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We continue to accept applications as long as there are suitable vacancies – usually until the end of August.
However you should remember that there are limited vacancies in all schools – and there are more standard schools than elite schools, and more elite schools than boarding schools.
We strongly recommend that you are guided by these dates:
Private Schools: September Start: Apply by early April
Public (State) Schools: September Start: Apply by early May / January Start: Apply by early October
The earlier you apply the more choice you may have.
Yes – if you pass the exams in the final year.
You will normally need to spend two years in a school before taking any official examinations. If your grades in your final exams are good enough you can then apply for entry to the university of your choice.
If you study with us in Ireland and achieve your Leaving Certificate, you can also apply to any British university.
If you study with us in the UK and achieve your A Levels or IB diploma you can also apply to any Irish university.
Of course while you may choose a school, the school will also ultimately choose you!
Most schools have their own entry criteria and most schools have a limited capacity – so even if you are a brilliant student with fluent English, there may not be a suitable vacancy for you in your chosen school or school year.
HSI can assist you by recommending suitable schools with availability for you.
When you have completed your application and provided us with all the information we need, we will match you to the best school that meets your needs – and this includes subject requirements.
If you have specific subjects requirements, it is essential that we are aware of them when you make your application. Remember that not all schools offer the same subjects and this is where our local knowledge and expertise is really helpful.
Yes – this is a key part of our High School Immersion programmes. Your students will be integrated into the British/Irish school and study academic subjects alongside local students. They will be expected to participate in classes and complete any projects and homework as per the subject teacher’s instructions.
Yes – we can organise both. If your group wishes to add evening activities and/or weekend excursions to our standard programme then let us know how many of each, and the budget that they have, and we will send you a sample programme to present to your group.
We give an indication of the cost of evening activities and weekend excursions on our price sheet. If you would like us to send you a copy then click here to send us an email.
Our students need host families for both short and long durations. Some students will stay for 1-4 weeks, and other for 1, 2 or 3 terms, and some for multiple years. If you have a preference, just let us know.
You are eligible to be a HSI host family if you:
The process of registering as a HSI host family is:
Student safety and welfare is of huge importance to us at High Schools International. Therefore, all potential host families must undergo a safeguarding check.
HSI host families can accommodate 1-2 long-term students. When we place 2 long-term students in the same household, they are normally different nationalities and should have their own private bedrooms.
Families hosting our short-term students can host between 1 and 3 students.
During the holiday periods, long-term students tend to go back to their home countries. However, if the student has asked and the host family is happy to host during these periods then they can stay.
The nationalities of the students are extremely varied as we have students from all over the world choose to study through HSI.
The age of our students will vary between 11 and 18.
No. HSI act as Guardians for students on our programmes.
If you have never hosted before, this is not an issue as you will receive all the necessary support from our local Student Advisors or staff at HSI. This includes support with any questions or queries you may have when hosting. We are always on hand to deal with any questions or emergencies you may have about your student(s). Students Advisors are available to contact for general queries and a member of HSI staff is accessible 24/7 for emergencies via our emergency phone number.
The responsibility of a host family is simply to provide a safe, stable and friendly environment with a bed and balanced, varied meals. Host families should offer the students the same comfort and care they would other members of the family.
We hope that all our host families enjoy hosting and get the most from the experience.