State schools in Ireland

Ireland can welcome overseas students from the EU and EEA. Some state schools on our programme were founded by the Irish government. These are usually called Vocational Schools or Community Colleges and they are all mixed gender.

Others were founded by religious orders and may have originally been private schools, but they are now fully funded by the Irish government. These schools are called the Voluntary Sector and are more likely to be single-gender.

Ard Scoil La Salle

State School - Mixed - 189 Students - Host Family Ard Scoil La Salle is a co-educational school located on the north side of Dublin city. The school is a learning community where young people are helped in reaching their full potential. Students, staff, parents...

Athlone Community College

State School - Mixed - 1147 Students - Host Family Dating back to 1893, Athlone Community College now has a brand new campus completed in 2014, with state of the art educational facilities. The school maintains a longstanding tradition and culture of success, achievement and...

Cabinteely Community School

State School - Mixed - 457 Students - Host Family Cabinteely Community School has a strong ethos which centres on the needs of the child. Their motto is to provide a wide range of co-curricular activities and a flexible curriculum which will promote and develop...

Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock

State School - Mixed - 397 Students - Host Family Coláiste Iósaef boasts a warm, welcoming atmosphere where positive relationships between staff, students and parents are of paramount importance. The college prides itself on being a community of people, all united in a common purpose....

Dominican College Sion Hill

State School - Female only - 444 Students - Host Family Sion Hill is a community of students, teachers, parents and Dominican sisters whose aim is to provide their students with experiences which will help them to discover and develop their talents so that they...

Fingal Community College

State School - Mixed - 793 Students - Host Family. Fingal Community College is a caring and proud learning community committed to the pursuit of excellence. Students, teachers and parents are encouraged and supported to be the best that they can be in an environment...

Grange Community College

State School - Mixed - 230 Students - Host Family Grange Community College is a small school located in the busy suburb of Donaghmede. The college is comprehensive in its intake and subject provision. The classes are small for better pupil/teacher interaction. Donaghmede is a...

Malahide Community School

State School - Mixed - 1215 Students - Host Family. Malahide Community School is a co-educational, inclusive secondary school which welcomes students from all religious denominations. The school welcomes 1200 students to the school every year. Built in 2007, it is the most modern school...

Manor House School

State School - Female only - 712 Students - Host Family Founded in 1952, Manor House encourages each student to identify and develop her potential in a caring and disciplined environment. With excellent academic records, the school also offers a full range of extracurricular activities...

Marian College

State School - Male only - 355 Students - Host Family Founded in 1954 this school provides opportunities for excellence for all, irrespective of background or means, through the provision of a holistic educational experience which aims at the highest standards of learning and behaviour....

Portmarnock Community School

State School - Mixed - 931 Students - Host Family Portmarnock Community School is a co-educational secondary school in north Dublin  which opened in 1979 and currently accommodates 914 students. It provides a fully comprehensive education which is designed to ensure equality of educational opportunity...

Rockford Manor School

State School - Female only - 294 Students - Host Family Rockford Manor fosters a caring, intimate culture with an emphasis on building self-esteem and achieving excellence. This is a relatively small school where friendship, affirmation and individual attention are encouraged among pupils, teachers and...

Selskar College

State School – Mixed – 410 Students. Host Family. Selskar College promotes teaching and learning with care and respect where every person matters. At Selskar College they have put together an educational, pastoral and extra-curricular programme that takes account of the fact that students have...

St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School

State School - Mixed - 570 Students - Host Family St. David’s is a small but vibrant school located beside the beach in the beautiful town  of Greystones. “Each student is valued for his/her unique individual talents and gifts”. Facilities Science Labs, Library, Canteen, Music...

St. Finian’s Community College

State School - Mixed - 608 Students - Host Family St. Finian’s is a modern co-educational, multidenominational school. The school is a wholly inclusive one and is committed to being a caring learning community, providing the highest standard of education suited to all of the...

St. Fintan’s High School

State School - Male only - 706 Students - Host Family St. Fintan’s is proud of its strong academic tradition. A strong emphasis on sport has equally been a hallmark of education in St. Fintan’s and with 12 competitive sports St. Fintan’s has earned a...

St. Laurence College

State School - Mixed - 270 Students -Host Family St Laurence College strive to meet the needs of the whole school community so that the growth and development of each individual is realized. Further, they seek this through the creation of a Marianist family atmosphere...

St. Mary’s Secondary School

State School - Female only - 300 Students - Host Family Winner of the Greenest School in Ireland award for its environmental efforts, this high achieving girls school is further enhanced by the pleasant surroundings including gardens, a pond and picnic tables. The schools aim...

St. Neasain’s Community School

State School - Mixed - 708 Students - Host Family Also know in Gaelic as "Pobalscoil Neasáin", Neasain’s is a leading community school located in Baldoyle, North Dublin, and was founded in 1979. With 729 students, the school prides itself on providing a holistic approach...

St. Raphaela’s School

State School - Female only - 563 Students - Host Family St. Raphaela’s is a Catholic secondary school. Students study a wide curriculum and their academic achievement is valued and supported. The development of the whole person is central to the ethos. Students are encouraged...

St. Tiernan’s Community School

State School - Mixed - 543 Students - Host Family St. Tiernan’s Community School is located between the suburbs of Dundrum and Sandyford, adjoining beautiful parkland. The school aims to foster the moral development of its students through a school ethos based on respect for...

Wilson’s Hospital School

State School - Mixed - 410 Students 7-Day boarding / Host Family Located just over one hour from Dublin, this 7-day boarding school is a place of personal development where students pursue their studies and form lifelong friendships in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Multyfarnham...