How do I apply?

Your application is what represents you to us, our overseas partners and prospective host families. It allows us to get a comprehensive profile of you and your interests. Give yourself 2 weeks to complete the application carefully with input from your parents, your school and your doctor. You should be sure to apply at least 4 - 5 months prior to departure.

Information Sessions

We recommend you attend one of our information evening sessions before you apply. This ensures both students and parents understand the challenges and the benefits of being an exchange student and that the program is right for you. 

Step 1

If you are applying for one of our exchange programs the easiest way to get started is by pre-applying online. You should be sure to apply at least 4 - 5 months prior to departure.

Step 2

Once you complete our pre-application online form, we will then be in touch to inform you of how to proceed to the next stage of your application for your selected country. Please note there are sections in the FULL application form that need to be completed by your school and your doctor and you should allow yourself at least 3 weeks to complete all sections of your FULL application form.

Step 3

 You must complete all sections of your FULL student application form before the published application deadline after receiving the next stage requirements from us.

Once we receive your completed application form we will then be in touch to organise an interview.

Step 4

 During this time one of our staff or local coordinators will come to your home (or a mutually agreeable venue) to meet with you and, if possible, your parents.

Provided you meet our selection criteria and the interview confirms your eligibility then you will be formally notified of your acceptance on the program.

This is the first part of the acceptance process.

Step 5

 We’ll then send your application to our partner in your country of choice for review and confirmation to complete the acceptance process.

Step 6

 When you’re accepted by our overseas partner, we’ll give you access to your personalised ‘My Exchange’ online resource centre.

Please note that if your exchange program is deferred due to the current border restrictions, please check our FAQs and alternatives to consider should your program be delayed. The FAQs should hopefully answer any questions you may have. You can of course contact your Program Manager should you like to discuss anything further.

Step 7

 Prior to leaving for your exchange you and your parents will be invited to a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Depending on your location this may be in person or online. 

Advice on how to obtain your required visa will be included in your formal acceptance letter. 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.

Prepare for lift off! 

Step 8

 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.

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 Ltd. 

Home Coming

 Once you’ve arrived home, we’ll send you a “Welcome Home Pack” and stay in touch with you about upcoming opportunities such as speaking at information sessions or becoming a returned student advisor. Then you start the next chapter of your life with a unique experience to share with family and friends.