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Is my country of choice guaranteed?
Yes. Unlike other exchange organisations
we guarantee your country of choice
provided you meet all normal eligibility
criteria and there are places available.
Am I eligible to apply to go on
If you meet our eligibility requirements
on page 3 then, yes!, you can apply with
Are there language requirements?
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, handwritten letter
in Japanese to the potential host family.
Applicants must also provide a movie of self
introduction in Japanese (max. 1 minute).
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 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
Students applying for French speaking
Canada will need to have completed
at least 2 years of continuous language
studies and be fluent in French prior to
departure. Students will also need to
undergo an interview in French, with our
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
Who will I stay with while on exchange?
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.
Will I have to repeat my school year
when I get home?
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
Does my family have to host someone
while I am away?
No, but if you’re thinking of going overseas
as an exchange student there’s no better
way to learn about what’s involved than by
welcoming an exchange student into your
home. You’ll see the highs and the lows, but
most importantly you’ll get to understand
just how significant this experience is.
Opening your home and heart to an
exchange student is a lifelong experience
that your whole family can share in.
If you are (or have been) a participant on
one of our outbound exchange programs
you may also be eligible to receive a
hosting discount or rebate. If your family
hosts one of our inbound exchange
students for 5 or 10 months before or
during the same year(s) as your outbound
exchange program, then you may qualify
for a discount or rebate off your program
fee. If you have already returned home and
decide to host you will be rebated $500 of
the program fees you already paid.
Can we host a student from overseas?
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
What will my host family be like and how
are they selected?
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. Host families are
interviewed and undergo an application
screening process which complies with the
requirements of your host country.
Can I go with a friend?
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 own
What support will I get while overseas?
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.
What is expected of me?
Taking yourself out of your comfort zone
means being responsible and making
decisions for yourself – within the context
of the rules and regulations of the program.
You will mature while adapting to life in
another country. You are expected to live
adjustments in order to integrate into
your new host family and community. You
will need to be open-minded and non-
judgemental, patient and fair. Being an
exchange student is a fantastic opportunity
to grow and mature into a young adult.
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.
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