Exploring New Zealand

New Zealand Exchange Program Prices

Your guide to our programs and pricing information

The cost of your exchange program in New Zealand will depend on the duration of your exchange.

Explore our programs and prices. Then contact the high school exchange experts to answer all your questions and prepare a detailed quote to match your budget and goals. Our One Team Across the Globe means that we have expert staff in both Australia and New Zealand.

Programs available in New Zealand: Classic High School.



Girls paddle boarding in NZ
Cape Reinga Beach NZ

New Zealand Classic High School

The Classic High School program is the ideal choice for the flexible student. You will be matched with a host family on either the North or the South Island and attend a local high school. 

LengthDeparturePrice AUDApplication deadline
Classic Academic Year  Feb 2024 $8,450Oct 1, 2023
Classic Academic Semester Feb 2024$7,450Oct 1, 2023
Classic Short Program 3 Months Feb 2024$6,400Oct 1, 2023
Classic Short Program 2 Months Feb 2024$6,200Oct 1, 2023

The New Zealand Classic High School program includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.   
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Personal support before and during your exchange. 
    • Application Support.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
    • Access to ‘My SCCE – a personlised online resource and reporting centre with information to help you prepare and make the most of your exchange. 
    • Safety Card and Emergency Information. 
    • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Manager to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
    • 24/7 emergency phone. 
    • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
    • Progress reports to parents during the program. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school. 
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • Certificate of completion. 
  • Reunion with other exchange students in Australia after your return. 

Not included in New Zealand Classic High School program price:

Personal spending money AU$400-500 per month 
VaccinationsPersonal expense 
School expenses Books, school materials, transport to/from school/school trips 
Soft Landing CampIncluded in program fee for Academic Semester & Year programs
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is AU$1,200 and the surcharge
is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights. 
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator
once on program at an additional cost.


Traveling on a student exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shapes your future. Check out this short guide to planning your exchange program. Join our free Information Session Webinar online and then contact us to make that plan a reality.

Apply now