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.

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.

EPO application form [DOCX, 107 KB]

Establishing an EPO

Anyone interested in establishing an EPO should

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.

Further information

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