International Study and Language Travel
The Emerald Isle welcomes you

High school in Ireland

Céad Mile Fáilte! Or as the old traditional greeting phrase reads in a language you might understand better: a hundred thousand welcomes! In Ireland you will surely be exposed to a lot of Gaeilge (sometimes slightly incorrectly referred to as as Gaelic or Irish), but English is the main language on this green island. And that is one of the reasons to why high school in Ireland is a great alternative to studies in England. You get the language, but with a twist.

Friendly and fun

Ireland consists of two countries. Apart from the Republic of Ireland, there is also Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. As an STS exchange student you will be based in the Republic, where Dublin is the capital. This green island is waiting for you with a proud culture brimful of traditional music, strange sports, charming people and a beautiful landscape.

Everything within easy reach. Arts and culture in Galway, unbelievable scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way, rolling hills, old castles and long sandy beaches. Something for everyone. On top of that, Ireland have twice won the title “The world’s friendliest country”. It’s safe, beautiful and welcoming, just waiting for you!

Choose your new home in Ireland

Ireland's southwestern regions are famous for their stunning landscapes, delicious food and friendly inhabitants. County Cork is home to the country's second largest city, known to locals as "the real capital of Ireland"; County Kerry's beautiful and rugged countryside is one Ireland's biggest tourist draws; County Limerick is the perfect combination of history, sports and city living. If you'd like to call one of these fascinating counties home, let us know in your application. The earlier you apply, the higher chances you have of getting your desired placement. Note that if you get the location you requested, there will be an additional fee.

Quick facts:

  • Who can go: 14–17 years on arrival
  • Departure month: September/January
  • Language requirements: Good English skills
  • Visa: No
  • Choice of destination: Yes. County Cork, County Tipperary, County Kerry, County Clare or County Limerick. Additional cost. City Choices are Cork, Killarney, and Limerick.
  • Prep course: STS Welcome Camp in Dublin
  • School year: September–June
  • School day: Usually 09.00–15.45
  • Subjects: Compulsory and optional subjects. Prior knowledge required
  • Trips: Weekend in London. Additional cost
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We are always looking for new, serious partner agents all around the world. Send us your interest application today!

Optional additions

STS Welcome Camp


Population: 4 million
Area: 70 280 km2
Capital city: Dublin
Coastline: 2 797 km
Longest river: Shannon (344 km)
Currency: Euro
Country code: +353

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Your Irish host family

Our host families are always carefully selected and will take you in as a new member of the household. The student may have to share a room with a sibling or a fellow student, but will always have a quiet place in the house to study.

Read more about host families in Ireland

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STS Welcome Camp in Dublin

Your adventure in Ireland starts with a bunch of fast-paced days in the beautiful capital of Dublin. Sightseeing and workshops are mixed with new friends and knowledge of life in Ireland. This is the best possible start to your high school year.

Read more about our Welcome Camp

Placement in Dublin

If you have a strong wish to spend your year in Ireland in the Dublin area, please let us know. When you apply, you can state that this is where to wish to be placed. If you get the placement you have wished for, there will be an additional fee. Your chances of getting this increases the sooner you apply.

It is all about getting involved at the end of the day – and the days go by so quickly.
Will Draper
Cavan, Ireland


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Do you want to become an STS partner?

We are always looking for new, serious partner agents all around the world. Send us your interest application today!

Frequently asked questions

  • Why should I choose STS as a partner?

    Because STS is an industry leading organization with almost 60 years experience in language- and high school programs. With this experience comes a high level of quality in everything we do. 

  • What is characterizing STS as a partner?

    As an STS partner, you will always receive personalized service from one of our highly dedicated team members. We have also developed systems for simplifying all our processes, meaning that you can spend less time on administration and more time on providing the best service possible to your current and future customers.

  • What is STS High School?

    STS High School is a program sending students from all over the world on an exchange year abroad. During the year, the student will enroll a public or private high school program and live with a carefully selected host family. 

  • I am interested in adding services to my current STS partnership. How do I do that?

    Due to our high customer satisfaction, many of our partner agents wish to extend our collaboration to include both our language schools- and high school programs. To do so, send us an email and we will come back to you with our terms and conditions.