A unique 2 way exchange program between Canada and Australia where students in Canada and Australia are ‘matched’, spend 3 months with each others families and attend school. It amounts to twice the experience at a fraction of the cost of a classic 3 month exchange program!

Australia is available in:




(Visiting Australia)



Application due:
Extended Deadline: April 30





On this unique program students reside with their matched host family and exchange partner in Australia, and later welcome their exchange partner to their home in Canada to complete the 2-way exchange. It’s the home-to-home experience!

Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals at the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Families come in all shapes and sizes and we match you based on common interests and personality, which means you could have a host brother or sister, have a small host family or a large host family! The great part of this program is that you and your family get to welcome your Australian exchange buddy to Canada and host your exchange partner!






On the home-to-home program, students kick start their 2-way exchange experience with a 1 day orientation in Sydney. Arrive in Sydney at the start of your exchange, meet other exchange students, get a crash course in the culture, and do a little sightseeing so that you can start your exchange off right before heading to your local community and meeting your exchange partner and host family!






Students must be able to communicate in English. If you are a native English speaker, you will have fun learning the lingo in Australia!






Attend a local public school (private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in February and ends in mid-December
Common courses: Physical Education, Math, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Music, English, Computers
Average hours per week: 35 – 40 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break in mid-December to February, 2-week break in April, 2 weeks in July, 2 weeks in late September and statutory holidays.
Fun fact: Some schools have really great uniforms!


The Benefits

You’ll establish close ties with the family of your Australian host brother or sister
Avoid interrupting your schooling when you start during the summer
You’ll attend a local school where you’ll have an opportunity to try new subjects and school system
Gain new skills and confidence. Pushing beyond your comfort zone is a great way to lift your horizons and gain experience. Give yourself a competitive edge for the future
Experience the new lingo of Australia – adopt an accent!
Extend your network of friends across the globe!


You are eligible to apply if:

You are between 15-17 years old
Have maintained the equivalent or better than a C grade average in school
Your family meets all suitability requirements for the hosting part of the experience
Your family commits to hosting your exchange partner for the duration of their program
Are in good physical and mental health
Are mature and open-minded
Are flexible, adaptable, responsible and ready to learn
Please note this program is available at participating school boards only, a reciprocal exchange must be possible. Please inquire for a list of participating school boards

Program Details: How it Works

You Go

The first part of the Home to Home exchange starts when you travel to Australia for 3 months in late July – late October.

Your trip will begin in Sydney with an arrival orientation and sightseeing trip. You’ll live with the family of your carefully ‘matched’ exchange partner in Australia. You’ll attend their school or a local school and become part of their family. You will be expected to fit in with normal household routines including chores and family schedules.

You Host

The second part of the Home to Home exchange starts when your family hosts your Australian exchange partner for 3 months from early November – late January. Your exchange partner will attend your school or a local school and become part of your family.

Host families welcome their exchange student into their family life – with all the rights, responsibilities and privileges of other family members. Hosting is on a voluntary, unpaid basis – since you stayed with your Australian family, your partner will stay with you! You have the fun task of showing your Australian buddy what Canada is all about!

Matching & Confirmation of Acceptance

Matching or pairing of students is carried out by experienced staff taking into account age and gender, as well as academic, sporting, and cultural interests.

The aim is to obtain as close a match as possible from within the available student applications. We will provide you with confirmation of acceptance by mid-May. Please note there is no guarantee of acceptance because we are dependent on finding a suitable ‘pairing’ from the applicants in Australia. If we are unable to match you with a suitable student you are refunded in full.

Australia at a Glance

Population Population

24 Million

Capital City Capital City


Known For Known For

Sydney Opera House, Kangaroos & Koalas, Great Barrier Reef, Surfing

Currency Currency

Australian Dollar

Language Language


Say Hello Say Hello

G'day mate!

Program Fees

Special Price – $3,000

(+ hosting deposit)

What’s Included for the Student Exchange Program?

  • Airport meet & greet and airport transfer at arrival and departure (flight is not included)
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • Application process, selection interview
  • Host family screening and selection
  • School registration in host country
  • Pre-departure orientation and materials
  • Arrival orientation in Sydney
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
    Local support while on exchange & a dedicated host family coordinator while your exchange partner is in Canada
  • A certificate of completion at the end of the program

Additional fees the student is responsible for include:

  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Transportation to and from school for some students, dependent on where the host family is located. Some students are required to take a bus or train, while others walk or bike to school. This is dependent on where the host family is located.
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

Please Note:

Please note: An additional hosting deposit ($1800) is required until the hosting term has been completed. The hosting deposit will be returned at the conclusion of the program when the hosting term is completed in Canada.

*Please note that YES Canada reserves the right to modify and update program options, leading to changes in pricing. Please note that pricing may be subject to change. Please note which program term the posted rates apply to, if the term you are applying for is not posted please inquire. Once a preliminary application is received by YES Canada pricing will not change for the selected/corresponding program term (current term 2016/17). Should you apply for a program in 2017/18 or further into the future the rates will be determined at a later date and you must pay the listed 2017/18 or future program price, early registration does not qualify you for the listed website prices for 2016/17.
*Note: Students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or private schools may be subject to an additional tuition levy of $1000. Note that whether a student participates in a one-way exchange or hosts an international student in their home, a reciprocal exchange occurs at the school level. As such, the tuition free exchange is provided when a Canadian student travels abroad and an international student assumes their place in the local school or school board.  In instances where a reciprocal exchange cannot occur within a school board/province a levy may be charged. Please email for more details about fees and the participating provinces/school board designations.

Payment Schedule

  1. $500.00 application fee due with the submission of the full application. The application fee is only refunded in instances where the student is not accepted.
  2. Host Country Program Deposit due upon conditional acceptance. (Please note fees are specific to each exchange country).
  3. 35% of the remaining program fees are due upon receipt of the full acceptance letter.
  4. 40% of the remaining program fees are due 95 days prior to departure.
  5. 25% of the remaining program fees are due 35 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada. (Students not accepted to the program will be refunded the $500 application fee.)
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specific country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after visa forms have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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