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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Ireland, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Students must be born August 31, 2002 - August 31, 2004. 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.


School starts in early September and ends in the last week of June.


Soccer, rugby, equestrian sports, and water sports.

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.
Learn more about Ireland.


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).


Orientations: 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. 


Extracurricular Activities: 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.



-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


Visa Information: Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.


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. 

Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year


mid August

late May