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High School Programs Abroad in Brisbane

Sitting pristinely near the mouth of the Brisbane River flowing into Moreton Bay, Australia’s third largest city is an exciting destination for high school students of all different interests to embark upon an adventure abroad. A high school program in Brisbane can be your gateway to experiencing Aussie culture firsthand in one of the country’s most widely visited cities; from the charming Queenslander architecture and sprawling public parks of the city itself to the stunning views from the adjacent Gold and Sunshine coasts, you’ll come to fall in love with life down under in Brisbane.

High School Programs in Brisbane

High school programs in Brisbane come in a variety of forms. First is a traditional study abroad program; by studying alongside international peers at a local high school in Brisbane, you can get a taste for what school is like in Australia while making friends and connections from around the world. Study abroad programs in Brisbane typically run over the summer session for high school students so that they don’t have to miss time at their home school. Semester and full academic year programs are also offered for particularly ambitious students, too.

Adventure travel and cultural exploration are also popular types of high school programs in Brisbane. Rather than attending school during your time abroad in Brisbane, these programs will typically pack your schedule with fun activities such as trekking, snorkeling, and culturally immersive outings across the city. While you will usually not be offered academic credit for these programs, they can be an exciting and educational way to explore one of Australia’s best cities.

Last but not least, volunteering is another popular type of high school program in Brisbane for students who are looking to give back to their host community. Working at orphanages, schools, and community centers are some types of community service activities that you might take part in while volunteering in Brisbane.

Life in Brisbane

With nearly 2.5 million people living in the metropolitan area, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city, and the most populous in the state of Queensland. It is also one of the oldest cities on the continent, having been established in the early 19th century as a penal settlement by the British. Despite a host of problems since then (Brisbane has historically been susceptible to damaging floods), Brisbane has developed into one of Australia’s most important centers of economic and cultural activity.

As a high school student abroad in Brisbane, you will be struck by the city’s charming scenery and vibrant pulse. Whether hanging out around the Kangaroo Point Cliffs or in the City Botanic Gardens, in the Southbank Parklands of the Portside Wharf, in Brisbane Forest Park or by the Story Bridge, outdoor lovers especially will benefit from the city’s well-preserved beauty. Throw in a host of restaurants, concert halls, theaters, and other cultural venues, and there’s a little bit of something for everyone in Brisbane.

Something to keep in mind is that in Australia the seasons are reversed from the northern hemisphere, meaning that summer will actually be the cooler months to embark on a high school program in Brisbane. Still, the weather is moderate year-round, so any time is a great time to go!

Costs & Affordability

No one will deny the fact that Australia is an expensive country to travel to. As a high school student, however, it is likely that your on-the-ground costs in Brisbane will be minimal, as a majority of the costs of the trip (i.e. housing, transportation, meals) will be covered in the upfront program fees. For more information on financial aid opportunities which can help cover these costs, be sure to check out our Scholarship Directory.

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays and student dormitories are typically the most popular forms of accommodation for high school programs abroad in Brisbane. If you are embarking on a shorter program lasting only a couple weeks, you might also stay in a local hotel or inn for the duration of the trip. Supervision is a major priority for most programs, so safety shouldn’t be a concern for students who want to make the trip.

You’ll have to apply for a visa in order to embark on a high school program in Brisbane, though the details of this will vary depending on where you are travelling from, the type of program you are enrolling in, and the duration of your stay. For more information, you can check out our Australian Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Life Down Under. Australians are lively, outgoing people, and you’ll benefit from interacting with locals on a daily basis during your high school program in Brisbane. Only the adventurous need apply!

Culture Exchange. A major benefit or embarking on a high school program abroad anywhere is that it will expand your worldview to life outside your home country. In Brisbane, you’re bound to catch the travel bug hard.

Outdoor Adventures. Australia is the world’s third least-populated country, meaning that you’ll have plenty of room to explore. There’s an entire continent awaiting adventure in Brisbane’s backyard.

Embarking on a high school program in Brisbane is a great way to leap outside your comfort zone and experience life in one of Australia’s best-kept secrets of a city. Get ready for the time of your life!

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Visit the land down under with TFT! This journey is a perennial TFT favorite, combining adventure with cultural exploration, and major travel destinations with little-known gems. Led by our beloved trip director who is a local, participants get to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, hold a koala, and feed wild dolphins. They will also learn about the Aboriginal history and culture, and volunteer on...


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Take part in a high school program in Australia offered by Greenheart Travel. Students get the opportunity to take part in exciting school-based activities, such as music bands, drama productions, adventure activities and weekend sports, while immersing yourself in the Aussie way of life. Apply for a trimester, semester or academic year program, and check out a typical school day in a South ...


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Combine sustainability education, community service, cultural immersion, and leadership development with adventure travel. Volunteer at an environmental education center in Keppel Bay Islands National Park; Learn to surf at a 3-day surf camp; Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef; Go canyoning in the Blue Mountains National Park; Hike and explore Fraser Island National Park; Gain insight into Ab...


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Oceans 2 Earth is the only Australian owned organisation specialising in volunteering projects for animal lovers and offers a wide range of exclusive Australian animal welfare projects committed to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of Australian wildlife. Volunteer activities include bottle feeding joeys, feeding the animals, exercising wombats, collecting gum leaves for koalas a...


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Interested in exploring Australia? Enjoy 22 action packed days experiencing the beautiful land down under. Learn to master the waves with 2 days of professional surfing lessons, spend a day of hands on interaction with kangaroos and koalas, SCUBA and snorkel in the pristine blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and journey through the rainforest of Atherton Tableland. Time in this rainforest c...


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Join a four-day live-aboard dive expedition and partner with marine biologists to research Dwarf Minke Whales. During this exclusive expedition, you’ll venture to the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel with whales and record observations on their behavior, which directly contributes to the ongoing research of James Cook University. If you have aspirations of a career in marine bio...


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This High School Program by CETUSA allows fifteen to eighteen-year old students abroad to spend a full academic year or a semester experiencing a student and teenage life in another country. We work in close collaboration with our partner in Australia to make sure each student is cared for in both the United States and abroad. This way, they will be motivated and excited to learn as well as soc...


Moreton Bay is home to diverse iconic Australian sea life, and is located near the growing city of Brisbane. Join this volunteering program, and help scientists explore the ways human activities are impacting the bay. Volunteers help scientists figure out the ways pollutants from Brisbane are impacting Moreton Bay, as they go wading, boating, and snorkeling in its cold waters. They will coll...