Exchange Programme Organisations (EPOs)

Exchange programme organisations (EPOs) are independent organisations approved by the government to operate secondary school student exchange programmes in New Zealand.

About EPOs

Each EPO organisation is a little different, and they offer different lengths, types and destinations for their exchange programmes. 

All organisations must provide pastoral care and support to their exchange students and report regularly to the Ministry of Education.

EPO students don’t have to attend a school that's a Code of Practice signatory.

List of approved EPOs and contact details

Thes following organisations are approved to offer secondary school student exchanges in New Zealand. If you're a student interested in going on an exchange you'll need to contact the organisation directly.

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS New Zealand website (external link)

Email: info-newzealand@afs.org

New Zealand Institute of International Understanding

New Zealand Institute of International Understanding website (external link)

Email: info@nziiu.co.nz

NZ-German Student Exchange

Email: nzfrgexchange@gmail.com

NZ/Germany Student Exchange

No details.

Rotary Youth Exchange New Zealand website

Rotary Youth Exchange New Zealand website (external link)

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange website (external link)

Email: info@sccenz.com

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand website (external link)

Email: info@studentexchange.org.nz

Student Travel Schools

Student Travel Schools (STS) website (external link)

Email: sts@stsnz.co.nz

Study International Service New Zealand

Study International Service New Zealand website (external link)

Email: studyinternationalservice@gmail.com

Your Education High School Exchanges

Your Education High School Exchanges website (external link)

Email: info@youreducation.co.nz

Youth For Understanding

Youth For Understanding website (external link)

Email: info@yfu.co.nz

Applying to be an approved EPO

Read the application guidance in the following application form before making an application. Send your application to the address on the application form.

We'll assess the application on all criteria in the application form, and consult with other government agencies as appropriate, for example, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Immigration New Zealand. We may contact you for further clarification or supporting documentation.

We'll advise you of the outcome of your application in writing.

Exchange Programme Organisation application form [DOCX, 107 KB]

Establishing an EPO

Anyone interested in establishing an EPO should read the:

  • guidance information in the EPO application form to understand our expectations of EPOs
  • information on our Secondary school exchanges webpage.

Secondary schools exchanges

We also strongly encourage you to research both the international education and exchange sector and the communities you'll be placing inbound students into or recruiting outbound students from, so you can best target your exchange offerings.

Further information

View the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, including the Guidelines for Schools) and toolkit.

Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 — NZQA website (external link)

Read about education in New Zealand and about secondary schools in particular.

Education in New Zealand

Secondary scvhool — Parents website (external link)

The NZQA website has information about the NCEA national qualifications for senior secondary school students.

Understanding NCEA (external link)

The Companies Office website allows you to form and maintain a company, search the register of companies and file annual returns. It also has information about incorporated socities and trusts.

Societies and Trusts — Companies Office (external link)

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) business.govt.nz website provides information about starting a business in New Zealand

Getting started — MBIE (external link)

The Charities Commission is responsible for registering and monitoring charitable organisations in New Zealand. Its website includes a guide to the Charities Act 2005 and the register of charities.

Charities Services website (external link)

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