Steps to apply for your exchange program
Your application is not only helps us review your eligibility for the program, but it helps our overseas partners place you with prospective host families. It allows us provide them with a comprehensive profile of you and your interests. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application carefully with input from your parents, your school and your doctor.
Application deadlines are listed on the Program Price page, or each Destination page, but please be aware that some programs have limited spots and once capacity is reached, we need to close earlier than anticipated.
If you have decided that you are ready to apply for Student Exchange program, the first step is to Book a chat with our team. Please register your details with the Book a chat form, and we will send you an email inviting you to book a phone/video consultation. The initial meeting is usually with parents/guardians and if available, the student applying.
During the call, you will meet with one of our friendly team members to discuss the program choice and timing, eligibility criteria and the process ahead. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the programs.
If you decide that this is the experience you are looking for, the next step is to complete an initial online “pre-application form”. Once we receive this, we will then be in touch to organise an interview. The interview is to add a personal element to your application, and a chance for you to connect with your Program Coordinator.
Provided you meet our selection criteria and the interview confirms your eligibility, your Program Coordinator will be in contact to discuss the next stage of the application. An initial installment of 30% is paid at this stage, and Terms & Conditions signed.
The next part is our full online application. This includes short answer questions, a letter to your potential host family, providing photos of you and your family/pets/hobbies and interests etc. We also ask you to have a Medical with your GP, and provide an Academic History and recommendation from your school. Once reviewed by your Program Coordinator, you will be notified about full acceptance on the program.
Your application is then sent to our partner organisation in your chosen country. They have staff and a team of Local Coordinators working with host families. It takes time to receive your placement… this will be provided once our partner have confirmed your caring host family, school and Local Coordinator for support. We encourage students to contact their host families and make the most of the opportunity to establish rapport with them prior to departure.
The subsequent installments are paid at intervals prior to departure:
• The second instalment of 40% is payable 135 days before departure
• The final 30% is due 75 days before departure
Prior to leaving for your exchange you and your parents will be invited to a compulsory online pre-departure orientation.
Advice on how to obtain your required visa will be included in your acceptance information. Please ensure you read this carefully. To help your visa application process run as smoothly as possible it is essential that you complete and submit all forms and information requested promptly. Our team will provide any relevant documents from the overseas partner for the visa application. but the cost and submission pf the visa application is the responsibility of each student.
Prepare for lift off!
Once you’ve left home and arrived in your host country you’ll be met by a representative of our overseas partner, or your host family or coordinator. A Soft Landing Camp may be available, subject to your choice of destination and program duration.
While you’re away, you’ll be supported by a network of people – your host family, your local coordinator, our overseas partner organisation and Student Exchange Australia New Zealand.
Still considering where to go on exchange?
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Enjoy your exchange experience at an excellent high school in warm, welcoming and diverse Canada, the most multicultural country on earth! Extraordinary nature, vibrant cities and respected academic achievements for your future!Learn more
Your high school exchange will show you why France is the world’s top tourist destination: rich historical sites, stunning nature, fantastic food and a vigorous debating tradition in a world language spoken by almost 100 million people!Learn more
Being a high school exchange student in the USA is like embarking on an adventure filled with new friendships, diverse cultures, and a world of educational opportunities. It’s a an experience that broadens horizons and creates lasting memories.Learn more
Argentina is well-known for its natural scenery, modern cities and fashion but also for tradition and hospitality. It is an ideal destination for exchange.Learn more
Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth with some of the best quality of life. Enjoy the hospitality along with an outstanding education system.Learn more
There’s something pure in the Finnish air and spirit that’s incredibly vital and exciting; with the trendsetting modern capital of Helsinki counterbalanced by vast forested wildernesses in the north and east. Try something different on exchange on Finland.Learn more
Your high school exchange in Europe’s economic powerhouse is a great opportunity to invest in your future while discovering rich German language and culture, an open, welcoming society and many stimulating experiences!Learn more
The Emerald Isle welcomes you in English and in Gaelic, to great schools, warm families, dynamic cities and close-knit small towns. Ireland has become a hotbed of innovation but remains rooted in rich traditions you will love!Learn more
Spend your high school exchange in astonishing Italy, from beautiful medieval towns to mountains and seashore; discover capital cities of design; enjoy fabulous farm-to-table food, and learn the world’s most romantic language!Learn more
Who hasn’t heard of Amsterdam, the capital of culture, coffee houses and canals? Its mesmerising beauty is hard to overestimate, and yet a surfeit of stunning metropoles are only hours, or even minutes, away by train.Learn more
Beautiful, unique New Zealand is a remote destination with amazing natural beauty – you’re never more than an hour away from desert, rain forest or ocean coastline – plus great tutoring and friendly locals.Learn more
Norway is, by any standards, one of the most beautiful countries on earth – discover Norwegian traditions and culture on exchange in NorwayLearn more
Open doors by studying a great world language in a country with mountains, ocean and medieval villages all within reach, and a laid-back culture where you can learn and enjoy at the same time!Learn more
Sweden’s progressive society also provides an ideal climate for innovation and economic advancement. Your high school exchange here will also reveal why the country is consistently among the world’s happiest!Learn more
Some of the world’s best schools are in the UK. Combine rich culture and history, beautiful countryside, enthusiastic sports clubs and exciting excursions during your exchange in the UK.Learn more
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