Dramatic landscapes.  Seasons in reverse. 


Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in either February or July
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 18
  • School year begins in February
  • Placed with volunteer host family

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $11,000
  • Semester – $9,500

*Spaces are limited. Please inquire early if interested.

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • OSHC insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Arrival orientation in Sydney
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Australia
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within Australia
  • School textbooks, school lunches, school uniforms
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Covering a total area of 2.97 million square miles, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island – but smallest continent. It is approximately the same size as the continental US. It the sixth-largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil. Australia is also the only continent that is governed as a single country.

Australia has one of the most urbanized and coast-dwelling populations in the world, with more than 80 per cent of residents living within 60 miles of the coastline. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people. Australia is divided into six states and two territories.

Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds, and this is a defining feature of modern Australian society. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years. Most Australians are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who arrived during the past two hundred years from more than 200 countries. The most commonly spoken language in Australia is English, and the most commonly practiced religion is Christianity, although foreign languages and other religions are also common.

High School System:

Secondary school is compulsory up to the age of fifteen. As students progress through secondary school, they can choose subjects to specialize in. In the final two years of high school, they choose a smaller number of subjects to specialize in depending on their preferences and decisions regarding future careers.

Public high schools are free of charge but fees may be required for extra-curricular activities such as music or drama.

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*Video courtesy of Tourism Australia