High School Programmes 13-18 years

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Full Year 2019 / 2020August 2019May 2020
Term 1August 2019December 2020
Term 2January 2020April 2020
Term 3April 2020May 2020

*Months/dates subject to slight changes
*For boarding school options and quotations please contact us here

Programme includes:

  • School selection and placement
  • Homestay accommodation (does not include Christmas and Easter holidays)/Boarding school fees
  • School uniform and books
  • 24 hour assistance from ACET
  • Homestay arrival and departure transfers from/to Cork Airport
  • 20 hour standard course during mid-term break (if student chooses to stay)


Mid-Term Breaks and Holidays 2016/2017:

  • Mid-term Break: From 31 October to 4 November 2016
  • Mid-term Break: From 20 to 24 February 2017
  • Easter Holidays: End date of Easter holidays is 23 April 2017 with start dates in and around the 10 or 12 April depending on school
  • Christmas Holidays: From 22 December 2017 to 8 January 2018

The Secondary School Programme is designed for clients aged 13 to 18, who wish to integrate into an Irish Secondary School for a full academic year, 1 school term, or 2 school terms.

State schools in Ireland can welcome overseas students from the EU and EEA.
Private schools can welcome students from all over the world, including non-EU and non-EEA member countries.

ACET’s partner state schools are co-educational (boys and girls), while our partner private schools are single sex.

All schools participating in the programme are registered as Secondary Schools with the Irish Department of Education and Skills. The selected schools are in Cork and surrounding towns, and meet the highest standards in Education. It is possible to validate the school year spent in Ireland.

We appreciate the difficulties which may arise on arrival, so we have developed a system of counselling and assistance to help students settle in their new environment. Throughout the programme, we closely liaise with the school and the homestay and we are always available to deal with worries and problems the student may have.


The school year starts in early September and ends at the beginning of June with a 3 week break at Christmas and a 2 week break during the Easter period. The Irish School System is divided in two cycles:
Junior Cycle: Year 1/2/3 prepares students for the Junior Certificate (Age Group 13 - 14). Students take a minimum of 7 subjects from an approved list. Subject choice usually includes English, Mathematics, History, Geography, French and German.


Senior Cycle: Year 4/5/6 (Age Group 15 - 18)
Year 4 is a transition year combining academic and vocational work with work experience.
Year 5/6 prepare students for the Leaving Certificate which is an exit examination and also a matriculation for universities in Ireland. Students usually take 7 subjects (6 is the minimum number). Schools offer a varied range of subjects. Students are given a list of subjects to choose from, once a suitable school has been selected. Students can study subjects at two levels - Higher or Lower - according to their abilities. School reports are issued twice a year, in December and in June.


Students are placed in homestays, which have been selected on the basis of a warm and friendly atmosphere, good food and comfortable surroundings. They are caring and aware of the needs and requirements of teenagers. Within a short time, students feel at home with the same privileges and obligations as a member of the family. Accommodation is full-board (packed lunch on school days).

Fees do not include school shoes, school bag, bus pass, transportation to and from school.

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