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


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.” The open air, seaside cliffs, and plush land make Ireland the perfect site for outdoor activities such as biking, kayaking, sight-seeing, and hiking. The Irish Countryside is so beautiful, in fact, that it has been used as the set for many popular movies and TV shows!

But Ireland is not all country! It also has major cities, such as Galway, Cork, and Dublin, the nation’s capital. As a YFU exchange student, you could be placed anywhere in the country, but are likely to live in a suburban or rural area. Most Irish families have children and pets and place a high value on quality time together.

The Island is split into two nations: The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland, (the northern tip) is still part of the United Kingdom, while the Republic of Ireland claimed independence from the monarchy in 1919. When simply called “Ireland” people are generally referring to the Republic of Ireland. This program places only in Ireland. The school system is broken into primary, secondary, and higher education. As a YFU exchange student, you will be placed in a secondary education program. You will attend a private school, with tuition included in the YFU tuition.

Interested in ancient history? Ireland is home to some of the earliest humans, with ruins of Celtic tribes, castles, and folklore that dates back to 10,500 BC. Gaelic, though not the primary language of the country anymore, is one of the oldest languages still used today. The country, though, has made a graceful transition to modern times and is host to a number of famous poets, singers, and artists of today. Music and literature are a huge aspect of Irish life. The Irish have their own style of dance, song, and poetry, which are recognized around the world for their beauty and artistry. 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!


Soccer, rugby, equestrian sports, and water sports.

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and application deadlines.

+ Tuition

Academic Year: $27,995

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 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:


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).


All students will attend a mandatory orientation during the beginning of their program. The orientation meeting will take place within the first 3-4 weeks of the start of the program. Students will attend orientations with other YFU students from all over the world.


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

Special Program Offers

All students starting their program in the fall have the option to attend a 3 day welcome camp at the beginning of their program. The welcome camp consists of various workshops and activities on language and cultural differences. The camp aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of Irish culture and exposure to Irish daily life. This program also offers optional excursions to Scotland and Dublin each year for an additional fee.

Academic Year 1588 late August late May $27,995

Tuition Includes

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

Age Requirement

Students must be born September 2, 2001 and August 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of the program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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.