Regional Science Exchange

Held annually, the John Monash Science School Regional Science Exchange invites Year 10 students from regional Victorian schools with a passion for science to join us for an immersive three-week block.

Experience teaching and learning at John Monash Science School.

Through the Regional Science Exchange, small cohorts of Year 10 students from rural and regional Victoria are invited to visit Melbourne and experience teaching and learning at John Monash Science School (JMSS) – Victoria’s first specialist secondary school with an explicit focus on science, mathematics and associated technologies.

Students participating in the exchange will travel to Melbourne, and be provided with home stay accommodation for three weeks, during which time they will enrol and participate in regular Year 10 curriculum at John Monash Science School.

Designed to minimise disruption to regular studies, all students will be able to continue their studies in core subjects like English and Mathematics while on exchange.

In addition to regular studies, visiting students will experience the unique learning environment offered through our co-location and partnership with Monash University, benefit from working with a large group of keen scientifically – minded students, and have the opportunity to participate in specialised emerging science electives, fields trips and extra-curricular activities.


The curriculum at JMSS challenges students to explore cutting-edge scientific knowledge in an immersive teaching and learning environment, including opportunities to participate in emerging science electives developed in partnership with Monash University.

In addition to study-related opportunities, students will also have the opportunity to explore Melbourne’s diverse cultural and sporting landscape through curated excursions and guided weekend activities – forming a holistic school/life experience.

The Regional Science Exchange is also designed to give students exposure to the Monash University campus and facilities, helping to prepare for the transition to university and further study at the end of secondary years of schooling.

Science Electives.

During their exchange, students will choose an elective Emerging Science subject from a range of offerings.  These electives are hands-on in nature, and often utilise the various scientific facilities on-campus at Monash University, allowing students to explore and investigate areas of science, technology and mathematics that are shaping the future.

Emerging Science Subject Offerings

Stream 1

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

Stream 2

  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Physics
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • FLEET (Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies)

Key Information.

Our Science Exchange for 2024 is NOW OPEN. We look forward to welcoming you all back onto the grounds of JMSS.

Dates are as follows:-

Term 3, 2024
Sunday 21 July – Friday 09 August 2024
Weeks 2, 3 and 4 (3 week program)

Each block will accommodate up to 20 students, depending on availability of home stay accommodation. Students attend JMSS for a 3-week block.

*Dates correct at time of update. Subject to change

Regional Science Exchange


The Program fee is now FREE! Due to the funding we have received from the Department of Education & Training, there is now no fee,  making it more available to all students willing to apply.  Students will only need to organise transport to and from Melbourne.

Students will stay with JMSS families, and will have a JMSS buddy. Students will be provided with a JMSS school uniform jumper, and may borrow a myki to catch public transport during their stay.



Accommodation will be hosted by JMSS families. Students live with JMSS families during the duration of their stay and are allocated a buddy, house and mentor group thus increasing the bond with the school and JMSS students. Alternatively, for those with relatives in metro Melbourne, exchange students may stay with family for the duration depending on how many JMSS families volunteer to act as Homestay.

JMSS Regional Science Exchange

Selection Criteria.

Applications for Year 10 students

The program is for Year 10 students who have talent, interest, curiosity and enthusiasm in the areas of Science, Mathematics and/or Technology.

Interested students are encouraged to speak with the science teacher at their school, and work with them to develop an application for the 2024 program.

Applications will need to address the following selection criteria

Applications will need to address the following selection criteria:
Students – describe your interest in science/maths/technology in a maximum of one A4 typed page.
Students – describe in 200 words or less how you will use this opportunity back in your school and/or home town after the experience is over, or how it might impact your future subject or career choices.
Students – if you are studying any VCE (Year 11 and 12 subjects) in Year 10, please list them and approximately how much work will be required during your 3-week block.
Please consider and list any possible issues regarding being away from home for 3 weeks, eg: part-time work, sporting commitments, experience staying away from home.

Teachers – a summary of students’ academic performance over the period Year 7- 9 with particular reference to science, mathematics and technology capabilities. Please comment on student potential and the value of the program to the student and school. Maximum of one A4 typed page.

If you would like to apply, please fill out the application form:

Geographical location of students’ homes and schools attended will also be considered.
Indigenous students are encouraged to apply.
Make sure you have read through the Information Booklet
Ensure you have read and addressed the Selection Criteria


For more information or questions regarding your application please email: –
The Regional Exchange team on

Apply Today.

Applications for Year 10 students NOW OPEN!

Applications for Year 10 students NOW OPEN!

– REx submissions due Friday 24th May
– REx offers sent out Friday 7th June
– REx enrolments due Friday 14th June

For more information please email the Exchange team on –


Apply for Homestay Program

Applications for the Homestay Program are also open!

Register your interest in providing homestay accommodation for students participating in the 2024 Regional Science Exchange click here. For more information or clarification please email the Exchange team on –

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