Global Exchange Program

Registration Information

Currently accepting applicants
For further information, please email Rhodri Samuel:


To move away from the comforts of home and embrace the challenge of boarding school, with all its associated academic, athletic and artistic rigours, requires determination and courage. Students who take this experience “on the road” to another country, school and home setting take this challenge to another level. However, with this challenge comes the opportunity to engage in an enriching experience that will stay with students long after they have graduated.

Participating on an exchange program allows students not only to immerse themselves in a different culture and language, but also to learn more about how their own cultures and countries are viewed by others. Integrating into a different culture, engaging with host families and reaching out to form new relationships takes courage, perseverance and determination, along with an openness of heart and a willingness to learn. 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:

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

    Individual or pairs
    o  Canberra Grammar, Canberra, Australia (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  Mercury Bay Area School, Whitianga, New Zealand (co-ed)
    o  Oxford School, Villarrica, Chile ( co-ed)

    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.
  • 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 Mr. Samuel 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.
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.

Program Directors

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    Chelsea Russell 

    House Director - Renfrew, Inclusive Education Teacher
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.