Becoming an approved student exchange organisation

What you need to know

In Victoria, schools and not-for-profit organisations must be a VRQA-approved student exchange organisation (SEO) before they can provide secondary student exchange programs.  

VRQA-approved SEOs can offer student exchange programs for a minimum of four weeks and up to one year.

SEOs are required to maintain a balance of inbound and outbound students, so that student numbers remain approximately equal over a two-year period.

Becoming an SEO

To become a VRQA-approved SEO, organisations must comply with the Guidelines for Student Exchange Programs, which commenced on 1 September 2019.

To download the guidelines, see:

Organisations seeking approval should submit a completed application form. To download the appropriate form, see:

For more information, or to access a previous version of the guidelines, contact us: