Exchange Programme Organisations (EPOs)
Exchange programme organisations are independent organisations approved by the government to operate secondary school student exchange programmes in New Zealand. Each 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 us.
EPO students don’t have to attend a school that is a Code of Practice signatory.
List of approved EPOs and contact details
These organisations are approved to offer secondary school student exchanges in New Zealand. If you are a student interested in going on an exchange you'll need to contact the organisation directly.
- AFS New Zealand (external link) email firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Zealand Institute of International Understanding (external link) (NZIIU) email email@example.com
- NZ/German Student Exchange, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- NZ/Germany Student Exchange
- Rotary Youth Exchange New Zealand (external link)
- Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (external link) email email@example.com
- Student Exchange Australia New Zealand (external link) email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Travel Schools (STS) (external link) email email@example.com
- Study International Service New Zealand (external link) email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Education (external link) email email@example.com
- Youth For Understanding (external link) (YFU) email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying to be an approved EPO
Read the application guidance in the application form before making an application.
Send your application to the address on the application form.
We will 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 and Immigration New Zealand). We may contact you for further clarification or supporting documentation.
We will advise you of the outcome of your application in writing.
Establishing an EPO
Anyone interested in establishing an EPO should
- read the guidance information in the EPO application form [DOCX, 107 KB] to understand our expectations of EPOs.
- read our secondary schools exchanges information
We also strongly encourage you to research both the international education and exchange sector and the communities you will be placing inbound students in to or recruiting outbound students from, so you can best target your exchange offerings.
- Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (external link) (including the Guidelines for Schools) and toolkit
- The education system in New Zealand (external link) and information about secondary schools in particular (external link)
- NCEA in New Zealand (external link)
- The Companies Office (external link) website allows you to form and maintain companies, search the register of companies and file annual returns. It also has information about incorporated societies and trusts.
- The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (external link) provides information about starting a business in New Zealand.
- The Charities Commission (external link) 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.
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