Global exchange program
In our ever-shrinking world, it is increasingly important that young people develop global and cultural awareness, resilience and self-assuredness.
As a school, we believe that participation in an exchange program and immersion in an overseas school and family for 4 -10 weeks is a key way for this to occur. Our firm belief in the importance of creating effective global citizens means that we have developed a program for our students that provide wonderful opportunities, not only for the participants, but also for families within our school community who become involved with the hosting of our international guests. As such, University High School students in Year 9 have the opportunity to apply for a four to ten week exchange program to Finland, Denmark, Canada, Singapore and Germany, for the following year.
Our partner schools are as follows:
Finland: (8 - 10 week exchange)
Schildtin Lukio (formerly Cygnaeus Lukio) is in Jyvaskyla, 300kms north of Helsinki. The town, Jyvaskyla, offers an urban feel surrounded by natural parks and lakes. The school is a senior secondary school with an academic program like UHS. Subjects are taught in English so ability to speak Finnish isn’t required. Follow link to Schildtin Lukio
Denmark: (8 - 10 week exchange)
- Norre Gymnasium is located in Copenhagen. NØRRE G is an upper secondary state school situated about 10 kms from the city centre with easy access by public transport. The school has a highly international atmosphere and runs the International Baccalaureate as well as the Danish curriculum. Most Nørre G graduates continue their studies at universities or colleges of higher education in Denmark or abroad. www.norreg.dk
- Odsherreds Gymnasium is located in the township of Asnaes, 90kms west of Copenhagen. It is a small school with approximately 450 high school students. It is an inclusive school where students thrive and take good care of each other and where young people with different interests, ideas and lifestyle meet. Link to Odsherreds Gymnasium
Canada: (6 week exchange)
Point Grey Secondary School is a school in similar size to UHS with strong sports and performing arts programs. It is regarded as the top government co-ed academic school in Vancouver. http://pointgreysecondary.ca/. Point Grey is located in a leafy suburb about 10kms from the city. Vancouver is situated on the west coast of BC Canada. Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is a 1 ½ hour drive away.
Singapore: (4 – 6 week exchange)
The Anderson Secondary School is a co-ed school with academic profile similar to UHS. It is a specialist science school with a strong co-curricluar program including dance, wushu, concert band and sports. Link to The Anderson SC
Germany: (8 – 10 week exchange)For students who are studying German as ability to speak German is essential
- Gymnasium Grootmoor is located in Hamburg in a quiet and green suburb about 15 km from the city centre. Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and located in the north of Germany on the river Elbe. The school is an academic school and offers an extensive co-curricular program including a strong music program. http://www.grootmoor.de/
- Graf-Muenster-Gymnasium is an academic high school situated in the north of the state of Bavaria, in the town of Bayreuth. Bayreuth has a population of just over 70,000, is a regional capital and is best known for its staging of the annual Wagner Festival. Bayreuth is about 250 km north of Munich, the state capital of Bavaria. Link to Graf-Muenster-Gymnasium.
The Global Exchange Program is reciprocal, with the students from our partner schools coming to stay with their UHS hosts and the UHS students going to stay with the family of the student they hosted. The exchange students come here for Term 1, usually arriving a few days before school starts. Our students then go overseas in late March/ early April (July – August for Singapore) for their 4 – 10 week stay.