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Enjoy a great Irish Experience while earning high school credits

The Irish Experience is a summer study abroad program for North American high school students who want to experience Ireland by hiking its countryside, exploring its cities, and studying its rich history and celebrated literature while earning Grade 11 or 12 high school credits in English. A Toronto Catholic District School Board Continuing Education program, it is open to all Ontario students who will have completed prerequisite courses by June 30, 2022.

The program takes place over a four-week period in July. For 13 days, the students will be based in the beautiful university town of Cork in the South of Ireland. They will attend classes on the picturesque campus of University College Cork, where they will study in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

The second part of the program will be spent in Galway in the West of Ireland during the International  Festival when the city centre is abuzz with performers and musicians.

After 5 nights in Galway, we travel to vibrant Dublin.  One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, Dublin has one of the youngest populations; almost 50% of the city’s people are under 25 years old.  Many historic figures and giants of the literary world have made their home and we will retrace their footsteps in our daily classes and tours.

The students will enjoy a true Irish experience and gain a sense of Irish history and culture through guided tours to sites of historical, cultural, literary and aesthetic interest from street performers to Norman Castles, from prehistoric burial sites to Viking Adventures. Several evenings will be spent enjoying the music, dance and general ‘craic’ which is such a prominent part of Irish life.  Highlights of this year’s program will include trips to the Cliffs of Moher, in the Burren of County Clare, the Aran Islands off the west coast (weather permitting) and the spectacular Wicklow Mountains.

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“It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I met many amazing people. I feel very lucky to have been part of the Irish Experience.”

Stephanie Olah, Toronto

“Fantastic!! Definitely the best summer I have ever had. Everything was so comfortable and fun that I hardly remembered that I was actually in school.”

Nicole Desrosiers, Strathroy, ON

“We just wanted to thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip. Annie has been bubbling with stories for the past week and only has positive things to say about the whole experience.”

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Our Priorities

Student safety: our number one priority

To this end, Irish Experience maintains a chaperone:student ratio of 1:10. All aspects of the program are planned with student safety and welfare in mind.

Students will have a great experience

We are continually working to maintain The Irish Experience as the most comprehensive and enjoyable summer study abroad program available.

Academic integrity

Our maximum class size is 20. Our average class size is 17. The teachers stay in the same complex as students and are available after hours for extra tutoring.

Departure and arrival times are subject to change

Please note that departure and arrival times are subject to the discretion of the Airline and may change.  Please visit the Itinerary page on the day before departure.

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