Visit New Zealand on a student exchange
You may be eligible to visit New Zealand on student exchange if you:
- Are aged 15-18 years old
- Come from one of our affiliate countries
NZIIU offers limited places for exchange students. Students are screened and selected based on their application, school records, and interviews.
Exchange students can stay from three months to one year and may be placed in a number of areas throughout New Zealand where there is a support coordinator. All students are placed with a host family and attend a local high school where they are treated the same as an NZ student.
At the beginning of December, we organise a New Zealand tour which is a wonderful opportunity for students to see the beauty of New Zealand and gain confidence for their stay. Our exchange students return to their home countries with renewed enthusiasm to continue learning English and an appreciation for another culture.
Supporting inbound exchange students
A local contact person is appointed to the student for the duration of their stay. We refer to these support people as Regional Homestay Managers (RHMs). This person selects the homestay, provides pastoral care overseeing the welfare of the student(s), in addition to maintaining regular contact with the family and school.