Ratoath College

Ratoath College

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Italian Exchange 2023-2024

We are delighted to offer the Italian Exchange Programme for this school year for pupils of Transition Year and Fifth Year. The exchange programme is with a High School – Liceo Ulivi – in the fantastic city of  Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.

Our students will be going to Italy in March for one week from Wednesday 20th March to Wednesday 27th March 2024 with the Italian Exchange partners planning to come to Ireland for seven nights between the dates of Monday 19th February and Sunday 2nd March 2024. The Italian students will finalise their dates soon, but it will be for one week during these dates. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students of Italian to develop their Italian language, experience the culture of Italy and to make connections with students from a different background to their own.

We are eager to book our flights for the trip to Parma as soon as possible. If your son/daughter would like to take part in the exchange, please let us know by filling in the form below before Monday 11th September at 09.00.

If you wish your child to take part, you will be required to pay a deposit of €250 to our travel partners, GTI, to secure their place, before Saturday 16th September.

Please note that the number of places available on the Exchange are limited. Should there be more students who wish to take part than available places, places will be allocated by lottery.

Along with the deposit, payable to GTI, a signed copy of the student contract for the exchange (available from Mr Delaney) must be returned to Mr Delaney in room A16.

The programme will have a total cost of approximately €750, this will include bus trips to and from the airport, flights, insurance, food and several day trips and excursions in Italy as well as all the coach trips in Italy. The Italian host family will provide lunch and dinner for your child and several trips to authentic restaurants are also included in the price of the trip.

We appreciate that this price of the exchange is higher than previously envisaged but as you are aware costs are rising across society and this is the best price we can offer. Included in the price your child will also accompany their Italian partner on all trips when they come to stay in Ireland and students get to spend an extra night in Italy this year.

Once your son/daughter’s place on the exchange has been confirmed we will be in touch with you with the next steps. We will match your son/daughter with a suitable Italian student and they will stay with their family during the week they are in Parma. You and your family will also host the student when they come to visit Ireland in February so please do ensure you have a suitable place for them to sleep. Ideally students will have their own room but they can also share a room if you are short on space.

Please contact me on [email protected] if you have any questions at all and we look forward to hearing from you soon.