Ireland

High School

Departures

Semester — Spring 2020
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Year — Fall 2019
Aug 21-24, 2019 → May 30 - Jun 2, 2020
  $16,700   Available
Semester — Fall 2019
Aug 21-24, 2019 → Jan 25-28, 2020
  $15,800   Available

*Departure dates may vary within a few days of those listed.

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Explore Ireland: The Land of a Thousand Welcomes

Study abroad on the “The Emerald Isle” with its glorious scenery and friendly, welcoming people. Ireland offers a wealth of things to see and do, from stunning coastal views and ancient monuments to lively towns and cities. Become immersed in Irish culture while gaining maturity, independence, and confidence!

During your time in Ireland, you’ll become thoroughly familiar with the Irish way of life by living with a carefully-selected host family and continuing your education at a local secondary school in one of our host communities.

You’ll quickly recognize that the Irish know how to have great craic (the Irish word for fun)! Music is central to Irish life and is usually at the heart of each community. Sport is a prominent feature of Irish life, too. Hurling and Gaelic football, Ireland’s two national sports, are the most popular of all.

Discover the true meaning of craic and more when you encounter the lush and majestic landscapes, fascinating people, and vibrant culture of Ireland!

 

AFS students in Ireland year and semester program
Town in Ireland

Irish School System

The Irish school system varies significantly from the U.S. school system. Students are typically placed in the equivalent of the U.S. Junior or Senior year, the placement for which is subject to the determination and availability of your host school and cannot be guaranteed. While Junior year typically focuses on project-based learning, Senior year usually emphasizes earning certificates. Both tracks provide an exceptional and immersive learning experience.

Social Life

Embarking on an Irish adventure may include Irish dancing, hiking the unforgettable countryside, or simply taking in the sounds of a local fiddler. Plus, depending on availability, you may find workshops spanning all areas of interest, including history, writing, drama, storytelling, politics, and peacemaking!

You may also engage in hurling and Gaelic football, Ireland’s national sports! There are many other sports available too, such as basketball, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, and more. Common social and cultural activities also include drama, debates, quizzes, exhibitions, films, discos, and excursions.

Housing and Meals

Ireland is world-famous for its use of the potato in dishes such as Irish stew, shepherd's pie, bacon and cabbage (with potatoes), boxty, coddle, and colcannon! Expect your Irish dining experiences to be easygoing and informal, with quality homegrown produce and wholesome ingredients. Plus, Irish cuisine is constantly evolving with wonderful new recipes emerging from its top cooking schools and Michelin star chefs, so you’ll receive an appetizing blend of traditional and modern Irish cuisine!


What’s included in the Program Fee?

  • An on-arrival orientation covering program issues, cultural introduction to life in Ireland, living in a host family, and culture shock
  • Full board and lodging with a host family for the duration of the academic semester or year. All families will be interviewed and selected based on their interest in educational exchange and their ability to provide a positive home environment
  • Enrollment in a local Secondary School
  • Return transfers from the recommended arrival airport to the host community
  • Student support by a local representative and/or staff member
  • Round trip international airfare
  • Secondary Medical Coverage
  • Access to a 24/7 Emergency Duty Officer
  • Visa Application Guidance
  • Pre-Departure Support and Intercultural Education, including a pre-departure orientation

What’s not included in the Program Fee?

  • Independent travel costs for any day trips away from the host family
  • Domestic travel to the U.S. port of international departure
  • Supplies for school (stationery, pens, school bag etc.), uniform, and textbooks. Students will be advised regarding these purchase on arrival
  • Pocket money (approx. €200 per month recommended) for personal use on items such as clothing, cinema, cosmetics, and a phone/data plan
  • Costs for any school trips or excursions, and transition year program costs
  • Cost of transportation from host family to school

Returning Home

"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.

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Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.

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