High School Abroad in Australia

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Information for term High School Abroad in Australia

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 20 – Jul 5, 2019 (24 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

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  • Dates: Jan 29 – Apr 12, 2019 (10 weeks)

Application Deadline

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  • Dates: Jan 29 – Sep 27, 2019 (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 host family. 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 six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.
  • 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 host family’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 host family, and gain important life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.


Upon arriving in Australia, you will be greeted by your host family. Within a few days of settling in, you will meet with your International Student Advisor, who, along with your host family, 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 host family 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 host family. 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:

Ayer’s Rock

Take a 12-day trip to exhilarating locations, such as famous tourist site and natural wonder Ayers Rock, 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.

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


Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.

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


Academic Year 2019 Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Spring 2019 24 weeks Rolling Admissions Jan 20, 2019 Jul 5, 2019


Spring Trimester 2019 10 weeks Rolling Admissions Jan 29, 2019 Apr 12, 2019


Calendar Year 2019 34 weeks Rolling Admissions Jan 29, 2019 Sep 27, 2019


Fall 2019 34 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Fall Trimester 2019 34 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*

*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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