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Ireland Classic Exchange Prices

Your guide to our programs and prices

Your program fee in Ireland will vary depending on which program you choose, how much you customise your experience and the duration of your program.

Explore your options and then contact us to take advantage of our knowledge in our One Team Across the Globe: Our high school experts here and in Ireland will guide you to the perfect program.

Programs available in Ireland: Classic High School, Region/City/Sport Choice.

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Ireland Classic High School

A cultural exchange in Ireland, experience high school life while living with an Irish host family. There is no school choice on this flat fee program, but you can make a specific request for an additional fee (the fee is only charged if your request is granted). 

LengthDeparturePrice NZDApplication deadline
Classic Academic Semester Aug 2024$17,450 Mar 31, 2024
Classic Academic Three TermsAug 2024$29,490Mar 31, 2024
Classic Short Program 3 MonthsAug 2024$15,450Mar 31, 2024

The Irish Classic High School program includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.   
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Personal support before and during your exchange.
    • Application Support.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
    • Access to ‘My SCCE – a personlised online resource and reporting centre with information to help you prepare and make the most of your exchange. 
    • Safety Card and Emergency Information. 
    • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Manager to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
    • 24/7 emergency phone. 
    • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
    • Progress reports to parents during the program. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school.  In most destinations, students are not required to wear a school uniform. If your program is in one of the few destinations that requires that you purchase/rent a uniform, then this would be payable upon commencement of your program (direct to the school/uniform shop).
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • Certificate of completion. 
  • Reunion with other exchange students in Australia after your return. 

Not included in Ireland Classic High School program price:

Personal spending money NZ$400-500 per month 
Vaccinations & Visa ApplicationsPersonal expense 
Soft Landing Camp – available for August Semester arrivals Additional NZ$1,195
School expenses Books, school materials, school trips, All students are required to pay for their school transport prior to arrival so this will be invoiced in advance. The fees are NZ$640/Academic Year and NZ$395/Academic Semester.
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is NZ$3,000 and the surcharge is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights.
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator once on program at an additional cost.

Ireland Classic High School upgrades

Upgrade your classic program to request a Town/Region/Sport placement. Upgrades are only charged once they are granted. 

Add – onPrice NZD
Classic High School + Region Choice – Cork$1,995
Classic High School + Region Choice – Dublin $1,995
Classic High School + Town placement: 3 000 to 80 000 inhabitants$995
Classic High School + Co-Ed Guarantee$1,095
Classic High School + Subject Guarantee (one subject only):
Guarantee placement in a school that offers one of:
Math’s, Science, French, Spanish, German or History 
Classic High School + Sports Guarantee*:
Football, Rugby, Hockey, Swimming   
Classic High School + Arts Guarantee**:
Irish Dancing, Music Groups 
Single Room Guarantee

 *Note that sports/arts guarantee a placement area option, meaning we’ll place in an area where you have access to your chosen sport or art preference which will be recommended by our Local Staff. It doesn’t cover the cost of enrolment in these clubs.  

** Subjects based on final decision of school and will be reimbursed in case of non-availability. 


Student exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shapes your future. Check out this short guide to plan your exchange program. Join our free Information Session Webinar online and then contact us to make that plan a reality.

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