Overview

Welcome to Ireland!

Studying abroad with Greenheart Travel’s high school program in Ireland will give you a chance to live and study in one of the world’s friendliest countries. Immerse yourself in a culture where U2, St. Patrick and James Joyce made history, and learn to live like a local during your semester or academic year abroad. As an exchange student in Ireland, you will experience what it’s like to attend high school in the Emerald Isle and receive the treasure of cultural immersion, allowing you to gain a new perspective during your academic adventure overseas.

Program Dates

Dates subject to change

Academic Year:
Dates: August – June
Application Deadline: April 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb.2

Fall Semester:
Dates: August – January
Application Deadline: April 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb.2

Spring Semester:
Dates: January – June
Application Deadline: Sept. 15
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by July 2

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Be from the United States or Canada
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community

Costs

Academic Semester: $12,765
Academic Year: $17,200
Prices subject to change

  • Roundtrip international airfare from designated gateway airport to Ireland
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure Orientation and Preparation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • Arrival Orientation with a Irish local coordinator
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Accommodation

The best way to learn about a new culture and language is to be fully immersed in it and what better way to do that than to stay with a local family.  All Greenheart Travel high school abroad participants live with a screened, local host family and are provided with 2-3 meals per day. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local!

Service Learning

Do you need to meet a service learning requirement?

Does your high school require you to volunteer to complete graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? By joining the Greenheart Club during your program abroad, you’ll be able to have an unforgettable year studying abroad, while having a truly, unique cultural experience. Not to mention having a great time while making a difference in your host community! Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Join the Greenheart Club

The Greenheart Club challenges participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism, and acts as a resource to help you find volunteer opportunities while studying abroad.

Create your account at greenheartclub.org and get started! Check out the Greenheart Travel group once you have logged in to meet other members of the travel community making a difference while studying abroad!

Step 2: Log Your Hours

It only takes a minute to join, and once you create your account, you will be able to connect with a community from around the world to inspire you to start volunteering, or log service hours you have already earned. Every hour you volunteer for a service learning project can be logged in our database to help you keep track for your high school requirements and college applications. The more you volunteer the more rewards you are eligible to receive.

Need help getting started? No worries! Greenheart Club staff members are happy to help you identify volunteer opportunities during your study abroad program.

Step 3: Earn Rewards

Here’s what you can earn as a Greenheart Club member:

  • Certificate listing the number of hours volunteered while abroad.
  • 5 hours: A Greenheart Club Certificate and Letter of Recommendation
  • 15 hours: A feature on the Greenheart Travel Website
  • 30 hours: Eligible to apply for a $125 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country
  • 75 hours: Eligible to apply for a $250 Grant to do a Greenheart project in your home country

Why Join the Club?

This is your chance to get to know your local community outside of the classroom while you study abroad. There’s no better way to learn a language and understand a culture than working with the community on a project that matters. Boost your college application while you travel for a change!

Profile_Photo__EleanorBrow“While in Spain, I experienced many amazing things and I got the chance to volunteer through awesome organizations. My experience actually inspired me to major in international relations.” – Eleanor Brow, former Greenheart Travel High School Abroad participant in Spain.

 

 

 

Read more about fellow Greenheart Club members on our blog.

