In your words

Hear from students already on an exchange with NZIIU.

Check out what some of our students have been up to on their adventures.

Exploring France

Zainab talks in depth about her preparation for France including her fundraising activities and visa application. Despite all the preparation, it does not quite prepare her for all the new experiences in France which she says is "overwhelming...confusing but fun and exciting at the same time". Read More >>

Winter in Canada

Kennedy feels nervous about making friends, fitting in and getting on with her family but what surprises her the most when she arrives in Canada is the cold weather!! Read More >>

Realisations in Holland

Having grown up with a tight knit group of friends at school, Madeleine quickly realises how much effort it takes to make friends overseas and how important it is not to worry about her limited language skills because people appreciate her trying the learn. Read More >>

Life in Osaka

After arriving in Japan, Katarina had to do many things outside her comfort zone including public speaking, joining a club and meeting new people. She now sees how those experiences have changed her approach to challenges and difficulties. Read More >>

Life in Argentina

From abseiling to zooming through the Iguazo Forest on a flying fox, Steve Barnett’s trip to Argentina was one big adventure. Read More >>

A French winter

Oliver Baker arrived in France to negative temperatures and a light sprinkling of snow. His student exchange was filled with delicious food, skiing, and mastering his language skills. Read More >>

My time in Argentina

Alfie Duffy spent three months in Argentina and he wished he could have stayed longer. He never got homesick (although from time-to-time he did get a bit sick from all the rich food!). Read More >>

Christmas in France

Eleanor Rosemergy spent four months in France, which included a traditional French Christmas – complete with shrimps, oysters, shellfish, and of course, snails! Read More >>

My Italian adventure

Pisa, pizza, and pretty Italian cities – Ebony loved Italy so much that she wished she had extended her exchange from five months to ten months. One thing is for sure: she’ll definitely be back. Read More >>

My year in France

Sophia Le Lievre is studying for a year in France. So far, she has tasted rabbit, dipped her toes in the Mediterranean ocean, and visited Belgium. Read her blog to see what the next 6 months will bring. Read More >>

Spanish adventures

Kyra Forrest spent three months in Spain, the land of tortillas, siestas, and football matches! Read all about her Spanish adventures – including that one time she tried pig’s ears! Read More >>

Ola from Brazil!

Pizza in round boxes, avocados with sugar, and finishing school at midday – life is different in Brazil, but Jessica Emmerson loved every moment of her 9-month student exchange. Read More >>

Amy's China exchange

Amy Seo spent three months in China, where she quickly fell in love with the Chinese way of life (even though she missed Korean food!). Read More >>

Bonjour from France!

Katie went on a student exchange to France, where she enjoyed a traditional French Christmas and made great friends. She was sad to leave and couldn’t wait to come back and visit. Read More >>

Travels in Deutschland

Alisha Siraj went on student exchange to Germany, where she had the opportunity to experience a typical German Christmas. Apparently the celebrations lasted for three days! Read More >>

Christmas in Germany

Simran Sadler arrived in Germany just in time for Christmas. She discovered that holidays in Germany are full of fun, family, and food – similar to home, yet a new experience all the same! Read More >>

Hola from Spain

Kathy Hastle spent three months living and studying in Las Arenas, a suburb in the Spanish city of Bilbao. She made plenty of friends, sharpened her Spanish skills, and even visited France. Read More >>

My incredible Thai adventure

“Thailand is absolutely incredible. The country is beautiful, the people are very nice, and the food is exquisite.” It’s safe to say that Hamish loved his student exchange to Thailand! Read More >>

A Kiwi in The Netherlands

Andrew Spekreijse went on a student exchange to the Netherlands, where he discovered the Dutch way of life, made plenty of friends, and of course went on a lot of bike rides! Read More >>

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