STS High School Select
For students aged 14 to 18
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STS High School in New Zealand

In New Zealand, you will get a high school experience like nowhere else. The country's size is just perfect – you are close to the coast no matter where you live and by being an exchange student here you get the ideal opportunity to discover all of New Zealand and its breathtaking nature.

Skiing and surfing – on the very same day

The North Island has a warm climate and the South Island, closer to Antarctica, is home to fjords, ski slopes and glaciers. What’s so amazing about this country is that you can go skiing on a volcano and bring your surfboard to catch the perfect wave down by the coastline, all in the same day! It is a country of contrasts, for sure.

You can choose where in New Zealand you can study

No matter where in New Zealand you find yourself, you will be in a great school. STS High School Select is perfect for you with specific subject, activity or location requirements. This can be that you want to develop your golfing skills, go sailing, or live in popular Auckland for instance. We will help you create the high school exchange that is perfect for you!

Interested in a tailored High School experience?

  • Take the next step to a high school year abroad
    Duration
    1 year
  • Take the next step to a high school year abroad
    Duration
    1 term
  • Take the next step to a high school year abroad
    Duration
    2 terms
  • Take the next step to a high school year abroad
    Duration
    3 terms

What's included

Air fares to host family and back
School fees
Personal one-to-one support with your visa and school applications
Full board (e.g. breakfast, lunch & dinner) at a carefully selected host family
STS leader accompanies several of the longer flights
24-hour telephone support
Free interview
STS kick-off and preparation event in your home country
Local representative in host country to assist and support during your exchange
STS High School Diploma
STS Returnee Club
Local get togethers with other exchange students in the area

Schools in New Zealand

Cromwell

Cromwell College

Geraldine

Geraldine High School

Hamilton

Hamilton Boy’s High School

Keri Keri

Kerikeri High School

Dunedin

Logan Park High School

Whitianga

Mercury Bay Area School

Auckland

Mt Albert Grammar

Wanaka

Mt Aspiring College

Rangiora

Rangiora High School

Timaru

Roncalli College

New Plymouth

Spotswood College

Auckland

Takapuna Grammar School

Tauranga

Tauranga Boys College

Timaru

Timaru Boys High School

Auckland

Waiheke High School

Wellington

Wellington High School

Auckland

Westlake Girls High School

Hokitika

Westland High School

Whakatane

Whakatane High School

Napier

William Colenso College

Waihi

Waihi College

Nelson

Nayland College

Paraparaumu

Kapiti College

Palmerston north

Freybergh High School

Taumarunui

Taumarunui High School

Greytown

Kuranui College

Oamaru

St Kevin’s College

Wellington

Rongotai College

Taupo

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Dunedin

Queen’s High School

Tauranga

Bethlehem College

Auckland

Avondale College

New Zealand

Population: 4.5 million
Area: 268 680 km2
Capital: Wellington
Language: English. Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are also recognized as official
Traffic: Left handed
Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Country code: +64

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Living with a host family

New Zealanders, often called Kiwis, are relaxed people who love to have fun and enjoy life. They are often spontaneous, social and show a great commitment to family.

Read more about host families in New Zealand

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You can trust STS

Responsibility, safety and quality that’s been our motto since 1958. We have the passion and the experience that will make your adventure as an exchange student a memorable success. 

Read more about why you should choose STS

High School life in New Zealand

A high quality school system, lots of sports options and school uniforms to unite the students and giving them a badge of pride – that is what summarizes high school in New Zealand.

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High school the Kiwi way 

In most high schools English, math and natural science are compulsory subjects. To create a full schedule, you will choose four to five additional subjects. It is a great chance to join a course you would not find at home. The STS High School Select programme gives you the perfect opportunity to create your ideal schedule.

There are in total 13 grades in the educational system in New Zealand. High school make up the last five of these, and as an exchange student, you are usually placed in one of the highest grades. Most schools require the students to dress in uniform, although some schools will allow the year 13 students to wear ""civilian"" clothes. If you are placed in the final year, you will finish your year by going to the school ball. That is often considered the event of the year, a chance to dress up like a celebrity for a night!

New Zealand schools have houses, just like Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Though you won't be living with your housemates, you will compete with them against the other houses and dress in the house colours on sports day. Many New Zealand schools offer excellent outdoor education classes. These classes teach you skills like river rafting, kayaking, caving, mountain biking and more. There are usually several tramping tours with overnight stays during the year, and this will allow you both the chance to see the unique Kiwi nature and wildlife and spend quality time with your classmates.

Make sure to apply in time

Since New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are the opposite from Europe, the schools close for summer vacation in December. The school year starts again in January. As an exchange student, you have the option to start in either January or July.

You will need at least three years of previous English studies to apply. If you got that, go ahead and send your application. The number of spots for exchange students in public schools is limited, so make sure to secure yours today.

Your New Zealand host family

New Zealanders are often referred to as Kiwis. Our Kiwi host families can be found in both the South and the North Island. The families live in small towns, big towns, suburbs, and countryside. They live close enough to the school that you can easily go back and forth, so the host family location will depend on what kind of school you choose.

There is no such thing as a typical New Zealand family. They are all different and can have toddlers or teenagers, grown-up children or no children at all. However, what they do have in common is the fact that they have been carefully selected and that they are happy to welcome you to their home.

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Social and active people

New Zealand families socialise much with friends and relatives and will gladly show you their country. You will get all the best inside info on what to see and do. New Zealanders are very engaged, can be quite impulsive and love activities. Be open to all these influences – here you have all opportunities to find a new interest!

A thrilling leisure time

Are you adventurous? If not, try to step out of your comfort zone, and you will see that your options in New Zealand are unlimited. The country is full of extreme sports like parachuting, rafting and bungy jumping, which originates from New Zealand. But of course, there are more laid back things to do as well. Like golf, sailing and bathing in hot springs. The capital city of Auckland is one of the cities in the world with the biggest growth, so if you are more of a city person than a wilderness person, you will still find plenty of places to call home!

Try something unique 

Fun fact about New Zealand: the number of sheep in the country is 15 times the number of human inhabitants. Yes, herds of that furry animal can be seen everywhere. And this is not a joke: there are sports games including sheep. Like sheep throwing, sheep heading and sheep jumping. You should really try the sport sheep shearing. To shave off the wool is more difficult than you might think. Take the chance to try something unique; it might be a once in a lifetime experience.

Spend your holiday on tour 

In New Zealand, we offer all our exchange students to join a North Island Tour in April and a South Island Tour in September/October. There will be an additional cost for the tours, covering all coach travel, accommodation, most evening meals and breakfasts and optional activities. The South Island Tour is an 11-day adventure where you will experience New Zealand’s wilderness with glaciers and spectacular nature. You might also see some whales and sea lions. The North Island Tour is also 11 days of exceptional experiences. We will visit the country’s capital Wellington, the country’s largest city Auckland and enjoy the mild climate and a beautiful coastline.

Quick facts

New Zealand is a great country to study in, as a high school student. Here are some quick facts about school life here, and what is included your High School Select package.

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  • Who can go: 15–18 years on arrival
  • Departure month: July and January
  • Language requirements: At least 3 years of English
  • Visa: Yes. Additional cost
  • Choice of destination: Yes. Included in High School Select
  • School year: February to December. Start in September possible
  • School day: Usually 09.00–15.30
  • Subjects: Compulsory and optional courses
  • Trips in the country: North Island in April. South Island in September. Additional cost

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Interested in a tailored High School experience?

Interested in choosing where you want to study and where you want to live? STS can help you choose the school of your liking that supports your favorite sport, academic etc.

Frequently asked questions