Kilkenny, Kilkenny College
Summer Vacation Courses Ireland

Kilkenny College

The largest boarding school in the country, it is immersed in beautiful countryside and only a 10 minute walk from the centre of the medieval capital of Ireland.

Age Range

11 - 15


College, Host Family

Duration of Stay

15 Days / 14 Nights

Courses start

1/15 July


in most areas

In this Centre


Kilkenny, located on the banks of the River Nore, has more than 20,000 inhabitants and is about an hour and a half from Dublin. It is known as the medieval capital of Ireland and is one of the most visited cities in the country thanks to its impressive Castle. Famous for producing its namesake beer, Kilkenny is also known for its glass factories, ceramics, precious metals and textiles.


A compact campus surrounded by greenery, the college is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and boasts the record of being Ireland’s largest boarding school. The canteen and classrooms are just a short distance from the accommodation blocks.

Language Course

The course includes twenty 45-minute lessons of General English per week in standard classes of max 15 students and lessons alternate between the morning and the afternoon. The classes combine with Project Work (1 per week) to stimulate students’ creative skills and resourcefulness. At the end of the activity, all groups will have to present their projects to the class.



in four to six bed dorm rooms with shared bathrooms, one for every four students. On arrival, students must pay a security deposit required by the school of €50 the deposit will be returned at the time of departure unless the college needs to deduct payment for reasons stated in the school regulations. The college does not provide towels.

Host Family

Students stay in double or triple rooms, full board including a hot meal in the college canteen from Monday to Friday.

Sports Equipment

Large playing fields, basketball courts, a large multipurpose gym, 16 tennis courts.

Free Time and Activities

  • 2 full day excursions
    by coach to one of the following: Dublin including admission, Glendalough and Wicklow Gaol, The National Heritage Park and Wexford Town, Waterford City tour including a visit to the glass factory, Powerscourt Gardens & House or the National Stud & Japanese Gardens.
  • 2 half day excursions
    of the following type: Kilkenny Castle, Dunmore Caves, Smithwick’s Brewery or Nore Valley.
  • 4 times a week
    the following activities will be carried out together with Irish students: Cookery lessons, gardening, drama, arts & crafts and Irish sports.
  • Afternoon and evening activities
    Evening activities twice a week for students in host families.

This programme may change for organisational reasons.

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E-learning Platform

E-learning Platform

Through access to this platform, all students can take an English course online for three months from the end of their stay in Ireland. In addition, parents can monitor their child’s activities and lessons during their stay abroad.


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