FAQs

  1. Do I need to be fluent in another language?
    No. One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while you live overseas. Your host family and school will not expect you to be fluent when you first arrive and will help you improve your language skills.
  2. Will my language skills be good enough?
    We require two years of foreign language study for Argentina, Spain, France and Japan.
    The language requirement is waived for all other country destinations.
    For English speaking countries (Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand), you are already set!
  3. Can friends study abroad together?
    No. Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together. Don’t worry though; making friends in your new host country will happen quickly!
  4. Do I need my parent’s permission to participate in the High School Study Abroad Program?
    Yes. As most high school participants are minors, parental permission is required.
  5. What are my chances of being accepted into the High School Study Abroad Program?
    If you have two years of foreign language experience, at least a 2.75 GPA, and a true passion for discovering new cultures you will have an increased chance of being accepted.
  6. I’ve already graduated, am I still eligible?
    We can accept graduated students on a case by case basis and only for certain countries. The student must be within the age requirements for the program.
  7. How are host families selected?
    Host families go through a thorough interview process and are carefully screened. They must complete an application, their references must be checked, and an in-home interview must be conducted by the partner organization. Many current host families have hosted numerous participants year after year.
  8. I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is that possible?
    This can be possible on a case by case basis. Chances improve if there is a school in the same community that is able to host foreign exchange students.
  9. What kind of assistance will I receive while I’m abroad?
    There is a strong network of people working together to ensure your time abroad is successful. This includes your program manager in the U.S., your natural parents, your local coordinator abroad in your program location, your host school, and your host family. Immediate assistance will be provided by your local coordinator and/or host family as they will be in the same region.
  10. What about taking SAT’s while abroad?
    If you choose to take your SAT’s abroad, you will be responsible for finding a testing site. It will be much more convenient to take the SAT’s prior or after your study abroad experience, which is what we recommend.
  11. Can we speak to current participants?
    Yes! Check out our blog or find us on Facebook to talk to current participants right now!
  12. If there is a class I must take in order to graduate, can you guarantee that I will be able to take it abroad?
    There are no guarantees that you can take certain classes at your host school. CCI/Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in your host country; however, in most cases you will not be able to sign up for specific courses until AFTER you have arrived in your host country. Please review classes, transfers, and credits abroad for more information.
  13. Can I go home to visit my family or can my parents visit me?
    No. Visits are not allowed during the high school program. If your family wishes to visit, they should plan to meet you after your program is completed. In this instance, CCI/Greenheart Travel’s National office and international partner office should be informed of your family’s plans.
  14. Can we select a certain city or region in the country abroad?
    We are unable to take your location preferences into account. Our priority is to identify a host family and community that are the best match for you.
  15. Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?
    We offer special discounts for students whose families have hosted one of our CCI Greenheart exchange students.
  16. How will my son/daughter get money abroad?
    It is best for students to bring an ATM/debit or credit card. Most cards are accepted at ATM machines abroad and this is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access money.
  17. When and where does the orientation take place?
    You will receive one general pre-departure orientation from your local representative here in the U.S. Your program manager in the national office will conduct the cultural pre-departure orientation via Skype. Our partner office in your host country will organize an orientation for you abroad. Normally this is conducted within a month of your arrival to the host community.
  18. Will I have a host sibling my age?
    There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home.
  19. When is the application due?
    Applications for the fall start are due by April 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by February 2. Applications for the spring start are due by September 15 and there is an early bird discount for applications received by July 2. We may be able to accommodate late applications on a case-by-case basis; contact us for details.

Application Process

Select the APPLY NOW button on the left. Once completed, you will receive an email that will provide a link to the online application. All forms are available for download within the online application.

  • Signed Policies and Conditions form
  • Signed Payment and Cancellation form
  • Medical form
  • Parent’s Questionnaire
  • Copy of passport
  • Teacher’s Recommendation
  • Transcript of Grades
  • Official Transcripts from school(s) attended (Previous 3 years and first half of current year, if available)
  • 3 photos with friends/family
  • $500 deposit (payable by credit card)

Testimonials

We are so inspired and grateful for our amazing Greenheart Travel students. Read on to hear their thoughts about the program, how they’ve changed, and how we have helped them along the way during their high school program in Ireland!

Emily-Syverud“When I was in the process of applying for college I wrote my main essay about that life lessons I learned in Ireland. When I actually moved into my dorm at Gustavus Adolphus College I was ready for all the emotions I would face. I had learned to cope with homesickness and how to adapt to living with complete strangers. I remembered how my shyness in Ireland had hampered my friend-making efforts in the first month so I jumped right in at college, introducing myself and finding common ground with everyone around me. I was prepared to live independently from my parents, because I had earlier experience with it and had learned how to build a new support system in a strange place while still relying on my family and friends from back home.” – Emily Syverud

“I first wanted to thank you for all the help you gave us in planning Hannah’s dream of studying abroad. You took the time to prepare her, and someone in Ireland did a wonderful job of choosing her host family. Dan and Una are such wonderful people and we feel so blessed that they opened up their home for our daughter. Thank you for all of your hard work of finding her the perfect placement. Thank you and all of Greenheart Travel for all of your efforts. It has been everything she dreamed of and she has made memories and connections that will last a lifetime.” – Mary Ann Lippe