01IRELAND

Ireland is a traditional, conservative Catholic country. The academic year generally begins at the end of August or beginning of September and ends in late May or early June, depending on the school.

Ireland offers the following options: a 7-day boarding school, 5-day boarding school with weekends with host families and day schools (private or public schools with a local family home-stay). On an academic level, Irish schools enjoy great international acclaim, although their technical facilities tend to be more austere than English, Swiss, American and Canadian schools.

BOARDING SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

The number of boarding schools in Ireland is limited, but it is a good option to keep in mind seeing as the cost of education is lower. Irish boarding schools are historically prestigious institutions but tend to be popular among Spanish speakers.

DAY SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

A public or private day school in Ireland is one of the best options for long-term study in Ireland, as the number of Spanish-speakers tends to be quite low. By living with a host family, students can achieve true immersion. TGMH does the complicated work of locating day schools with few Spanish speakers, as well as a suitable host family with children of the same age who attend the same school or one nearby.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The length of primary school education in Ireland coincides with the Spanish system. Secondary education, however, begins in 1st Year Secondary and ends with 3rd Year Secondary, at which point the students take an exam called “Junior Certificate,” which measures their knowledge of the subjects taken during their school career. The second phase of secondary education begins with 4th Year Secondary and continues until 6th Year, at which point the student must pass a state exam to obtain their “Leaving certificate.”

01IRELAND

Ireland is a traditional, conservative Catholic country. The academic year generally begins at the end of August or beginning of September and ends in late May or early June, depending on the school.

Ireland offers the following options: a 7-day boarding school, 5-day boarding school with weekends with host families and day schools (private or public schools with a local family home-stay). On an academic level, Irish schools enjoy great international acclaim, although their technical facilities tend to be more austere than English, Swiss, American and Canadian schools.

BOARDING SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

The number of boarding schools in Ireland is limited, but it is a good option to keep in mind seeing as the cost of education is lower. Irish boarding schools are historically prestigious institutions but tend to be popular among Spanish speakers.

DAY SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

A public or private day school in Ireland is one of the best options for long-term study in Ireland, as the number of Spanish-speakers tends to be quite low. By living with a host family, students can achieve true immersion. TGMH does the complicated work of locating day schools with few Spanish speakers, as well as a suitable host family with children of the same age who attend the same school or one nearby.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The length of primary school education in Ireland coincides with the Spanish system. Secondary education, however, begins in 1st Year Secondary and ends with 3rd Year Secondary, at which point the students take an exam called “Junior Certificate,” which measures their knowledge of the subjects taken during their school career. The second phase of secondary education begins with 4th Year Secondary and continues until 6th Year, at which point the student must pass a state exam to obtain their “Leaving certificate.”


02THE UNITED KINGDOM

There are two systems in the United Kingom: public and private. Private institutions are mixed boarding schools or separated by gender. They are divided by age: Prep School (from 8 to 12 years old) and Senior School (from 13 to 18 years old).

En Reino Unido encontraremos 2 tipos de sistemas: el público y el privado. Los colegios privados son internados y pueden ser mixtos o no. Estos están diferenciados según las edades: Prep-School (de 8 a 12 años) y Senior School (de 13 a 18 años).
Aunque en Reino Unido la religión predominante es la anglicana, existen internados de confesión católica para aquellos que lo deseen.
El año escolar británico suele dar comienzo a principios de septiembre y acabar a principios de julio. Por otro lado, es común que hayan clases de lunes a sabádo inclusive, con lo que se trata de un horario muy rico y extenso.
There are two systems in the United Kingom: public and private. Private institutions are mixed boarding schools or separated by gender. They are divided by age: Prep School (from 8 to 12 years old) and Senior School (from 13 to 18 years old).
Although Anglican is the predominant religion, there are also a few Catholic boarding schools for those who wish to attend them.
The British school year tends to start at the beginning of September and end at the beginning of July. It is common for classes to be held from Monday to Saturday, which means the course load is both intense and extensive.

The British school year tends to start at the beginning of September and end at the beginning of July. It is common for classes to be held from Monday to Saturday, which means the course load is both intense and extensive.

PRIVATE BOARDING SCHOOL IN ENGLAND

England has one of the highest number of boarding schools, many of which enjoy great international prestige not only for their high academic levels, but also for the facilities available to students which allow them to develop a diverse number of talents. British schools educate students in all the academic areas: artistic, musical, and athletic.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

In the United Kingdom, there are a number of different educational systems although the most popular are the British System and the International Baccalaureate, both leading systems in academic performance.

