Home' Brochure : 2016 Brochure Contents Q: Is my country of choice guaranteed?
A: Yes. Unlike other exchange organisations we guarantee your
country of choice provided you meet all normal eligibility criteria and
there are places available.
Q: Am I eligible to apply to go on exchange?
A: If you meet our eligibility requirements on page 3 then, yes!, you
can apply with confidence.
Q: Are there language requirements?
A: There are no formal language requirements for most of our
destination countries. However, Japan requires a minimum of
one year’s prior study and applicants must provide a brief, hand-
written letter in Japanese to the potential host family. Students
accepted for Germany need to have a basic knowledge of the
German language. If a student has less than 2 years of German it
is compulsory to attend an intensive two week language orientation
(at additional cost) upon arrival. Switzerland requires students to
have studied French or German for 2 years or complete an intensive
short course. Austria requires students applying for a 5 or 10
month program to have studied 1 year of German and students
will complete a questionnaire to gauge their language skills. In all
cases, your motivation to learn the language and experience the
culture is key to a rewarding experience and, in many cases, is
more important than your formal language studies. All students are
strongly encouraged to work at the language of their host country
before departure as this will help them to adjust, settle in, learn,
grow and participate.
Feel free to call our friendly staff on 1300 135 331 (Australia)
or 0800 440 079 (New Zealand) to discuss your particular
Q: Who will I stay with while on exchange?
A: You will live with a host family. Host families are typically unpaid
volunteers who are eager to share their life with a teenager like you.
You may live in any part of your host country and you may have
more than one host family during your experience.
Q: Will I have to repeat my school year when I get home?
A: Maybe yes. Maybe no. This is a decision to be made in
consultation with your school or education authority and your
parents. It is important to speak with your school early on in the
process about how being an exchange student will impact upon
your enrolment. This may differ according to whether you participate
on a short or a long program and whether or not you have
completed your schooling before participation commences.
Q: Does my family have to host someone while I am away?
Q: Can we host a student from overseas?
A: Yes! We would be happy to discuss hosting with your family and
arrange an interview and reference checks. We welcome enquiries
from all potential host families and would be pleased to consider
your family too.
Q: What will my host family be like and how are they
A: Host families overseas come in all shapes and sizes – just as
they do at home. Your host family might be like your family at home
or maybe not. It could be two parents and teenage children, or a
single parent, or an older couple or a childless couple. Whatever
their configuration, host families are motivated to open their home to
a teenager from overseas and be part of their learning experience.
Just like at home, overseas host families are interviewed and
undergo an application screening process which complies with the
requirements of your host country.
Q: Can I go with a friend?
A: You and your friends can apply for the same programs but you
will not be placed in the same host family. The idea of exchange is
to meet new people and immerse yourself in a new culture. Being
with your friends from home can limit this experience. You need to
grab this opportunity and make it your experience.
Q: What support will I get while overseas?
A: A local volunteer coordinator is assigned to every student and
will be there to assist you. If you encounter problems the local
coordinator and our partner organisation will be able to guide and
support you through the issue. Our office staff will be in regular
contact with our partner organisation and with your parents to
coordinate and support your experience.
frequently asked questions
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd
wants you to feel well informed about our programs.
Here’s a sample of our most frequently asked
questions and our answers.
If you want further info or have further questions,
please call us on 1300 135 331 (in Australia) or
0800 440 079 (in New Zealand).
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