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For August programs, a two-night arrival camp.
One trip per semester (for example a day-trip to London or Scotland).
Study Abroad Program
Programs to the UK are classed as study abroad programs. This means that your host family will be paid a stipend to cover your basic living expenses. Program rules and expectations remain the same as on a WEP student exchange program.
The school year in the UK begins late-August to early-September (depending on location) and finishes late-June to early July. The school day typically starts at 8:55am and finishes at 3:15pm.
Australian students will find that secondary school in the UK is similar to secondary school here in Australia! Subjects include Math, Science, English, History, Geography, Art, Drama, Music and ICT. School uniforms are required at most schools in the UK.
The official language of the UK is English, spoken by 98% of the population. The Welsh language is also an official language in Wales.
Although English is the main language spoken throughout the UK, there are numerous regional dialects that can often leave Australian-English speakers confused - to say the least! A small selection of current dialects includes Geordie, Lancastrian, Brummie, Cockney, Cardiff dialect, Orcadian and Glaswegian.
The weather in the UK changes every day, often making it difficult to predict a weekly forecast! Generally speaking, the UK has warm summers and cold winter. Their summers are typically cooler than other countries on the continent, but their winters tend to be milder.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of the UK.
Students must turn 16 before September 1 on the year of application. Students must be no older than 17 and 9 months on program.