Studying at a high school in Ireland with InterStudies is an amazing opportunity to learn and study while experiencing the Irish culture first hand! The school day starts at around 09:00 in most schools, and finishes around 15:30. Students will be able to walk, cycle or take public transport to school. They will have lunch in the school canteen (most students take a packed lunch from their host family) and many schools offer sports or other activities at lunchtime and after school.
In Ireland, depending on a student’s age, they will either be placed in Transition Year or senior cycle. In Transition Year, they will study a combination of academic and non-academic subjects, as well as taking part in a range of trips and activities. Students who are in the senior cycle, studying for the Leaving Certificate, will study a total of 7 or 8 subjects, including English, Maths, Religion, and 3-4 subjects of their own choice. All students in Irish schools wear uniform – and InterStudies students will be no different! This might be a different experience for many international students, but it really helps to integrate into the school community. Sports are a really important part of school life in Ireland, and this can be a great way for international students to get involved in the school community and meet local students.
“I really love school – especially English. The Irish school system is very different from the German school system back home, and that was difficult to get used to at first. I also had to get used to wearing a school uniform because we don’t wear school uniforms in Germany. But I love school, especially English Literature.” – Amelie, German student in Ireland
“I always say to the students that the more they put in to the year, the more they’ll get out of it. I know that at school it can be temping to speak your own language to your friends – but you’ll get on better with the Irish students if you make an effort to speak in English to them.” – Advice from an Irish host family!