High School Exchange in Ireland - South West (EU students only)

High School Exchange in Ireland - South West (EU students only)
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Looking for an international education and improving your English? Find out more about this high school exchange in Cork and live a new experience! 

Become an exchange student in Ireland not far from home and at an affordable price.  You can study for the term, semester or school year.  An Irish host family will welcome you into their home as if you were just another member.  You'll practise your English with your Irish classmates and teachers at school. 

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  • study abroad County Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary y Cork city Ireland
  • age from 13 to 18 years old
  • Language English
  • dates September to May
  • length Term, Semester, Academic year
  • price from 6840 EUR

Be an exchange student in the South West of Ireland

This exchange program in the South West is dedicated to European Union students looking for a one in a lifetime academic experience in one of the most welcoming countries in the world! 

During their stay in the South West of Ireland, exchange students will discover the beauty of a typical Irish city, which is very known for being home to one of the most important Irish national parks. Cork is a vibrant city, former European Culture capital and a very attractive place for young people!

What should I expect from my school year in Ireland?

  • Graduation is possible during this program, as long as you succeed at the final exams of the Leaving Certificate. 
  • Students are enrolled in an Irish Public School and may participate for a full academic year, a semester or a term program.
  • The Irish education system is highly compatible with many other education systems worldwide, thus allowing students to con-validate their credits with no problems.
  • Diversity of public schools available: Mixed schools, only girl’s schools or only boys. 
  • Coordinator available 24/7 during your stay, providing all the necessary support. 

Students are places in 7th, 8th, 10th, or 11th grade. 

Cork city and suburbs: if you wish to be placed in Cork city and suburbs, apply early!

Looking for the capital city? Have a look at our High School exchange in Dublin


Live with a host family, providing full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). International students will be placed with warm host families.


If you are interested in applying for a term, a semester or full academic year, you must follow the following steps:  
1. We will first determine your maturity and interest level through a phone interview. 
2. After having conducted the interview, we will require you to complete the online sign up and make a initial payment of 265 EUR. Upon registration, we will send you the application forms that must be returned within the next 30 days. 
3. Once you are accepted in the program, we will send you an official acceptance letter and invoice. 
4.  A month prior to your arrival, we will be sharing with you the school and family placement. 
5. Last but not least, students are in charge of purchasing their international tickets. Please inform us of the necessary details, so we can arrange your transfers. 

For more information please feel free to contact our Educational Advisers. 


High School exchange in County Cork and County Kerry (EU students only)

* Prices in Euros per participant.

** We may also be able to place some students in Cork City (supplement of 250 EUR for a term, 280 EUR for a semester, 350 EUR for an academic year). 

Not included : Application Fees (65 EUR)

Price includes

  • Administration fees
  • School registration and donation to school if necessary
  • Host family accommodation with full board (packed lunches on school days)
  • Orientation on arrival by the local coordinator
  •  Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival and departure only
  • Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program

Price does not include

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (luggage lost, flight delay etc.)
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra activities organized by schools and others
  • Daily transfers from family to school (bus passes might be necessary)
  • Accommodation during Christmas and Easter holidays
  • Extra costs for any special diet
  • School uniforms and sport uniforms (around 150 EUR), school books (from 50 to 300 EUR depending on schools), extra language courses, transition fee in some schools (between 200 and 700 EUR)
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
  • Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance
Apply at least 4 months before arrival.

Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Cork (preferably in English).
A minimum of two years of English study and good academic results are required.
This high school exchange in Cork and Killarney areas is only open to European Union students.

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