IRI Venues Study Abroad Programme

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The IRI are delighted to launch Venues, our study abroad programme.

Venues offers students aged between 12 – 24 years, and older if required, the unique and life defining opportunity to live, study and play rugby in Ireland.

Living with an Irish host family for the duration of your stay, the IRI Venues programme offers students the chance to be fully immersed in the day-to-day of Irish life, to further develop their English fluency and at the same time play Rugby.

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Tailoring our package to suit you, the IRI Venues programme is divided into two core areas: Education and Rugby


Whether you are looking to enroll full-time in a second level school or focus your studies on English and one of our highly respected English speaking colleges, we will work with you to craft the education package that best suits your needs.

Second Level Education

Attached to St. Fintans High School, IRI Venues students can enroll in the full time second level (aged 12 to 18) education programme. Participants attend classes daily along side local students and are given the unique opportunity to be part of the prestigious Leinster schools, Senior Cup Rugby Team.
Click here to read our Venues Rugby Schools Case Study (Case study on German kid)

English Only Education

Partnering with the College of English Studies, based in Dublin City Centre, IRI Venues students have access to daily English classes at the school.

CES has over 30 years’ experience teaching the English language to students from across the globe. All of their teachers have a university degree plus an ACELS recognised teaching qualification, with many holding specialist EFL teaching qualifications, such as DELTA.

All of CES teachers in Ireland are chosen not only their excellent experience but also for their enthusiasm, positive attitude and their ability to make language learning fun.

Click here to read our Venues English Only Case Study (Case study on this here.)


The IRI works along side the highly ambitious and hugely successful Suttonians Rugby Club. This is where the majority of the IRI camps and coaching activities take place.

As an IRI Venues student you will enroll either with the High School Senior Cup Team or with Suttonians Rugby Club and will train with your relevant team on a weekly basis.

Our unique multi-disciplinary coaching staff allow for the complete development of players. Working with ex-professional players, professional coaches, strength & conditioning experts, sports nutritionist and physical therapists allow for all aspects of the development of the player to be covered.

Across our sports grounds you will enjoy the use of the pitches and gym. The facilities are adjacent to all host families and are within minutes access to the stunning coastal surrounds of Howth, Sutton and Malahide. (Embedded links)

Training facilities include:

  • 2 full sized pitches
  • Fully equip gym
  • Video analysis room
  • Therapy room
  • Astro Pitch


At the end of the IRI Venues programmes, participants will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

We also provide the opportunity to gain rugby qualifications as coaches and match officials that is recognised by World Rugby and IRFU.

Enrolment in Venues Programme

Enrolment in the IRI Venues Study Abroad Progamme is based on either a 6 or 10 month placement.

  • 3 month (1 Term, Autumn, Summer or Spring)
  • 6 Month (2 consecutive terms)
    • September to February
    • January to June
  • 10 Month (full academic year)
    • September to June


The cost of the IRI Venues programme varied based on the detail of the package that is tailor made to your needs. (???)

Hosting, Rugby & Education Cost per month €2,000.00
Hosting, RugbyCost per month €1,500.00


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