Study abroad in the United Kingdom, famous for the royal family, fish and chips, and tea.

Why study in the UK?

New Zealand has close ties to the UK. You will likely feel right at home in the land of castles, lush green countryside, and world-class universities. Whether you choose to study in England, Scotland or Wales, you’ll love the friendly people, historic sites, and comforting food (bangers and mash, anyone?). A student exchange to the UK is a great opportunity to experience this iconic destination for yourself.

All the people were lovely and I made an amazing group of friends that I am so thankful for. I thought to myself how my family would love it and how I’ll have to bring them back here.

Samantha, Ngatea


You can choose to study in the UK for eight weeks, three months, four months, one semester, or six months. Please note that gap year students cannot apply. You must be aged between 16-18 on August 31st of the academic year you are joining.

You could be placed in either England or Scotland – you may specifically request a placement in either of these countries at an additional cost. Host families in the UK are paid a small honorarium. This is not at commercial rates so you are not considered a border – you will be treated as part of the family like any other exchange programme. All of our host families are carefully vetted. We conduct home interviews, inspections, and police checks to ensure our students are placed in a secure and supportive living environment.

You could be placed in England (South East/West, Midlands, North East/West), Scotland or Wales.

Application deadline
5 months before departure
4 months
August/September 2021
December 2021
1 March 2021
January 2021
June 2021
1 August 2020
August/September 2021
January 2022
1 March 2021

Covered expenses

Included in the fee:

  • School and family documents for your student visa application
  • Placement in a suitable host family and school
  • Full board and lodging with a host family
  • Pre-departure orientation in NZ and arrival orientation in the UK
  • Meet and greet at the airport in NZ and at the airport in the UK
  • Bi-monthly progress reports to your parents
  • Transfer to your host community from the nearest airport (and back again)
  • Ongoing monitoring by the host organisation
  • 24/7 emergency assistance in the UK and NZ
  • Certificate of completion upon return

Other costs

Not included in the fee:

Flights You are responsible for paying all domestic and international airfares between your home and your host community in the UK.
Insurance You will be required to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to your departure.
School setup Depending on your school and subject choices, you may be required to pay for a uniform or extra-curricular activities.
Spending money We recommend allocating approximately $450 NZD spending money per month to cover things like transport, school lunches, and weekend activities.
Optional trips It’s a good idea to save some money for optional trips organised by your host family or your host organisation in the UK.


Students must be:

  • Aged between 16 and 18 years prior to the programme start date
  • A New Zealand Citizen or hold Permanent Residency
  • Enrolled in a high school
  • Fit, well, and have a suitable personality profile
  • Academically motivated


You will not require a visa if you have a New Zealand passport. Placement paperwork will be provided before your departure and these will need to be presented to the immigration officer at border control.

My exchange made me realise a lot about myself and of course about the country I could have never learnt from textbooks. I learnt to appreciate everything I have in my life and overall it was really an eye-opening experience.

Claire, Auckland

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Information Days

Online Info Sessions

You don’t need to travel – or even leave your couch – to learn more about NZIIU’s student exchanges and how they work. Register for one of our online informational webinars, and you can find out all you need to know from wherever you are in the country.

‘Meet our Ambassadors’ Day

If you’d like the full lowdown on the student exchange experience, this is the event for you! Our NZIIU Education Perfect Ambassadors are students who have recently been on exchange and are enthused, ready, and raring to share their knowledge, experiences, and stories.’

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Need extra pocket money?

NZIIU Scholarships

We know that financing your exchange might be a bit of a challenge but don’t let that be a deterrent! NZIIU offer a select number of scholarships each year to eligible students who require some financial assistance, as well as a fundraising kit.

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