Australia

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this vast island-continent abounds in fabulous landscapes and has an extremely unique and rich wildlife.

Australian love the outdoors and for most live near the coast to enjoy daily the sea, sun and beach. They practice many sports activities and easily meet up with their friends around a barbecue. They are known for having an friendly attitude and a relaxed lifestyle.

The programme “School Immersion”

This programme is designed for motivated participants, aged 14 to 17 years old, who wish to take advantage of their summer holidays to experience a school immersion in Australia. This unique experience allows you to live alongside young Australians, share the daily life of a host family and discover a different school system. A stay rich in learning and discoveries that goes far beyond a simple language stay.

Two programmes to choose from:

  • 8-week programme: you will be back in your country by September 1st.
  • 1 school term programme: you can return to your school at the end of September with the mere agreement from your school!

2 weeks of total immersion in a host family without classes + 6 weeks of school integration

  • Part 1: immersion in a family Your arrival in Australia is scheduled during the 2 weeks of Australian school holidays. During these 2 weeks, you will share the daily life of your family, which will allow you to get into the rhythm of the Australian life and to fully enjoy family life.
  • Part 2: school integration You go to a local high school and take your classes like an Australian student.

Orientation in Sydney (3 days / 4 nights) + school integration for the whole 3rd school term

  • Part 1 : orientation in Sydney

When you arrive in Australia, you will have the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Sydney: discover the Opera House, the Bay, Sydney Tower, Circular Quay… Also on the programme: Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Tarango Park Zoo, Chinatown, Paddy’s market…

These 3 days also help you prepare for your stay and your school immersion (information, advice, help…).

Participants are supervised and accompanied during their stay in Sydney and accommodation is provided in a youth hostel.

  • Part 2 : school integration

You go to a local high school and take your classes like an Australian student.

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They are located throughout Australia (states of Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania…). The school year starts at the end of January and ends at the beginning of December. It is divided into 4 terms with 2 weeks of holidays in between.

Participants are generally placed in public schools. All schools, whether public or private, must offer a range of courses in the following areas : English, Maths, Social sciences, Sciences, Humanities, Foreign Language, Technology, Physical education technology.

Classes are generally held Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but schedules vary depending on the state and time zone.

The choice of school is determined by our partner according to the host family’s place of residence and availability. The level, class and timetable are left to the discretion of the school director, according to availability.

In the summer programme, the choice of subjects studied cannot be guaranteed.

Wearing a uniform is generally mandatory.

Australian Host Families

Australian families are generally warm, open and outgoing. They like to share their culture and way of life with young people from other backgrounds.

They are rigorously selected by the local correspondent who visits them at home and conducts a personal interview to ensure that they have the capacity and economic resources to properly host a teenage exchange student. There is no typical family, each one is unique and reflects the Australian way of life and society. Australians are known for their relaxed lifestyle, friendliness and love of the outdoors. The host family will provide accommodation and 3 meals a day. If the student decides to have lunch at the school canteen, the student must pay for their own lunch.

Students are accommodated on full board. The family provides a packed lunch on school days.

The local correspondent is an experienced person who knows the host families and remains in regular contact with the students. Since he/she is able to act quickly in case of problem, he/she remains your privileged contact on the spot.

He/she will be there to answer any questions that may arise once you are there and assist you in all your steps. There is regular communication with your parents, host family and the school to ensure that your experience goes smoothly.

Finally, an emergency number will be forwarded to you so you can contact someone on site in case of a problem.

If you wish to join this programme you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be French, Belgian or Spanish
  • Be between 14 and 17 years of age at the time of departure. (you cannot be 18 years old while you are there, unless it is during the last month of your stay).
  • Have a good level of English to be able to communicate and follow the courses (minimum B1).
  • Be willing to make new friends and share the daily life of a host family.
  • Demonstrate an interest in studying other cultures and other languages, motivation, maturity and adaptability.

For stays of 8 weeks, only the e-visitor visa is required. For stays of one school term, depending on the school and the state, a student visa (Subclass 500) may be required. In this case, we provide all the necessary documents and assist you in the process.

Do you meet the conditions of participation? Fill in the form as soon as possible

You will then receive a provisional confirmation and we will contact you for an individual interview (at our office or by skype). If your level of English and your motivation are sufficient, we will ask you to confirm your registration by paying a deposit of €1,500. This will start the procedure.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Dates of stays :

  • 8 weeks : 02/07 to 30/08
  • School term : 12/07 to 28/09 Orientation in Sydney (4 nights): 14/07 to 18/07

Registration : at least 10 weeks before departure

Prices 2020

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.1
All inclusive (tuition, full board accommodation, return flights, registration fees)
8-week programme 4.995
School term programme (orientation included) 6.595

Our prices include :

  • The return flight from Brussels or Paris
  • Transfers from the airport to the host family
  • Accommodation in a host family with full board
  • Schooling
  • The cost of finding the family and the school
  • Selection of the participant (individual interview) and information before the stay
  • The assistance, support and follow-up of the local correspondent during the whole stay.
  • For the stay of one school term: the planned activities and full board accommodation during the orientation course in Sydney
  • The travel insurance (medical assistance/accident/repatriation/RCI) is compulsory for this stay.
  • The OSHC (if necessary)
  • Administrative costs
  • All the necessary documents to obtain the visa (if necessary)

Our prices do not include :

  • The contribution to the travel expenses to go to school (between 30 and 50 AUD per week)
  • Optional extra-curricular activities offered by the school
  • Books (usually on loan from the school)
  • Uniform (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses and pocket money (approx. $400 AUD per month)
  • Cancellation coverage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)