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EF Education First is the world's largest private educational institution. Founded in 1965, EF offers a range of educational programmes, from language training and educational travel to academic degrees and cultural exchange. With more than 450 offices in 50 countries, and a mission to break down barriers in language, culture, and geography, EF has helped millions of people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Since 1979, EF High School Exchange Year has connected thousands of international students with caring host families across Ireland.


The EF Difference

We are proud to be the leader in high school exchange. For more than 30 years, our offices all over the world and our dedicated staff have provided outreach, screening and support to students, host families and schools. We're there for all our program participants 24 hours a day, every day of the year. From the day you decide to host a foreign exchange student, until your student's last memorable days in Ireland, EF is with you every step of the way. 

Host Families

Our host family application and screening process goes beyond the national requirements. We know our host families are caring, reliable, exceptionally prepared and excited to host their exchange students!


We have incredible students! Each goes through a rigorous application process before acceptance, inculding an interview, acadedmic transcripts, letters of recommendation and a health screening.

Local Support

Throughout the year, host families and students can count on 24/7 support from EF. Full time staff are available throughout Ireland; wherever you might be there is always EF staff members there for you.

Travel Support

Our Travel Support Team is here 24/7 to make sure our students' arrivals in Ireland and end-of-the-year departures are safe and stress-free. We take care of every detail! 

Discovery Tours

EF exchange students can explore more of Ireland and the UK on our incredible EF Discovery Tours! We have trips to Northern Ireland, Giant's Causeway, Edinburgh, London and more. 

High School Camp

EF exchange students are thoroughly prepared upon their arrival to Ireland. High School Camp gives them a fun way to adjust to Ireland before they head across the country to their host families. 


Meet EF Staff

From our offices all over the world to EF’s main headquarters in Dublin, our dedicated staff provides outreach, screening and support to students, host families and schools. We’re there for all our program participants 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Programme Director

Sandra | London, UK

Sandra has been with EF since 2004. Working with the EF team in London and across the country and the world, Sandra has helped provide hundreds of students and host families with the life-changing experience of high school exchange.

Programme Manager

Pernilla | Dublin, IE

As Programme Manager, we want to make sure that each year, our students are able to experience the Irish culture with their host family and in their school.

EF Student Admissions

Bastian | Berlin, Germany

Our teams in the students' home countries evaluate their English level and prepare them for the year ahead. During the exchange, EF staff abroad are also the point of contact for the students' own parents back home.

Regional Manager

Marian | Killarney, CO Kerry

As Regional Managers, we are always there to support our students, host families and schools. And we mean always - that's 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The World of EF

Cultural Exchange

EF High School Exchange Year runs programs in the U.S., UK and Ireland.

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Language Courses

Students can take EF language courses online or in the classroom, whether for school, work, or personal growth.

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Educational Travel

Student groups and adults discover the world on guided tours across North America and around the globe.

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Academic Programs

From International Baccalaureate diplomas to university prep classes to MBA programs, we prepare students of all ages for success in our globally connected world.

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