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Our Purpose and History

It's what puts us ahead of the rest

Our Purpose

  • To further tolerance
  • To challenge youth towards international understanding
  • To encourage youth towards further learning
  • To provide self-knowledge and awareness

Our Mission Statement

We believe in building a better cultural understanding between nations and people. By offering safe and exciting ways for young people to fulfil their dreams of discovering a new culture through learning, we help create better global citizens, while contributing to improved quality of life for those less fortunate.

Programs exchanging students to live in another culture have been popular for centuries, organised by universities and secondary schools. They became professionally organised by pacifist groups after WWI with the desire to promote peaceful relations among nations. There were many similar programs organised by governments. They 20th century brought forward many organisations promoting student exchange as well as the establishment of many overseas branches of universities.

After WWII, German corporations in Australia commenced sponsoring scholarships for secondary students, soon followed by a U.S. exchange organisation offering Australian students a choice of many countries. In 1970, another U.S organisation arrived with a U.S. government grant, adding many new destinations for Australia. Then, after comedian Paul Hogan, in 1984, urged every nationality to “put another shrimp on the Barbie in Australia”, several European, American, and Japanese exchange organisations came to Australia.

Since its incorporation in 1983, S.C.C.E. has exchanged over 16,500 students with 27 different countries.

S.C.C.E.’s vast experience and professionalism in providing high quality exchange programs is reflected in its approval and registration with Australian state and federal education departments, and its acceptance by immigration and education authorities around the world.

Recruiting professionals qualified and experienced in the fields of education, counselling, travel and administration, most of S.C.C.E.’s staff are former exchange students whose unique experiences and knowledge, as well as enthusiasm for intercultural exchange programs, directly benefits today’s participants.

With four decades of Australian-based experience, S.C.C.E. staff have a unique ability to respond to the changing needs of Australian education systems through the innovation, diversification and adaptation of our programs and procedures.

S.C.C.E. takes pride in designing programs, ranging in duration from six weeks to ten months, which reflect the values and ideals of Australian students, families, and schools.


S.C.C.E. lauded for community contribution in business excellence award


Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is pleased to be conferred the honour of the prestigious Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Award 2014 for Community Contribution, in recognition of its role in advancing international understanding between Australian communities and the rest of the world. To read a newspaper report in the Mornington News, please click on this link  http://issuu.com/morningtonnews/docs/mn_4th_november_2014 and turn to page 11 of the paper.




Unique as the first international student exchange organisation founded and based in Australia, S.C.C.E incorporated as a national company limited by guarantee.


17 Australians selected for exchange program to the U.S.A.


Three Australians selected for exchange to France, 8 for Germany. 16 Australian host families for U.S.A. students. French and German organisations interviewed; each appointed as affiliates. Delegations come to S.C.C.E Australia.


57 Australians selected for France. Staff appointed in N.S.W. Groups to France for Melbourne Girls’ Grammar and St Catherine’s. Residential Arrival Orientation in Hawaii for students to U.S.A.  S.C.C.E. moves to offices on farmlet in Pearcedale, Victoria.


S.C.C.E. offers first January semester outbound program. French government attaché recruit groups to France from N.S.W.; 163 students in total selected for France.


S.C.C.E. appoints exclusive affiliate organisation in Italy. Requested by other exchange organisations, S.C.C.E. Director founds Australian umbrella organisation to represent professional Australian exchange organisations.


S.C.C.E. elected as the first Australian full member of Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations. S.C.C.E. offers first Au Pair program to U.S.A. Denmark added.


Switzerland added.


At request of independent schools, first outbound November 3 month programs to France, Italy and Germany added. Japan added.


Finland, Spain and Canada added.


Poland added. S.C.C.E. declined the offer of a castle for payment of 3 students.


First non-governmental exchange organisation in Russia added. Sends 5 not-to-be-forgotten students. S.C.C.E Australian exchange students in Europe enjoying a tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, staying with host families for two weeks.


South Africa is added.  Student tour held in July.


Norway and Sweden added.


S.C.C.E. national office relocates to Mt. Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.


Netherlands added.


Ireland added.


In July, compulsory residential 3-day Arrival Orientation for International Students held in Sydney suburbs. Intensive activities, exercises and games, successfully prepare students for ‘change’.


Australian family preferences for education prevail in a year of financial uncertainty. Large numbers enrol and host.


China added; first student from S.C.C.E. arrives in Beijing in August.


Residential Arrival Orientation for international students becomes ‘de riguer’ upon dawn arrival in Sydney for 3.5 days.


30th Anniversary.

S.C.C.E. appoints affiliate organisation in Costa Rica. First students from S.C.C.E. arrive for 2 and 3 month programs.

30th Year concludes with GRAND TOTALS:

8,581 Australians sent overseas

8,102 International students hosted


Mexico added. First Mexican inbound student arrives in February.

Argentina added.

England added.

S.C.C.E. receives the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Award 2014 for Community Contribution.


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