Our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy immersing yourself in local culture & community. These are perfect for students who:
* Flexible about location, and the academic experience
* Want to have a cultural experience
* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
* Grow as a person and improve language skills
Classic Program Information
Age and eligibility
Programs are available for students aged 15-17.
Students can be accepted on a 10 month program in January or September of each year if an EU passport is held. Academic Semester programs are available for Australian/NZ students.
When you apply for a Classic High School exchange program, you can tailor your program with location or sport options. These are subject to availability if you meet the application requirements. Please ensure you submit application before the program deadlines.
Ireland boasts a strong reputation for its high-quality education system, drawing a significant influx of international students annually. Typically, school hours in Ireland span from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm, offering a range of both mandatory and optional subjects.
All students are required to pay for their school transport prior to arrival so this will be invoiced in advance. The fees are AUD$590/NZ$640 per Academic Year and AUD$375/NZ$395 per Academic Semester.
Outbound students are recommended to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but non vaccinated students may also be accepted. Your Program Manager can advise if any additional vaccinations are required. Please be sure to note all vaccinations you have received in your application.
Limitations to program lengths may apply unless travelling on an EU visa. Your Program Coordinator will provide further information.
Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.
Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.
Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.
The budget allocated for flights to Europe is AU$2,500 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.
Classic Program Prices for Ireland
|Length||Program Departs||Program fee|
|Academic Semester||Aug 2024||$24,950||Apr 1, 2024|
|Academic Year||Aug 2024||$32,950||Apr 1, 2024|
Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.
Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.
Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
March 31, 2024: classic programs departing between October 2024 – March 2025
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
Classic Program Options
|Classic Program + Optional Fee||Program fee |
|+ Region Choice – Cork||$1,995|
|+ Region Choice – Dublin||$1,995|
|+ Town placement: 3000 to 80000 inhabitants||$995|
|+ Co-Ed Guarantee||$1,095|
|+ Subject Guarantee (one subject only):|
Guarantee placement in a school that offers one of:
Math’s, Science, French, Spanish, German or History
|+ Sports Guarantee*:|
Football, Rugby, Hockey, Swimming
Irish Dancing, Music Groups
*Note that sports/arts guarantee a placement area option, meaning we’ll place in an area where you have access to your chosen sport or art preference which will be recommended by our Local Staff. It doesn’t cover the cost of enrolment in these clubs.
** Subjects based on final decision of school and will be reimbursed in case of non-availability.
Soft Landing Camp in Dublin
Additional fee of AU$1,095
Our Soft Landing Camp is located in the picturesque Irish capital of Dublin, and is an optional extra for long-term program students. During this enriching experience, you will spend three nights in Dublin and have the opportunity to connect with fellow exchange students from diverse backgrounds. The agenda includes a Welcome, Irish Dancing, on campus activities, exploring Dublin and dinner at the Hard Rock Café. Students also have an Irish farm experience, and a quiz night before they depart to meet their host families.
This Soft Landing Camp is exclusively available for students commencing their exchange in August.
LIVE Online sessions
If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online Information Sessions to:
- Meet our staff
- Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
- Ask questions
- See questions asked by other students and parents
Information evenings run for about an hour.
They are friendly, free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.
“Exchange has been an experience I wouldn’t replace for the world. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. The amazing people and experiences have made me more confident and I’ve learnt things I otherwise wouldn’t have the chance too. I will never forget the months I spent in Ireland, or the amazing things I was able to do.“
“Going on exchange is the best thing I have ever done! So far it has opened my mind up to so many new things and has given me a new perspective on life. It has helped me to truly find my passions and myself and has given me the most amazing family and friends in Ireland.”
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