High School Programme & Guardianship

International House Galway provides a personalised Guardianship service to high school and first year university students in Ireland whose parents live overseas.  

We provide a range of educational programmes for students who wish to study at a secondary school in Ireland and our mission is to ensure that students have a memorable experience on their educational journey in Ireland and that they achieve their full personal and academic potential.

High School Programme

Study in Ireland

International House Galway works in partnership with Zara Education for high school placement and guardianship services. Like IH Galway, Zara Education is a boutique education company. Committed educators, they have been helping international students to achieve their learning objectives for many years. 

Your son or daughter will have a personalised and friendly service, backed up by specialised knowledge and experience of Irish and international education.We also offer academic support for your son or daughter, as well as English language support before and during their education journey in Ireland, whether it is for academic English writing or speaking, or Cambridge/IELTS Test preparation.

With years of educational knowledge and experience, your child is in safe hands.

We work with schools in Ireland with excellent educational and academic standards and our guardians mentor, nurture and support our students, providing academic advice and pastoral care, in a warm, friendly and supportive way. We give students and their parents the peace of mind to know that their child is receiving the highest standards of education in Ireland, in a safe and friendly environment.

International House Galway works in partnership with Zara Education for high school placement and guardianship services. Like IH Galway, Zara Education is a boutique education company. Committed educators, they have been helping international students to achieve their learning objectives for many years. 

What we offer your son or daughter

Personalised selection of school

We have been working with the highest quality schools in Ireland for many years and we have developed excellent relationships with them. We will help you select the best school for your child, taking into account their academic and personal needs, as well as their interests.

Quality assurance and student welfare

We will help your sonor daughter have the best individual and personalised attention throughout their study journeyin Ireland.Student safety is central to our valuesand our safeguarding and welfare procedures ensure that your child is taken care of from the moment they begin their study journey with usuntil they return home.

Education in Ireland

The Irish Government invest €8.759 billion per year in our education system and our country has a long history of welcoming international students from all over the world. Students from other countries can go to school in the only English-speaking country in The European Union and experience life in one of the friendliest, safest countries in the world.

The school year in Ireland is approximately 9 months long and is split into three terms:

Term 1: September – December

Term 2: January – March/April

Term 3: April – June

High School in Ireland explained:

Junior Cycle: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year
12-15 years old. Students take the state examination, the Junior Certificate, at the end of the Junior Cycle.
Transition Year: 4th Year
15-16 years old. Unique to Ireland and is a less academic year. 50% vocational. Opportunity for students to consider university and career options. Work experience offer. Excellent entry point into Irish schools for international students.
Senior Cycle: 5th and 6th Year
16-18 years old. Students take the state examination, the Leaving Certificate, at the end of the Senior Cycle. The Leaving Certificate is recognised and highly recognised by universities around the world.
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Why choose Ireland as a destination for your son/daughter’s secondary education?

With a population of 4.6 million, Ireland has a small, but highly globalised economy, with a substantial number of multinational companies based here.

Your son or daughter:

Can benefit from an education system which is ranked in the top ten countries in the world.
Can benefit from Ireland’s €8,759 billion annual investment in the education system in this country
Can reach their full educational potential in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country
Will enjoy Ireland’s vibrant culture
Can live in the only English-speaking country in the EU.
Can experience life in one of the friendliest, safest countries in the world.
Will have greater career opportunities, thanks to Irish Government schemes to enhance Ireland’s skill base.
Will join the global Irish network of graduates around the world, thus enhancing job opportunities.
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Boarding School

Why choose the boarding school experience for your child?

Boarding schools in Ireland have an excellent reputation and most students go on to study at top level universities in Ireland and around the world.

Schools are privately run but they are also inspected by the Irish Department of Education authorities and receive subsidies from the Irish Government.

You can choose one of the following options:

7-day boarding (weekend activities organised)

5-day boarding (weekends in homestay)

Private Day School

Why choose the private day school experience for your child?

Private day schools have an excellent reputation in Ireland and most students go on to study at top level universities in Ireland and around the world. Class sizes are small, with 20-25 students per class on average. Students receive a high level of individual attention and each student is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Students stay with one of our carefully selected homestay families for the duration of the academic year.

State/Public Day School

Why choose the state/public day school experience for your child?

State day schools also have an excellent reputation in Ireland and most students go on to study at top level universities in Ireland and around the world. Class sizes are small, with 20-25 students per class on average.

Students stay with one of our carefully selected for the duration of the academic year.

Guardianship Services

What our students have to say

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