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Exchange Students

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Exchange Students

If you’re outside New Zealand and have been accepted into an approved student exchange scheme, you can study full-time in New Zealand. While you’re here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s high-quality teaching standards and gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Students studying under reciprocal exchange schemes approved by the Minister of Education are considered to be domestic students for the purposes of attending primary and secondary schools and are exempt from paying foreign tuition fees.

There are two types of New Zealand student exchange schemes under which international students may be enrolled in New Zealand schools without paying international fees:

  • School-to-school student exchange schemes run by an approved school; and
  • Student exchange schemes run by approved exchange programme organisations

You can stay up to 4 years depending on the length of your exchange, and can study full-time in a school-to-school exchange, an exchange programme organisation scheme or a tertiary exchange.

This visa will also allow you to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week while studying or full-time in the holidays, depending on your age and how long your study is for.

To find out more about how to apply under this Exchange Students Visa category, assessment criteria, and the pitfalls that you should be aware of, please call us today on +64 9 379 0219 or email

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