About Us

Study English in Ireland

We offer a wide variety of programmes for students to suit all ages, interests and budgets.



Our aim is to support English language learning across Europe and to provide students with an opportunity to improve their English language learning skills and also provide them with an education in Irish culture by integrating them with an Irish host family while participating in our programmes.

We currently have over 550 active host families and we work with over 70 secondary schools and primary Schools all over Ireland. All our host families are carefully inspected by the local coordinators before being approved by us for hosting as well as all are Police Checked.

Educational Programmes

Our educational programmes are tailor made to suit the needs of the individual or groups and can be as long or short as in required. Secondary school programmes can be for a full school year, one term, two terms or other on request. Primary schools are generally for 5 week or 10 weeks stays but now we are getting more and more primary students for full year programs, Mini Stays are anything from 2 to 7 days. This is a fantastic experience for any student no matter where they are in Europe. They will have a chance to improve their English, experience another culture and create memories for a lifetime.


Student Programmes Ireland Ltd was set up in 2009 to cater for the increased demand of foreign students coming to Ireland to learn English. The directors of Student Programmes Ireland Ltd. have many years of experience in the successful placement of students on educational programmes in Ireland. Previously this company was known as Ballyhoura Country Holidays. We have been placing students in secondary school programmes for many years and have built up a good relationship with schools and host families all over Ireland.and in that time have built up a good relationship with schools and host families all over Ireland.


Learn English in a school in Ireland, Live with a host family

Firstly, Ireland is a great place to study English. Not only is it known as a welcoming and friendly country, but it is also famous for its high standards of English language training, and the quality of its education system in the integration of international students.

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Studying English in Ireland is an unparalleled experience. Ireland has a village feel which makes it an easy destination, where the people are friendly and helpful to foreign language students. Our host families are well versed in delivering a warm welcome, as do our secondary schools and primary schools for our international students. Attending secondary school or primary school in Ireland, while living with a host family, is the best way for teen participants to discover Irish culture.

As a student in Ireland, you may attend a co-ed (both boys and girls) or a single-sex (girls or boys only) school. Uniforms are worn at school and are purchased once you are in Ireland. You will find subjects similar to those in your home country, although the schools and teachers are typically more formal. Students are placed in the class depending on their requirements. Schools are located a short distance from host families, students can be driven to school, go by bus or sometimes walk to school.

Host families are united by a desire to know and love a young person from abroad. A host family’s responsibility is to provide the student with their own room, a quiet place to study, breakfast, lunch and dinner, packed lunch on school days and any outings they may have.Our host families are carefully chosen by a local coordinator and each student for academic year is placed with a family that has a child of same sex and similar age.

SPIL is a legally established Limited Company in Ireland

SPIL has adequate Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance

SPIL employ a dedicated team to look after your international students with a staff/student ratio of at least 1:20

SPIL Host Families and Staff are all Garda Vetted and updated every 3 years

SPIL Staff have undergone Child Safeguard Training, with at least one staff member who has undergone Designated Liaison Person (DPL) training. Director Bernie Carroll

SPIL provide a 24/7 emergency telephone service 00353872873916

SPIL Coordinators meet each student on a one-to-one basis, at least once per month to monitor progress and deal with any issues the student may have, also SPIL do an on arrival orientation meeting with all students during first 3 weeks in Ireland .

SPIL have a clearly defined and implemented Child Protection Policy and Student Care Plan for each student in their care

SPIL have a clearly defined system in place for student welfare, pastoral care, academic progress, and personal safety

SPIL provide a clear bi- monthly report on student progress to the agents abroad.
SPIL also get their students to complete a student evaluation form per term


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