Category: Ireland Irish High School


A standard day school is the equivalent of a public school in most other countries. They are located in a wide range of locations throughout Ireland, often forming an important part of the local community.

Many, but not all, standard day schools have been built recently and so benefit from very modern academic and sports facilities. Class sizes will be bigger than in the private school sector, with approximately 20 – 25 students per class, so there is less individual attention, but nevertheless still excellent standards of teaching.

Spaces at standard day schools are limited and competition for places is fierce. Places are awarded on merit and the quality of applications. Only the best applicants will be successful.

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  • Make connections with local Irish students from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Experience new cultures and develop into a well-rounded young adult.
  • Improve your English language fluency and learn to speak like a local.
  • Achieve an internationally recognised high school diploma*.
  • Enable your application to a British or Irish university*.

*2-year programmes only

Irish students and exchange students in music class at an Irish school

Key Features

  • Local schools & local host families in local communities
  • Single sex / Co-educational schools
  • Religious / non-religious schools
  • Wide range of subjects and good local facilities
  • Good student to teacher ratio
  • Most school graduates progress on to university


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Irish student and exchange student in science class at an Irish school

Options & Criteria

Age 12 - 18
Programme Durations 3 terms +
Academic Background Average or better
English Level Intermediate (B1) or higher
State EU/EEA students

Inclusions on a HSI Irish standard day school prorgamme

Standard inclusions for all HSI Ireland programmes

  • Selection of a suitable school
  • Standard tuition fees
  • Placement & registration in a selected Irish school
  • School uniform
  • Class text books
  • State examinations where required (3rd & 6th Years)
  • Documents required for validation of your studies

Our support services include

  • Assistance and support of your HSI Advisor
  • Monthly progress reports
  • Local orientation shortly after arrival
  • Emergency telephone contact 24/7
  • First and final transfers
  • Assistance with other transfers
  • Accommodation in a carefully selected host family (excluding Christmas holiday)

Our homestay accommodation includes

  • Single room family accommodation
  • Full board
  • Access to all house facilities including a study space
  • A warm, friendly environment
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Exchange students with Irish students in science class in Irish high school


Education Agencies

If you are an education agency based outside of the Ireland and you are interested in being able to offer our standard day school programme to your students, then you can contact us to register as a trusted partner of High Schools International

Partners already registered with us can download materials, fees and application forms from our Online Partner Resource Centre.


If you are a student who is thinking of studying in the Ireland and would like to learn which of our schools are most suitable for you, then contact us and we will connect you with your local representative of our programmes.

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