United States of America

The playwright Arthur Miller once said that the essence of America was its promise. For newly arrived immigrants and jet-lagged travelers alike, that promise of America can take on near mythic proportions. America is a land of dazzling cities, towering coast redwoods, alpine lakes, rolling vineyards, chiseled peaks, barren deserts and a dramatic coastline of unrivaled beauty. And that’s just California!

My exchange was life altering. There were unbelievable highs – memories burnt into my brain forever. My schooling was a blast. So many friends, the cafeteria, the nickname inevitably was given – “Hey Australia!” I loved my host family and we still keep in touch, because we went through/experienced so much together. It was a journey of self-discovery.

Johnathan Porthill – Year program to the USA

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Next available departures for USA

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length5 months DepartureJan 2019 FeeAU $9950 Application deadline30/09/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018 Scholarship deadline31/03/2018
Length10 months DepartureJan 2019 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline30/09/2018 Early Bird deadline31/03/2018 Scholarship deadline31/03/2018
Length5 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $9950 Application deadline26/03/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length10 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline26/03/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length5 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $9950 Application deadline30/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019
Length10 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $10950 Application deadline30/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019

Location Options

Pick your preferred location in the USA

Students applying for the USA have the option to pick the location they would like to live in during their exchange for August departures only. Students can select up to 3 locations.

Students will need to complete a separate form if they’d like to select their location/s. This form is then sent with the application form to our overseas partner. If applicants are successfully placed in one of their preferred locations, then an additional location fee will be applied to the normal program price. 

Providing you meet our usual eligibility criteria, your placement on one of these limited spots will be confirmed when your application is received by our office, accepted and your deposit paid. 

Location selection options are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. You can view the Location Options and applicable fees by clicking here or below.

Please note that

Please note that

  • We can NOT offer 2 or 3 month programs to the USA due to visa restrictions. 2 & 3 month programs are available to Canada and other destinations. Click here to view the list of destinations.
  • Students are eligible to go to the USA if they have NOT completed more than 11 years of primary and secondary study, exclusive of kindergarten.
  • Students must be at least 15 years of age, but not more than 18 years and six months when their program starts.
  • Students applying for the USA need to have school grades that are consistently above average.
  • Any student who is currently in their final year of high school cannot apply for a January departure the following year. The USA does not accept recent graduates or GAP Year applicants.
  • There is a separate application form for the USA, including an online portion that can be accessed from our downloads page. The easiest way to start your application process to the USA is to apply online. 

It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount and save $$ off the price of your exchange

If 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 ScholarshipEarly Bird Discount applications is Wednesday 31st October 2018 for our Standard Short, Semester & Year programs departing between April - September 2019.  If you haven't completed your application form yet, find out how to apply now!

USA High School Choice Program

Choose the school you would like to study at during your exchange

Students who are looking to go on exchange to the USA have the option to apply for a semester or academic year program and choose from a range of schools or school districts in the USA.

Our USA High School Choice program allows students to enter the USA on an F1 visa. In addition to choosing where they would like to study while on exchange, the F1 visa allows the applicant to attend school on a full academic program. This provides the opportunity to gain study credits and diplomas needed to attend a University in the USA.

Click here to find out more about USA High School Choice (F1 visa).

See above for our standard USA Exchange Program (J1 visa).