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The Irish Rugby Institute (IRI) was created to help people build and achieve their dreams in the field of rugby whilst enjoying everything that the Irish culture has to offer. We wanted to turn our experience, passion, expertise and welcoming culture into a genuine value for people of all ages, abilities and gender. We want to make better players and better people. This is why we love what we do and offer.

WHAT DOES THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME INVOLVE


Out study abroad programme offers students the opportunity to travel and live in Ireland with an Irish family. This offers students the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Irish culture, this is also helps further develop their level of English speaking and understanding. The study abroad programme is essential devised into two areas. Firstly,
learn and develop English, and secondly is to work and develop their overall ability and knowledge of rugby by playing for a local club.

We can cater for a ranging period of time for students to come over to learn and play. It will also give students the opportunity to spend some time in Dublin to experience everything which the city has to offer.

SOME OF THE REASONS YOU SHOULD CHOSE DUBLIN AS YOUR LOCATION FOR AN HOSTING PERIOD:

  1. You can walk across the city centre in about 30 minutes so everywhere is within your reach.
  2. Dublin is proven to be one of the friendliest cities in the world.
  3. The diverse population makes Dublin a multicultural European community.
  4. The cost of living is comparable to major US and European capitals.
  5. Located near the sea with a beautiful coast line, our fresh and clean air is a welcome breeze.
  6. Public transport can be used to access all of Dublin.
  7. Dublin has some fantastic tourist attractions included castles, Irish adventures and the famous Guinness Storehouse but to name a few.

HOSTING


All the families are carefully chosen for their hearty welcome by our local agent. Each student has their own bedroom and we endeavor to house friends together once a request has been made at the time of booking. Packed lunches are provided Monday through to Sunday along with lunch provided during the day. Saturdays/Sundays are spent playing with the chosen partner rugby club that best suits the players ability. Free weekends are spent with the host families enjoying the local amenities Dublin has to offer.

Our host families offer students a warm, friendly Irish welcome They are located in the idyllic seaside village of Howth and Sutton.

The duration of the Player Hosting can range from 1 to 52 weeks. With the option to travel home for any relevant holidays. The most applicable age for this is 12 to 20 years old.

All students entering in on the exchange will be collect and dropped to the airport by private driver.

ENGLISH LESSON PARTNERS:


The IRI has teamed up a Dublin based and Country based English language centres to ensure no matter the destination the best possible English lessons are provided to students.

CENTRE OF ENGLISH STUDIES

CES has over 30 years’ experience teaching the English language to students from across the globe. All their teachers have a university degree plus an ACELS recognized 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.

MIDLAND LANGUAGE CENTRE

MLC has been working with international students since 1976. They are known for their professionalism and the fact that they are a family run business.

FULL SCHOOLING OPTION


The option for a student to be enrolling in full time education is also a possibility, this involves weekday classes. Adjacent to the IRI main training camp is St Fintan’s High School where we currently have a player from Germany who is trailing our program. He’s fully involved in school life along with playing for the schools Senior Cup Team which competes in one of the most prestigious schools competition in the world the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. He has a full weekly schedule dedicated to learning English while also developing as a rugby player.

RUGBY DEVELOPMENT


Our unique multi-disciplinary team 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 can enjoy the use of pitches, gyms and the beautiful scenery. The stunning facilities are adjacent to all host family and a popular beach.

Facilities include:

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

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HOW TO APPLY

For the international hosting programme you can apply online or contact us directly for more questions you may have.

ENROLLING PERIODS ARE

January Term

September Term

STUDENTS CAN ATTEND FOR

– A full academic year

– Autumn Term

– Spring and Summer Term

This can all be subject availability and may be able to be moved.

We arrange private collection and drop off at Dublin airport to ensure a smooth journey to and from the airport.

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