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About our International Students

Studying at Alexandra College gives all of our students a great opportunity to meet and make friends with girls from all across Ireland and the globe. Our diverse, vibrant community is a key element in preparing our students to navigate and thrive in a complex, connected global society.

We have an excellent reputation for welcoming international students who benefit from our outstanding educational standards and our broad approach to personal development.

We encourage students to share their cultures and traditions, and to honour Irish and international cultural celebrations. All of our students are encouraged to take part in activities organised by the Culture Club to encourage social interaction and dialogue between different nationalities, cultures and religions.

Students from different religious backgrounds are free to attend their own religious services. 

Language support is provided at school through the English As An Additional Language (EAL) programme.

We recognise the difficulties of long-distance separation from families. Boarding House staff regularly communicate with parents and encourage students to do the same.

We offer seven-day boarding, with a full programme for each day and evening, including weekends. Apart from classes and study-periods students also enjoy sport, music, drama and the creative arts. At weekends the girls visit local sights and attractions, take excursions to the countryside and enjoy the culture on offer in the galleries, museums and theatres of the Capital. We strike the right balance between fun and learning for the students and care for their spiritual development by ensuring they can attend their own faith services.

SCHOOL CULTURE

We are always delighted to talk to parents and girls about what we have to offer at Alexandra College across the academic, creative, music and sporting aspects of College life.

Our mission and ethos are strongly connected with the Church of Ireland. We have a diverse and inclusive student body, which reflects Irish society and welcomes equally, girls of every nationality, culture, faith and those of no religious affiliation.

We are dedicated to excellence in education across four key areas:  Academic, Music, Drama & the Arts, and Sport. Committed to providing a broad and deep liberal education, we offer our students school unmatched opportunities to discover, to grow and succeed and, quite simply, to enjoy their school days.

Our broad range of subject choices and creative, musical and sporting options are delivered by an outstanding team of teachers, working with modern resources and facilities, using a blend of small class sizes and individual tuition to give each girl a level of attention and encouragement to help her achieve to the best of her abilities and to develop a deep love of learning.

Boarding at Alexandra College

Alexandra College is a community of diverse individuals living and working together, learning from and caring for each other, preparing to contribute to society and serve the common good. Every girl at Alex learns from a young age and daily to learn, work and thrive in a multicultural environment.

Boarding is key to the life of the College. Almost one in five students chooses to board. Our boarders join us from homes down the road and across the globe. They create a vibrant, inclusive, expansive spirit from which the whole school benefits.    

The majority of our boarders come from homes in Ireland.  Others come from Switzerland, Greece, Mexico, Spain, Nigeria, Ukraine, Japan, China, Vietnam, Germany, France and Russia. Each year the girls welcome new housemates from different countries around the world.  

We offer seven-day and five-day boarding for girls from 1st year to 6th year in secondary school and for 4th, 5th and 6th class students in our Junior School. 

Our Boarding House is open and full of life on weekends and public holidays. We close for: the October mid-term break, Christmas Holidays, February mid-term break and Easter holidays. At the start and end of each holiday, we arrange transport for the girls to and from Heuston Station and Dublin Airport.

We require that boarders stay for a minimum of one full academic year. Fees are due in full, in advance, for all non-EU students. Optional extras are available for music, singing, and speech and drama. We also require all students for whom English is not their first language, to attend extra English classes as part of our EAL programme. The fee for these classes is €1300 for the academic year. For more information about fees, please visit the admissions section of our website.