Under the British system, primary education ends in Year 8, at which point the student participates in “Common Entrance,” a process that determines which Senior School the student can gain admission to.

Secondary education begins in Year 9 and finishes in Year 11, when students take the official GCSE exam. Year 12 and 13 are the final years of the British education system, after which students must take official A-Level exams that will determine which universities they can be admitted to.

02THE UNITED KINGDOM

There are two systems in the United Kingom: public and private. Private institutions are mixed boarding schools or separated by gender. They are divided by age: Prep School (from 8 to 12 years old) and Senior School (from 13 to 18 years old).

Although Anglican is the predominant religion, there are also a few Catholic boarding schools for those who wish to attend them.

The British school year tends to start at the beginning of September and end at the beginning of July. It is common for classes to be held from Monday to Saturday, which means the course load is both intense and extensive.

PRIVATE BOARDING SCHOOL
IN ENGLAND

England has one of the highest number of boarding schools, many of which enjoy great international prestige not only for their high academic levels, but also for the facilities available to students which allow them to develop a diverse number of talents. British schools educate students in all the academic areas: artistic, musical, and athletic.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

In the United Kingdom, there are a number of different educational systems although the most popular are the British System and the International Baccalaureate, both leading systems in academic performance.

Under the British system, primary education ends in Year 8, at which point the student participates in “Common Entrance,” a process that determines which Senior School the student can gain admission to.

Secondary education begins in Year 9 and finishes in Year 11, when students take the official GCSE exam. Year 12 and 13 are the final years of the British education system, after which students must take official A-Level exams that will determine which universities they can be admitted to.


03THE UNITED STATES

Education across the United States varies widely. Overall, we find two very distinct types of schools. Students can attend a public school while living with a host family, although these schools often have lower academic levels. There are also private boarding schools in which there are a wide range of options: from the least academic schools to some of the best in the world.

The academic calendar in the United States usually begins at the end of August and ends at the beginning of June or the end of May.

AMERICAN BOARDING SCHOOLS

There are a wide variety of boarding schools in the US, from the most selective and prestigious, to which it is highly difficult to gain admission, to less academic schools where it is quite easy to be admitted. Whatever our selection may be, however, all of the American boarding schools have impressive sports, technology, science, art, and music facilities.

Private boarding schools are divided between Preparatory Schools (until 9th grade) and Senior Boarding Schools (grades 9-12). Some high-schools offer the option to complete a PG year upon graduation, or grade 13.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

North Americans divide the academic experience into three stages: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. High school is the most similar to the Spanish “segundo ciclo.”

High school lasts for four years and four academic courses (9th-12th grade).

After completing 12th grade, students receive a graduation diploma. Often, this diploma is not sufficient to be admitted to a good university, so the student must take additional exams depending on the degree they hope to study.

Students can begin high school at any time during the academic year, but will need to obtain a visa in order to do so.

03THE UNITED STATES

Education across the United States varies widely. Overall, we find two very distinct types of schools. Students can attend a public school while living with a host family, although these schools often have lower academic levels. There are also private boarding schools in which there are a wide range of options: from the least academic schools to some of the best in the world.

The academic calendar in the United States usually begins at the end of August and ends at the beginning of June or the end of May.

AMERICAN BOARDING SCHOOLS

There are a wide variety of boarding schools in the US, from the most selective and prestigious, to which it is highly difficult to gain admission, to less academic schools where it is quite easy to be admitted. Whatever our selection may be, however, all of the American boarding schools have impressive sports, technology, science, art, and music facilities.

Private boarding schools are divided between Preparatory Schools (until 9th grade) and Senior Boarding Schools (grades 9-12). Some high-schools offer the option to complete a PG year upon graduation, or grade 13.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

North Americans divide the academic experience into three stages: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. High school is the most similar to the Spanish “segundo ciclo.”

High school lasts for four years and four academic courses (9th-12th grade).

After completing 12th grade, students receive a graduation diploma. Often, this diploma is not sufficient to be admitted to a good university, so the student must take additional exams depending on the degree they hope to study.

Students can begin high school at any time during the academic year, but will need to obtain a visa in order to do so.


04CANADA

The Canadian system has both British and American characteristics. There are three types of schools: private boarding schools, public day schools, and private day schools. The academic calendar and academic system tend to be more similar to that of the United States.

PRIVATE CANADIAN BOARDING SCHOOL

Canadian boarding schools admit students between 14/15 and 18 years old. They might be mixed boarding schools, or separated by gender. Most Canadian boarding schools have magnificent sports facilities, as well as art, science, music, and other subjects. In many cases, students also participate in skiing and ice-hockey.

