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USA High School Exchange Prices

Your guide to our programs, schools and prices

Your USA high school exchange fees will depend on the type of program you choose, how much you customise your experience, and the duration of your exchange. Every exchange program is built on our decades of high school exchange experience, knowledge of American school systems and vast network of educators and host families. Every student is supported by our One Team Across the Globe – whenever you need us, in your home country or abroad.

Explore our programs and prices. Then contact the high school exchange experts and we will answer your questions and prepare a program to match your budget and goals.

Programs available in the USA: Classic High School, Classic High School with Location Choice, Select High School, Academic Exchange.

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USA Classic High School

Our Classic High School program is a traditional cultural exchange on a J-1 visa. Share the culture and daily customs of your caring host family. Attend the local high school and live the life of an American teenager. You cannot choose a school with this program, but you can request an area for an additional fee, which is charged only after your request is granted.  These programs depart, usually in January or August – subject to your exchange location.  

PLEASE NOTE, AREA REQUESTS HAVE EARLIER DEADLINES., PLEASE SEE THE AREA REQUEST SECTION BELOW.

LengthDeparturePrice AUDApplication deadline
Classic Academic YearAug 2023 $12,450 Feb 15, 2023 
Classic Academic Semester Aug 2023 $11,450 Feb 15, 2023 
Classic Academic Year  Jan 2024 $12,450 Jul 31, 2023 
Classic Academic Semester Jan 2024 $11,450 Jul 31, 2023 

The USA Classic High School program includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.   
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Personal support before and during your exchange. 
    • Application Support.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
    • Access to ‘My SCCE – a personlised online resource and reporting centre with information to help you prepare and make the most of your exchange. 
    • Safety Card and Emergency Information. 
    • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Manager to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
    • 24/7 emergency phone. 
    • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
    • Progress reports to parents during the program. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school. 
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • Certificate of completion. 
  • Reunion with other exchange students in Australia after your return. 

Not included in USA Classic high school program price:

Personal spending money AU$400-500 per month 
VaccinationsPersonal expense 
Soft Landing Camp – available for Semester & Year arrivals in January/SeptemberAU$1,995
School expenses Books, school materials, transport to/from school/school trips 
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is AU$3,000 and the surcharge is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights.
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator once on program at an additional cost.

Upgrade your USA Classic High School

Want to live and study near the beach or in a city? Upgrade your USA Classic High School Exchange Program by requesting an extra feature. Area requests will be charged only after your request is granted.   

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange students participating in an August Year or Semester Classic Program to the USA can pay an additional fee to guarantee a city, metro, state, regional or top school location. These guarantees are subject to availability and will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Applications must be submitted by December 31 prior to the departure year. 

There are many ways you can upgrade your USA Classic High School Exchange Program.

State guarantees Add to Classic Price (AUD)
Arizona$1,800 
California $3,600 
Colorado $1,800 
Florida $3,600 
Georgia$1,800 
Illinois $1,800 
Indiana $1,800 
Michigan $1,800 
Minnesota$1,800 
North Carolina $1,800 
Ohio$1,800 
Oklahoma$1,800 
Oregon$3,600 
South Carolina $1,800 
Tennessee $1,800 
Texas$1,800 
Virginia $1,800 
Washington $3,600 
Wisconsin$1,800 
Metro guarantees Add to Classic Price (AUD)
Any city above 50,000 people$1,800 
Regional guarantees Add to Classic Price (AUD)
Central$1,300 
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana  
Eastern $950 
Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusettes, New Hampshire 
Great Lakes $1,300 
Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio 
Mountain $1,300 
Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Alasks
North East $1,300 
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusettes, Maine, New Hampshire 
Pacific$1,900 
Washington, Oregon, California
South East $1,300 
Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida 
South West $1,300 
Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico 
Western $950 
Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii
City guarantees Add to Classic Price (AUD)
Atlanta, Georgia $2,800 
Chicago, Illinois $2,000 
College Station, Texas $2,000 
Columbia, South Carolina $2,000 
Columbus, Ohio $2,000 
Corpus Christi, Texas  $2,000 
Dallas, Texas $2,000 
Fort Collins, Colorado $2,000 
Grand Rapids, Michigan $2,000 
Hillsboro, Oregon $2,000 
Houston, Texas $2,000 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin $2,000 
Minneapolis, Minnesota $2,000 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma $2,000 
Portland, Oregon  $4,400 
San Antonio, Texas $2,000 
Seattle, Washington $4,400 
Spokane, Washington $2,000 
Traverse City, Michigan $2,000 
Tri-Cities, Washington$2,000 
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USA Select High School

