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

Semester 1

• Analytical and Spectroscopic Science

• Aquatic Fieldwork Studies

• Medical Physics

• Microbiology

• Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

• Disease, Diagnosis and Scientific Discoveries.

• Astrophysics

• Terraforming Mars

• Pharmaceutical Science


Semester 2


• Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

• Microbiology

• Biotechnology

• Astrophysics

• Materials Science

Key Information.

Our Science Exchange for 2023 is NOW OPEN. We look forward to welcoming you all back onto the grounds of JMSS.

Dates are as follows:-

Term 2 , 2023
Weeks 3, 4 and 5 (3 week program)
Sunday 30 April – Friday 19 May, 2023*

Term 3, 2023 (TBC)
Weeks 2, 3 and 4 (3 week program)

Term 4 (TBC)
Weeks 8 and 9 (2 week program)

Each block will accommodate a cohort of 20 students, depending on availability of home stay accommodation. Students attend JMSS for a 3-week block, then will continue their research projects at home, returning to present their posters at our annual Science Fair in November 2023.

Students attending the Term 4 program will be attending JMSS during the Australian Science Fair.
*Dates correct at time of update. Subject to change

JMSS 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.

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 2023 program.

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.
  • 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.
  • Compete a cover sheet, outlining your details.
  • Please ensure your documents are prepared in wither Word (.doc/.docx) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) formats.
  • To download the Selection Criteria form – Click Here

Apply Today.

Applications for Year 10 students NOW OPEN!

To ensure that you are notified when applications for the 2023 Regional Science Exchange Program are officially open, please register your interest in participating in the form below.

It is never too early to register your interest in the program.  Interested parties will be added to our mailing list and receive email notifications and updates about the Regional Science Exchange Program.

For more information please email the Marketing 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 2023 Regional Science Exchange click here. For more information or clarification please email the Marketing Team on –