Discounts and Scholarships
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Scholarship and Early Bird Discount Deadlines
- October 31, 2023: standard programs departing between April 2024 - September 2024
- March 31, 2024: standard programs departing between October 2024 - March 2025
Please note that Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts are not available to 2WayExchange, High School Choice applicants.
Early Bird Discount
Early Bird applicants automatically receive a substantial discount on the normal program fee:
- A$1,000 discount for programs of 10-12 months
- A$500 discount for programs of 4-6 months
- A$250 discount for programs of 2-3 months (Excludes the 2WayExchange program)
To obtain the discount your application and $150 deposit must be received by the relevant deadline shown and you must authorise us to deduct the balance of the program fee from your nominated credit card in 6 regular installments commencing at the time the student is formally accepted on to the program. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure our normal cancellation policy applies.
Partial scholarships are available each year, for year and semester applicants only. Short program applicants are not eligible for a scholarship.
All scholarships are open to students in Years 8-11 and are valued at either A$2,500 (semester program) or A$3,500 (year program) each.
- Language Scholarships
- International Affairs Scholarships
- Community Involvement Scholarships
- Australian Ambassador Scholarships
- Digital Video Scholarships
You can apply for all of the scholarships but you can only win one!
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay in English, that tells “Why learning another language appeals to you”.
International Affairs Scholarships
These Scholarships are named for Rawdon Dalrymple AO, one of Australia’s leading post war diplomats.
In addition to your completed student exchange application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay.
If you’re in year 8 or 9, the essay is to take the form of a letter starting with “Dear Prime Minister…” and must address a matter of international importance such as the environment or human rights, for example. If you’re in year 10 or 11 the essay is to address a topic of international importance such as global warming or Australia’s trading relationships, for example.
Community Involvement Scholarships
These scholarships are open to students who are actively involved in their local community. Students may be taking part in community life by being a member of a group, such as girl guides or scouts, they may donate or volunteer to help out a local charity, church or community centre. Or they may just take part in meetings and activities. There are hundreds of thousands of community groups that make Australia and New Zealand such an exciting and diverse place to live.
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must submit a scholarship entry titled “Why I'm involved in my community and how I do it” which tells us about you, your family and your community, plus where & why you would like to go on exchange. Your entry can be in one of the following formats:
- Essay or Creative Writing (1000 words max.)
- Video (3 minutes max.)
For an example list of some of the categories an applicant for a Community Involvement Scholarship could be involved in visit our downloads page.
Australian Ambassador Scholarships
Two partial scholarships are available to eligible students from Australia.
In addition to your completed application form, applicants must write a 1000 word essay. If you’re in year 8 or 9, the essay is to be entitled ‘What diversity means to me”. If you’re in year 10 or 11 the essay is to be entitled ‘What I think makes a Global Citizen”. Unsuccessful scholarship entrants will automatically be entitled to an Early Bird Discount for the applicable program.
Digital Video Scholarships
Digital Video Scholarships
Applicants must accompany their completed application form with a video (maximum 3 minutes) that tells ‘My story and why I want to go on exchange”.
Your entry does not need to be a highly polished video but you should try to use the medium creatively to convey who you are and why an exchange is important to your personal development and future plans. There are a number of smart phone apps such as Adobe Premiere Clip for Android devices or Adobe Premiere Clip for Apple devices which is free or you may wish to purchase iMovie for Apple devices that can be used to edit your video or you can use a computer based editing software. You can also find useful advice online about filming and video.
Please note that you CAN NOT use any pre loaded music available on your video editing app (e.g. Theme Music or Sound Effects). You may use your own original music. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Entries will be judged on their creative use of the media, storytelling skills and content.
Video entries must be uploaded to our website by the relevant deadline, using the submission form. Please note that if your video is larger than 15MB you will need to upload your video file to dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo or hightail.com and provide the video file link on your digital video submission form.
Accepted file formats include SWF, MPG, MPEG, AVI, WMV, WAV & MOV.
Get creative and use your imagination to produce a video to make your dreams a reality.
Written and Digital Video Scholarship Notes:
Successful scholarship applicants receive a substantial discount on the normal program fee. Unsuccessful scholarship applicants automatically receive the applicable Early Bird Discount if they choose to continue on a fee paying basis.
Scholarship applications must be received by the relevant deadline shown and must authorise us to deduct the balance of the program fee from your nominated credit card in 6 regular installments commencing at the time the student is formally accepted on to the program. If an unsuccessful Scholarship applicant chooses not to continue on a fee paying basis their deposit is refunded in full. If a student withdraws from the program prior to departure our normal cancellation policy applies.
Reduce the cost of your exchange program!
If your family hosts one of our inbound exchange students before, during or after your outbound exchange program, then you may qualify for a rebate of $500 off your program fee if you host for 5-10 months and $250 for hosting 2-3 months. Please contact us to discuss this rebate further.
- this rebate can be claimed at the end of your host student's exchange program. Please email us at the end of your host student's exchange program with your bank details to claim your rebate.
- this rebate is in addition to any other scholarship or early bird discount you may be eligible for.
- this rebate can be claimed if your family hosts an inbound student within 24 months either side of your outbound program departure date.
To be eligible your family must meet the normal eligibility criteria including relevant Working With Children checks.
Our students arrive in January, May, June, July & August each year. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school. Click here to view their profiles.