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Student Exchange Programs in New Zealand

Study in one of the world's most beautiful countries

Experience the most diverse, green and stunning landscapes by embarking on a student exchange program to our neighbour, New Zealand

The New Zealanders’ way of life, the Maori culture, the lively arts scene, and their passion for their national sport are just some of the wonderful experiences to look forward to in New Zealand. Even though there are plenty of bubbling mud pools, hot springs, geysers and geothermal activity in the North Island, it also boasts some of the most pristine beaches around (not to mention a must-do visit to the Hobbiton Movie set)! The South Island offers wide open landscapes, glaciers, ski fields, the stunning Milford Sound, and more.

When studying in New Zealand, you will have the opportunity to experience everything the country has to offer. You can look forward to an eventful and exciting high school exchange in one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

Quick facts

Age of students: 15–17 years

Departure: February or July for 2 or 3 months, Semester or an Academic Year

Area choice: No

Soft Landing Camp: Yes, included in program fee

School day: Normally from 8.45 to 15.10

Subjects: There are both compulsory subjects and electives

Program: Classic High School

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Check out our Student Exchange Programs

We offer a Classic Exchange Program in New Zealand. Read more about Classic High School in New Zealand.

The experience of a lifetime

Travelling on an exchange program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shapes your future. Check out this short guide to plan your exchange in New Zealand. Please join an Information Session Webinar and then contact us to make that plan a reality.

High school in New Zealand

As an exchange student in New Zealand, you will immerse into everyday life of the teenagers. School uniforms, fun high school spirit, and a range of outdoor education options are part of school in New Zealand.

Subjects & school activities

Math, English, and Physical Education are compulsory subjects, but if you have the chance to choose an elective, we recommend you choose classes not on offer in Australia if possible. This may be Maori Language, Agriculture Studies or Outdoor Education.

In New Zealand high schools, there are often different sports and activities available. Many schools have sports teams including rugby, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, golf, and hockey. The activities are often arranged after school hours, by teachers and parents.

New Zealand schools often have keen sense of high school spirit with of events, gatherings, and excursions to participate in. This is fun for all students, but also a great way to get involved in the school community.

Enquire now

Your spare time in New Zealand

Turquoise waters, snowy mountains, spectacular volcanos, and green landscapes. How you spend your spare time will really depend on where you are placed in New Zealand. Your host family placement could be on either the North or South Island, and the activities available may differ when it comes to climate and landscape. The North Island has a warm climate while the South Island has a cooler climate. Whether it’s skiing, snorkelling or anything in between, there are loads of opportunities to get outside.

Enquire now

Staying with a New Zealandic host family

By staying with a host family, you will get to experience how it is to live as a true Kiwi. When staying with a Kiwi family, you get to experience the culture and family life as a local. They will soon make you feel at home, and as part of the family rather than a guest.

Caring and curious families

Your host family may live in an apartment or house, with or without kids and pets, in the city or the country. What they all have in common is that they are carefully selected and are looking forward to getting to know you.

Learn more about host families

High school in New Zealand

As an exchange student in New Zealand, you will immerse into everyday life of the teenagers. School uniforms, fun high school spirit, and a range of outdoor education options are part of school in New Zealand.

Subjects & school activities

Math, English, and Physical Education are compulsory subjects, but if you have the chance to choose an elective, we recommend you choose classes not on offer in Australia if possible. This may be Maori Language, Agriculture Studies or Outdoor Education.

In New Zealand high schools, there are often different sports and activities available. Many schools have sports teams including rugby, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, golf, and hockey. The activities are often arranged after school hours, by teachers and parents.

New Zealand schools often have keen sense of high school spirit with of events, gatherings, and excursions to participate in. This is fun for all students, but also a great way to get involved in the school community.

Enquire now
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Your spare time in New Zealand

Turquoise waters, snowy mountains, spectacular volcanos, and green landscapes. How you spend your spare time will really depend on where you are placed in New Zealand. Your host family placement could be on either the North or South Island, and the activities available may differ when it comes to climate and landscape. The North Island has a warm climate while the South Island has a cooler climate. Whether it’s skiing, snorkelling or anything in between, there are loads of opportunities to get outside.

Enquire now
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Staying with a New Zealandic host family

By staying with a host family, you will get to experience how it is to live as a true Kiwi. When staying with a Kiwi family, you get to experience the culture and family life as a local. They will soon make you feel at home, and as part of the family rather than a guest.

Caring and curious families

Your host family may live in an apartment or house, with or without kids and pets, in the city or the country. What they all have in common is that they are carefully selected and are looking forward to getting to know you.

Learn more about host families
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Hear from our former exchange students in New Zealand

Astrid

“Much of life in New Zealand is about enjoying the outdoors and for me a large part of my stay has been spent surfing, hiking, discovering new places and being active outside.”

– in Waihi Beach

Ellen

“If there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain, it’s that the experiences you get during an exchange year are worth their weight in pretty much every situation you come across later in life. It will be magical!”
– in Lower Hutt

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