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Ireland

Participating in an YFU exchange to Ireland will be an unforgettable adventure full of life-long memories.

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Study in Ireland

Ireland is home to one of the oldest civilizations of our time. Known for the remnants of the Celtic empire and iconic greenery, Ireland is a timeless entity in modern Europe. The only way to fully appreciate its quaint countryside, urban cities, and famous cliffs is to experience it first-hand. Participating in an YFU exchange to Ireland will be an unforgettable adventure full of life-long memories.

+ More About Ireland

Ireland’s scenic rolling hills and lush green landscape has earned it the nickname “The Emerald Isle.”

As a YFU exchange student, you may be placed in the beautiful Irish Countryside or in a major city such as Galway, Cork, or Dublin! Most Irish families have children and pets and place a high value on quality time together. The open air and plush land make Ireland the perfect site for outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, sight-seeing, and hiking.

While in Ireland, you will attend a private school, with tuition included in the YFU program costs. You will learn about Ireland’s rich history as you explore Celtic tribes, discover castles, and learn about Gaelic, one of the oldest languages still used today. Music and literature are a huge aspect of Irish life, and the Irish have their own style of dance, song, and poetry, which are recognized around the world for their beauty. Acoustic instruments such as violins, fiddles, and guitars are among the most popular sounds in traditional Irish music.

Come explore this beautiful country to learn about ancient ruins, modern art, and more!

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Ireland:

YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund

+ Tuition

Fall Year: TBA Fall Semester: TBA Spring Semester: TBA Fall Trimester: TBA

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Please visit the embassy website to learn more.

Additional Costs

Students should be prepared to pay compulsory school administrative and activities fees. Textbooks, uniforms, and transportation to school are not included in the tuition and are the sole responsibility of the student. Students are also responsible for covering any fees related to obtaining a visa. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

>As an exchange student to Ireland, you will live with a local host family and truly be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

School

Most students in Ireland attend private school from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Schools in Ireland generally require a uniform. You'll find that standards of education are quite high and poor academic performance is not tolerated. Some students may be placed in Transition Year, which has an extra charge of up to approx. EUR500. Students cannot choose whether they are placed in Transition Year or not. This is a less formal year, usually with a number of trips (which is covered by the extra fee).

Extracurriculars

Most Irish students participate in extracurricular activities after school. Students are encouraged to join sports teams and clubs to fully immerse with Irish students.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for the Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in Ireland, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program's start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born September 02. 2001 - August 31, 2004.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 02, 2001 - August 31, 2003.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Mid August Late June TBA

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with an Irish host family
  • Enrollment in a private Irish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from Interstudies support staff while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Although there will not be a language barrier, you will be able to learn the unique and expressive Irish lingo as well as exposure to Ireland's native Gaelic language.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local Irish host family. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.

+ Semester Programs

>As an exchange student to Ireland, you will live with a local host family and truly be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

School

Most students in Ireland attend private school from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Schools in Ireland generally require a uniform. You'll find that standards of education are quite high and poor academic performance is not tolerated. Some students may be placed in Transition Year, which has an extra charge of up to approx. EUR500. Students cannot choose whether they are placed in Transition Year or not. This is a less formal year, usually with a number of trips (which is covered by the extra fee).

Extracurriculars

Most Irish students participate in extracurricular activities after school. Students are encouraged to join sports teams and clubs to fully immerse with Irish students.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in Ireland, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program's start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born September 02. 2001 - August 31, 2004.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 02, 2001 - August 31, 2003.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Mid August Late January TBA
Spring Semester Early January Late June TBA
  • Placement with an Irish host family
  • Enrollment in a private Irish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from Interstudies support staff while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Although there will not be a language barrier, you will be able to learn the unique and expressive Irish lingo as well as exposure to Ireland's native Gaelic language.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local Irish host family. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.

+ Trimester Program

As an exchange student to Ireland, you will live with a local host family and truly be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

School

Most students in Ireland attend private school from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Schools in Ireland generally require a uniform. You'll find that standards of education are quite high and poor academic performance is not tolerated. Some students may be placed in Transition Year, which has an extra charge of up to approx. EUR500. Students cannot choose whether they are placed in Transition Year or not. This is a less formal year, usually with a number of trips (which is covered by the extra fee).

Extracurriculars

Most Irish students participate in extracurricular activities after school. Students are encouraged to join sports teams and clubs to fully immerse with Irish students.

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in the Ireland, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program's start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born September 02. 2001 - August 31, 2004.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester Mid August Late December TBA

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with an Irish host family
  • Enrollment in a private Irish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival Camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from Interstudies support staff while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Although there will not be a language barrier, you will be able to learn the unique and expressive Irish lingo as well as exposure to Ireland's native Gaelic language.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local Irish host family. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.