Our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy immersing yourself in local culture & community. These are perfect for students who:
* Flexible about location, and the academic experience
* Want to have a cultural experience
* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
* Grow as a person and improve language skills
Classic Program Information
Age and eligibility
Programs are available to students aged from 15 – 17 years.
Programs are available for students 3 months, an Academic Semester or Academic Year
High school in Australia offers an enriching and diverse educational experience for exchange students. Australian high schools are known for their welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, making it a great place for international students to adapt and thrive. The curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded education, encompassing various subjects and extracurricular activities, allowing students to explore their interests and talents.
All Outbound students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Your Program Manager can advise if any additional vaccinations are required. Please be sure to note all vaccinations you have received in your application.
Not required when travelling on a New Zealand passport.
Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.
Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.
Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.
The budget allocated for flights to Australia is NZ$1,200 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.
Classic Program Prices for Australia
|Jan 31, 2024
|Feb 28, 2024
|Feb 28, 2024
|Apr 5, 2024
|Sept 30, 2024
|Sept 30, 2024
|Oct 31, 2024
Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.
Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.
Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
March 31, 2024: classic programs departing between October 2024 – March 2025
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
Soft Landing Camp
Included in the program fee
Available for students on Academic Semester & Academic Year programs arriving in February & July
Students from New Zealand on Academic Semester & Year programs in Australia will join fellow exchange students from around the world to start your adventure in with a Soft Landing Camp for 2 nights in Sydney! Students on a Short 3 Month program will meet their host family on arrival, rather than attend the camp. An example agenda is as follows:
Airport Meet & Greet
Transfer to accommodation
Check in to rooms/luggage/shower/relax
Gather together for orientation chat
(support, rules, culture shock, host families, school, My Exchange platform)
Dinner at hostel & free time
Breakfast & chat about today’s plan
Travel to the Botanical Gardens, Opera House, explore Circular Quay until 1 pm – lunch included
Ferry to Manly
Free time in Manly, then return to the accommodation venue
Dinner, predeparture information, packing & free time
Travel to Domestic Airport
Flights to/Meeting Host Families
LIVE Online sessions
If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online Information Sessions to:
- Meet our staff
- Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
- Ask questions
- See questions asked by other students and parents
Information evenings run for about an hour.
They are friendly, free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.
Hold your life and make it masterpiece. This is what Australia has taught me so far. It is not a chance to put your life aside but to make it worth it. The warmth of the people, the relief given by their smile and the atmosphere of this riveting land made me understand how to walk along the path called happiness. Somehow, Australians are like virtual tattoos on my body and my usual clothing now seems knitted for Australia, as Australia it is knitted for me.
Still considering where to go on exchange?
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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
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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
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