With a population of 4 million people Ireland has a growing reputation as a country with a competitive and outstanding education. The curriculum taught in Irish secondary schools is considered one of the best in the world and provides students with a solid foundation in their studies. The final exam for Irish secondary schools, the “Leaving Certificate,” is recognized internationally and considered valid in virtually all countries.
Ireland provides a vast array of schools from public schools to international private institutions. Subjects vary as well from standardized programs offering basic subjects such as English and Mathematics to more specialized subjects such as Classic Studies or Engineering.
Additionally many consider the Irish character to be the coziest and most pleasurant in Europe. The quick assimilation of students into Irish culture has inspired the phrase that the Irish are “Latinos that speak English.” Irish hospitality and friendliness are known throughout the world.
Our organization was founded in 2000 for the high school programs, although the Irish partner´s experience in education reaches 30 years, and since then our academic year abroad in Ireland has been one of our most popular programs. A great number of students have participated in this experience and we recognize that each student is unique and we strive to find the perfect fit in a school for each child.
The year abroad program is internationally valid and we have various suggestions on how to pick interesting and challenging subjects.
The personal interests of the participants in our year abroad are taken into account and this helps us find a suitable school for each student. For example if a student is a competitive soccer player, a basketball fan, or passionate about theatre, this gives us important insights into personal interests, which we take into account when finding a school that provides opportunities to develop and practice skills.
The following are the services offered by Dorset College and Grupo Mundo en Red (from now "DORSET GMR") for participants in the Irish adventure:
Parents choose their top 3 preferences for schools from the list provided and in virtually all cases their child ends up attending one of these preferred institutions (usually the first choice). If there is any difficulty in choosing a school or families want to learn more about a specific institution we are delighted to help search for a good match weather it is comparing public or private schools, host families or boarding houses, choosing a location, sports options offered by different institutions, etc. We have experience in helping students find the perfect fit in a school.
Upon arrival in Ireland, each student is assigned a tutor for the whole academic year. Tutors are available 24 hours a day and are in charge of attending parents meetings and accompany the student to appointments such as purchasing school uniforms, text books, visits to the hospital, and other activities. We pride ourselves on selecting people with caring and responsible personalities to fill our tutor positions, and many parents comment on the fundamental support tutors provide in their positions.
For all urgent needs, our coordinators in Ireland have a mobile phone number that we offer all parents and host families, which can be called 24 hours.
Here are the answers to frequently asked questions in this category. You can see the full list on the FAQs page