Student Exchange Program

Your student exchange program accredited by the Department of Education.

If you are looking for a student exchange program compliant with the National Guidelines for the Operation of International Secondary Student Exchange Programs in Australia (NCCISSE), this is the one for you.

If you would like to know more about these guidelines, you can download the NCCISSE’s Guide or go to our FAQ’s.

Student Exchange Programs requirements

STUDENTS

All student exchange programs, whereas there are no obligations for the Australian family to host a French student, must be conducted through a registered not-for-profit Student Exchange Organisation (SEO), like AFX Student Exchange.
School principals should deal only with registered SEOs. Any arrangements for students to be enrolled are a matter strictly between the school, each student, his or her parents/guardian and the SEO. The state/territory registration authorities do not accept any responsibility for overseas students enrolled in schools.

COMPLIANCE

AFX student exchange programs comply with the NCCISSE whereby the Australian student enrolls in a full-time school program in France for a minimum period of three months or one school term, whichever is shorter. Note that in Victoria, the minimum period is 28 days due to the requirements for the enrollment of overseas students in Victorian government schools. Inbound exchange students participating in programs of more than 28 days duration in Victoria must obtain a student visa. Under similar conditions, students from France undertake study in Australia. Inbound students must obtain overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the full period of the student welfare dates in their AASES form. An SEO must ensure that the student exchange programs it provides to outbound Victorian students comply with all relevant visa and health insurance requirements of the host country

ENROLMENT

Exchange students are responsible for:
• Fulfilling the conditions of the visa that has been granted;
• Attending the appointed CRICOS school full time;
• Vehaving in an appropriate manner as agreed under the terms of the relevant exchange program, and complying with school codes of conduct, regulations and conditions of enrolment and abiding by the laws of the destination country;
• Leaving the destination country on completion of the exchange program or the expiration of any relevant visa; and
• Leaving the destination country earlier if circumstances develop such that the SEO believes that the student’s further participation in the program is inappropriate.

SCHOOLS

Students participating in a student exchange program travel to Australia on a student visa (subclass 500) issued by the Australian Government. An SEO requires an Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form to obtain a student visa for each inbound student. The registration authority issues SEOs an AASES form upon request, which specify
• The student exchange program dates, which must be the student’s first day of school enrolment and the student’s last day of school enrolment
• The student welfare dates nominated by the SEO, which is a period of at least seven days before and after the student exchange program dates where the SEO is responsible for the student’s accommodation, support and general welfare. Students must attend school for the period approved by the VRQA on the AASES or outbound notification form. An SEO must ensure that students do not arrive in Australia before the student welfare start date stated in the AASES form, and that students depart Australia before the student welfare end date.

How we choose your correspondent & host family

As per the guidelines of the NCCISSE, AFX ensures:

  • An in-person interview with all host family members aged 18 years and over residing in the home
  • Verifying that every person 18 years and over residing in the home has undergone a Criminal Record Check.
  • All parties agree to the double placement prior to the second student being accommodated with that host family. 
  • Placement with single adult host parents without children SEOs must ensure that a potential single adult host undergoes a secondary-level review

BEFORE YOU GO

Getting to France

Those travelling as part of a group are escorted by an AFX representative or chaperone on the flights. Upon arrival in Paris, students are greeted at the airport by a member of our French team and any host families located close to Paris.
For students hosted by families in regional France, we’ll help with transfers once you reach Paris. One of our representatives will also be present at the airport upon departure.

We can organise chaperones from other departure cities (Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide) but these are subject to group numbers.

If needed, you can also choose to travel to France with the group and return on a different date. Or vice versa.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE

What makes our program stand out

Exclusively French

Our depth of knowledge and experience, as well as being French, means that we offer exquisite immersive cultural and linguistic experiences to France.
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INDIVIDUALISED

We treat every student as an individual with their own distinct personality and passions, and then carefully match them with the perfect French correspondent.
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GET OUR PRICES

Our starting price for a six-week program in France is $3550 and offers many inclusions as a part of the program. Our prices vary depending on the program you want to participate in and the duration of your stay in France.
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SAFE

We’re the only Australian student exchange organisation sending students exclusively to France that meets the strict safety standards needed for government accreditations.
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ACCREDITATION

AFX Student Exchange is a registered not-for-profit student exchange organisation (SEO) in NSW and VIC. As such, AFX offers student exchange programs compliant with National and State Guidelines for Secondary Student Exchange Programs (potentially the One Way) but also cultural tours and language immersion programs which are not compliant with National and State Guidelines for Secondary Student Exchange Programs because these programs are not falling under the definition of a student exchange programs. The Reciprocal and private boarding school programs.
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Extras

Like us, Alliance Française are committed to providing experiences to Australian students to improve both their French language skills and appreciation of French culture. We have an exclusive partnership with the Alliance Française in most Australian capital cities. As part of our partnership, we run special deals and events for our participating students.
Visit our partnerships page to find out more.
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LET’S DO THIS

Prices

Our starting price for a six-week program in France is $3550 and offers many inclusions as a part of the program. Our prices vary depending on the program you want to participate in and the duration of your stay in France.
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Student exchange program
requirements

Enrolment

Exchange students are responsible for:
  • Fulfilling the conditions of the visa that has been granted.
  • Attending the appointed CRICOS school full time.
  • Behaving in an appropriate manner as agreed under the terms of the relevant exchange program, and complying with school codes of conduct, regulations and conditions of enrolment and abiding by the laws of the destination country.
  • Leaving the destination country on completion of the exchange program or the expiration of any relevant visa.
  • Leaving the destination country earlier if circumstances develop such that the SEO believes that the student’s further participation in the program is not appropriate.
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Visa

Students participating in a student exchange program travel to Australia on a student visa (subclass 500) issued by the Australian Government. An SEO requires an Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) form to obtain a student visa for each inbound student. The VRQA issues SEOs an AASES form upon request. AASES forms specify:
• The student exchange program dates, which must be the student’s first day of school enrolment and the student’s last day of school enrolment
• The student welfare dates nominated by the SEO, which is a period of at least seven days before and after the student exchange program dates where the SEO is responsible for the student’s accommodation, support and general welfare. Students must attend school for the period approved by the VRQA on the AASES form or outbound notification form.
An SEO must make sure that students do not arrive in Australia before the student welfare start date stated in the AASES form, and that students depart Australia before the student welfare end date. Inbound students must obtain overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the full period of the student welfare dates in their AASES form. This does not apply to students who are citizens of a country exempted from the requirement by the Department of Home Affairs. An SEO must ensure that the student exchange programs it provides to outbound Victorian students comply with all relevant visa and health insurance requirements of the host country

Schools

School principals should deal only with registered SEOs. Any arrangements for students to be enrolled are a matter strictly between the school, each student, his or her parents/guardian and the SEO. The state/territory registration authorities do not accept any responsibility for overseas students enrolled in schools.
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