Travel and experience life in another country, learn the language and live with a host family on a classic high school student exchange. The classic high school student exchange program provides you with your own unique experience and opportunity to see a little bit of the world.


Ireland is available in:



Late August– Mid-December

Application due: March 1

Early September– Late January

Application due:
March 1

Late January – to Early June

Application due:
October 15

Late August – Early June

Application due: March 1



What better way to learn the language and culture than to live with a host family. Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals at the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Families come in all shapes and sizes and we match you based on common interests and personality, which means you could have a host brother or sister, be placed with another exchange student (two cultural experiences in one!), have a small host family or a large host family!



A local orientation will be provided by the local coordinator in your host community. The local orientation will help you to get to know the host community, your local support system and provide you with a crash course in important cultural norms, so you can adjust to school and host family life!

An optional 3 day orientation in Dublin is available for an extra fee. The Dublin orientation provides for a cultural introduction, a chance to meet other exchange students and the opportunity to sightsee before meeting your host family in your host community! A great way to start your exchange with a little touring and cultural prep!



There is no language requirement to participate.

Enjoy regional Irish accents and a new cultural experience without the language barrier!



Attend a local public school (private or semi private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in September and ends in late May
Common courses: Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language , optional classes can include Music, Art.
Average hours per week: 35 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break from July – August, 2 weeks Christmas Holiday in December, 1 week in February for Mid-Term Break, 1 Week Easter break, statuatory/bank holidays
Fun fact: Some schools offer Gaelic courses you can take

Ireland at a Glance

Population Population

4 Million

Capital City Capital City


Known For Known For

Oscar Wild, Blarney Stone, Cliffs of Moher, Irish Folk Music, Irish Dancing, Gaelic Games

Currency Currency


Language Language

English and Irish (Gaelic)

Say Hello Say Hello

Hello or Dia Dhuit!

Program Fees

(2019/20 School Year)

Please request price

Optional Additional Dublin Orientation:

Please request price

(2019/20 School Year)

Please request price

Students under 16 years of age as of 31st August in the exchange year will be subject to a surcharge:

Please request price

(2019/20 School Year)

Please request price

Late Application Fee (for those students wishing to apply after March 1 deadline):

Please request price

What’s Included for the Student Exchange Program?

  • School Registration and Placement
  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • Arrival Orientation in Host Country
  • Monthly Monitoring and Progress Reports
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Academic Support
  • Arrival Greeting by Representative from Partner Organisation and/or host family
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchangeAnd
  • The Opportunity to LEARN-TRAVEL-EXPERIENCE!

Additional fees the student is responsible for include:

  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Transportation to and from school for some students, dependent on where the host family is located. Some students are required to take a bus or train, while others walk or bike to school. This is dependent on where the host family is located.
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

*Please note that YES Canada reserves the right to modify and update program options, leading to changes in pricing. Please note that pricing may be subject to change. Please note which program term the posted rates apply to, if the term you are applying for is not posted please inquire. Once a preliminary application is received by YES Canada pricing will not change for the selected/corresponding program term (current term 2016/17). Should you apply for a program in 2017/18 or further into the future the rates will be determined at a later date and you must pay the listed 2017/18 or future program price, early registration does not qualify you for the listed website prices for 2016/17.

*Note: Students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or private schools may be subject to an additional tuition levy of $1000. Note that whether a student participates in a one-way exchange or hosts an international student in their home, a reciprocal exchange occurs at the school level. As such, the tuition free exchange is provided when a Canadian student travels abroad and an international student assumes their place in the local school or school board.  In instances where a reciprocal exchange cannot occur within a school board/province a levy may be charged. Please email for more details about fees and the participating provinces/school board designations.

Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada. (Students not accepted to the program will be refunded $425, as a $75 home to home application processing fee applies.) Students must ensure prior to application that they meet the minimum requirements for exchange.
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specific country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the paired exchange partner, 50% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement/confirmation of a partner match, 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after visa forms have been issued 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable, the hosting deposit included.
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada due to program changes/unavailability a refund will be given. In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada due to application misrepresentation prior to the commencement of the program a partial refund will be provided based on the stage of the application.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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