ICES High School Study Abroad
Late Aug – Mid June
Late Aug – Mid Dec
Mid Jan – Early June
High School Study Abroad Ireland
Ireland (or Éire in Gaelic) is an island located just west of Great Britain. The island is politically divided between two countries: the Republic of Ireland (which covers most of the island) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. World-renowned for the friendliness and hospitality of its people, Ireland has a long and rich heritage that has developed over thousands of years. This long history has led the island with many interesting sites, including Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and Malahide Castle.
Ireland Country Information
Few places in the world have such proof of their long history as Ireland! Everywhere you look you’ll see old castles, forts, monuments and ruins, some even older than the pyramids in Egypt. The Atlantic Ocean’s powerful waves have excavated secret caves and high cliffs, leaving a magnificent coastline with extensive sandy beaches. The strong winds of the Atlantic and the warm water of the Gulf current influence the climate, making it temperate.
Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, lies on Dublin Bay and overlooks the Irish Sea that divides Ireland and Great Britain. The city of Dublin ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe and has an abundance of tourist attractions. Other interesting places to visit in the Republic of Ireland include Cork, Derry, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway and Waterford – famous for its glass-making industry. The Irish culture has taken thousands of years to develop. Irish music and dancing are central aspects of their cultural identity. The bodhrán, which is similar to a hand-held drum, is one of the most popular instruments in Irish music, along with the fiddle and the tin whistle. Irish dancing is fiercely competitive and taken very seriously with provincial, national and international championships.
Gaelic football and hurling are the national sports of Ireland. Gaelic football is a mixture of soccer and rugby unique to Ireland. Hurling can be described as Gaelic football played with sticks and a smaller ball. These sports have played an important role in maintaining Irish culture over many years.
Students in this program are placed in private schools in Dublin. Students have the option to select from several schools in the Dublin area for additional tuition fees. All students follow the Irish government program for the Leaving Certificate.
In Ireland students can participate in the ‘Transition Year’ before starting their studies for the Leaving Certificate. The Transition Year is a one-year vocational program without state exams. Students study some academic core subjects and one or two optional subjects. In addition, the students take short courses in different vocational subjects (e.g. drama, horticulture, motor vehicle maintenance). This option is available for an additional Transition Year fee.
The school year is divided into three terms: the first from the beginning of September until the winter holidays, the second from the beginning of January until Easter, and the third from the end of Easter until the beginning of June. The school day usually starts at 9:00am and finishes around 3:45pm. Students typically bring a packed lunch to school.
Placements are in the capital city of Dublin.
Uniforms and books at school are all included in the Ireland program!
Students going to Ireland also have the opportunity to engage in limited independent student travel (with necessary permissions).
Students don’t need to apply for a student visa in advance. Students receive a student stamp on arrival and apply for the student visa at their local immigration office in Ireland.