We know that the National Guidelines for the Operation of International Secondary Student Exchange Programs in Australia states that "School principals should deal only with the registered SEOs" for their student's travel to France.

We also realise teachers are busy and we know the work that needs to go into creating a successful French exchange experience.

That’s why we’re the perfect partner to take care of all the details so you can get back to doing what you do best.

Our student exchange programs are compliant with child safety standards, and our competitive prices mean we’re the perfect choice for your school’s exchange experiences.

We’re compliant with VIC & NSW Child Safe Standards

The new registration system is in place to help schools and parents navigate and decide between their program providers. The VRQA has a process to accredit organisations, including a screening to certify their structures. This ensures they are compliant with the Child Safe Standards. The new child-safe standards are robust and a great step towards safer environments for children. However, these new standards may affect some of your existing preferred programs or change the responsibilities of your school. Here at AFX, we’re the only VQRA Accredited Student Exchange Organisation working exclusively with France (with similar accreditations in NSW).
For more information about these new regulations and how they may affect your school’s existing programs, and for details about our accreditation, get in touch.

Our prices are competitive

Our starting price for a six week program in France is $3550.

These are the prices for individual enrolment. We offer discounted rates for school groups with bonuses.

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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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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Our starting price for a six week program in France is $3550. This includes everything from travel insurance to a trip to Paris but not the airfare.
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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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Student exchange program


According to the National Code of Conduct for International Students in Schools (NCCISSE), it is mandatory for all student exchange programs to be conducted through a registered not-for-profit Student Exchange Organisation (SEO), such as AFX Student Exchange. It is noteworthy that hosting a French student by an Australian school or family is not obligatory. Therefore, school principals are advised to liaise exclusively with registered SEOs to facilitate such programs.
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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.
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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, 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.
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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. AASES forms specify:
  • The student exchange program dates 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 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 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.
Inbound students must obtain overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the entire 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 the host country's relevant visa and health insurance requirements.
SEOs must ensure that appropriate health cover is obtained and maintained for inbound and outbound exchange students. Incoming students must hold Overseas Students Health Cover in accordance with Student Visa requirements. 31 The cover obtained for outbound students may be adjusted to take into account any reciprocal health care agreements Australia has with the relevant destination country.

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