Information for Students and Parents

Overview of the Secondary Student Exchange program

What is the main focus of a student exchange program?

The purpose of student exchange is to engage in study and experience a new culture. Secondary student exchange students must enrol as full-time secondary students at a recognised secondary institution in a recognised course of study.

Can I choose a specific school or location in NSW and determine my own course of study?

This may not be possible through a student exchange. If you wish to select a school and a course of study in NSW, the NSW Department of Education provides a range of programs such as Study Abroad and Study Tours.

What countries can I visit as a secondary exchange student?

The most popular overseas destinations for Australian exchange students are USA, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Spain and Argentina, although choices are not limited to these countries.

How much do student exchange programs cost?

The cost of a student exchange varies. Charges are determined by registered secondary exchange organisations.

Frequently asked questions on Secondary Student Exchange

Can I arrange a 'private' student exchange if I know of a host family and school I want to go to?

No. Student exchange programs in NSW can only be organised through a registered exchange organisation. The NSW Department of Education provides a range of international student programs that might meet your needs.

What is the minimum and maximum duration for a secondary student exchange in NSW?

The minimum period for a secondary student exchange in NSW is three months or one school term and the maximum is one year.

How do I know if my child will be safe while on a student exchange program?

Individuals should only deal with registered secondary student exchange organisations. Registration requires compliance with NSW child protection procedures, host family screening, safe and supervised travel, adequate accommodation standards and emergency contact procedures.

Who do I contact regarding my satisfaction/dissatisfaction with a specific student exchange?

In the first instance, contact should be made with the exchange organisation. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, contact should then be made with DE International.