The best way to really know Australia, beyond kangaroos, koalas, and "the land down under" is to experience it first hand. Participating in a YFU exchange to Australia is a dinky-di (genuine) experience that tourists can't replicate.
As an exchange student to Australia, you will live with a local host family and truly be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:
School: Most students in Australia attend school from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Schools in Australia generally require a uniform. You'll find that standards of education are quite high and poor academic performance is not tolerated!
Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Australia, students will attend an orientation with YFU students from all over the world. At the end of their program, all students will have a re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.
Optional Excursions: All students in Australia have the option to participate in cultural activities and excursions, which are organized by an external organization that specializes in student travel. These are typically offered over school holidays. Most schools also organize their own educational excursions related to the school curriculum for an additional fee. Students will learn more about these trips upon arrival in Australia.
Additional Costs: Students should be prepared to pay compulsory school administrative and activities fees, which can vary from $100-500 AUD. Textbooks, uniforms if required, and transportation to school are not included in the tuition and vary dependent on where students are placed. Students are also responsible for covering any fees related to obtaining a visa.
Academic Combination Program
Do you want to experience local life and culture in both Australia and New Zealand? Now you can! Students who participate in the year-long Academic Combination program will spend one semester living with a host family and attending high school in each country.
Outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) occasionally occur in Australia. It is suggested that YFU students have a recent vaccination (within the last three years) to protect against this disease. Australia also requires that all students be vaccinated against measles and Hepatitis B.
- Placement with a host family
- Enrollment in a local Australian high school
- Airport transfers
- Domestic and international travel
- All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
- Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
- Support from a YFU Australia Area Representative while on program
Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Australia recommends that students plan for about $200 AUD for every month that they are on program.
The application deadline for winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is July 15, 2015. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1, 2015. The deadline for summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is February 15, 2016. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!
Students must be born between January 1, 1999 and July 1, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
English. Although there will not be a language barrier, you will be able to learn the unique Australian lingo!
Host Family Placement
Placements can be in all states and in urban, suburban, small town or rural areas. Most students are placed in small rural towns.
February through December, with two-week breaks between terms.
Football, tennis, cricket and water sports.