Overview

Welcome to Australia!

Greenheart Travel’s high school program in Australia provides the opportunity to participate in exciting school-based activities such as drama productions, music bands, weekend sports and adventure activities, while immersing yourself in the Aussie way of life. Learn to speak Australian slang and try a bit of Vegamite in a friendly community set in one of South Australia’s unique regional landscapes. Experience life in the land down under and start your High School Australia application today!

ACTIVITIES

Studying in the South Australian hills will allow you to experience the many wildlife parks where you can cuddle with a koala and feed a kangaroo! Exploring the Adelaide Central Business District will allow you to visit the Adelaide Central Markets and the Adelaide Zoo!

In between visits to art galleries and museums, check out the South Australian beaches! They are perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkeling or surfing.

Your host family might take you to visit surrounding sites such as Kangaroo Island, Remarkable Rocks, or Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia with plenty of walking trails and opportunities to spot native wildlife!

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Check out a typical school day in a South Australian high school:

8.30am: Arrive at school. Home group for attendance and daily notices.

8.30am – 10.45am: Lessons such as English and Information Technology

10.45am: Recess (a short break for a drink and snack)

11.00am – 12.45pm: Lessons such as Geography and Mathematics

12.45pm: Lunch (time to eat lunch with your friends, attend activity clubs, music lessons or sport practice)

1.30pm – 3.30pm: Lesson such as Home Economics and Science

3.30pm: School finishes. Many students are involved in after school sports or music bands.

Program Dates

Dates subject to change

Academic Year:
Dates: January – December
Application Deadline: Nov. 15th
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Fall Trimester: 
Dates: July – September
Application Deadline: May 15th
$300 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb. 2

Fall Semester: 
Dates: July – December
Application Deadline: May 15th
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by Feb.2

Spring Trimester: 
Dates: January – April
Application Deadline: Nov. 15th
$300 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Spring Semester:
Dates: January – July
Application Deadline: Nov. 15th
$500 Early Application Discount: Apply by June 24

Eligibility

In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

  • Be between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Be from the United States or Canada
  • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
  • Be in great mental* and physical health
  • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community

*What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of our high school applicants. Learn more in our FAQs section on our general high school program page.

 

Costs

Academic Trimester: $10,630
Academic Semester: $16,000
Academic Year: $26,220

Prices subject to change

Program fee includes:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from LAX to Adelaide (ADL)
  • Airport greeting by your host family or local coordinator
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure Orientation and Preparation
    • Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
    • General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
  • Arrival Orientation with Australian Local Coordinator
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Opportunities to volunteer in your host community
  • Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program

Accommodation

The best way to learn about a new culture is to be fully immersed in it and what better way to do that than to stay with a local family. All Greenheart Travel high school abroad participants live with a carefully screened, local host family in the school community and are provided with 2-3 meals per day. Most host families live in small rural communities near a bigger city or town. Living with a supportive homestay family will help you in your studies, enrich your Australian experience, and provide you with a home away from home. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local.

Your host family will probably be as nervous as you are when you first meet. You can help to alleviate nerves by e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving in Australia. Getting to know them will help break the ice when you finally meet in person. It will also show that you are as excited to live with them as they are to host you!

 

 

 

Application Process

You should apply by April 15 for an August departure and October 15 for a February departure.

Complete the Online Application

There are 4 short steps in the application process which are outlined below. Please answer the application questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is the most important step in getting to know you and assessing your best host family match.

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. Once completed, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager, who will send you a link to begin the application.
  • Step 2: Provide general information about yourself. Once completed, you will receive a link in your email for the next part of your application (5 minutes)
  • Step 3: Provide more detailed information about yourself, why you want to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from your experience. Once completed you will receive a link in your e-mail for the final part of your application (2 hours).
  • Step 4: Submit your $1000 deposit and program documents. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee. Once the deposit, general profile, and signed polices are submitted we can begin preparing you for your adventure abroad. You will have 1-2 weeks to submit your remaining documents.

Review your Application

Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to schedule a time to speak about the next steps in the application and acceptance process.

You’re Accepted – now what?

Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an acceptance packet via email within 4-6 weeks of submitting all application documents.