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For visitors, the beauty of travel in England is the compact nature of the country. By spending less time going between places and more time in them, you can immerse yourself in the scenery. Whether you’re strolling the hillside of Oxford shire, cycling through Norfolk, braving the waves in Brighton or rock-climbing in the Peak District, England is perfect for activity and adventure.

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Program Summary:

Classic Program

If you are looking for a cultural experience for 2-3 months, or an Academic Semester or Year, our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy what they have to offer while immersing yourself in local culture.

Perfect for students who:
​* Who can be more flexible in where and what they study​
​* Want to have a cultural experience​ 
​* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
​* Grow as a person and improve language skills​ 


Classic Program Information

Age and eligibility

Students need to be aged at least 16 years at the start of the school year. Available for 16-17 year old students.

Language criteria


Program length

UK offer 3 months or Semester (5-6 months) programs due to visa restrictions. Students can be accepted on a 10 month program in January or September of each year if an EU passport is held.

Area Choice options are available on this program


In the United Kingdom, there are various types of high schools and colleges to choose from. Depending on the program you select, you may attend a Vocational College, Grammar School, or the more commonly found Sixth Form College. When enrolling, you’ll be placed in classes that match your level and prior knowledge. While Math and English are mandatory subjects, you generally have the freedom to choose your own subjects.

The British school year consists of three semesters that begin in September, January, and April. As an exchange student, your start date will be either in September or January.


All Outbound students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Your Program Manager can advise if any additional vaccinations are required. Please be sure to note all vaccinations you have received in your application.


UK offer 3 months or Semester (5-6 months) programs only due to visa restrictions. Students can be accepted on a 10 month program in January or September of each year if an EU passport is held.

Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.

Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.

Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.

The budget allocated for flights to Europe is AU$3,000 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.

Classic Program Prices for United Kingdom

LengthArriveDepartProgram fee AUDApplication deadline
3 monthsJan 2025Apr 2025$15,950Sept 30, 2024
Academic SemesterJan 2025Jun 2025$17,250Sept 30, 2024
Academic YearSept 2025Jun 2026$34,950Apr 30, 2025
Academic SemesterSept 2025Jan/Feb 2026$17,250Apr 30, 2025
3 MonthsSept 2025Dec 2025$15,950Apr 30, 2025
Academic SemesterJan 2026Jun 2026$17,250Sept 30, 2025
3 MonthsJan 2026Apr 2026$15,950Sept 30, 2025

Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.

Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.

Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
March 31, 2025: classic programs departing between October 2025 – March 2026
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
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UK Classic High School Region and City Choices

Classic Program + additional feePrice AUD
Region Choice –  Northern England$1,395
Region Choice – Midlands  $1,395
Region Choice – Southern England$1,395
City Choice – Birmingham, England$1,395
City Choice – Brighton, England$8,750
City Choice – Liverpool, England$6,595
City Choice – Torquay, England$6,595

Area requests are only charged once they are granted.  Students applying for a Semester or Academic Year program to the UK have the option to choose the region they would like to live in during their exchange. If applicants are successfully placed in one of their preferred regions, then additional location fee will be applied to the normal program price. Location selection options are on a first come, first served basis, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.  Once all spots are filled, no additional location requests can be considered. 
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Soft Landing Camp in London

This Soft Landing Camp is optional and an additional fee of AU$1,195 pp.

Your exciting adventure in the UK can commence in the stunning city of London. During a three-night stay, you will join fellow incoming students from various parts of the world. This time in London will help prepare you for the upcoming year and ensure that you have a fantastic experience in this lively city. You will receive the best possible start to your high school exchange. This camp includes a Welcome, on campus games, workshops and activities. Students explore London with the team, have a quiz night, a cruise on the River Thames plus shopping and dinner in Covent Gardens!

Please note that the Soft Landing Camp is exclusively offered to students starting their exchange in September and involves an additional cost.

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LIVE Online sessions

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

  • Meet our staff
  • Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
  • Ask questions
  • See questions asked by other students and parents

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

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