The overseas secondary student exchange program in Victoria is a state specific program enabling students from another country to study as full-time students in a Victorian secondary school for a period ranging from 29 days up to a maximum of one year. Under reciprocal arrangements, Victorian students undertake full-time study programs in secondary schools overseas.
- Only VRQA approved overseas secondary student exchange organisations (SEOs) can provide secondary student exchange programs in Victoria.
- Student exchange programs are different from the full-fee paying international students program offered at Victorian schools registered on CRICOS to provide courses to international students.
- International students participating in an official student exchange program enter Australia on a subclass 571 student visa issued through documentation generated by VRQA, (an AASES form) issued only to approved SEOs.
- Official exchange students do not pay school tuition fees, and host families providing accommodation to exchange students do so on a voluntary basis.
- All VRQA approved SEOs must maintain an equal balance of the number of in-bound and out-bound exchange students on a student/month basis.
- Student exchange programs do not include school group study tours, or short term cultural or private visits by students holding visitor visas (such as private arrangements initiated by parents hosting relatives or family friends).
- International students on visitor visas seeking temporary enrolment in Victorian schools:
- must pay tuition fees if enrolling in a Victorian Government school (for more information see the Department of Education and Training (International Division).
- may be required to pay tuition fees if enrolling in a Victorian Catholic or independent school (for further information contact the school directly).