High School Programs in Sydney

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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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High School foreign exchange in Australia. Are you 14-18 years old and want to go to High School in Australia? On the CEA program You can Choose the Australian host family you like to live with and you can Choose the school you like to go to. Surf, swim, fun, Opera House, Harbour bridge, kangaroos, koalas. Don't Dream it when you can do it now! CEA Sydney program simply the best!

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A two-week journey through the heart of the Land Down Under to witness the absolute best that Australia has to offer. This program combines adventure in the Outback, Glasshouse Mountains, Great Barrier Reef, and more unforgettable places with critical turtle conservation efforts on the coast.

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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 us for an active cultural adventure Down Under on this summer program for high school students to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Experience subtropical Queensland, the alpine winter landscapes of New Zealand, and the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Get beyond the typical tourist itinerary and experience these unique places in engaging and exciting ways. This high school summer travel...

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Venture across the South Pacific to discover Australia and the tropical Fijian Islands. For more than 15 years, ARCC has cultivated relationships with faraway friends and given back to their warm and welcoming communities. Teach English at a primary school on Beqa Island and lead after-school activities. Improve the infrastructure of a small island village by constructing a footpath, painting, ...

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Think Global School is a traveling high school where students will live and study in a different country every semester, combining topnotch education with place-based learning in four countries per year. Students will make real-world connections between their classroom subjects and the world around them, while experiencing the adventure and excitement that each new environment has to offer. Thi...

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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...

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Study abroad for a semester with MEI in Australia. Program participants will learn about Buddhism at the temples of Angkor Wat, snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, and explore the Great Wall of China in Beijing. They get to take a cruise in Ha Long bay, witness the effects of the Western world on Communist China’s development, or learn about the Ming Dynasty in the Forbidden City. The program ...

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High School Programs Abroad in Sydney

At once architecturally impressive, scenically beautiful, and jam packed with about as many fun and educational activities as you could think of, Sydney is an absolute dream destination for high school programs abroad for students from all over the world. Australia’s largest city wields a tremendous amount of global influence and is also one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet; about one-third of Sydneysiders speak a language other than English at home! From beautiful beaches to prestigious landmarks and museums, Sydney truly has a bit of everything.

High School Programs in Sydney

Australia is an exceedingly popular adventure travel destination, and many high school programs are built around exploring as much of Sydney and the surrounding countryside as possible. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, expeditions to the Outback, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, these are all common activities on the agenda for adventure travel and cultural exploration high school programs in Sydney. It’s not all fun and games though, you will learn a whole lot about the culture and history during your time on the world’s smallest continent too! 

Also popular among high school students are study abroad and student exchange programs in Sydney. For a summer, semester, or full academic year high school students can study at a boarding school in Sydney or attend a local high school and live with a homestay family. Available subjects span a wide array of different disciplines, so students of all interests can undoubtedly find something exciting to study while soaking in the sights and sounds of Sydney.

High school programs in Sydney, and anywhere in the world, tend to take supervision seriously, so parents and students need not worry about student safety too much. Students, this is your chance to get out and explore the world, but also remember to be smart and listen to the local staff who are there to help you!

Life in Sydney

With a population of nearly 5 million, Sydney is Australia’s largest city, as well as the leading economic and cultural hub of Oceania. It is rated as an Alpha+ global city, a distinguishment granted to only seven other cities in the world. So stated simply, Sydney is a big deal.

During your high school program in Sydney, you will have access to all that this tremendously diverse and stimulating city has to offer. Some of the most popular attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens, Bondi Beach, Royal National Park, and the iconic Sydney Opera House. Dig deeper still and you will discover a wealth of hidden treasures beyond these famous sites. Cafes, restaurants, parks, museums, theaters, concert venues, Sydney has them all in spades.

But what makes Sydney truly great is the thriving local culture and laid back attitude. Australians are tremendously friendly and outgoing people. Even though Sydney is such a prominent hub on the global stage, a “Hakuna Matata” attitude still seeps through many aspects of city life. It will be hard to find anything worth complaining about when the weather is great, the scenery beautiful, and you are thousands of miles away from home living the dream.

Scholarships & Costs

Here’s the kicker, Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the whole world. But, nothing in this world is free, right? While many everyday costs, such as housing, food, and transportation, will be covered in upfront program fees, you will still want to plan a budget ahead of time and stick to it while abroad. To help with the costs of the trip, make sure to check out all the fundraising and scholarship opportunities that are available for those applying for high school programs in Sydney.

Accommodation & Visas

Homestays are the most popular housing option provided by high school programs in Sydney, while dormitories are also often made available. Each have their pros and cons (think cultural immersion vs. living among peers), so be sure to discuss the options with your parents and program provider before making your decision. Adventure travel programs that move between different locations will generally have a set agenda with group accommodations already organized.

Australia’s visa policy varies from country to country. Students coming from Europe will typically have to obtain an eVisitor visa, while students coming from the United States and several other countries require a different ETA visa. The system can be a bit complex and also depends on how long you are staying in the country for, so contact your nearest Australian consulate via GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more info.

Benefits & Challenges

Live it Up Down Under. Among other things, Sydney is one of the most fun cities you will ever visit. With all the beautiful outdoor adventure opportunities, you will have the time of your life while learning a lot about local history and customs.

Push Yourself. High school programs abroad are one of the greatest adventures you can take, and so naturally programs come with a fair share of obstacles to overcome. Culture shock and homesickness can be real, so treat your time in Sydney as an opportunity to learn and grow!

New Experiences. The best philosophy to take on during a high school program in Sydney is to maximize experience. Take advantage of every opportunity, engage with as many people as you can, and don’t be shy to try new things. By the end of your program, you’ll return home a veteran traveler!

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