During your stay in an Australian High School, that is a secondary school in Brisbane, you can choose between one of these three programmes:
High School Programme
In this programme, international students are fully integrated into an Australian high school just like native students. The timetable is made up of five or six subjects that you choose from the 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, drama, etc....
One Term of EFL: High School Preparation
This option has been created for students who do not yet have a sufficient level of English to be completely integrated into an English-speaking high school.
Students take 25 hours of lessons per week, taking regular Australian high school courses as soon as the level of English permits it. Courses cover English, maths, sciences, social sciences. Each session lasts 10 weeks. Upon finishing the session, students take the IELTS exam.
Classes take place in Brisbane, in one of the following schools: Idoorpilly State High School; Mitchelton State High School; Whites Hill State High College.
This programme is available for students who enrol for a minimum of two terms. It is possible to combine English classes with your academic lessons. When you finish your English preparation session, you will take the IELTS exam.
Level permitting, you will be transferred to the academic courses from the following term. If not, you will be invited to take part in a second session of English preparation until you are able to take classes with Australians.
This programme enables you to take advantage of:
- English lessons with other international students who sometimes needs to work on speaking or writing skills.
- Academic lessons which will allow you to discover new subjects and spend time with 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 normally stay in their own private bedroom (except under vary rare circumstances). Students receive full board (three meals): breakfast and dinner are eaten with the family, and students are provided a lunch to take to school.
It should not be forgotten that the host family that has elected to welcome you into their home has done so generously and without financial compensation. They too expect to enjoy an enriching experience by housing you. Do not fall into the trap of behaving like a guest, but instead remember that you are being taken in as a member of their family and as such you must conform to house rules.
We suggest arriving five days before the start of classes and to leave a week following their end. If your stay counts more than two weeks of vacation per term (for example, for a stay between September and April with summer vacation in December and January), plan for an extra week of housing to cover vacation.
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.
Australia constitutes the largest island in the world with an area of 7.7 million square kilometres including Tasmania. This great island continent of Australia is bordered to the west and south by the Indian Ocean and to the east by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasmanian Sea, separating it from New Zealand.
The immense region of Queensland is found on the north-east coast of Australia, with Brisbane is its capital. This region, colloquially referred to as the "Sunshine State", is particularly rich in history, and was the homeland of the aboriginal Australians tens of thousands of years ago. Our partner schools are situated in 4 districts:
- Cairns: This city's fantastic vistas and welcoming atmosphere are well known by tourists. Its tropical coral and bountiful wildlife (the subject of much scientific study) make it an ideal destination to spend some time and enjoy the numerous activities and attractions on offer.
- Central Coast: Equally known as the "Capricorn Coast", this region extends from Townsville to Gladstone, offering an ideal and natural environment in which to live and study. The numerous universities make it a very lively district full of opportunities for cultural and athletic excursions.
- Sunshine Coast: Stretching for more than 3200 km, this coast is particularly known for its sandy beaches and its wages, ideal for surfers and amateurs in other water sports. Only 2 hours from Brisbane, it is very accessible.
- Wide Bay Burnett: This region is known for its peaceful way of life, its historic towns, and its lively festivals. Watch the whales in the water, explore the neighbouring islands, camp in the forest, tan on the beach... there's plenty to do!
The Australian School System
The education system in Australia is divided into 3 stages in Australia: primary school for the first six years; Junior secondary school for the next three years (grades 7 through 10); Senior secondary school for the last two years (grades 11 and 12) before university.
Students take an exam at the end of Junior school (the NSW School Certificate). The end of secondary studies is rewarded by a diploma called the Higher School Certificate, which gives the student the chance to go on to university. International students who wish to integrate into grades 11 and 12 can take this diploma if they so wish, but they must study two full years at the school.
The Australian school year starts in January and ends at the beginning of December. It is divided into two semesters, which in turn is divided into two terms of 10 weeks each. There are two weeks of holidays between each term and a six week summer break in December/January.
