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Who we are and what we do

IELA-Dublin is a language agency run by parents, for parents providing a unique home from home placement and unrivalled personal guardianship service to all our students. IELA are there for you every step of the way!

We understand what a vital role guardianship plays in caring for students who are a long way from home. It is an important decision for parents to choose an organisation to take responsibility for the care of their child.

Our friendly and professional approach is dedicated to ensuring that our overseas students enjoy a happy and successful experience of life in Ireland. Our testimonials speak for themselves.

We are located in the heart of Sutton & Howth villages, beautiful and prestigious coastal suburbs of North Dublin, just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport and 24 minutes from Dublin City Centre. High quality luxurious host family accommodation is within walking distance of most of our schools. The villages are perfect for nurturing our students in a safe community environment.


Students can choose from select private and public secondary schools within a short distance of our host family accommodation. IELA-Dublin have a long standing professional relationship with Sutton Park School which is a highly acclaimed International School located in the heart of our community.
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IELA-Dublin provide a personalised extended guardianship service to include care and accommodation during the academic year, weekends and mid-term breaks. The Schools are also keen to know that student accommodation with an attentive guardian can enhance their experience of learning in Ireland. See more…


Adult students are placed with established Irish owned English colleges, they can also choose from a selection of locally based activities to enhance their visit and perhaps join in the College student social calendar. Students will also enjoy in high quality accommodation with .host families in the beautiful Howth/Sutton area. See more…


IELA tailor summer camps for students aged between 12 – 17 years, who wish to come and spend time learning new activities with Irish students in Irish camps. Students benefit from the experience of mixing with Irish students in our exciting programmes whilst enhancing their language skills. Students stay in the beautiful village of Sutton. See more…


Our tailored Rugby service in July is the perfect opportunity for individuals/teams ages 12 to 18 to improve Rugby development and English at the same time. At IELA summer camp, players will gain greater understanding of the game and learn values such as team work, commitment, integrity and communication the Leinster way. See more…


IELA-Dublin offer a fusion of Ireland’s top historic, cultural and popular attractions as part of our regular trips. Education and fun at the same time. We are happy to tailor any trip to your group’s requirements. All students will stay in our high quality host family accommodation in the Sutton and Howth areas.
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Guardianship, we care…

IELA-Dublin provide a unique personalised guardianship service to all our students.

We monitor academic progress, host family placements and our students’ social calendar.  Parents are kept informed as to their child’s school  performance and general welfare at all times and can be confident that their child will receive the best possible care and attention. 

  • IELA-Dublin regularly visit your child for a chat over a hot chocolate, a pizza or a walk down Howth Pier. We are available 24/7 and our students are encouraged to contact us at any time, they are also welcome to call to our homes for a quick chat or just to say ‘hello’.
  • IELA-Dublin have a long-standing and close relationship with the schools with whom we work and they can depend on us to provide a first class guardianship service to the students. As part of that service we carefully monitor your child’s academic progress and act as a liaison between the family, school and teachers. We work with the full recommendation of all our schools.
  • IELA-Dublin understand what a vital role guardianship plays in caring for students who are a long way from home, and what an important decision it is for parents to make in choosing an organisation to take responsibility for the care of their child. Our friendly and professional guardianship team is dedicated to ensuring that our overseas students enjoy a happy and successful experience of life in Ireland.
“I really enjoyed my stay with my host family. They were very warm and welcoming. I had a lovely room and the food was delicious. The school was close to the house so I could walk there each day. IELA were very helpful with any questions and nothing was a problem”.
Natalie – Leipzig, Germany.
“I stayed in beautiful Sutton with a fantastic host family and attended Sutton Park School for 2 years. IELA was a positive, friendly professional support to me during my time in Ireland. I felt safe in the knowledge of having an assistant to hand 24 hours a day”.
Roxanna – Aachen, Germany
This month has been wonderful, one of the best experiences of my life. I saw a lot of things, learnt, and met so many great people. I think I had such a good time also thanks to you. You’ve been a great host family, I wouldn’t have wished for something better. Thank you very much for all and, if you come to Perugia, call me! I’m so sad right now, I’ll miss you. I’ll never forget these beautiful days. With love
Olimpia, Italy
  • A snapshot of Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” Secondary School in Rome. Cultural Integration trip – April 2015. Oscar Wilde and James Joyce trail; Viking Splash, Titanic Exhibition, W5 Science Museum, Powerscourt Gardens, Glendalough, Butlers Chocolate Factory, Wax museum, Irish Dancing classes and much more…

    What they said…

    Everything was perfect…

    Host families were fantastic ‘top of the morning to you’!

    It was simply a fantastic and unique experience

    Beautiful experience, we’ll miss you! thanks for everything
    Emer and Nicky you have been really kind!

    I really loved this trip, the family was very kind and ireland is simply beautiful

    Beautiful experience – thank you Nicky and Emer