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Australia

Australia

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Study in Australia

The best way to really know Australia, beyond kangaroos, koalas, and "the land down under" is to experience it firsthand. Participating in a YFU exchange to Australia is a dinky-di (genuine) experience that tourists can't replicate.

“Being an exchange student was the most influential experience of my high school years. I was placed in a small town in Tasmania, Australia with a very supportive host family. Now that I have returned to America, I have two families - my natural family and my Australian family. I encourage high school students to exchange to experience a new piece of the world through an optimal interactive learning model.”

- Sara

+ More About Australia

Watching Australian outback wildlife documentaries on television is one thing, but traveling there and experiencing it first hand is another. The best way to really know Australia, beyond kangaroos, koalas, and the "Crocodile Hunter," is to see it for yourself! Choosing Australia as your host country will be a "dinky-di" (genuine) adventure that television just can't replicate!

A lot of the time you spend in Australia will be with your host family. Australians are known for their hospitality and will welcome you with open arms. Your time in Australia will introduce you to a blend of unique cultures from the metropolitans of Melbourne to the indigenous people of the outback. Your fitness may improve during your stay in Australia due to the abundance of light and healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits and fish! You may even get to try vegemite, meat pies or lamingtons, or a good ol' fashioned Australian barby! Education in Australia is compulsory for eleven years, starting at the young ages of five or six. Students have the option to continue for another two years if they want to further advance their education. The country has an impressive literacy rate of ninety-nine percent and the quality of Australia's schooling is rated one of the best in the world by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In addition to school, there are a variety of activities for you to participate in such as surfing, swimming, fishing, sailing and tennis. More competitive activities include sports such as rugby, football and cricket. So come venture down under and experience all that Australia has to offer!

Pastimes

Football, tennis, cricket and water sports..

On-Line Resources

Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, and many more country resources

  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of Australia website
  • Australian Culture and Recreation website
  • Australian Tourist Commission website

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and application deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Semester Australia & New Zealand Fall Semester Combination: $19,995
Semester Australia & New Zealand Spring Semester Combination: $19,995
Fall Trimester: $17,995
Spring Trimester: $17,995
Summer Trimester: $17,995
Early Summer : $8,995
Late Summer: $8,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Note: Students on the Combination semester program will need to obtain visas for both countries.

Additional Costs

Textbooks, uniforms if required, special school subject fees, extracurricular activities and excursions, school lunches, and transportation to school are not included in the tuition and vary depending on where students are placed. Students are also responsible for covering any fees related to obtaining a visa. Host families provide the same care and support as they would for their own child but are not responsible for costs related to entertainment, leisure activities, or other personal expenses/ spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

Get to know Australia up close through an immersion program! You'll live with a volunteer host family, attend a local public or private high school and engage in the life of your new community over the course of the semester.

School

Exchange students will be placed in public or private high schools in the year level and class schedule determined by their host school. Most students will not be placed in the final year of high school and attendance recognition is solely at the discretion of the school to which you are enrolled. Exchange students are expected to actively participate in school. While schools can vary, they follow a national curriculum that includes the following subjects: Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Technologies.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

After arrival in Australia, students will attend an arrival orientation and re-entry orientation with their local volunteer coordinator. Year students will also be invited to attend with new students arriving mid-way through their program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Spring Program: Students born July 1, 2002 - February 1, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Spring Year Late January Early December TBD

Tuition Includes

  • 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 local volunteer while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

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.

+ Semester Programs

Get to know Australia up close through an immersion program! You'll live with a volunteer host family, attend a local public or private high school and engage in the life of your new community over the course of the semester.

School

Exchange students will be placed in public or private high schools in the year level and class schedule determined by their host school. Most students will not be placed in the final year of high school and attendance recognition is solely at the discretion of the school to which you are enrolled. Exchange students are expected to actively participate in school. While schools can vary, they follow a national curriculum that includes the following subjects: Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Technologies.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for the Fall Semester program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

After arrival in Australia, students will attend an arrival orientation and re-entry orientation with their local volunteer coordinator. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Program: Students born December 1, 2002 - July 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Program: Students born July 1, 2002 - February 1, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Early July Early December TBD
Fall Semester Plus Early July Early April TBD
Spring Semester Late January Early July TBD

Tuition Includes

  • 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 local volunteer while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

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.

+ Trimester Programs

As a trimester exchange student to Australia, you will live with a local host family for 3 months and truly be immersed in the culture.

School

Exchange students will be placed in public or private high schools in the year level and class schedule determined by their host school. Most students will not be placed in the final year of high school and attendance recognition is solely at the discretion of the school to which you are enrolled. Exchange students are expected to actively participate in school. While schools can vary, they follow a national curriculum that includes the following subjects: Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Technologies.

Orientations

All students applying for the Fall Trimester will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

After arrival in Australia, all students will attend an arrival orientation and re-entry orientation with their local volunteer coordinator. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born April 1, 2003 - July 1 2005.
  • 2020 Summer Departure: Students born January 1, 2003 - April 1, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester Mid July Early October TBD
Summer Trimester Mid April Early July TBD

Tuition Includes

  • 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 local volunteer while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

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.