International Exchange

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Japanese Exchange

Cardijn College has an established relationship with Osaka Seiko High School in Japan. Each year we are proud to host a delegation of Japanese students who have the chance to experience school and life in Australia.
This is a somewhat unique experience and the establishment of this relationship between two Catholic secondary schools builds on our engagement with Asia and fosters a genuine intercultural understanding of our northern neighbours.

Living with a host family during their stay in Adelaide, students have the opportunity to live like a local and become immersed in the Australian culture.

The school day allows for the exchange student to experience education in an Australian context and to practice their English skills, while for our community it is a chance to broaden their understanding of the wider world and our relationships with others.

Chris Burrows
Assistant Principal


Are you interested in hosting a Japanese student?

Imagine living overseas for a week immersing yourself in another culture. Well that’s what 25 Year 9 Japanese students and two teachers will be doing in March. They will be placed with a host family and attend Cardijn College. They’ll live like a local and become immersed in our culture. They’ll learn more about the language and gain valuable international experience. Both the hosts and the students themselves will learn a lot about each other. This is an exciting and rewarding experience for all involved.

The Cardijn College community has a proud tradition of offering a welcoming hospitality to those who enter our community.

With the Japanese students arriving Friday, March 22 2019 and departing Sunday, March 31 2019, we are looking for families to become hosts. If you are interested in being a host family for one or possibly more of these students
please contact:

Melissa Alexander
8392 9500


Host families are provided with $300 per student to cover any expenses incurred in hosting a Japanese Exchange student. 

Italian Immersion


On Monday 13 November 2017, 12 Cardijn College students and four Mount Carmel students departed Adelaide bound for Italy. 

Every two years, Italian language students from Cardijn College have the opportunity to experience an immersion in Italy. The immersion provides the students with an opportunity to develop their language skills within the context of the Italian culture.

The itinerary is intensive. Starting with a few days in Rome including some study at a language school, they then travel to Sorrento where they will visit Pompeii, make their way to Orvierto and spend a few days at a farm house, visit Pisa, spend time in Florence and complete the tour in Venice - 17 amazing days!

The Italian immersion is a wonderful opportunity for the students to develop both their language skills and understanding of the Italian culture. The students are exposed to a wide range of experiences, but most importantly, they spend time speaking with the Italian people, learning about the culture and as an extra benefit gain valuable SACE credits as they complete targeted tasks that develop their skills.

We are sure that the students will have a great experience, and we look forward to the continuation of the immersion in future years.

Eve Lovett and Joseph Catania


Italian Immersion