Luca’s experience as part of the High School Programme in Ireland.


We recently caught up with high school student Luca Rosso. Luca is enrolled at Marian college. Marian College is a Marist Catholic secondary boys school in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland that was established in 1954. Here is what Luca has to say about her time in Ireland.

Luca Rossp
Marian College

1. What tips would you give to international students considering studying in Ireland?

For me it’s not that difficult as in Italy they require way more studying. The tests here aren’t made often and don’t count much for your final grade. But this is not a reason not to study. You should remain active in your study to prepare at best for the final exams.

2. Can you share a memorable interaction with Irish students that made you feel more connected to the community and your school?

When we played football in P.E. class, I was in a team full of Irish and I got along well with everyone.

3. What subject or class do you enjoy the most and find most interesting?

I enjoy business because it’s the only subject that I wasn’t doing in Italy so I didn’t know anything about it. It is interesting and it will also certainly be useful for my future.

4. What clubs and extracurricular activities does your school offer for students to participate in?

A football team.

5. How has engaging in these activities enhanced your overall experience?

I haven’t engaged in any activity.

6. What aspect of ISI Dublin’s High School programme do you value the most?

The level of stress put on the student is low. I don’t feel pressure for school while in Italy I do.

7. Did you feel well-supported by the coordinator at ISI Dublin throughout your time there?


8. Can you tell us about your experience with your host family during your stay?

They are a little bit messy and sometimes dirty, but I got used to it. I get along really well with the mother but the siblings aren’t that social.

9. How have you immersed yourself in Irish culture beyond your studies?

I guess with the food that they give me at home, but for the rest, it doesn’t seem that interesting. I am curious to see what will happen on St. Patrick’s Day.

10. Have you had the chance to improve your English proficiency while studying in Ireland?

Yes especially orally.

11. What are some of your preferred places to visit or activities to engage in during your leisure time in Ireland?

I often go playing in basketball in the city center or here in Bray. And also visit some places with my friends.

12. How does your school assist international students academically, particularly those adjusting to a different educational system?

It is the same program that the Irish have, the only difference is that we don’t study Irish but we attend E.A.L. classes. I don’t know what that stands for.

13. How have you coped with the weather in Ireland, especially if it’s different from your home country?

It is way colder here than in Italy, I hope the temperature will increase soon.

14. What strategies have you employed to form friendships and acquaintances both within and outside of your school?

I am getting to know a lot of people playing basketball while in school I just stay with people that i get along well.

15. Have you sampled any traditional Irish dishes or explored the local food scene? What are your favorites?

I didn’t, maybe at home, they gave me something Irish but I couldn’t tell what.

16. How does your school prioritize the well-being of its students, including access to healthcare services?

In no particular way known by me.

We hope Luca’s feedback has been helpful to you!

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