The Irish Education System: Study Visits in Dublin

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  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Upon the decision of the course provider, classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 540 €
  • Early Bird: 480 € if you register and pay at least 8 weeks before the course starts


Ireland’s educational system is unique in Europe. Children start school at the age of four and attend primary school for eight years. Many Irish secondary schools offer a transition year. During this time, students don’t attend formal classes. Instead, they do internships and project work. Here they have the opportunity to learn important skills for their later life. Students can be as young as 17 years when starting to go to college. Irish graduate students commonly receive their Ph.D. degrees at the age of 25.

During this course, you will get to know the Irish educational system in detail. You will visit Irish schools and institutes, you will watch teacher’s lessons, and there will be discussions with headmasters, teachers and students about school life and the Irish educational system. There might be possibilities to make connections between principals and participants during the school visits to initiate future Erasmus+ projects. In addition, we will provide lectures and workshops to prepare for the visits, focussing on the Irish educational system, culture and history.

Concept by: David Baroni

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants learn and enhance their knowledge about the Irish educational system, daily school life and the Irish civilization. An important aim of the course is to facilitate language experience and cultural exchange between European participants and Irish staff, leading to a truly international experience.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – The Irish Educational System

  • Lecture about the Irish Educational System;
  • Workshop;
  • Differences between the Irish and the participants’ systems;
  • Introduction to the schools to visit;
  • Preparing questions to ask the students and host teachers.

Day 3 – First school visit

  • School visits I;
  • Discussion of the visits;
  • What is different? What is amazing?

Day 4 – A special tour of Dublin

  • Cultural activities: A special tour of Dublin for teachers and educators;
  • Possible choices: Dublin Botanic Garden, Dublin museums (Project-based), Malahide Castle & Howth and Dun Laoghaire & Dalkey;
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells.

Day 5 – Second school visit

  • School visits II;
  • Discussion of the visits;
  • What is different? What is amazing?

Day 6 – Course closure & excursion

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough National Park and Monastic Settlement.

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

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Reviews about this course

The course helped me understand another education system. It gave me the opportunity to understand how to change/adapt what I do at school, in order to improve the didactic act. I saw and practiced new teaching/learning methods. We had a beautiful team, we communicated very well, we kept in touch and after the course, we even thought of re-establishing an international symposium together next year. In short, an experience I would gladly repeat!

Florica Grecu

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