International Students

International Mindedness is at the heart of Villiers School. Currently, approximately 20% of our boarders are international. Ensuring a mix of nationalities is an asset to both academic and cultural learning and experiences.


Boarding students at Villiers School find the right balance of a challenging academic environment combined with socialization, exercise and self-exploration. Villiers School offers 7-day termly boarding for International Students.


The weekend programme for International Students at Villiers School provides a mix of study, free time and organised excursions. Students engage in a variety of weekend activities and trips.


Sports at Villiers School include Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton and Athletics. Clubs include Cookery, Craft, Choir, Music, Global Schools, Model UN and Debating.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Villiers School is Ireland’s only boarding school authorised to offer the IBDP. We believe that the common philosophy of IB is important for our students and in fitting with the ethos of the School, with a commitment to high quality, challenging and international education. We aspire to develop well-rounded students who are open-minded, confident in their own identities and able to apply their learning in what is becoming an increasingly unpredictable world. The IBDP at Villiers School is the senior course of the IB programme, and open to applications from students aged 16-18.

Independent Transition Year (ITY)

Villiers ITY Programme is a preparatory year for TY students who are considering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at senior cycle. The ITY Programme is a combination of core subjects, Mathematics and Languages, as well as a number of choice subjects. Furthermore, students are required to complete, within the academic year, an Extended Essay, the Gáisce Bronze Award and a Reflective Report. ITY students will also participate in all the other options and modules available in TY. ITY students are expected to have a minimum of a B1 CEFR in English and be a minimum of 15 years of age when the programme begins.

I was always treated nicely here and I find it hard to go back home and leave all the friends I made behind. I felt very comfortable in these four months here and in total the time here in Ireland in the Villiers School was a memorable experience for me and I would really recommend it.
Jonas, Germany
It is immensely important for students to be in a safe, caring environment, where they can succeed and grow, both academically and personally during their school life. This is particularly relevant for international students, and exactly the environment which is at the core of Villiers School.
Nora Gallagher, Guardianship Ireland
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