School Immersion in Adelaide, South Australia – 13-18 years old – 1 term to 1 school year

The chance to study at an Australian High School in Adelaide is for motivated students aged 13 – 18 who would like to study for 1, 2 or 3 terms or an entire academic year (4 terms). This is a fantastic chance to live alongside young Australian students and culturally immerse yourself while living with an Australian host family.


Why Australia ?

With a surface area making it the 6th largest country in the world, Australia’s borders are enclosed by the magnificent Pacific and Indian ocean. This huge island’s natural scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and is home to a myriad of different animals and plants. It’s safe to say Australia is a wonderful, unique and vibrant country with a stunning landscape.

The 24 million inhabitants primarily live along on the coast line, so their daily lives and routines revolve around the beach. Australians are famous for their enthusiasm for the outdoors and their deep-rooted adoration of sports. The Australian life would, of course, be incomplete without dozens of barbecues with friends and neighbours. What’s not to love?

Adelaide is situated in the South of Australia. It is an old colonial city founded in 1836 that has grown to a population of 1 million people today. Surrounded by green parks and a white sandy beach, the warm and mildly dry climate makes it the perfect place to enjoy the Australian lifestyle. Even though the city has a relaxed, cosmopolitan atmosphere, the cost of living is much lower than that of its Australian equivalents and it boasts a very high quality of life. In short, Adelaide has all the ingredients readily available for an unforgettable exchange.

The Australian schools in Adelaide offers students an impressive academic and sporting curriculum. The majority offer special programmes, organise many competitions and activities for their students.

Our partner has chosen several schools that are able to welcome international students with adequate facilities and teachers. These schools are either in Adelaide itself (City Schools) or in the region of South Australia (Regional schools), see the “Dates & Prices” tab.

If there are specific areas that interest you, you can mention this on your booking form and we will do our best to find a placement in an appropriate school.

To help you in your choice here is a list of schools that welcome students:

All schools offer English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes for international students.

Courses

In this programme, international students are fully integrated into an Australian high school just like local students. Programmes include five or six subjects from a choice of subjects offered by the school. School is normally from around 9am – 3:30pm.

Subjects include English, Maths, Sciences, History, Geography, Languages, Technology, Music, Visual arts, Personal development, Physical education.

Certain schools also offer more specialised subjects, including music, oriental languages, ICT, theatre, etc…

All schools offer English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes for international students.

Secondary school in Australia includes years 7 or 8 to 12. It follows on from Primary school, years 1 to 6 or 7.

The Australian school year starts at the end of January and ends at the start of December. It is split into two semesters.

Each semester includes two terms and around 10 weeks. There are two weeks of holidays between each term and the summer holidays (December/January) last 6 weeks. This means that a student leaving from September to July can take (for example) the last term of year 12 followed by the first two terms of year 13.

Lessons generally take place from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Some schools require a uniform, others do not.

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to Australian culture and feel part of the local community.

Our partner organization’s host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.

While staying with your host family, you will have a single room. All stays are full board.

We suggest arriving between three and ten days before the start of classes and to leave a week following their end, in order to make a full stay of 12 weeks.

If your stay includes more than two weeks of holiday per term (for example, for a stay between September and April with summer vacation in December and January), allow an additional fee for the accommodation during the holidays. A break in the stay may occur during Christmas – contact us for more information.

The local coordinator is an experienced member of staff who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the duration of the programme. They regularly organise meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local coordinator is on hand to lend assistance in case any should arise, and are your first point of contact on the ground.

Our partner organisation’s local coordinators are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should any issues present themselves.

An emergency number will be given to you to use in case of any emergencies

  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 18 at time of departure
  • Must have a good level of English (IELTS 5.0 for Year 11, IELTS 5.5 for Year 12)
  • Must have achieved good school results the last 2 years
  • Must have the will to make new friends and to share the daily life of a host family
  • Must prove that you have an interest in learning about other cultures and languages, that you are motivated, mature, and able to adapt.