With our USA Select High School program, you can customise your exchange based on your academic and personal goals. It starts with what you want to gain from the experience – a favourite subject, sport or artistic activity, or the city you want to live in!  You can choose the Select school that is the perfect match, or we can help you decide which high school is right for you.  

The price of your USA Select program will depend on the school you choose as well as currency exchange rates between Australia and the USA. You’ll study on an F-1 visa, giving you similar rights and privileges as American students including the possibility of earning a US high school diploma if you study in Grade 12. 

Not sure about next steps? Start with our most popular schools 

To help you start planning for your exchange, we’ve listed great schools, but there are many more to choose from – just ask! We’ll answer all your questions and provide a personalized quote for your USA Select High School Exchange.
The fees listed below are not inclusive of the school and accommodation fees.

Please contact us for a detailed quote. 

The USA Select High School program price includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.   
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Personal support before and during your exchange. 
    • Application Support.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
    • Access to ‘My SCCE – a personlised online resource and reporting centre with information to help you prepare and make the most of your exchange. 
    • Safety Card and Emergency Information. 
    • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Manager to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
    • 24/7 emergency phone. 
    • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
    • Progress reports to parents during the program. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school. 
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • Certificate of completion. 
  • Reunion with other exchange students in Australia after your return. 

Not included in USA Select High School program price:

School & Accommodation priceFind price here
Program management feeAU$4,995
Insurance feeYear: US$995
Semester: US$495 
Personal spending money AU$400-500 per month 
Application feeUS$250
VaccinationsPersonal expense 
School expenses Books, school materials, transport to/from school/school trips 
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is AU$3,000 and the surcharge is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights.
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator once on program at an additional cost.
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USA Academic Exchange

Our USA Academic Exchange program is great for students who are pursuing a particular academic, athletic or artistic goal. Tell the 1 thing you want your high school to have the most we’ll match you with a school that offers it. We’ll let you know where you’ll be studying as soon as you’re accepted by the school. 

As a USA Academic Exchange student, you’ll study on an F-1 visa which gives you similar rights and privileges as American students.  Enquire now to learn more about our USA Academic Exchange program.

Academic Year Academic Exchange Program US$18,950
Academic Semester Academic Exchange Program US$14,450

The USA Academic Exchange Program price includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.   
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Personal support before and during your exchange. 
    • Application Support.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
    • Access to ‘My SCCE – a personlised online resource and reporting centre with information to help you prepare and make the most of your exchange. 
    • Safety Card and Emergency Information. 
    • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Manager to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
    • 24/7 emergency phone. 
    • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
    • Progress reports to parents during the program. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school. 
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • Certificate of completion. 
  • Reunion with other exchange students in Australia after your return. 

Not included in USA Academic Exchange price:

Program management feeAU$4,995
Insurance feeYear: US$995
Semester: US$495 
Personal spending money AU$400-500 per month 
Application feeUS$250
VaccinationsPersonal expense 
School expenses Books, school materials, transport to/from school/school trips 
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is AU$3,000 and the surcharge is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights.
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator once on program at an additional cost.

THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

Traveling on a student exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shapes your future. Check out this short guide to planning your exchange program. Join our free Information Session Webinar online and then contact us to make that plan a reality.

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