During your stay in an Australian high school, that is to say in a secondary school in Melbourne, you will have the choice between these three programmes:
High School programme
Participants follow the school curriculum in a High School with Australian students. They can choose 5 to 6 subjects amongst those suggested by the school, lessons last all day from 9.00am to 15.30pm in general.
The subjects available are: English, maths, science, history, geography, languages, technology, music, visual arts, personal development, physical education.
Some schools also offer specialised subjects like music, oriental languages, IT, drama etc.
A term of English: High School Preparation
This programme is designed for those students whose level of English is not sufficient to take academic lessons in an English speaking school on arrival in Melbourne.
The programme includes English lessons throughout the week. Lessons are focused on the subjects and themes that the students will later study in the academic lessons, and enable them to make quick progress in grammar, comprehension and written and spoken expression.
Each session lasts 1 term. At the end of the session, if the level of English is sufficient, the students will start academic lessons with Australian students.
This programme is for those students whose level is sufficient but still needs some practice, and allows students to combine English lessons with academic lessons.
This enables them to take advantage of: - English lessons for international students, who sometimes need to practise written or spoken skills in order to feel comfortable during classes - Academic lessons which allow students to discover new subjects and meet Australian students.
Australian host families
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.
Students receive full-board, a single room and use of the everyday facilities (bedding, laundry etc).
Please note: You may stay with one host family during your stay, but normally for long programmes you will stay with three different host families.
The local correspondent
The local correspondent is an experienced staff member who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their Australian parents throughout the programme. They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local correspondant is on hand to lend assistance in case of any issues and should be your first point of contact on the ground.
Our partner organization's local correspondants are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should issues arise.
An emergency number will be given to you, to use in case of emergency.
Schools in Melbourne
In Australia, schools are run at a regional level. In the state of Victoria, it is "Victoria Government Schools" who supervises the education system. Our partner has set up partnerships with many public and private secondary schools in Melbourne and the surrounding areas, which are able to welcome international students and have adequate facilities and staff, adapted to the students' needs.
They offer impressive academic and sporting curriculum. The majority also offer special programmes and organise various competitions and activities for the students.
The Australian school system
The Australian education system is separated into three:
- Primary school for the first 6 years
- Junior secondary school for the three following years (7th-10th grade)
- Senior secondary school for the last two years (11th and 12th grade).
Students take an exam at the end of Junior secondary school (the NSW certificate). The end of secondary studies is marked by the receipt of an end of school diploma, the Higher School Certificate, which enables students to access higher education. Students who are looking to join 11th and 12th grade can take this exam if they wish. To do this, they must study two full years at the school.
The school year starts at the end of January and finishes at the start of December. It is split into two semesters, each semester includes two terms of about 10 weeks. There are two weeks of holidays between each term and the summer holidays (December/January) last six weeks.
Lessons generally take place from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 15.30pm. Some schools require a uniform, others don't.
Australia is the largest island in the world with 7.7 million Km² including Tasmania. This super island/continent has the Indian Ocean to the West and South, and the Pacific ocean to the East and the Tasmanian sea separating it from New Zealand.
Capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is Australia's second city, after Sydney, with more than 4,250,000 inhabitants.
The city is considered to be the sports, arts and culture capital of the country. Throughout the year there are festivals and events giving the city an international feel, some events include: Australian open tennis tournament, F1 racing and the "Melbourne Cup".
Melbourne is also known for the mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, which gives the city a very special atmosphere. The many districts which are both chic and bohemian provide great places for shopping and gentle strolls around the city. Many parks surround the city and it also has a great public transport system. The seaside pleasures offered at St Kilda beach are easily accessible by tram, being just a few kilometres from the city centre.
It is not surprising that the city was voted as the most liveable city in the world in August 2012 by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Located in the South east of the continent, the city is subject to the whims of an ocean climate. According to its reputation, you can see all four seasons in one day. The best time to visit is between September and March.
