Study Abroad Programme Options
Experiencing a new culture and country first-hand opens the door to host of new experiences, expanding your comfort zone, which in turn can do wonders for your confidence. Learning and communicating in the language of a foreign country while living there is without doubt the best way of learning simply because you never stop learning.
Everywhere you turn you’re faced with opportunities to hear, read, and use your new language. Basically, your entire environment becomes your classroom.
Study abroad options for Irish second level students
- Two Way Exchange
- School Stay Abroad
- Summer language Programmes
- Paid Home-stay in France Germany or Spain
- Summer Internship in Germany
A TWO WAY EXCHANGE: A two way exchange is often called a real exchange. It is a reciprocal exchange between two selected host families. The Irish student travels abroad and lives for a set number of weeks with their exchange partner. They live and speak with the exchange family as a member of the family. The foreign student comes to Ireland to stay with the Irish family for the same number of weeks and learns English and participates in the daily life of their exchange family. Families are matched as far as possible by age, interests and availability to travel and host. This option is available during school year and during school holidays. This is the most economical way of travelling abroad to learn a second language.Prices for two way exchanges start at €350 for exchanges up to 4 weeks long.
Our two way exchanges between Ireland, France, Germany and Spain provide excellent opportunities for Irish Students to develop and improve their confidence in speaking a foreign language. The most popular European languages for Irish students are French, Spanish and German.
A PAID HOME-STAY ABROAD: If you would like to travel abroad and don't want to host a student in exchange then a paid home stay with a host family abroad is an ideal option. This means that you live with your French Spanish or German host family as a member of the family. Students will be totally immersed in the daily lives, language and culture of their host family and participate in the daily activities of the family.
Paid home stay abroad is available to Germany, France and Spain. If you want to stay and live with a French, German or Spanish family and not attend school abroad this is possible during your school holidays. Summer is an ideal time to explore this option to learn by total immersion in a foreign language. No classes or language programmes in booked in the home-stay only option. Students learn informally in a fun way with their host family.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME IN SPAIN FRANCE AND GERMANY COMBINED WITH HOME-STAY:
These programmes are ideal for students who have already studied a second language for a few years and have enough competence to attend school abroad. Students will be placed according to age and ability. This programmes is especially suited to Transition Year TY students and those studying for oral exams. It gives a unique opportunity to experience family life with your host family and avail of all of the benefits of attending school abroad. Contact us for more details on our study abroad programme.
SUMMER PROGRAMMES ABROAD: While many students choose to go overseas during the academic year, summer study abroad programs are popular, too. They can be easier to fit into your school life life and are an ideal way of using the long summer holidays to progress your language skills in a fun way in a safe environment. These programmes have language classes in the mornings, organised activities in the afternoon and all combined with host family accommodation. These programmes are ideal for individual students or two friends travelling together. Whatever your reasons for choosing summer, you can look forward to all the benefits of the studying abroad experience and using your break productively.
ACCOMMODATION: All accommodation is provided by selected host families unless otherwise requested on the student application.
FLIGHTS AND AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Flights are not included in any of our programmes. You will be advised on which airport is closest to your host family. Each transfer arrangement is specific to each placement but in general transfers from the point of arrival will be facilitated either by the host family/ exchange family or a local coordinator.