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When Can I Go?
When can you go on exchange? Choose the program that is right for you!
This may be one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make! Or do you already know where you want to go? To help you make the right choice, visit our country pages to learn more about our destinations, speak to an experienced staff member or request a referral from a returned WEP student.
Short-term program (2 – 3 months)*
WEP’s short-term programs are a great way to boost your language skills over the summer holiday period, make friends overseas and experience life as a member of an overseas family. You’ll attend school like a local, live like a local and witness a different culture first hand. Students depart from Australia in either November or December and return in late January, in time to commence the next school year.
Semester = four to six months
Academic Year = nine to ten months
Year – eleven to twelve months
Our long-term programs allow you to completely immerse yourself in a new culture and allow you to experience life as an overseas teenager for up to a year! Whether you choose a semester or a year, you will develop stronger ties with your host community, gain an even deeper understanding of that culture and learn to see the world from a new perspective. Students, who choose non-English speaking countries, often return with outstanding conversational skills in a second language. Departures for semester and year programs are twice a year, from January to May and July to September, depending on the country of choice (see table for more info).
*Depending on program duration, some short-term programs are classified as cultural experiences.