Canadian boarding schools enjoy prestige around the world. However, it is quite a popular destination for Spanish-speakers. For that reason, the guidance of TGMH is vital at the time of selection.

CANADIAN DAY SCHOOL

Both public and private day schools in Canada tend to have state of the art extracurricular facilities and good educational systems. They admit students from 12 years and up in certain regions, although it is recommended the student attend these schools after age 14. They are all mixed.

The difference between public and private day schools is primarily in academic expectations. Although both are good options, private schools tend to offer a more personalized education that better prepares the student for university, along with being much more selective than public schools. As for facilities, there is not a great difference between public and private schools.

SISTEMA EDUCATIVO

Excepto en la región de Quebec, la educación canadiense es bastante parecida a la estadounidense. Ver Estados Unidos.

En Quebec, el sistema académico obliga a todos los alumnos a superar un examen oficial conocido como el Quebec High School Leaving Certificate que tiene lugar en el curso 11. Este hecho dificulta que un alumno extranjero pueda cursar sus estudios en esa región.

Los alumnos necesitan visado para estudiar en Canadá.

04CANADÁ

El sistema de enseñanza canadiense tiene una influencia tanto británica como americana. Hay tres tipos de colegios: los internados privados, los externados públicos y los externados privados. El calendario escolar y el tipo de sistema académico suele ser similar al estadounidense.

PRIVATE CANADIAN
BOARDING SCHOOL

Canadian boarding schools admit students between 14/15 and 18 years old. They might be mixed boarding schools, or separated by gender. Most Canadian boarding schools have magnificent sports facilities, as well as art, science, music, and other subjects. In many cases, students also participate in skiing and ice-hockey.

Canadian boarding schools enjoy prestige around the world. However, it is quite a popular destination for Spanish-speakers. For that reason, the guidance of TGMH is vital at the time of selection.

CANADIAN DAY SCHOOL

Both public and private day schools in Canada tend to have state of the art extracurricular facilities and good educational systems. They admit students from 12 years and up in certain regions, although it is recommended the student attend these schools after age 14. They are all mixed.

The difference between public and private day schools is primarily in academic expectations. Although both are good options, private schools tend to offer a more personalized education that better prepares the student for university, along with being much more selective than public schools. As for facilities, there is not a great difference between public and private schools.

SISTEMA EDUCATIVO

Excepto en la región de Quebec, la educación canadiense es bastante parecida a la estadounidense. Ver Estados Unidos.

En Quebec, el sistema académico obliga a todos los alumnos a superar un examen oficial conocido como el Quebec High School Leaving Certificate que tiene lugar en el curso 11. Este hecho dificulta que un alumno extranjero pueda cursar sus estudios en esa región.

Los alumnos necesitan visado para estudiar en Canadá.


05SWITZERLAND

In Switzerland there are two types of schools: public school, which follows the Swiss educational system, and private school, which can follow any academic system: American, French, Italian, British, German, or International Baccalaureate. The most popular one, however, is the American.

In order to attend a public school in Switzerland, the student must be a resident of the country. Students who wish to study in Switzerland, then, should opt for a private boarding school.

Depending on the academic system that the school follows, we will find distinct academic calendars, academic expectations, and extracurricular experiences.

BOARDING SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND

In Switzerland we find two types of boarding schools with large variations at the academic level. Keeping this in mind, it is vital to count on expert consulting to decide on an appropriate school, as prices often don’t reflecting the quality of teaching.

The majority of Swiss schools have good sport, tech, scientific, and artistic facilities and some even offer areas to ski. Cultural trips and excursions are typical and often organized as part of the academic course.

Most schools in Switzerland are mixed and have a highly international environment. They are divided between Junior Schools (from 8 to 12 years) and Senior Schools (from 13 to 18) and accept international students from 8 to 18 years old.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

Students tend to begin primary school when they are 6 and continue until 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, depending on the school. Students are divided depending on the language they speak: French, German, or Italian.

Upon starting secondary school, students are divided depending on their career and professional aspirations. Those students who hope to continue in the academic world begin secondary school (called “Gymnasium” or “Kantonsschule”), where they are prepared for future studies and the Matura exam. Swiss education is highly valued internationally and their academic system tends to be quite demanding.

05SWITZERLAND

In Switzerland there are two types of schools: public school, which follows the Swiss educational system, and private school, which can follow any academic system: American, French, Italian, British, German, or International Baccalaureate. The most popular one, however, is the American.

