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Ok, so you’re: Adventurous (we know because you’re reading about a WEP student exchange) Looking for the experience of a lifetime Ready to make 2019 a year to remember! So, what's next? Application deadlines for programs departing in August this year are closing VERY SOON, so start your application now by clicking here. August student exchange programs are fantastic because you get to participate in some wonderful included orientation programs! In Italy, there's a four-night orientation in gorgeous Rome, in France there's a three-night orientation in Paris (oui oui) and in the USA there's a three-night mini tour of #NYC (with a speedboat ride on the harbour, shopping on Fifth Avenue and so much more)! Don't miss out, start your application ASAP!  

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What are your goals for 2019? Add new stamps to your passport, new memories to your heart and new skills to your belt on a WEP student exchange program! WEP is now accepting applications for student exchange programs departing in August and November 2019. August is a super popular time to go on exchange because many WEP programs departing around this time include incredible orientation programs (NYC, Paris, Rome, Brussels + heaps more!). What grade are you in? An August semester exchange program is perfect for students going into year 9 or 10! Why? Because you’ll return in January in time to start the new school year! Let’s take the USA as an example of August program awesomeness: On an August program to the USA, you’ll:

  • Participate in WEP’s famous New York City mini tour
  • Experience the all-American holiday, Thanksgiving!
  • Then Halloween
  • Then Xmas (hopefully white!)
  • Then NYE!
  • Return with memories for life! Apply for a USA program by clicking here!

Would a November program suit me better?

November programs are popular with students in year 11 because you'll be on exchange during the Australian summer holidays; departing in November/December and returning in January. The best bit? You'll get to spend the festive season overseas! Imagine sipping hot chocs in snowy Norway or celebrating Christmas with your new Italian family.

These awesome programs are so popular that sports do fill up quickly! Make sure you begin your application ASAP.

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Considering becoming a host family in 2019? Great! Each February and July WEP welcomes students from all over the world to Australia. Welcoming a WEP student into your life is a hugely enriching experience and you'll find you've made a friend for life! Here are our top three reasons why you should host an exchange student:

  1. Travel from the comfort of your own home. Exchange students are eager to share their culture with you and learn all they can about Australia. Imagine trying Italian-made tiramisu or teaching your new family member how to do a Tim Tam slam!
  2. Create a life-long connection. You'll share memories and moments with your student and together you'll forge a connection that you'll never forget.
  3. You'll be our hero! You're doing an incredible thing by inviting someone into your heart and home. WEP exchange students and their host families form part of a large network, that through the sharing of experiences, languages and cultures creates a global community.
Request your free host family info pack, here.  

Save $500 on your WEP student exchange program with WEP's Early Bird Special! Apply now for your semester or year WEP student exchange program departing between July-September 2019 and you'll save $500 when you submit your full application by November 30 2018. Here’s the lowdown Who's eligible? Students currently in years 9-12 in QLD and 9-11 in VIC/NSW When's it for? Semester and year programs departing between July-September 2019 Which WEP countries are participating? Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Thailand or the USA. How can I apply? Submit your full application before 30 November 2018! You can start your application here. Got questions about our Early Bird Special? Submit an enquiry here. We can't wait to hear from you!

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Everything here, in Norway, is great! I can't believe how fast this year is going and that I only have a month and a half left here.   I had an amazing summer and did so many things, like a five day mountain hiking trip, a road trip around the south and west of Norway with my host family and I also visited an exchange friend in Germany for a week. In between all this I relaxed a lot! This year was the hottest summer Norway has had in years, so I did a lot of swimming in lakes and the fjord. I hung out with my friends and host family, played beach handball, explored a lot and also got to celebrate my first birthday in summer!   Last weekend I met lots of new exchange students living around the Oslo area which was fun and I got to give them lots of advice. Recently I took part in a obstacle course race with my host sisters, which was challenging but so fun. This weekend I had a sleepover with five of my friends and had a great time.   Now I've been back at school for four weeks and it's great to be back into the swing of things, even though I'm really busy with homework. It's so nice to be back at school and socialising everyday, I really love the Norwegian culture and the school system.   Autumn is here and it's starting to get colder, but it's really nice and cosy to be inside with candles lit and watching movies with my host family.   I absolutely love it here and feel so lucky to have this opportunity. This has been the best year of my life.   Alyssa  