Classes typically take place from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 3:30pm. Some schools require a uniform, others do not.
Schools in Queensland
In Australia, schools are managed at a regional level. Our partner organisation has chosen about 50 schools across New South Wales that are eager to welcome international students and that have adequate facilities and teachers for the needs of the students.
Schools in Australia offer an impressive combination of academics and sports. Most schools offer different course programmes, sports teams, and many extra-curricular activities. Please contact us for a list of different school profiles in New South Wales.
If you wish to take part in this programme you must fulfil the following criteria:
- Must be between the ages of 14 and 19
- Must have a good level of English (IELTS 5.0 in Year 11, IELTS 5.5 for Year 12)
- Be in good academic standing for the past two years
- Must have the willingness to make new friends and share in the daily life of a host family
- Must be able to prove that you have an interest in learning about other cultures and languages, that you are motivated, mature, and able to adapt.
To take courses in 11th or 12th grade, participants must have a relatively advanced level of English.
If you fit these requirements, you can click on the "Prices & Dates" tab for a link to our registration form.
Students who do not meet the age or language level criteria are invited to contact us to discuss other possible options.
Duration and Visa
Students can study for 1 to 8 terms in Australia. Terms are made up of 10 weeks of lessons and 2 extra weeks without lessons.
Please note: For a student in their last year, they cannot spend a term there between October and December. Lessons only take place in effect for 5 or 6 weeks in the last year, before the summer holidays in December/January.
A student Visa is necessary for this programme. It will be issued for the length of enrolment. We will provide the necessary documents to obtain it and help you with the process.
Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad programme is for you? Then send us a booking form as soon as possible – you can also find a link in the Prices & Dates tab.
Upon receipt of your registration form, we will call you for a preliminary phone interview to go over the information you've given us, to discuss your level of English, and to assess your motivation. If we feel you are a good fit, we will invite you to make a 1,500€ deposit to confirm your registration and begin the enrolment process. We will then schedule a second phone interview to go over more details and answer your questions.
At this point, we will send you a file to complete in the mail in which we request that you send us a letter of recommendation from a teacher, medical certificates, a letter addressed to your host family, and other necessary documents for processing your application.
The deadline for enrolling is indicated in the "Dates & Prices" tab.
Booking forms must be filled out and sent to either our offices in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the dossier deadline.
Candidates who do not meet the age or level requirements are invited to come and meet with us to discuss other possible options.
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.
Dates & Prices 2016
Each semester is made up of two terms of around 10 weeks. There are two weeks of holidays between each term and the summer holidays (in December/January) last six weeks.
This means that a student staying from September to July can attend for example the last term of 11th grade followed by the first two terms of 12th grade.
- 1st term: End of Jan - early April (Enrollment deadline: 30/11/15)
- 2ne term: End of April - early July (Enrollment deadline: 01/02/16)
- 3rd term: Mid-July - end of Sept (Enrollment deadline: 20/04/16)
- 4th term: Mid-Oct - mid-Dec (Enrollment deadline: 01/08/16)
Please note! For students who are in their last year of secondary school, it is not possible to spend only one term between October and December. Lessons take place over five or six weeks in the last year, before the end of classes and the summer holidays in December/January. We advise a stay of a minimum of 1 semester, from July to December.
- School tuition and enrolment fees
- All of the necessary documents for the visa
- Interview with the host family and selection process
- Return flights to/from destination airport if chosen, departures from Paris, Brussels or Geneva (contact us for prices from other cities)
- Accommodation with a host family, full-board
- Welcome on arrival at airport and transfer to host family's home
- Interview with the local coordinator for a personalised school orientation
- School books
- Supervision from the local coordinator throughout the year
- A free emergency telephone number, available 24/7
- Compulsory health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover)
- Assistance to students' parents throughout the year
- Regular contact and school evaluations
- A participation certificate
Prices do not include:
- Visa fees
- Excursions and optional school activities
- Pocket money (allow around AUD 100 per week)
- School uniform (if required by the school)