Visitor visa short term placements
You can apply for your child to study at a Western Australian (WA) Government primary or secondary school for a maximum of 10 weeks. Placements of four weeks or less have limited availability.
To apply for a placement, you must submit our Overseas fee paying (temporary resident visa holders) application form(opens in a new tab).
View fees for visitor short term placements on our School fees and charges page.
Conditions for short term placements
- Fees must be paid in full prior to commencement.
- No student will be enrolled in Years 11 or 12 for Term 4.
- Students must remain enrolled in the same school for the duration of the program.
- A visa grant notice must be provided before TIWA can progress the application.
- Your application must include your local address in WA.
The International Secondary Student Exchange Program (ISSEP) provides the opportunity for:
- international secondary school students to study in Australia; and
- Australian secondary school students to study overseas.
The ISSEP in WA is a state-specific reciprocal program whereby students from another country are enrolled as full time students in a WA secondary school for a period ranging from three months (or one full school term) to one year. Under similar program conditions students from WA are able to enrol full time in a recognised course of study in an overseas country.
The only WA Government schools that can enrol students who are beyond the compulsory age of schooling are Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and North Lake Senior Campus.
Registered exchange organisations approach schools directly to determine whether they are prepared to accept an exchange student.
The decision whether to participate in an exchange program rests entirely with the school. This decision will be based on the school being satisfied with the particular arrangements, the capacity and support for the program from the school community and the perceived benefits to the school.
When approached, schools can assume that a registered exchange organisation will be able to provide adequate local support and pastoral care of the overseas students. Failure to provide appropriate support may lead to deregistration of the exchange organisation.
Selecting, arranging, vetting and monitoring host family arrangements are the responsibilities of the registered secondary exchange organisations (SEOs).
Any concerns regarding an overseas exchange student's welfare, attendance, behaviour or decline in performance should be taken up with the relevant SEO.
Access to students by registered exchange organisations is at the discretion of the school's principal.
Selection and arrangements for students to join an overseas exchange program is a matter between the student, the parents and the registered exchange organisations.
Approved secondary exchange organisations
The following SEOs are registered by the WA Department of Education to provide secondary student exchange programs in WA.
- Rotary International District 9423 Inc(opens in a new tab);
- Scholarships for Australian-German Student Association WA Incorporated(opens in a new tab);
- Southern Cross Cultural Exchange(opens in a new tab);
- Student Exchange Australia New Zealand(opens in a new tab);
- Students of the World(opens in a new tab); and
- Youth for Understanding(opens in a new tab)
Organisations seeking registration in WA
All organisations within WA must meet requirements stated in the national guidelines(opens in a new tab).
To apply for registration, please email your completed Application for registration as a student exchange organisation in Western Australia [PDF 1 MB](PDF document - opens in a new tab) to firstname.lastname@example.org(opens in a new tab).