In order to attend a public school in Switzerland, the student must be a resident of the country. Students who wish to study in Switzerland, then, should opt for a private boarding school.

Depending on the academic system that the school follows, we will find distinct academic calendars, academic expectations, and extracurricular experiences.

BOARDING SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND

In Switzerland we find two types of boarding schools with large variations at the academic level. Keeping this in mind, it is vital to count on expert consulting to decide on an appropriate school, as prices often don’t reflecting the quality of teaching.

The majority of Swiss schools have good sport, tech, scientific, and artistic facilities and some even offer areas to ski. Cultural trips and excursions are typical and often organized as part of the academic course.

Most schools in Switzerland are mixed and have a highly international environment. They are divided between Junior Schools (from 8 to 12 years) and Senior Schools (from 13 to 18) and accept international students from 8 to 18 years old.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

Students tend to begin primary school when they are 6 and continue until 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, depending on the school. Students are divided depending on the language they speak: French, German, or Italian.

Upon starting secondary school, students are divided depending on their career and professional aspirations. Those students who hope to continue in the academic world begin secondary school (called “Gymnasium” or “Kantonsschule”), where they are prepared for future studies and the Matura exam. Swiss education is highly valued internationally and their academic system tends to be quite demanding.


06FRANCE

In France, it is recommended to study within the French system, although it is also possible to attend an IB or American school.

In France, students can attend a private boarding school or a day school with a host family.

The French academic system is highly acclaimed internationally and is fairly demanding, which means the admission process is to schools is highly selective.

FRENCH BOARDNG SCHOOL

There are two types of boarding schools: 7-day boarding schools, which are not very common, and 5-day boarding schools that the student attends from Monday to Friday, and lives with a host family on the weekends. Most boarding schools are in the rural areas of France.

Most French academic centers tend to have good sports, music, and art facilities, although they are not comparable to those of the Anglo-Saxon or Swiss system.

Because of the intensity of the academic system, it is normal for schools to expect students to have a high level of French. For that reason, the student must obtain a level of French that the school considers “appropriate” before beginning classes. In these cases, many schools offer the student an intensive French course during the first works or months of the academic course so that they reach an appropriate language level before integrating with the rest of the French students. This, however, is not necessary for short stays, such as a trimester, in which the student simply attends class as a listener.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The French educational system is highly acclaimed internationally and tends to be demanding. Primary education ends in “Sixieme” and the first stage of Secondary education begins in “cinquième” and ends in “seconde.” After finishing “troisème” students must take and pass the “Brevet” exam, which is obligatory to move onto “Seconde.” After that, students complete the “Prèmiere” and “Terminale” years, after which they must take the official BAC exam, which will determine the universities they can access.

06FRANCE

In France, it is recommended to study within the French system, although it is also possible to attend an IB or American school.

In France, students can attend a private boarding school or a day school with a host family.

The French academic system is highly acclaimed internationally and is fairly demanding, which means the admission process is to schools is highly selective.

FRENCH BOARDNG SCHOOL

There are two types of boarding schools: 7-day boarding schools, which are not very common, and 5-day boarding schools that the student attends from Monday to Friday, and lives with a host family on the weekends. Most boarding schools are in the rural areas of France.

Most French academic centers tend to have good sports, music, and art facilities, although they are not comparable to those of the Anglo-Saxon or Swiss system.

Because of the intensity of the academic system, it is normal for schools to expect students to have a high level of French. For that reason, the student must obtain a level of French that the school considers “appropriate” before beginning classes. In these cases, many schools offer the student an intensive French course during the first works or months of the academic course so that they reach an appropriate language level before integrating with the rest of the French students. This, however, is not necessary for short stays, such as a trimester, in which the student simply attends class as a listener.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The French educational system is highly acclaimed internationally and tends to be demanding. Primary education ends in “Sixieme” and the first stage of Secondary education begins in “cinquième” and ends in “seconde.” After finishing “troisème” students must take and pass the “Brevet” exam, which is obligatory to move onto “Seconde.” After that, students complete the “Prèmiere” and “Terminale” years, after which they must take the official BAC exam, which will determine the universities they can access.


07GERMANY

The prestige of the German academic system is well known. As opposed to Anglo-Saxon systems, however, the German systems requires that students enter with a certain level of maturity, as they will have to assume a high level of personal responsibility early on. In Germany, we can attend a private boarding school or public school with a home stay. Most schools begin their school year at the beginning of September and finish at the end of July.

