Posted by on 15 October 2015 | 0 Comments
STS Foundation has announced the closure of its high school exchange business in Australia after 28 years. Their last student departures will be January 2016 and their office in Hornsby will be closed by February 2016. The announcement comes less than 2 years after the closure of EF high school exchange in Australia and New Zealand.
National Director of Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd, Mr. Nick Lorentzen said:
“I am sorry to see STS close. The announcement continues a clear trend within the industry in Australia and New Zealand. Whilst we are happy we will face less competition in the market I am nevertheless concerned that strict reciprocity regulations are threatening the viability of our small but vitality important exchange industry.”
Mr Lorentzen added “I have always found our regulators to be fair and reasonable but I think it’s timely that we revisit the requirements on exchange organisations to ensure the industry can thrive. We receive no government assistance nor do we ask for any handouts. But it is in everyone’s interest that our industry be encouraged and supported. We provide important opportunities for young Australians and New Zealanders to explore the world, learn new languages and gain intercultural experience. Those skills are essential in an increasingly interconnected world. I will be raising my concerns with our exchange association CASEO and with federal and state ministers to see if we can find a constructive way forward.”
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd is one of the leading providers of high school student exchange programs in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a wide range of programs from 2 – 12 months.