Global Exchange Program


Boarding school already requires students to move away from the comforts of home and embrace many new challenges. Participating in an exchange program takes that experience to a new level by integrating into a different culture, engaging with host families, and reaching out to form new relationships. Students returning from an exchange bring with them an expanded sense of global community, renewed self-confidence and many fond memories.

About The Program

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  • Costs

    If reciprocal, an individual exchange will cost the price of the return air fare, pocket money and incidentals. The school may offer an optional excursion, which will be an added cost.

    If not reciprocal, then school fees might be applicable for the duration.
  • Exchange partners

    Shawnigan offers reciprocal 1-8 week student exchange programs with the following overseas schools:

    Individual or pairs
    o  Canberra Grammar School, Canberra, Australia (boys)
    o  Hilton College, South Africa (boys)
    o  St. Margaret’s, Ascot, Queensland, Australia (girls)
    o  St. Catherine’s, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (girls)
    o  Waikato Diocesan, Hamilton, New Zealand (girls)
    o  Oxford School, Villarrica, Chile ( co-ed)

    Group exchanges
    o  Lycee Sacre Coeur, Angers, France ( Spring Break)
    o  Azabu High School, Tokyo, Japan (Nov midterm break)
    o  Ritsumeikan High School, Kyoto, Japan 

    While the group exchanges to France and Japan take place during school breaks, the individual or pairs exchanges usually take place between January and mid-March.

    GAP Year Internship Opportunities
    Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Australia
    Timbertop, Victoria, Australia
  • Logistics

    In an individual exchange, students who leave Shawnigan to go to another school will be paired up with a student who will, in turn, return to Shawnigan later in the same year.

    On the exchange, Shawnigan students may live with a family at their homes or they may be placed in a boarding house at the school. This depends on whether the reciprocal student is a day or boarding student.

    Exchange students coming to Shawnigan as part of the reciprocal exchange will be placed in a boarding house. However, it must be pointed out that during our school breaks the Shawnigan student who has been on the exchange would be expected to host the reciprocal exchange student at his or her home.
  • Apply

    Contact Chelsea Russell for an application form and questionnaire.

    On completion of the form and if parental consent has been given, an interview will be conducted. All applicants will require strong support from their House Director and teachers.

    The expectation is that all students applying for an exchange will keep up with their academic work at Shawnigan. Wi-Fi and the support of a Shawnigan study buddy should make this straightforward to manage.

Registration Information

Currently accepting applicants, Grade 9 and 10 students are welcome to apply.
For further information, please email Chelsea Russell:

Program Director

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    Chelsea Russell 

    House Director - Renfrew, Inclusive Education Teacher

Our School Partners

Nothing can replace the active and immersive adventure afforded by undertaking an international exchange. It is a unique opportunity that we encourage all interested students to pursue. - Chelsea Russell
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