GERMAN BOARDING SCHOOL

In Germany, most boarding schools are located in rural environments that are fairly close to more urban areas. They tend to be prestigious institutions with good sports facilities, as well as art, music, technology and science.

On the other hand, contact with the nature is highly valued within the German education system, so in many schools it is common for students to participate in adventure sports like trekking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, etc, as well as survival skills, first aid, and community service.

GERMAN DAY SCHOOLS

In order to attend a German Day School, students must be at least 14 or 15 years old and have an advanced level of German.

The student will live with a German family and attend a German school during the day. These can be found throughout the whole country. German families highly value personal responsibility, which is why this program is recommended primarily for well-traveled, mature students.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The German educational system is well known for its demanding academics. During the second academic cycle, there are three types of educational systems: the “Hauptschule,” for students with learning difficulties, which lasts 5 or 6 years at which point the student can opt to take a professional course, the “Realschule,” which lasts for 5 years and is intended for students with an intermediate academic level, and finally “Gynasium” which lasts 8 or 9 years.

In order to be admitted to German university, it is recommended to complete the final two years of “Gynasium” along with the “Arbitur,” an official exam that will determine which university and degree the student can apply to.

07GERMANY

The prestige of the German academic system is well known. As opposed to Anglo-Saxon systems, however, the German systems requires that students enter with a certain level of maturity, as they will have to assume a high level of personal responsibility early on. In Germany, we can attend a private boarding school or public school with a home stay. Most schools begin their school year at the beginning of September and finish at the end of July.

GERMAN BOARDING SCHOOL

In Germany, most boarding schools are located in rural environments that are fairly close to more urban areas. They tend to be prestigious institutions with good sports facilities, as well as art, music, technology and science.

On the other hand, contact with the nature is highly valued within the German education system, so in many schools it is common for students to participate in adventure sports like trekking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, etc, as well as survival skills, first aid, and community service.

GERMAN DAY SCHOOLS

In order to attend a German Day School, students must be at least 14 or 15 years old and have an advanced level of German.

The student will live with a German family and attend a German school during the day. These can be found throughout the whole country. German families highly value personal responsibility, which is why this program is recommended primarily for well-traveled, mature students.

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

The German educational system is well known for its demanding academics. During the second academic cycle, there are three types of educational systems: the “Hauptschule,” for students with learning difficulties, which lasts 5 or 6 years at which point the student can opt to take a professional course, the “Realschule,” which lasts for 5 years and is intended for students with an intermediate academic level, and finally “Gynasium” which lasts 8 or 9 years.

In order to be admitted to German university, it is recommended to complete the final two years of “Gynasium” along with the “Arbitur,” an official exam that will determine which university and degree the student can apply to.


08INTERNAIONAL
BACCALAUREATE

The International Baccalaureate, also known as “IB” was created in 1986. It is an educational system designed for students between 16 and 18 years old and characterized by official exams that are evaluated by tribunals from the organization that designs and administers the IB curriculum.

This system is used in various countries around the world. It is highly acclaimed for its evaluation system and is accepted by the best universities in the world. The program consists of an integrative study plan that lasts for 2 years and can be taken in different languages.

The program is composed of six subjects that are chosen during the first term of the IB program and end with a set of final exams during the second term. It is obligatory to complement IB academic subjects with community service activities (CAS), which are offered by IB schools and monitored by the IB administration. All students are required to complete a thesis about an independent research topic and attend a Theory of Knowledge course.

In some schools, there is a PRE-IB program, which prepares students for the difficult and prestigious IB program one year before they begin. The aim of the program is for students to become accustomed to the system and obtain better marks during the official two years of the IB program.

08INTERNAIONAL
BACCALAUREATEL

The International Baccalaureate, also known as “IB” was created in 1986. It is an educational system designed for students between 16 and 18 years old and characterized by official exams that are evaluated by tribunals from the organization that designs and administers the IB curriculum.

This system is used in various countries around the world. It is highly acclaimed for its evaluation system and is accepted by the best universities in the world. The program consists of an integrative study plan that lasts for 2 years and can be taken in different languages.

The program is composed of six subjects that are chosen during the first term of the IB program and end with a set of final exams during the second term. It is obligatory to complement IB academic subjects with community service activities (CAS), which are offered by IB schools and monitored by the IB administration. All students are required to complete a thesis about an independent research topic and attend a Theory of Knowledge course.

In some schools, there is a PRE-IB program, which prepares students for the difficult and prestigious IB program one year before they begin. The aim of the program is for students to become accustomed to the system and obtain better marks during the official two years of the IB program.