High School Abroad in Australia

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Information for term High School Abroad in Australia

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 28 – Jul 1, 2022 (22 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 28 – Apr 8, 2022 (10 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 28 – Sep 23, 2022 (34 weeks)*


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Enjoy new foods, world-class beaches, and maybe even the outback as you attend high school Down Under.

A thriving arts and music scene. More than 10,000 beaches for surfing or volleyball. Meat pies, Vegemite, and coconut raspberry slice. There’s so much that makes up the Australian student experience. What’s not to like? During the school week, you’ll attend classes (in English) for eight hours a day with your Australian peers — and still have plenty of time for intercultural activities with friends and home-cooked meals with your homestay. When you study abroad with CIEE, you choose your school, subjects, sports, and where in the country you want to live. You can decide to live and study in popular areas, like the Gold Coast or Sydney, and school courses can include surfing and diving. If it’s important to you to have an influence on certain parts of your time as an exchange student, this is the program for you!

Special Offers

  • Apply to a Fall Semester or Academic Year term by our 2/15 priority deadline and get $400 off the cost of your program.
  • Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance.

The Take-Aways

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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From the rugged Outback to sandy beaches, Australia offers a variety of rich environments for learning (and fun!).

What’s it like to go to high school on a different continent? Picture this:

Watching the sun set over the Great Dividing Range from the porch of your homestay’s house. Discovering a talent for Australian football during a scrimmage with your classmates, or learning about Australia’s literary giants during English class.

From Sydney to Perth, Australia beckons. Regardless of your placement abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the country’s vibrant history, both in class and through your own explorations. You’ll gain a true understanding of what it means to be an Australian through your relationships with new friends and your homestay, and gain important life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.


Upon arriving in Australia, you will be greeted by your homestay. Within a few days of settling in, you will meet with your International Student Advisor, who, along with your homestay, will be your primary support in Australia. Your Advisor will arrange an orientation — for you and any other students placed in your area — within the first few weeks of the program. During orientation, you and the others will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, academics, social norms, current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Australia. Additionally, you’ll likely take part in some fun activities and enjoy a nice meal!

Participate in a variety of activities in Sydney, and see some of its most famous sites, like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You will also head to the beach to complete a swim safety course designed to give you critical information on how to spend time in the water safely. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to get to know other students from the United States and around the world before departing for your host community!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Being an exchange student has helped me become so much more independent, courageous, outgoing, knowledgeable, and responsible."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully screened homestay in Queensland or New South Wales

  • Local Support

    International Student Advisor in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities

Although Australia is the world’s smallest continent, it is roughly the same size as the continental United States. From sandy coastal beaches to multicultural cities to the wilds of the Outback, there’s a lot of terrain to cover and lots to see and do. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay. Barbecues, beach picnics, and local festivities are frequently on the social calendar, and group trips to historic landmarks and cultural attractions round out the experience. Don’t forget that the seasons in Australia are opposite of those in the United States!

Learn to surf, take up an after-school sport, or just hang out and join a beach volleyball game. Be sure to catch some footy at an authentic Aussie rules football (Australian Football League, or AFL) match!

Every year, we offer discounts on optional packaged excursions (costs and other details are available upon arrival in Sydney). Some exciting upcoming opportunities include:


Take a 12-day trip to exhilarating locations, such as famous tourist site and natural wonder Uluru, the Northern Territory’s capital city of Darwin, an unforgettable reptile center, and several other fun and educational destinations.

The Outback

A nine-day journey through the Outback, from Adelaide to Alice Springs, features rolling wine country, stark desert, and sacred Aboriginal land. You’ll camp under the stars and experience the unique diversity of Australian landscapes up close and personal!

Kangaroo Island

During this five-day wildlife adventure on South Australia’s pristine Kangaroo Island, you could encounter sea lions, koalas, penguin colonies, and many more species in their natural habitats within the island’s stunning nature reserves.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • As an American, I obviously didn’t come over here to practice a second language, as exchange students usually tend to do. However, I’ve had such a blast immersing myself in the Aussie culture: learning the slang, trying new foods, and doing activities I’d never done, from snorkeling and surfing on New Year’s Day to sleeping under the stars in the Outback. ... I have had so much fun experiencing the concept of school houses (MacKillop represent!), playing soccer after school, and sharing all my own stories about America.

    Carmen B., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Spending my junior year of high school as a foreign exchange student in Australia was the best decision I ever made! I made so many amazing new friends in my 10 months going to school and experiencing the daily life of an Australian teenager. My host family is now considered my family. My host sister even came to visit me for two months this summer! The things I learned, the experiences I had, and the friendships I made while Down Under will stay with me the rest of my life!

    Emily T., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna, currently at Texas A&M University
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Students are able to select their preferred region subject to availability. Program pricing is also subject to change based off region selected. Contact CIEE for more information

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Note: Exact program dates and prices vary slightly based on placement. Please refer to this PDF for price ranges in each Australian region.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2022 22 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 28, 2022* Jul 1, 2022*
Spring Trimester 2022 10 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 28, 2022* Apr 8, 2022*
Calendar Year 2022 34 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 28, 2022* Sep 23, 2022*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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