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From art and cultural heritage to food, from stunning and varied countryside to elegant fashion, Italy has it all. Italy is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world such as the Colosseum and the Grand Canal. If you are more of an adventurer and prefer outdoor activities and scenic views check out Italy’s stunning coastlines and mountain ranges.

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Program Summary:

Classic Program

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​

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Classic Program Information

Age and eligibility

Students can apply between the ages of 14 (must turn 15 during the program) to 17 years.

Language criteria

Students are required to be able to converse in basic conversation. There is also an option to complete a 2 week Italian language course upon arrival in Milan at an additional cost.

Program length

Classic Academic Semester & Academic Year programs, Short 2 & 3 month programs available.

Location options are available on request for Academic Semester & Year Programs.

Schools

As an exchange student in Italy, you’ll immerse yourself in the life of an Italian teenager. Every day, you’ll have the chance to practice your language skills and build new connections and friendships. Attending an Italian high school is an exhilarating experience that will foster your growth as a student and as a member of society.

Please be aware that certain Italian high schools may require an enrolment fee upon arrival. This fee is not included in our program fee, as it varies depending on each school. Typically, the cost can range from $30 to $150.

Vaccinations

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.

Visa

Students require a visa for Academic Semester and Academic Year programs unless they are travelling on a European passport (they may need to lodge their visa application in person at an Italian consulate, please see locations below). Further information will be provided by your Program Coordinator.

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.

Australia: Department of Home Affairs,
Australia: Foreign Embassies & Consulates
New Zealand: Foreign Embassies & Consulates

Italian Embassy in Canberra provides consular services for residents of the ACT, Queanbeyan & Cooma.
Consulate General in Sydney: Has Jurisdiction over the State of NSW (excluding the cities of Queanbeyan & Cooma), including Norfolk island.
Consulate of Italy in Brisbane has jurisdiction over Queensland & the Northern Territory
Consulate General in Melbourne has jurisdiction of Victoria and Tasmania
Consulate General in Perth has jurisdiction of WA & Christmas / Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Embassy of Italy in New Zealand

The budget allocated for flights to Europe is NZ$3,000 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 Italy

LengthArriveDepartProgram fee
NZD
Application deadline
Academic SemesterSept 14,
2024
Feb 1,
2025
$12,450Apr 1, 2024
Academic
Year
Sept 14,
2024
Jun 14,
2025
$13,950Apr 1, 2024
3 monthsNov 9,
2024
late Jan,
2025
$9,950Jun 15, 2024
2 monthsDec 7,
2024
Feb 1,
2025
$9,250Jun 15, 2024
Academic SemesterFeb 1,
2025
Jun 14,
2025
$12,450Jul 15, 2024
Academic YearFeb 1,
2025
Mid Dec,
2025
$13,950Jul 15, 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.

Italy Regional Choices are available. Please see our Italy Destination page for details.

Location Options

Location options

Rome, Florence, or Milan

The location option price is in addition to the Classic Program Prices for Italy:

Academic Year: NZ$4,900
Academic Semester: NZ$3,300

Please note, host family placement may be up to 70 km from the centre of the city.

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Selfie girl in Plaza Duomo

Soft Landing Camp in Milan

This Soft Landing Camp is optional and at an additional fee of NZ$1095.

September arrivals only.

Your Italian high school adventure starts in the historic city of Milan. For two days, you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful city as well as being prepared for your new life in Italy.

Included in Soft Landing Camp
• Two nights at Metro Hotel in shared rooms with breakfast
• Staff supervision throughout the stay
• Private transfer from Milan Malpensa airport to the hotel
• Guided tour on a tourist bus in Milan
• Italian traditional dinner on Friday night
• Metro tickets in Milan

Not included in Soft Landing Camp
• Meals on Thursday
• Domestic transfer from Milan to the Host Family placement location
• Personal expenses

Agenda (example only):

Day 1:
Arrival at Malpensa Airport between 07:00 am and 1:00 pm. Pick up by staff member. Private shuttle bus to hotel and welcome meeting, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Return to the hotel and free dinner in town.

Day 2:
9.00: Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 – 12:00: Free visit of the Duomo square and its surroundings
12.00 – 13.00: Time for a quick lunch
13.00 – 18.00: “Hop on Hop off “panoramic bus tour with audio guide
19.00 – Free time for shopping
20.00 – Italian dinner and walking tour searching for the best ice cream in Milan!

Day 3:
9:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 – 15:00: Departures from airport or train station and arrival to your host family!

Optional Language course

The price for the language camp is NZ$3,295 per person

In order to start the exchange experience the best possible way, we are happy to offer a two week language camp in the city of Milan! The language camp includes 40 lessons of 45 minutes each: Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 1:15 pm. An attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Our students will form a closed group and will study in a quality private language school. Qualified teachers will introduce the students to the world of the Italian language and culture. The students will learn to introduce themselves, talk about their families, order food and beverages, exchange information and express their preferences.

During their time in Milan, students will be accommodated with a local host family, in a single and will receive half board every day (breakfast and dinner). Students will be able to buy their own lunch after class while exploring the city.

The language camp fee includes:
• Two weeks of Italian language course
• Accommodation with a local host family, half board (breakfast and dinner)
• Airport transfer from Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate
• Course material, enrolment fee and final certificate
• Free activities offered by the school (like a Movie Club)
and those offered during the Soft Landing Camp.
• Staff assistance

The price does not include underground and bus tickets to move around Milan and lunches.

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.

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Worldwide High School Online Brochure

For an overview of our programs, our team will send you our Worldwide High School Online Brochure.

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Still considering where to go on exchange?

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Canada

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!

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France

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!

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Argentina

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.

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Denmark

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.

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Finland

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.

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Germany

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!

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Ireland

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!

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Italy

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!

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Netherlands

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.

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Australia

Experience the adventure of a lifetime with your neighbours! Australia beckons with its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and world-class education. Discover a both similarities and differences, make lifelong friends as a high school exchange student in Australia.

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Norway

Norway is, by any standards, one of the most beautiful countries on earth – discover Norwegian traditions and culture on exchange in Norway

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Spain

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!

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Sweden

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!

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United Kingdom

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.

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USA

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.

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Japan

Immerse yourself in the captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern innovation. Engage in authentic cultural experiences, attend Japanese high school, and build lasting friendships. This program offers a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance language skills, and gain a global perspective that will undoubtedly shape your future.

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