Secondary student exchange programs

The secondary student exchange program in Victoria is a state-specific program that lets students from another country 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.

What you need to know

In Victoria, secondary student exchange programs are run by student exchange organisations (SEOs) approved by the VRQA.

VRQA-approved SEOs include government, Catholic and independent schools, and community and other not-for-profit organisations.

International students participating in an official student exchange program enter Australia on a subclass 500 student visa.

Official exchange students do not pay school tuition fees, and host families volunteer to provide accommodation.

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).

Student exchange programs are different from the full-fee paying international students program offered at Victorian schools registered to deliver courses to international students.

For more information on full-fee paying international students program see:

International students on visitor visas

An international student on a visitor visa who seeks temporary enrolment in Victorian schools:

  • must pay tuition fees if enrolling in a Victorian government school, see:
  • may be required to pay tuition fees if enrolling in a Victorian Catholic or independent school (for more information, contact the school directly).