International Transition Year

GLENSTAL’S INTERNATIONAL TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME

This unique programme combines the experience of Transition Year with English language immersion and tuition. Students participate in the Transition Year programme with the rest of our 4th Year students but also benefit from additional English classes, the opportunity to gain a Cambridge certification of proficiency and fluency in English, and numerous chances to explore Irish life and culture.

  • Transition Year (TY) – a unique feature of the Irish education system – comes between the three-year Junior Cycle course and the two-year Leaving Certificate course. It has very clear aims:
  • Education for maturity, with the emphasis on personal development, including social awareness and increased social competence
  • The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning
  • Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity

Transition Year in a boarding school offers unique opportunities for participation in a wide range of interesting, formative and entertaining activities. It is not a year where every last detail of what will be studied or experienced will be prescribed in advance. It is, rather, a year where boys, staff and parents work together to allow varied and new experiences of learning to take place and where valuable skills for life are discovered. Glenstal’s International Transition Year Programme provides an excellent platform for boys from overseas to develop academically, become fluent in English and benefit from the fun and challenge of a year abroad.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSITION YEAR

 2021/22 is delivered over three terms:

WINTER: August 30 to December 21 Christmas Holidays Dec 22 to Jan 5 

SPRING: January 6 to April 7

Easter Holidays Apr 8 to 24 

SUMMER: April 25 to June 3

Each term also has a midterm break. 

To see the full Term schedule click here

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME

As well as participating in the Transition Year English curriculum alongside their fellow students, International TY students will also have EAL (English as an Additional Language) classes to boost their fluency and consolidate their language skills. Students have the option to sit exams in order to acquire the relevant Cambridge certification of proficiency and fluency in English.


During the summer term, from Easter until the end of May, our Irish Transition Year students normally go on language exchanges in other European countries. During this period, there is a special programme for our International Transition Year students, who remain in Glenstal until the end of the school year. English classes continue, but we also want to offer our students a chance to learn more about Ireland and to see more of the country before they return home. And so we offer a programme of classes, workshops and tours on Irish history and culture. Students will visit many of the most important historical, cultural, musical and sporting venues and museums throughout Ireland.

Among the places where students will visit are:

  • Aran Islands, Galway
  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Clare
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin
  • Cliffs of Moher, Clare
  • King John’s Castle, Limerick Connemara, Galway
  • Dublin Writers Museum
  • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin
  • Croke Park Tour, Dublin Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Titanic Belfast Newgrange, Meath
  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin
  • Hunt Museum, Limerick The Burren, Clare Glendalough, Wicklow National Gallery, Dublin National Museum, Dublin

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