If you don’t like festival-packed cities like Toronto and Montreal that offer the world’s best quality of life, take a double dose of history in St John’s, Newfoundland, North America’s oldest city. Not enamoured with the prospect of hiking, skiing or snowboarding over the cloud-poking mountains of Banff & Jasper National Parks? Then try a slow ride through the wheat-waving prairies of Saskatchewan.
"Though the Western culture of Canada and Australia are in ways similar, the education systems differ. The excitement of the crowded locker-lined hallways stayed with me from my first day to the last. Through school, I not only developed educationally, but socially school enabled me to meet people and participate in activities like: retreats, dances and even sled rides through the snow. Everyone was friendly and inviting. I loved the atmosphere of the place." Gabrielle Lauder – Semester to Canada
"Throughout my trip I made many amazing friendships and bonds that ill keep for life. My exchange was definitely the most tough, fun and exciting thing I have ever done and it has given me so much more confidence and hunger for life and travel. I would definitely recommend an exchange to anyone who is thinking about studying abroad or travelling and doing their high school over there. It was just an amazing opportunity and I couldn't even begin to explain the things that I got out of it personally. Go do it, go apply, because it will honestly be one of the best things you'll ever do." Georgia Bryers - Semester to Canada (Indigenous Scholarship Winner)
|Short Programs||Long Programs||Language Criteria||Immunisation||Gap Year||Online Video||Scholarships||Discounts|
Please note that
|2 months||Early Nov 2017||AU $8800||28/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|3 months||Early Nov 2017||AU $9300||28/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|5 months||Jan 2018||AU $11500||01/11/2017||31/03/2017|
|10 months||Jan 2018||AU $13800||01/11/2017||31/03/2017|
|5 months||Aug 2018||AU $11750||15/04/2018||31/10/2017|
|10 months||Aug 2018||AU $13950||15/04/2018||31/10/2017|
|2 months||Early Nov 2018||AU $8800||15/08/2018||31/03/2018|
|3 months||Early Nov 2018||AU $9300||15/08/2018||31/03/2018|
|5 months||Jan 2019||AU $11750||02/09/2018||31/03/2018|
|10 months||Jan 2019||AU $13950||02/09/2018||31/03/2018|
You can choose a 2 or 3 month program departing in November, or a 5 or 10 month program departing in either January or August each year.
Host families come in all different types, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in Canada. If you have French language skills you can choose to be placed in a French speaking location of Canada.
All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and referenced checked before they are approved to host.
Schools in Canada
In high schools, hours are usually from 8.30am until 2.30pm. Extracurricular activities and sports are scheduled after school hours. Lessons in public schools are held from Mondays to Fridays and there are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays.
Age and Eligibility
To be eligible for an exchange to Canada you must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying. Gap year students are eligible and need to depart no more than 3 months after completing their final year. Canada applicants must also be younger than 18 and 8 months whilst on the program. There are no formal language requirements for Canada.
You will travel on a student visa and will need to lodge your application in person at the Canadian Consulate serving your area. We will help you prepare your application.
Application deadlines are typically 4-5 months prior to departure but don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check the program dates below or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier! For details on the deadline for our 2WayExchange Experience, please click here.
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Hear from returned students about their experiences in Canada while on one of our exchange programs.
Population: 35.16 million (2013) World Bank
National anthem: O Canada
Provinces: Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia,more