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Who Can Go?
After having thought carefully about why you want to be an exchange student, convinced your parents of the idea, spoken to your teachers and completed our application form, you should be assured that your chances of being accepted are high! Provided you meet the academic and personality requirements and are physically and emotionally healthy, there is usually little reason for us to prevent you from following your dream and becoming an exchange student.
Generally, students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when they begin their program. However, some countries have different age restrictions and accept students under the age of 15. Mature 14-year-olds may apply for limited destinations (contact WEP for further information). Year 12 students may apply for a year 13 (gap year) program and go overseas for either a short-term, semester or year program provided they do not turn 18.5 on program and meet the specific age requirement for their country of choice. It is important that students apply while still at secondary school.
You must be enrolled at a school in The Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria to apply for a WEP student exchange program. In order to be accepted into the program, you need at least a C grade average at school. If applying for an English speaking country you are required to maintain these grades whilst overseas. However, in non-English speaking countries you are simply expected to display a concerted, conscientious approach to your schoolwork while you master the language. Irrespective of language skills, students are expected to participate in all assessments (exams, tests, etc).
Language experience is not necessary for most countries. Some countries do have a language prerequisite and you will need to have prior experience learning the language before you apply. Intensive language courses may, in some circumstances, meet language prerequisites. WEP strongly recommends language preparation prior to departure as language knowledge is of enormous benefit in assisting you to quickly adapt to your new family, school and life.
Of course, there are English-speaking destinations available if you are not interested in learning another language.
Positive personal characteristics are important! Students should be effective communicators, independent, confident, adaptable, resilient, realistic, respectful, accepting of cultural differences, tolerant, motivated and have a history of making wise choices.
High school student exchange is a challenging program and it is essential for the student to be physically and emotionally healthy in order to successfully complete their program.