Why Choose a Boarding School in Northern Ireland?


Choosing a UK boarding school education for your child can be a daunting process. There’s no doubt that there is a wide choice of schools in great locations on the mainland but have you considered broadening your search to Northern Ireland?  Boarding Schools in Northern Ireland are increasingly emerging as excellent choices for international students looking for a high standard of education at an affordable price in a welcoming location. Recently voted the best place to visit in 2018 in the world by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide, Northern Ireland is a hidden gem when it comes to education.

Here’s why…


1.     The Quality

Northern Ireland enjoys a world-wide reputation for its high standard of education with excellent choice of schools, colleges and universities.  Secondary schools for children aged 11-18 years old in Northern Ireland consistently out perform the rest of the UK  at GSCE and A-Level. 

2.     The Experience

Northern Ireland is a small region with a population of just 1.8 million and a family orientated society with strong traditional values. The country is well known for extending a warm welcome to international visitors and its boarding schools are notoriously friendly, happy and inspirational “homes from home” for approximately 400 boarders.

3.     The People

Knowing that your child will be welcomed into school community is a great reassurance when they start a new school, particularly if they are travelling far from home to a foreign country and different culture.  Northern Irish people are warm and friendly and most boarders often find themselves invited to spend weekends and holidays with local families creating friendships that last well beyond school years.

4.     The Place

We know that Northern Ireland is a wonderful place … but if you need more concrete proof, check out The Lonely Planet Guide to Best Places to visit in 2018 and you’ll find that Belfast and the stunning Causeway Coast tops the listThe region is well known for being the perfect backdrop for many films and TV series including the Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  Jaw dropping cliffs and rugged coastlines, long sandy beaches and the spectacular Mourne Mountains, vibrant Belfast and bustling smaller towns with character and charm…there’s no question Northern Ireland is a great location to study. What’s more, it’s easy to reach, with two central airports serving UK, Europe and beyond, a regular Ferry service to Scotland and England and excellent road networks to Belfast and Dublin.  Travel and transport to and from Northern Ireland and, once you are here, is very convenient.

5.     The Price

Choosing a boarding school education for your child is an investment in their education and future.  A boarding school in Northern Ireland can be a cost effective choice, with full time boarding places costing just under £3500 per term.

To find out more about Boarding schools in Northern Ireland – follow this link www.apply.boardingni.com