Italy

The Belpaese (Beautiful Country) is one of the single greatest repositories of sensorial pleasures on earth. From art to food, from stunning and varied countryside to flamboyant fashion, Italy has it all. This is the country that brought us Slow Food, devoted to the promotion of fresh products and fine traditional, cooking. With 44 sites, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on earth.

I can’t begin to describe the experience I’ve just had! It has been the most wonderful, amazing & most exhilarating time in my life. Before Italy, I didn’t have the confidence, style or open-mindedness that I have now. I’ve made friends that I’ll keep forever. I had a fantastic time at school. Everybody was really welcoming towards me & very helpful. It was a wonderful way to make friends.

Leah Beky – Year to Italy

My whole experience so far has been absolutely amazing! 10 out of 10. I could not have been more fortunate. The people I'm surrounded by at school, my friends, my host family and just in general the people of Turin are very inviting and warming…As mentioned earlier my host family are amazing! I couldn't have asked for a better family to be placed with - they are very gentle, sympathetic, kind and more to me. Luckily the whole family speak english so I feel included when I don't understand what has been said in Italian and they explain to me in English. My host parents are doctors and so they have a very busy schedule however that does not affect our time together what so ever - they love the mountains so most weekends we go there. Laura and Stefano are my little sister and brother and it's great because they help me a lot with the language.

Francessca – Semester to Italy

Short Programs Long Programs Language Criteria Immunisation Gap Year Online Video Scholarships Discounts
Short Programs Long Programs Language Criteria Immunisation Gap Year Online Video Scholarships Discounts

Next available departures for Italy

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
LengthSemester DepartureSep 2021 FeeAU $9950 Application deadline10/04/2021 Early Bird deadline31/10/2020 Scholarship deadline31/10/2020
LengthAcademic Year DepartureSep 2021 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline10/04/2021 Early Bird deadline31/10/2020 Scholarship deadline31/10/2020
Length3 months DepartureOct 2021 FeeAU $8200 Application deadline10/07/2021 Early Bird deadline31/03/2021
Length2 months DepartureNov 2021 FeeAU $8000 Application deadline10/07/2021 Early Bird deadline31/03/2021
LengthSemester DepartureJan 2022 FeeAU $9950 Application deadline10/08/2021 Early Bird deadline31/03/2021 Scholarship deadline31/03/2021
LengthAcademic Year DepartureJan 2022 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline10/08/2021 Early Bird deadline31/03/2021 Scholarship deadline31/03/2021

Important Program Information

Please note that

  • Students applying for Italy will need to have a basic knowledge of Italian to allow easy adaption to school and Host family life.

  • Whilst it is not a mandatory requirement, Italy strongly recommends that all students applying for a long program should have a minimum of 2 years Italian language experience or have completed a basic Italian language course before departure.  For short programs, Italy recommends that applicants complete a basic language course before departure, with the option to complete a 2 week Italian language course upon arrival in Milan at an additional cost.

2WayExchange Program

The 2WayExchange Experience involves you in a unique exchange program where students from Australia and New Zealand are ‘matched’, with a student in either Italy or France. You choose which country and spend 3 months with each other’s families and attend school. It amounts to twice the experience and at a fraction of the usual cost of a 3 month exchange program. Click here to find out more.

It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount

Reduce the cost of your exchange program departing April-September 2021

hourglass 1046841 1920If you are planning to go on exchange and want to reduce the price of your program, then we have some good news for you! The deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is to Saturday 31st October 2020 for our standard programs departing between April - September 2021. 

If you are applying for one of our exchange programs the easiest way to get started is by completing your pre application formYou should allow yourself at least 3 weeks to complete all sections of your full application form.

Apply for a grant from the Give Back Exchange Fund

2019 08 20The Give Back Exchange Fund will provide 120 exchange students across Australia and New Zealand with a grant that will dramatically reduce their program fee. Students will pay only for their flights, insurance, visa application fees and any required airport assistance fees. All other fees will be covered by the Give Back Exchange Fund.

The final deadlines for applications are listed below. There are a limited number of grants available, so don't leave asking your school for a nomination until the last minute.

  • 1st March 2020 for August - September 2020 departures
  • 31st March 2020 for January 2021 departures

Click here to find out more information and to download the required forms

Find out more - Attend one of our Info Sessions

If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online sessions. 

  • Meet our staff
  • Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
  • Ask questions
  • Listen to questions asked by other students and parents
  • Meet other students who are considering going on exchange

Information evenings run for about an hour. They are friendly and free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.