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Applications deadlines for January WEP student exchanges to the USA close on September 25. Don't delay, places are limited, start your application ASAP. Choose between a semester or year program and make 2019 a year filled with adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. Here are our top reasons why you should choose the USA for your WEP exchange: 1. The People It's true, everyday Americans have got to be amongst the most welcoming people on earth. Get ready to be embraced as the new Aussie celebrity in town! 2. The Food America gets a bad wrap with all those fast food chains. But remember, Americans pioneered salad as a meal and perfected 'soul food'! 3. The Traditions From school traditions like prom and homecoming to national holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, America throws a good celebration! 4. Its Diversity America is massively multicultural and you're bound to learn about cultures and histories you never thought you would! 5. The Scenery City skylines, a massive coastline, small towns, farmland, this gigantic nation offers every photo opp you could ever want! Remember, your FULL application needs to be submitted by the September 25 deadline, so get started ASAP. Follow WEP Australia on Instagram for a photo celebration of the USA!

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Is a short term student exchange right for me? a. you are in year nine, 10 or 11 b. you can’t miss much Australian schooling! On a short term WEP exchange you'll depart in November or December and return in January for the new school year! Short term programs are awesome because:

  • they're less than 90 days, so they provide a fantastic taste of student exchange
  • you'll get to experience Christmas overseas
  • your Christmas might involve snow
  • you'll make memories and skills for life!
Most WEP destinations offer short term exchange programs. Some of our favourites are:
  • Italy (because there's no language requirement, the food is incredible and Italian Christmas traditions extend until early January!)
  • France (because you can choose between a traditional exchange or an area option)
  • Norway (because this European gem has got to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth!)
Application deadlines for programs commencing this November/December are already beginning to close! Given that it takes three weeks to complete an application you better get a wriggle on! Start your application by clicking here.

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Application deadlines for 2018 student exchange programs to the USA are closing soon! Start your application now and experience life as an American teen! I'm two and a half months into my five-month exchange program in the USA, which means I'm half way! The whole experience has gone incredibly fast and I never want to leave (sorry mum and dad). I'm located in the heartland of America in the state of Oklahama, the land of buffalo, sports-crazed fans and soul food. I've experienced some amazing things that I'll never forget! I frequently get the question, "Is American high school like the movies?" and the answer is "YES!" in all the best ways possible! I ride a yellow bus to school everyday, eat in a cafeteria filled with pizza and burgers and sit through US history. It's incredibly different from my school in Australia where I wear uniforms to school and am surrounded by only girls! My favourite part would definitely have to be the spirit or pep assemblies and the football games. Spirit assemblies are pretty much where the school gathers together and does various activities and chants to build school spirit, they are the funnest school assemblies ever! Also, high schools in the United States have Friday Night Football, where schools play each other. The entire school come out to stand up and cheer along the team with chants and songs. The game will also include dance offs at half time, extravagant performances by the school band and cheerleaders on the sidelines. A huge highlight of my trip so far was last weekend, when me and three friends went on a small weekend trip to Lawton, a small National Park in the South of Oklahoma City where I am staying. We camped, hiked, swam in a gorge and ran through a field of flowers. It was a lot of fun and I got to see another side beautiful side of America. A massive difference between Australia and the United States is food! It is pretty well known that America is the world's leading provider of fast food and junk food. My first time going to a grocery store I was amazed at all the different chips, chocolates and candy and not just that, but the numerous fast food stores that I passed on my way to the store. As delicious and tempting as it is I'm trying not to get too tempted by the American diet but I do enjoy a good burger and fries. I’ve had an amazing experience and can’t wait for the rest of my program! -Meka Got questions about a WEP exchange program to the USA? Chat to us now!