Our Exchange Programs and COVID-19
This year continues to be a challenging one for many of us and although international borders remain closed, I am happy to confirm that Student Exchange Australia and New Zealand (SEANZ) has come through this period in a strong position. This is due to the hard work of our staff, affiliates around the world and continued support from students and parents.
Currently international student exchange has resumed in many countries around the world with students travelling once again to fulfill their dream of participating on an international exchange program. Our partners in Europe as well as those in the USA are welcoming exchange students daily.
COVID-19 travel restrictions continue with the borders still being closed in Australia and New Zealand but we are still accepting applications for future programs departing in 2021.
The SEANZ team remain focused for the future and are looking forward to sending and receiving students as soon as we can in 2021 so our students can continue with their dream of becoming an exchange student when the borders finally open again.
Please reach out to our staff should you have any questions or would like more information on which programs are available.
More Information - FAQs
Can I still apply for a student exchange program?
Yes, we are accepting applications. Please contact us for more information on which programs are available or you can pre apply now.
Can I delay my program if the borders do not open before my selected departure date or I am worried about COVID-19?
Yes, you can.
Can I pause my payments until the program departure is confirmed?
Payments should be made in line with our Term and Conditions. Changes to the payment plan may compromise the program processing timeline. Please contact your program manager to discuss variation to your payment plan if your circumstances require.
If I choose to go on a shorter program, will my fees be reduced accordingly?
Yes, your fees will be adjusted to reflect the difference in pricing structure between programs and you will not be charged a change fee.
I am no longer comfortable to go to the country I originally chose - can I change programs and destinations?
You may have the opportunity to change your host country depending on the stage of your current application. Please contact your program manager to discuss what options are available to you.
If my program is deferred to later in 2021 or even 2022 could the program price increase?
No, the program price will stay the same unless flight prices increase considerably in the future, which could mean a flight surcharge will be applied.
What if I decide to cancel my student exchange application?
If you choose to withdraw your application, it will be as per the standard Fees, Cancellations and Refunds terms (available here) apply.