A life-changing experience for students

Connect with a different culture and community and bring the language to life. School Exchanges are a fun way to immerse students in a language and help build confidence.

Taking part in a school exchange brings a foreign language to life. Equal parts challenging and fun, it gives you the chance to connect with a different language, culture and community. Unique experiences, lifelong friends and more can be found every step of the way.

Funding unforgettable experiences

At Languages Connect, we know just how important exchanges can be. Exchanges are priceless to students. But of course, there are real-life costs associated with them. We want to make it possible for more students to take part. Post-Primary Languages Ireland awards grants on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

So far, we’ve awarded 20 schools all over the country a total of €300,000 in funding. Each school receives €5,000 each year for three years. This contributes towards travel, administrative costs and more. We’re working towards offering even more funding for school exchanges. When our next application process starts, more information will be available here.

Start exchanges in your school

From teachers and students to schools and families, exchanges have a positive impact on communities at every level.

Interested in starting an exchange in your school? Check out our guideline booklet below and get the practical advice you need.



Why is an Exchange so good for your language skills?

Lots of students would prefer a more hands-on approach to foreign languages, according to recent research*. Many students love the immersive environment of the Gaeltacht. And they think something similar would help them to learn other languages too.

Attending school in another country, meeting young people their own age and staying with a host family. There are countless real-life experiences during an exchange that build real connections with a language. Not only will this help during school, these experiences can stay with you throughout your life.

*Research undertaken by RedC on behalf of Post-Primary Languages Ireland in 2019.

Check out the videos below to find out more about some great exchange experiences from schools across the country.

Carndonagh Community School: growing confidence in France

Loreto Secondary School and Coláiste Rís CBS: creating excitement with German exchanges

Ashbourne Community School: finding out what you can do in Japan

St. Oliver’s Community College: experiencing the Spanish way of life

Lucan Community College: friends for life in Germany


Languages Connect funding granted for 2019/2020

Ballinamore Community School, Co Leitrim

Celbridge Community School, Co Kildare

Edmund Rice College Carrigaline, Co Cork

Banagher College, Coláiste na Sionna, Co Offaly

Coláiste na Carraige, Co Donegal

Firhouse Community College, Co Dublin

St Raphaelas Secondary School, Co Dublin

Deele College, Co Donegal

Piper’s Hill College, Co Kildare

Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School, Co Dublin

Congrats to all – we hope you enjoy this exciting part of your language learning journey!

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