Discounts and Scholarships
Scholarship and Early Bird Discount Deadlines
- 31st October 2019: standard programs departing between April 2020- September 2020
- 31st March 2020: standard programs departing between October 2020 - March 2021
Please note that Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts are not available on the 2WayExchange and High School Choice programs.
Early Bird Discount
Early Bird applicants automatically receive a substantial discount on the normal program fee:
- 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.
Fourteen partial scholarships are available each year, for year and semester applicants only. Short program applicants are not eligible for a scholarship.
All scholarships are valued at either A$2,500 (semester program) or A$3,500 (year program) each.
- 3 Language Scholarships
- 3 International Affairs Scholarships
- 3 Volunteer and Community Involvement Scholarships
- 2 Australian Ambassador Scholarships - NEW
- 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. *Please note that the language teacher recommendation form is no longer required when submitting a language Scholarship essay*
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 9 or 10, 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 11 or 12 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 and have a desire to help build the community and make a difference to the people who live around them.
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 help 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
Further details can be found in the Volunteer and Community Involvement Scholarship Information Pack on the 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 9 or 10, the essay is to be entitled ‘What diversity means to me”. If you’re in year 11-12 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 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.
NEW - Mates Rates Discount
Well we have some good news for you both!
Mates Rates applicants automatically receive a substantial discount on the normal program fee*:
- A$500 discount for programs of 4-12 months
- A$250 discount for programs of 2-3 months
This discount is available on all of our standard exchange programs (Please note that our 2WayExchange and High School Choice programs are excluded from this discount).
Remember that the idea of going on exchange is to meet new people and immerse yourself in a new culture. You and your mates can apply for the same program but you will not be placed in the same host family or attend the same school. You may even decide to apply for different countries altogether.
To start the process and apply for a mates rates discount, both students must email us with the full name of their mate.
- Both applications must be received by our office by the published deadlines.
- This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship.
- Both applicants must apply for the same departure period: January-March, July-September or November-December.
- This discount is only applicable if both students participate in the programs they have applied for.
- If one student cancels their program, this discount will become void for the other participating student.
- If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure our normal cancellation policy also applies.
- If one student is not accepted onto the program, our normal cancellation policy applies and the mates rates discount may not be applied to the remaining “mate”
Reduce the cost of your exchange program!
If you are (or have been) a participant on one of outbound exchange programs you may be eligible to receive a $500 discount or rebate. If your family hosts one of our inbound exchange students for 5 or 10 months before or during the same year(s) as your outbound exchange program, then you may qualify for a $500 discount or rebate off your program fee. If you have already returned home and decide to host you will be rebated $500 off the program fees you already paid.
Please note this rebate:
- is available where you host for 5 -10 months.
- 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.
- is in addition to any other scholarship or early bird discount you may be eligible for.
To be eligible your family must meet the normal eligibility criteria including relevant Working With Children checks.
Our students arrive in January and June – July each year. Our new arrivals will live with a host family for 5 or 10 months and attend a local school. Click here to view their profiles.