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What is a WEP Student Exchange?
Complement your Australian high school studies with a short term, semester or year living and studying overseas in a country of your choosing. A WEP student exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime!
Being an exchange student is more rewarding than simply being a tourist, you’ll live like a local and make on-the-ground connections. As a WEP exchange student, you’ll join a global network of like-minded young adventurers and you’ll return with memories and skills for life.
At A Glance:
- Live with a local host family
- Attend school fulltime
- Experience your host country’s cultures and customs first-hand
- Learn a language (for non-English speaking countries)
- You do not have to host a student in return however, WEP Australia is always looking for welcoming volunteer host families
You’ll notice that a few of WEP’s programs are referred to as WEP Study Abroad Programs. The difference between a WEP Student Exchange and a WEP Study Abroad program is that host families participating in the latter are paid a stipend to cover the basic living expenses of their host student. Program rules and expectations remain the same.
Discover the world beyond the classroom!
“I would 100% recommend doing student exchange with WEP. I had the best time of my life and shared so many amazing experiences with my Canadian host family and friends. It was truly amazing and I learnt so much about the amazing culture. If you’re thinking about going on exchange just do it because I promise you won’t regret it!” – Kasey
The chance to experience the world as a WEP exchange student is only available to students aged 15-18! So, don’t delay. Do your research, find out more and embark on the journey of a lifetime!
Got questions? WEP is here to answer them!
In fact, support is provided to our students from the moment they enquire with us, all the way through to program completion. We maintain contact with students while they are overseas (and constantly bug you for photos!) and we facilitate communication through the rest of your support network; your parents, our international partner organisation, your coordinator, your host family and host school. This ensures you will have the best possible student exchange experience.
All over the world, WEP host families are interviewed and screened to ensure they will provide safe and caring home environments for our exchange students. Your host family will select you, will be welcoming and probably impatient for your arrival, and will be interested in learning about you and your life in Australia. Before you depart from Australia, you will also be advised about the host school that has accepted you. Students and teachers in host country schools are always interested in hearing about life from our unique part of the world. If you choose a non-English speaking country you will have the fantastic opportunity to learn a new language and speak it everyday. While this can be a daunting prospect initially, the long term benefits of being able to speak another language will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The Primary Goal Of Student Exchange Is...
“to enable young people to share experiences, language and cultures with others from different backgrounds and traditions… …in hope that students may broaden their horizons, develop tolerance and understanding of cultural differences, gain life-long friends and advance harmony across communities."
Join other WEP students and you could
- become a member of an overseas family
- attend an overseas school
- learn a new language
- make friends from around the world
- immerse yourself into a different culture
- experience life as an overseas teenager
- explore a new country, culture and customs
- have the time of your life!