Do you think this high school abroad program is for you? Then follow these steps:

  1. Submit the registration form as soon as possible.
  2. You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and an application form to be completed. We will then ask you to pay a deposit of €90 in order to take a proficiency test and to provide us with your school results during the past 3 years. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
  3. We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for the full interview. You must come to our office with the first part of the application form filled in.
  4. If the interview is successful, we will then ask you to pay a deposit (25% of the total amount, minimum €1,500) and to send us the relevant documents completed. These include recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking. As soon as we receive all the documents and the deposit, we will send the application file to our partner.
  5. The final decision is taken by our partner
  6. Once your application is confirmed, our partner will start looking for a host family and a school.

A phone or Skype meeting is scheduled prior to the student’s departure. We give students all the necessary information about their stay, school, and host families, and explain the resources available to them once in the country. All final administrative formalities are taken care of during this session. Upon arrival in Australia, students meet with their local coordinator as well as other international students. It’s a great opportunity to ask any questions that have arisen, to clarify things, and meet other foreign students in your area.

The deadline for handling in all files is listed in the “Dates & Prices” tab.

Pre-enrolment documents must be filed out and sent to our offices in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the deadline for all files.

Candidates who do not meet the required criteria for age or level are invited to contact us to discuss other possible options.

Participants can study from 1 to 8 terms in Australia. Terms are 10 weeks of lessons and 2 additional weeks without lessons.

student visa is required for this programme. It will be valid for the duration of your stay. We will provide the necessary information to obtain it, and help you with the process.

Please note: For students in their last year of secondary education, it is not possible to study for one term only between October and December. Lessons take place over five or six weeks in the final year, before the end of classes and the summer holidays in December/January. We advise a minimum stay of one semester from July to December.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Participants may spend one to eight terms in Australia. A visa will be issued for the duration of the time enrolled (see Practical Info tab). Terms are 10 weeks in length during the dates shown below and there are two weeks of vacation.

  • 1st Term: January 28 to April 09, 2020 (Registration Deadline: 30/10/19)
  • 2nd Term: April 27 to July 3, 2020 (Registration Deadline: 28/01/20)
  • 3rd Term: July 20 to September 25, 2020 (Registration Deadline: 21/04/20)
  • 4th Term: October 12 to December 11, 2019 (Registration Deadline: 14/07/20)

Please note: It is not possible to start a programme in the 4th term (October – December) as it is the end-of-year exam period. We advise a stay of at least a semester, from July to December.

Prices 2020

Includes tuition, room and full board with a host family, and registration fees

WPCS 42.0.1
Classes, room and board, registration fees, transfers (without flights)
DurationRegional SchoolsCity Schools
1 trimester 6.695 8.245
2 trimesters 10.995 12.550
3 trimesters 16.995 18.545
4 trimesters 21.995 23.545
Classes, room and board, registration fees, transfers (with flights)
DurationRegional SchoolsCity Schools
1 trimester 7.895 9.445
2 trimesters 12.195 13.745
3 trimesters 18.195 19.745
4 trimesters 23.195 24.745
Extra fee per week - Summer holidays in December (14/12/2020 - 29/01/2021)
If studying between 4th and 1st trimesters 240
Flight surcharge
If flight reserved - from 60 days before departure 300

Prices include:

  • All school taxes and registration fees
  • All documents necessary to obtain an exchange student visa
  • Interview and selection of a voluntary host family
  • Travel to/from Adelaide from Paris, Brussels or Geneva (consult us for prices from different destinations)
  • Accommodation in host family, including all meals
  • Greeting at Adelaide airport and transport to the host family
  • Individual orientation on your arrival with your local coordinator
  • Course materials
  • Supervision throughout the year by our local coordinator
  • Toll-free emergency hotline
  • Obligatory medical insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover)
  • Assistance to parents in Europe throughout the duration of the stay
  • Regular contact and evaluation reports
  • Official certificate of participation

Prices do not include:

  • Visa fees
  • Optional excursions and school activities
  • Pocket money/personal costs (eg: telephone, local transport)
  • In certain schools, school uniforms