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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

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund
596 - Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship

Learn more about scholarships

+ 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

+ 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 Semester Australia & New Zealand 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 Academic Semester Combination Program will spend 10 weeks living in each country, while living with local host families and attending public or private high school. This 5 month program offers a Spring or Fall departure. The Spring Program begins in late Jan./early Feb. in Australia and then immediately follows with a stay in New Zealand from early April to mid June. The Fall Program takes place in Australia from mid July to mid Sept. and then moves to New Zealand until late November. Students may be placed in any part of either country and may have the option to receive reports for their time in school.

Age Requirement

Students must be at least 15 years old on arrival in Australia and no more than 18 years 9 months by departure. Spring Trimester Program: July 17, 2000 - Feb. 2, 2004; Spring Semester Australia/New Zealand Program: Sept. 15, 2000 - Jan. 20, 2004; Early Summer Program: Oct. 13, 2000 - June 1, 2004; Late Summer Program: Nov. 17, 2000 - July 6, 2004; Summer Trimester Program: Nov. 24, 2000 - June 1, 2004; Fall Trimester Program: Jan. 12, 2001 - July 20, 2004; Fall Semester Australia/New Zealand Program: Feb. 23, 2001 - July 10, 2004

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. Students can indicate a preference for a certain area but can only guarantee placement in a specific city for an additional fee. Placement in Sydney cannot be guaranteed.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Australia & New Zealand Fall Semester Combination 1628 mid July late November $19,995
Australia & New Zealand Spring Semester Combination 1627 late July mid October $19,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Australian high school (and New Zealand high school in the Combination Program)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel (including flights between Sydney and New Zealand in the Combination Program)
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a local volunteer while on program
  • Medical and travel insurance

+ Academic 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. Trimester programs are offered in the Spring (Feb.-April), Summer (June-Aug.), and Fall (July-Oct.). YFU may also be able to arrange alternate program dates or shorter stays- Please contact YFU early to inquire about these potential options and other flexibility.

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 will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in November/December (spring programs) or May/June (summer/fall programs.) Additionally, spring trimester and fall trimester students may be able to attend the YFU National Pre-Departure Orientation, a 3-day program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. After arrival in Australia, all students will attend an orientation with their local volunteer coordinator. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

Students must be at least 15 years old on arrival in Australia and no more than 18 years 9 months by departure. Spring Trimester Program: July 17, 2000 - Feb. 2, 2004; Spring Semester Australia/New Zealand Program: Sept. 15, 2000 - Jan. 20, 2004; Early Summer Program: Oct. 13, 2000 - June 1, 2004; Late Summer Program: Nov. 17, 2000 - July 6, 2004; Summer Trimester Program: Nov. 24, 2000 - June 1, 2004; Fall Trimester Program: Jan. 12, 2001 - July 20, 2004; Fall Semester Australia/New Zealand Program: Feb. 23, 2001 - July 10, 2004

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. Students can indicate a preference for a certain area but can only guarantee placement in a specific city for an additional fee. Placement in Sydney cannot be guaranteed.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester 1619 late July mid October $17,995
Spring Trimester 1617 early February mid April $17,995
Summer Trimester 1618 early June late August $17,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Australian high school (and New Zealand high school in the Combination Program)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel (including flights between Sydney and New Zealand in the Combination Program)
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a local volunteer while on program
  • Medical and travel insurance

+ Summer Programs

Get to know Australia up close through a summer 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 6 weeks. The summer program offers two start dates, one in early June and the other in early July.

Age Requirement

Students must be at least 15 years old on arrival in Australia and no more than 18 years 9 months by departure. Early Summer Program: Oct. 13, 2000 - June 1, 2004; Late Summer Program: Nov. 17, 2000 - July 6, 2004; Summer Trimester Program: Nov. 24, 2000 - June 1, 2004

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. Students can indicate a preference for a certain area but can only guarantee placement in a specific city for an additional fee. Placement in Sydney cannot be guaranteed.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Early Summer 1623 early June mid July $8,995
Late Summer 1624 early July mid August $8,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Australian high school (and New Zealand high school in the Combination Program)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel (including flights between Sydney and New Zealand in the Combination Program)
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a local volunteer while on program
  • Medical and travel insurance

+ Additional Program Options

Students seeking additional program options besides those listed here should contact YFU to inquire about possibilities. YFU may be able to provide students with 6 month, 9 month, and School Year programs at high schools throughout Australia.