Discounts and Scholarships
Scholarship and Early Bird Discount Deadlines
- 31st March 2020: standard programs departing between October 2020 - March 2021
- 31st October 2020: standard programs departing between April 2021- September 2021
Please note that Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts are not available to 2WayExchange, High School Choice or Give Back Exchange Fund applicants.
It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount
Reduce the cost of your exchange program
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 Scholarship & Early Bird Discount applications is Tuesday 31st March 2020 for our standard programs departing between October 2020 - March 2021.
If you are applying for one of our exchange programs the easiest way to get started is by completing your pre application form. You should allow yourself at least 3 weeks to complete all sections of your full application form.
Early Bird Discount
- A$1,000 discount for programs of 10-12 months
- A$500 discount for programs of 4-6 months
- A$250 discount for programs of 2-3 months (Excludes the 2WayExchange program)
To obtain the discount your application and $150 deposit must be received by the relevant deadline shown and you must authorise us to deduct the balance of the program fee from your nominated credit card in 6 regular installments commencing at the time the student is formally accepted on to the program. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure our normal cancellation policy applies.
All scholarships are open to students in years 8-11 and are valued at either A$2,500 (semester program) or A$3,500 (year program) each.
- 3 Language Scholarships
- 3 International Affairs Scholarships
- 3 Community Involvement Scholarships
- 2 Australian Ambassador Scholarships
- 3 Digital Video Scholarships
You can apply for all of the scholarships but you can only win one!
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay in English, that tells “Why learning another language appeals to you”. Students must also do a language interview over the phone.
These Scholarships are named for Rawdon Dalrymple AO, one of Australia’s leading post war diplomats.
In addition to your completed student exchange application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay.
If you’re in year 8 or 9, the essay is to take the form of a letter starting with “Dear Prime Minister…” and must address a matter of international importance such as the environment or human rights, for example. If you’re in year 10 or 11 the essay is to address a topic of international importance such as global warming or Australia’s trading relationships, for example.
These scholarships are open to students who are actively involved in their local community. Students may be taking part in community life by being a member of a group, such as girl guides or scouts, they may donate or volunteer to help out a local charity, church or community centre. Or they may just take part in meetings and activities. There are hundreds of thousands of community groups that make Australia and New Zealand such an exciting and diverse place to live.
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must submit a scholarship entry titled “Why I'm involved in my community and how I do it” which tells us about you, your family and your community, plus where & why you would like to go on exchange. Your entry can be in one of the following formats:
- Essay or Creative Writing (1000 words max.)
- Video (3 minutes max.)
- Photo story
- Visual presentation
For an example list of some of the categories an applicant for a Community Involvement Scholarship could be involved in visit our downloads page.
Two partial scholarships are available to eligible students from Australia.
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay. If you’re in year 8 or 9, the essay is to be entitled ‘What diversity means to me”. If you’re in year 10 or 11 the essay is to be entitled ‘What I think makes a Global Citizen”. Unsuccessful scholarship entrants will automatically be entitled to an Early Bird Discount for the applicable program.
Digital Video Scholarships
Applicants must accompany their completed application form with a video (maximum 3 minutes) that tells ‘My story and why I want to go on exchange”.
Your entry does not need to be a highly polished video but you should try to use the medium creatively to convey who you are and why an exchange is important to your personal development and future plans. There are a number of smart phone apps such as Adobe Premiere Clip for Android devices or Adobe Premiere Clip for Apple devices which is free or you may wish to purchase iMovie for Apple devices that can be used to edit your video or you can use a computer based editing software. You can also find useful advice online about filming and video.
Please note that you CAN NOT use any pre loaded music available on your video editing app (e.g. Theme Music or Sound Effects). If you would like to include music in your video, you can select a track from Audio Network. Once you have picked the track/s you would like to incorporate into your Digital Video Scholarship entry, please email us with the details. We will then purchase the licence and email the track/s to you.
Entries will be judged on their creative use of the media, storytelling skills and content.
Video entries must be uploaded to our website by the relevant deadline, using the submission form. Please note that if your video is larger than 15MB you will need to upload your video file to dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo or hightail.com and provide the video file link on your digital video submission form.
Accepted file formats include SWF, MPG, MPEG, AVI, WMV, WAV & MOV.
Get creative and use your imagination to produce a video to make your dreams a reality.
Written and Digital Video Scholarship Notes:
Successful scholarship applicants receive a substantial discount on the normal program fee. Unsuccessful scholarship applicants automatically receive the applicable Early Bird Discount if they choose to continue on a fee paying basis.
Scholarship applications must be received by the relevant deadline shown and must authorise us to deduct the balance of the program fee from your nominated credit card in 6 regular installments commencing at the time the student is formally accepted on to the program. If an unsuccessful Scholarship applicant chooses not to continue on a fee paying basis their deposit is refunded in full. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure our normal cancellation policy applies.
The 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
If your family hosts one of our inbound exchange students before, during or after your outbound exchange program, then you may qualify for a rebate of $500 off your program fee if you host for 5-10 months and $250 for hosting 2-3 months. Please contact us to discuss this rebate further.
- this rebate can be claimed at the end of your host student's exchange program. Please email us at the end of your host student's exchange program with your bank details to claim your rebate.
- this rebate is in addition to any other scholarship or early bird discount you may be eligible for.
- this rebate can be claimed if your family hosts an inbound student within 24 months either side of your outbound program departure date.
To be eligible your family must meet the normal eligibility criteria including relevant Working With Children checks.
Our students arrive in January, May, June, July & August each year. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school. Click here to view their profiles.