Discover the majesty and rich culture of the Emerald Isle.
With CIEE, you’ll have the unique opportunity to experience Ireland as its own people do. Give Gaelic football a try with your classmates after school, or meet up with friends at the local pub on a Saturday afternoon for traditional Irish stew and soda bread. Join your host family for a scenic drive or hike through the countryside on a crisp fall afternoon.
From sleepy Louisburgh nestled at the foot of Croagh Patrick to charming Ballylickey in the heart of magnificent Bantry Bay, Ireland offers an idyllic setting for a high school study abroad program. Through classes at a local high school, extracurricular activities, and living with a host family, you’ll immerse yourself completely in Irish culture and discover what it’s like to step outside of your comfort zone and make the world your classroom.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Get ready for an authentic Irish educational experience.
At a local high school, you’ll study alongside Irish peers and choose from a wide variety of courses all taught in English. Typical subjects include math, English, history, politics, language, art, and science.
Most Irish schools are single-sex in an effort to create a more focused learning environment.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your Irish host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our high school students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your high school study abroad program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- International airfare between U.S. departure city and Ireland
- Transportation to and from a local Irish airport
- Placement in an Irish high school
- Careful selection and screening of a compatible Irish family
- Room and board with selected host family
- Supervision and support of a local coordinator
- Periodic progress reports
- Orientation prior to leaving the U.S. and upon arrival in Ireland
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support
Semester (US Fall)
Academic Year (US Fall)
Semester (US Spring)
*Early applications are due January 15 and August 15. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
Prices are subject to change and will be locked in for the participant on the day CIEE receives the completed application and program deposit.
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 17 years old (cannot be over 17 years of for duration of the program)
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Our receiving organization in Ireland is responsible for your placement and support during your time in country.
This organization is responsible for recruiting, screening and placing you with your host family and in your local high school. Upon arrival, you’ll be assigned a local coordinator who will provide support and complete supervision throughout your stay in Ireland.
All high school study abroad students take part in an online pre-departure orientation that introduces them to aspects of living abroad in their host country and to other high school students studying on the program. The orientation helps students and parents set realistic expectations and goals and understand the support system. CIEE staff will offer advice on adjusting to a new culture and will facilitate a Q&A forum.
When possible, CIEE will make every effort to allow students to travel to their host country on the same flight as each other. For larger groups, a CIEE staff member will most likely travel with the group.
Within two to three weeks of your arrival in Ireland—after you’ve settled in with your host family—your local coordinator will set up an orientation right in the local community. You’ll receive an introduction to local customs and culture, set expectations for your time in the country, and get answers to lingering questions about your stay.