Selection process

Applicants will be assessed for eligibility and considered on their merit for placements, with preference being given to teachers who have: demonstrated exceptional practice, in particular if they have achieved Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher accreditation; a strong recommendation from their principal/director around their professional and personal suitability for an exchange.

Who can apply?

Permanent full-time NSW public school teachers, executive staff members or principals who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for an international teacher exchange.

Applicants need to:

Principals/directors of applicants then provide references and recommendations regarding the application.

Note: all forms must be completed and submitted electronically.

The selection process

Exchange selection is a competitive process. Applicants will be considered on their merit with preference being given to teachers who:

  • Have demonstrated exceptional practice, in particular if they have achieved Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher accreditation
  • Provide a strong recommendation from their principal / director around their professional and personal suitability for an exchange.

Applications are assessed on the basis of:

  • Responses to selection criteria
  • Professional experience
  • Teacher exchange preferences
  • Anticipated assignment for the international exchange counterpart
  • Personal preferences, including location and accommodation requests.

Notification of outcomes

After the closing date, the teacher exchange team will suggest possible placements to the principals of selected applicants. If the exchange is accepted by school, the placement will be offered to the applicant. The exchange will need to be accepted by the overseas parties as well as the department. Priority is given to exchange participants who are highly recommended by their principal/director.

The offer of a second proposal cannot be guaranteed in the event that an applicant declines an exchange proposal. Only one proposal can be offered at a time.

In cases of joint applications between teaching spouses/partners, both applicants must state the other is applying on the application form and indicate whether the applications should be considered jointly or individually. If only one spouse/partner is selected for exchange, the teacher exchange team will make every effort to facilitate leave arrangements for the other spouse/partner. Note: there is no guarantee that leave of absence will be granted. As with exchange participants, the spouse/partner will have right of return to their teaching position immediately following the exchange period.

Note: If an application is successful, participants must meet immigration and entry requirements of the host country. Some exchange locations may require a copy of teacher education studies and NSW Teachers Certificate.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email once the selection and match-making process is complete.

In the event an applicant, who meets the eligibility criteria, is not successful or no matches are found, they may apply again in the following year.

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