Outgoing Student Exchange

During Term 3, Year 9 students are invited to apply for the Year 10 Exchange Programme, to go on an exchange the following year. The exchange programme has enjoyed strong interest for more than 17 years, growing to include 16 schools in seven countries: South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, England, Scotland, Canada and the United States of America.

Exchanges vary in duration from two to seven weeks and provide those girls selected with a unique opportunity to experience living and learning in another country and, in return, to host a visiting exchange student from their partner school.

For more information download the Exchange Handbook for Outgoing Students 2018

Exchange Partners

Badminton School, Bristol, England 
Bridge House, Franschhoek, South Africa
Bruton School for Girls, Somerset, England
Collegiate Girls’ High, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Havergal College, Toronto, Canada
Laurel School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington, New Zealand
Scarsdale High School, New York City, USA
St Margaret’s College, Christchurch, New Zealand
St Margaret’s Secondary School, Singapore
Stanford Lake College, Haenertsburg, South Africa
Uplands College, White River, South Africa
Westover School, Connecticut, USA
St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh, Scotland
Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Student Feedback

Going on exchange to Havergal College was an unforgettable experience that has opened my eyes to the world and given me a taste of what life is like in another country. I have gained confidence and independence after travelling on exchange, and I will never forget my amazing experiences in Toronto. I made endless memories as well as amazing new friendships, and gained a new sister. I definitely recommend applying for exchange as everyone’s experience will be different, yet unforgettable.”  Daisy Elliott on her exchange to Havergal College, Canada, Term 1, 2017

“Westover School and my experiences there will always hold a special place in my heart. Exchange for me was a unique experience that allowed me to grow as a person because, I’m not going to lie, it was challenging. Being immersed in a completely new environment and culture isn’t easy. However, Westover School and the entire community were so welcoming. For anyone who is interested in the St Mary’s exchange programme, go for it! You have nothing to lose by putting yourself out there and applying! It is the most amazing experience and you make good connections all over the world.” Eva Masi on her exchange to Westover School, USA, Term 3, 2017

“I loved exchange so much and my exchange partner and I became like sisters and will keep in contact with each other forever. If you are thinking about doing an exchange, don’t hesitate because you will love every moment.”  Jessica Crowley on her exchange to Bruton School for Girls, UK, Term 2, 2017

“I learned so much while going to school in another country and experiencing South African culture and way of living. I made so many unforgettable friends and memories and I highly recommend applying for exchange to Collegiate.”  Mia Biglin on her exchange to Collegiate Girls’ High, South Africa, Term 2, 2017

“Exchange allows you to truly immerse yourself in a new culture. It is an eye-opening experience that is nerve-racking, awe-inspiring and just truly incredible. I was given the opportunity to develop a global network with people across the country and gain a new sister, who I will cherish forever. I got to see and do things I would never have done if I hadn’t gone on exchange.Jessie Stewart on her exchange to Uplands College, South Africa, Term 2, 2017

“I enjoyed my exchange so much! I had the best time and met some amazing people! I went to Bruton School for Girls and was a boarder. I’m not a boarder in Australia so I really benefited from that. On the weekends, I either got to go home to my exchange partner’s house, go on a trip with my host family or stay at the boarding house. I saw London, Brighton, Oxford, Bath and Yeovil. I really benefited from this exchange because I got to see what families and schools do differently from Australia.Tyla Durell on her exchange to Bruton School for Girls, UK, Term 2, 2017

“Exchange was an amazing experience for me and I enjoyed every moment. We went to so many interesting and exciting places that are unique to New Zealand, such as the snow and geothermal hot springs and rivers in Rotorua. I had so much fun with my host family and felt like I fitted in immediately. I loved the school and its tight-knit community. I made so many lifelong friendships. I can’t wait until I can go back there soon!”  Rebecca Simpkins on her exchange to Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Term 4, 2017

“Exchange was definitely the best experience of my life! The people I met and the places I got to see were just incredible! Step out of your comfort zone, join those random clubs, play a sport after school, just do it because it’s an experience that you will never, ever forget!”  Madi Seth on her exchange to Saint Mary’s School, USA, Term 3, 2017

“Going on exchange was the best experience ever and I truly enjoyed every second I was in South Africa. South Africa is an amazing place and it was so much better than I thought it would be! Exchange is a life-changing opportunity and you will not regret applying.”  Eva Kneebone on her exchange to Collegiate Girls’ High, South Africa, Term 2, 2017

“Exchange was one of the hardest, but also one of the best things I’ve ever done. I don’t regret anything. I saw unforgettable places, met amazing people, had the time of my life, and I grew so much as an individual.Zara Sewell on her exchange to Badminton School, UK, Term 2, 2017

“Everyone should jump at the opportunity to experience a new culture or a new place on exchange because you never know if you’ll ever get the chance to travel there, and you will certainly not get the same chance to study there and be a part of a different family. That uniqueness is something that should encourage anyone to go on exchange.”  Wini Taylor-Williams on her exchange to St Margaret’s Secondary School, Singapore, Term 2, 2017

“Exchange at Westover School was a truly memorable experience. I will always feel connected to Westover because they have so many fun traditions and rituals that you’ll learn about. Everyone is so welcoming, so you’ll immediately feel at home. Take every opportunity that is given to you and embrace it. If you are even considering exchange to Westover, do it! You won’t regret the decision.”  Jessie Chappell on her exchange to Westover School, USA, Term 3, 2017

“St Margaret’s College was a very valuable and interesting exchange that I highly recommend. It was a great exchange because it isn’t too far out of your comfort zone, as New Zealand’s culture is quite similar to ours. The school is very relaxed and chill as well as interesting and fun, which equated to an overall fantastic experience. Boarding was very different, but I really enjoyed it and made a lot of new friends.Julia Koentgen on her exchange to St Margaret’s College, New Zealand, Term 4, 2017

“Exchange was incredible, amazing, challenging and worth it! I went to Uplands College, South Africa, and it was the most life-changing experience. I learnt so much about myself, all while having the most incredible time. And I made lifelong friends who I will keep in touch with.” Kiara Jespersen on her exchange to Uplands College, South Africa, Term 2, 2017

“When I first thought about going on exchange I was very unsure but I am so happy I went through with it. My exchange partner became my best friend and I couldn’t wait to go and visit her family. The whole experience of exchange was exciting and made me more independent and confident. I stepped out of my comfort zone and discovered new things that I now really enjoy. It was a trip of a lifetime and certainly an experience I will never forget. Most importantly, I made a best friend for life.” Charlotte Hill on her exchange to Saint Mary’s School, USA, Term 3, 2017