Terms of Participation
If you wish to take part in this programme you must fulfil the following criteria:
- Be a French speaking Belgian (this programme is not available to French citizens, or Flemish speaking Belgians), French speaking Canadians, Spanish, Italian or German citizens.
- Be between 14 and a half and 17 and a half at the time of departure (you cannot be 19 during this stay)
- Have a good level of English (IELTS 5.0 - IELTS 5.5) to take part in academic lessons
- Have good school results during the last two years of education.
- Be willing to make new friends and share in Australian life
- Proof of an interest in the study of other cultures and languages, be motivated, mature and adaptable.
- Cannot have finished secondary studies
To take lessons in 11th and 12th grade, participants must have a sufficiently advanced level in English.
Duration and visas
Participants can study from one to eight terms in Australia. Terms are made up of 10 weeks of lessons and two weeks of holiday.
A students visa is necessary for this programme. It will be valid for the duration of your stay. We will provide the necessary documents to obtain this visa and we will help you with the process.
Do you meet the requirements? Fill out the booking form as soon as possible.
You will receive a pre-enrolment confirmation and we will contact you for a preliminary phone interview. If we consider your motivation, level of English and your level at school sufficient we will invite you to confirm the booking by paying the deposit of €1,500. The process will then start.
We will then ask that you attend a longer interview in our offices in Brussels or Paris.
€70 is to be paid at the latest on the day of the interview if a deposit is still yet to be paid. This amount is non-refundable and is deductible from the amount in the case of final inscription.
If the result of the interview is positive, we will send you a file to be completed. This includes notably, letters of recommendation from your teachers and other information necessary for your file.
The deadline for submitting applications is specified in the "Prices & Dates" tab.
The pre-registration forms must be completed and sent to our offices in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the deadline.
Candidates who do not meet the level/age requirements are invited to meet with us to discuss other possible options.
So that students can make the most of their stay and are aware of their different options, they are able to attend an orientation and information meeting.
This is organised by Easy Languages in Brussels, during the month of June. This allows Easy Languages students to meet each other and ask any questions. Students who participated in previous years are also invited to share their experience. It is also during this meeting that the last administrative formalities are completed.
If you are not a Belgium resident, a telephone interview can be arranged to explain the full process for a profitable and successful stay.
Prices & dates 2017/2018
Each semester includes two terms of 10 weeks. There are two weeks of holiday between each term and the summer holidays (in December/January) which lasts six weeks. This means that a student leaving from September to July can take for example the last term of 11th grade then the two first terms of 12th grade.
- 1st term: end of January – mid-April (booking deadline: 18/11/16)
- 2nd term: end of April - end of June (booking deadline: 21/02/17)
- 3rd term: end of July - end of September (booking deadline: 23/05/17)
- 4th term: mid-October - mid-December (booking deadline: 29/08/17)
Students can leave for one semester from the end of January to the end of June, or end of July to mid-December.
To take part in this programme for 3 terms: from the end of January to the end of September.
The school year runs from the end of January to the mid-December.
Please note: for a student in their last year of secondary school, it is not possible to spend one term between October and December. Lessons are only given for 5 or 6 weeks in the last year, before the end of classes and the summer holidays in December/January. We suggest a stay of one semester minimum from July to December.
- All class and school enrolment fees
- Necessary documents to obtain a visa
- Interview with host family and the selection process
- Accommodation with host family, full-board
- Welcome at airport and transfer to host family
- An interview with the local coordinator for a personalised school orientation
- School books
- Supervision from local coordinator throughout the year
- Emergency 24hr telephone number
- Compulsory health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover)
- Support for students' parents
- Regular contact and reports
- Participation certificate
Prices do not include:
- Flights to and from the destination
- Visa fees
- Travel to and from school (allow around AU $30 and $50 per week)
- Optional school activities and excursions
- Pocket money (allow around AU $100 per week)
- School uniform (if required)