-eastern part of the country, often a couple of hours from Dublin. Here, you will get a genuine Irish experience, getting to know the country and its culture from the inside.

In most families, weekends are important for social life. Music often plays a big part of life with family and friends. The Irish love to sing and dance. Don’t be surprised if more than one person at your place plays an instrument. Do you? Bring it with you and share your culture, your family will love it!

Quick facts

  • Who can go: 14–17 years on arrival
  • Departure month: January/September
  • Language requirements: Good English skills
  • Visa: Yes
  • Choice of destination: Yes. County Cork, County Tipperary, County Kerry, County Clare or County Limerick. Additional cost. City Choices are Cork, Killarney, and Limerick
  • Prep course: STS Welcome Camp included
  • School year: September–June
  • School day: Usually 09.00 – 15.45
  • Subjects: Compulsory and optional subjects. Prior knowledge required
  • Trips: Weekend in London. Additional cost
It is all about getting involved at the end of the day – and the days go by so quickly / Will Draper

The soundtrack of your year

As an exchange student in Ireland you will have a lot to do after school. Maybe something to do with typical Irish folk music? The tin whistle, fiddle and bodhran are sounds and rhythms you soon learn to recognise when passing a pub. It will become the soundtrack of your exchange year. Want to learn a new instrument? Give it a try!

Sports you know – and don’t know

When it’s time for some sports, why not try a traditional sport like hurling, gaelic football or camogie? Of course, everything isn’t unique for Ireland. There’s all the usual sports and modern music too. With the long coastline within easy reach you will have plenty of opportunities to go swimming, sailing or windsurfing. The green and hilly inland is perfect for hiking, biking or riding.

Celebrations!

The Irish love their traditions and will be proud to show them to you. A worldwide favorite is St Patrick’s Day. Join your Irish friends when they wear all green, often including face paint, for a whole day and celebrate together.

Travel time?

We want you to have a year full of experiences. It’s good to forget homework for a while and do something fun. Follow us to London for a weekend! You will meet other STS students and together you will explore the metropolis! Your local contact person can give you more information about prices and travel dates.

STS Welcome Camp in London

Your exchange starts with an amazing Welcome Camp in London! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your time abroad, full of sightseeing, seminars, new friendships and lots of fun.

Add ons

Ireland’s southwestern regions are famous for their stunning landscapes, delicious food and friendly inhabitants. If you’d like to call one of these fascinating counties home, let us know in your application.

What's included

  • Air fares to host family and back
  • Accommodation in an approved host family
  • Accommodation in an approved host family
  • School spot in a public high school 
  • Personal assistance and contact person from home country and host country
  • STS Welcome Camp 
  • Pre-departure orientation in your home country
  • STS leader accompanies many of the longer flights 
  • Emergency support 24/7
  • Free interview 
  • Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
  • STS bag and t-shirt 
  • STS Diploma
  • STS Ambassador Club

Prices

High School Classic

Length
Period
Price
2 Terms
January 2020
$18,900
1 Term
August 2020
$15,400
2 Terms
August 2020
$18,900
3 Terms
August 2020
$22,900

High School Select

Length
Period
Price
3 Terms
August 2019
From $18,220
2 Terms
August 2019
From $13,620
1 Term
August 2019
From $12,120

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