School to school exchanges
School to school exchanges, also called sister school exchanges, are direct relationships between a school in New Zealand and a school overseas, where students have the opportunity to spend time studying in the partner school. The host school is responsible for pastoral care while students are on exchange.
Establishing a school to school exchange programme
Your school might like to consider the following factors when establishing an exchange programme and choosing an exchange partner school.
Establishing an exchange programme
- How do exchanges fit with your school’s internationalisation policy, if you have one?
- Do you have the time, resources and funds to establish and maintain the school relationships, and to support both inbound and outbound students?
- Is there demand from your current students for student exchanges?
- If you teach a language, can you connect to a school in a country with the target language?
- How do outbound exchanges fit with your school’s EOTC policy?
- Funding the exchange.
Finding an exchange partner
- Has your school been involved in other international learning opportunities which you can expand?
- Do you have a current relationship with an overseas school which you could extend to include exchanges?
- Is your school part of an international network of schools with similar values or philosophies?
- School staff connections: do any teachers or staff members have connections with schools in other countries? Have any of your teachers taught overseas?
- School community: are any of your school community from overseas? Do they have connections with schools in other countries?
- Does your town have an active sister city relationship?
The Asia-New Zealand Foundation website has information on developing sister school relationships, which can help you develop your exchange programme.
Apply to us for a school to school exchange
Your school must be a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 to apply to operate a school to school exchange programme.
You must then submit a full application to operate an exchange programme in your school. As part of the application your school commits to:
- providing Code of Practice level pastoral care to your inbound exchange students
- making sure appropriate pastoral care arrangements are in place for your outbound students, and
- a reciprocal exchange programme.
If you already have an approved exchange programme, you can add additional overseas partner schools by using the following application form and a Memo of Understanding with a partner school.
We’ll contact you to let you know the outcome of your application.
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