Study Abroad in Australia

Covering a total area of 2.97 million square miles, Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island covering a total area of 2.97 million square miles – but is the smallest continent. It is approximately the same size as the continental US. Australia is also the only continent that is governed as a single country.

Australia has one of the most urbanized and coast-dwelling populations in the world, with more than 80 percent of residents living within 60 miles of the coastline. Australia currently has a population of almost 23 million people. Australia is divided into six states and two territories.

Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. This is a defining feature of modern Australian society. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years. Most Australians are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants who arrived during the past two hundred years from more than 200 countries. The most commonly spoken language in Australia is English and the most commonly practiced religion is Christianity, although, foreign languages and other religions are also common.

australia Australia Flag Map

*Video courtesy of Tourism Australia

Program Details

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 18
  • School year begins in February
  • Placed with volunteer host family

*Spaces are limited. Please inquire early if interested.


  • Academic Year: July 10, 2019 – April 25, 2020
  • Fall Semester: July 10, 2019 – Nov 30, 2019
  • Spring Semester: Jan 30, 2020 – June 29, 2020
  • AU Academic Year: Jan 30, 2020 – Nov 30, 2020
  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: January 30th
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: September 30th

Program Costs

  • Academic Year – $10,950
  • Semester – $9,400

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

High School System

Secondary school is compulsory up to the age of fifteen. Students can choose subjects to specialize in as they progress through secondary school. They choose a smaller number of subjects to specialize in depending on their preferences and decisions regarding future careers in the final two years of high school,

Public high schools are free of charge but fees may be required for extra-curricular activities such as music or drama.

Program Includes

Public high school acceptance

Volunteer host family placement

Visa support documents

OSHC insurance

Pre-departure orientation

Soft Landing Camp in Sydney

Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Australia

24-hour emergency support

Program Does Not Include

International airfare

Domestic transportation to host family and within Australia

School textbooks, school lunches, school uniforms

Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.

Passport/visa/resident card fees

Personal spending money