Open your home, host an exchange student
Hosting an exchange student is a unique opportunity to share your way of life with an enthusiastic young person from another part of the world.
Every year in January and July students come to Australia from all over the world to spend one or two semesters at a high school. By opening your heart and home and hosting an exchange student, your family can make a positive difference to the life of a young person just waiting to come to our country.
What is a host family?
Being an STS host family means opening your heart and your home to a student from another country. It is a rewarding experience for the whole family.
Why be a host family?
A meeting of two cultures is a rewarding learning experience. You share your everyday life and customs while learning about a new culture.
Every year, STS Australia welcomes students aged 15 to 18 from Europe, Canada, South America and Thailand. Read about our students waiting for a caring host family in Australia.
Why choose STS?
STS is one of the leading exchange organisations in Australia. We have a reliable network of representatives who are dedicated to student exchange and will provide support to you as an exchange student host family.
Host family testimonials
"Hosting an exchange student is a wonderful experience". Read our host family testimonials.
Host family application
Would you and your family like to host an exchange student coming to Australia soon? You can apply here.
Information for schools
Do you work in the school sector? Do you want to know more about our exchange programs and how we welcome our students to Australia? Read more here.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is it necessary for exchange students to have their own room? What happens if we don’t get along? You can find answers to your questions here.