High School Abroad in Ireland

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Information for term High School Abroad in Ireland

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 8 – May 28, 2022 (20 weeks)

Extended Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 8 – Apr 6, 2022 (13 weeks)


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Live with an Irish family, study at a local school, and revel in a unique cultural wonderland.

Get ready for an authentic Irish educational experience, complete with a traditional school uniform. At a local high school (single gender or coed), you’ll study alongside Irish peers and choose from a wide variety of courses, all taught in English. Get placed in your own level, or request to attend 10th grade, the traditional "transition year" in Ireland and a unique hands-on learning experience where cultural and enrichment activities take a central role: learn how to ride a horse or balance a budget, get intro courses on new and different topics such as business or entrepreneurship...etc.

At your homestay, live like a local! Most of our placements are offered in suburban and rural areas, giving you easy access to the outdoors, and providing you with amazing insights into the authentic Irish lifestyle.

What will you do on weekends? Catch the latest movie on a rainy day in Dublin. Surf at Lahinch Beach, a rugged beach near the Cliffs of Moher. Visit the Ring of Kerry, a peninsula in southern Ireland. These are just a few of the things students do with their host families, CIEE friends, and other international students.

The Take-Aways

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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Rolling hills, bustling cities, and historic sites make the Emerald Isle an unforgettable learning environment.

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 homestay 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 homestay, 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.


Upon arriving in Ireland, you will be greeted by your homestay. Within a few days of settling in, you will meet with your Local Coordinator, who, along with your homestay, will be your primary support in Ireland. Your Local Coordinator will arrange an orientation — for you and any other students placed in your area — within the first few weeks of the program. During orientation, you and the others will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, academics, social norms, current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Ireland. Additionally, you’ll likely take part in some fun activities and enjoy a nice meal!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After dinner we always sit around, have tea and toast, and talk together about the day...The days fly by here!"

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Carefully screened homestay in Ireland

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities 

The land of Shaw, Swift, Joyce, Lewis, and Yeats beckons. Ireland’s rolling green hills are dotted with cozy tearooms and medieval castles. Yet cities are equally known for their tech and pop music scenes. Irish history comes alive during excursions to museums, cathedrals, galleries, and historic sites in and around Dublin. Farther afield, you might travel to Achill Island, Connemara, and Galway in the West of Ireland, or journey to Northern Ireland to tour Belfast. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay.

CIEE students have made the most of their time in Ireland with a variety of adventures, like visting the Galway Christmas Market, the Dromoland Castle, and the shops of Limerick. Where will your wanderlust take you?

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • Being in Ireland made me appreciate home, and being back home has made me appreciate my time abroad even more. When I think back on my time abroad, every image in my mind is as clear as if I were still there. I brought a bit of Ireland back with me. My school jumper is hanging up in my closet (and I can’t wait for winter to come, so I can wear it again!), cards and little notes from my friends are scattered around my room, and pictures hang everywhere, always making my day a bit brighter.

    Lauren B., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Ireland is my home now — will always be. When you leave, a part of you gets left behind, like a remembrance. I love Ireland, I love the people, I love the culture, and I love who I have become because of my experience. I have met so many life-changing people who will never leave my memory. This journey was about finding who you are and what kind of person you are.

    Catherine S., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • My entire definition of ‘home’ had changed. ‘Home is where the heart is’— and at that time, my heart was in Ireland.

    Lauren B., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
  • Be between the ages of 14-18. 

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring Trimester 2022 13 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 8, 2022 Apr 6, 2022
Spring 2022 20 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 8, 2022 May 28, 2022

Ready to change your life?