St Mary’s has a proud tradition of extensive exchanges, study tours and service learning trips.

As we navigate the travel restrictions and safety concerns from around the world and domestically within Australia, sadly, many of these opportunities will not be available to our students in 2021 or 2022. This information remains on the portal for you to gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of opportunities that we offer. We hope that the health and safety of other countries will soon allow us to return to offering our global extension experiences. 

Outgoing Student Exchange

During Term 3, Year 9 students are invited to apply for the Year 10 Exchange Program, to go on an exchange the following year. The exchange program has enjoyed strong interest for more than 18 years, growing to include 13 schools in: South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, England, 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 2019

Exchange Partners

Havergal College

Diocesan Girls’ School

Bruton School for Girls

Badminton School

Wycombe Abbey School

Uplands College

Collegiate Girls’ High

St Margaret’s Secondary School

Saint Mary’s School

Westover School

Laurel School

St Margaret’s College

Toronto, Canada

Hong Kong

Somerset, England

Bristol, England

High Wycombe, UK

White River, South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa


North Carolina, USA

Connecticut, USA

Ohio, USA

Christchurch, New Zealand

Student Feedback




“I went to Havergal College in Toronto, and to say that this was one of the best experiences of my life would be the biggest understatement! I had the most amazing exchange partner, who I got along with really well, and I met so many other girls in boarding from all over the world - Mexico, America, China and Kayman Islands. I was able to see all the touristy things in Toronto as well as Niagara Falls, and spent Easter with my exchange partner’s family.”

                   Tara Elders on her exchange to Havergal College, Canada, 2018








“Exchange to Uplands College was one of the most unforgettable, best experiences ever! South Africa is such a beautiful and eye-opening place and I am so glad I had the chance to go. I made so many amazing memories and friendships that I will never forget. Exchange helps you grow as an individual and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to have at home. If anyone is thinking of going on exchange to Uplands, I really recommend you just do it because it was definitely the best decision I ever made!”

Emma Smith on her exchange to Uplands College, South Africa, 2018




“Exchange has been honestly the best experience, decision and opportunity that has come up in my life so far. Going on exchange to Bruton School for Girls, I gained independence and knowledge, and it opened my eyes to see what the world is like on the other side of the world. I have made endless and unforgettable friendships that I will cherish forever. I made the best friendship with my exchange partner and it’s always nice to know that you have a best friend on the other side of the world. Without doubt, I would definitely recommend exchange to younger students, as it’s been unforgettable and life-changing for me and I have never regretted applying. So, don’t hesitate and put yourself out there because you will have such an amazing experience.”


Phoebe Lewis on her exchange to Bruton School for Girls, UK, 2018


“Anyone thinking about exchange should go for it! My exchange was so memorable and an incredible experience that I will never forget. The Singapore exchange is only short but very fast-paced - you do and learn so much that you wouldn’t ordinarily. I loved the food, culture and city of Singapore but I especially love the new friendships I made that will last forever.”


Emily Stout on her exchange to St Margaret’s Secondary School, Singapore, 2018


“Exchange was the most amazing experience of my life and one I will never forget. I have made so many life-long friends who I keep in contact with, and I benefitted from the programme immensely.  Exchange is a great programme to lift your confidence, to have some fun, and to help you learn how to handle good and bad situations on your own. You learn so much from being in a different country and being surrounded by different cultural experiences. I would highly recommend exchange to anyone who is interested in doing it.”

Stella Banfield on her exchange to Havergal College, Canada, 2018


“Going on exchange was honestly a life-changing experience and it has truly been a highlight of my life. When all the girls say you won’t regret signing-up they mean it! It’s such a unique experience and you may never have an opportunity like it again. Going to another school with a different culture is amazing. I went over with an open mind and came back so happy because I had experienced so many things and benefitted from exchange in so many ways. Every exchange trip is different but that’s what makes it so amazing and you will come out of it having many life-long friendships and being so grateful.”

Ellen Bermingham on her exchange to Wycombe Abbey School, UK, 2018


“I think exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has multiple advantages. By going on exchange, you become more independent and I think anyone can benefit from that because it helps prepare you for when you become an adult. You also make friends that you keep in touch with even after your exchange is over, and these can include people also on exchange at that school. I became friends with girls from Germany, Hong Kong and Argentina. You also get to know what it’s like to live in another country. Although Canada is very similar to Australia, it also has many differences. To go somewhere and understand what life is like for someone else I feel is very important and exchange helps you do that.”


Ella Nelson on her exchange to Havergal College, Canada, 2018