Go overseas with STS
ProgramMes 2013–2014 • For students aged 14 to 18
to Italy &
Quality • Responsibility • safety • since 1958 • www.sts-education.co.NZ
Welcome to STS 3
The world is yours 4
Why choose STS 5
STS is your support 6
USA, Canada 9
Austria, Germany 10
Argentina, Brazil 11
Spain, Switzerland 12
Nordic Countries, China 13
Great Britain, Ireland 14
More countries 15
STS Preparation courses 16
Host an exchange student 17
Short term programmes 18
Programme information 18
Pre-Application form 19
with STS STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOOLS
Having been the Directors of STS in New Zealand since 1991, over 20 years
now, we have seen many changes during this time and we firmly believe that
this coupled with our experience, stability, consistency and knowledge offers
you, our client, the very best choice to take care of your teenager who takes
up the opportunity of a lifetime by spending a high school exchange abroad.
Make STS your programme of choice.
Noeline and Russell Peters
STS New Zealand Directors
As the Country Manager for STS New Zealand, with over 10 years' experience
working with an organisation that has over 50 years' experience, I
know that careful preparation is essential for a good exchange year. We do
all we can to make you and your family feel safe when you are abroad. STS
has a wide network of representatives throughout the world and their main
function is to take responsibility for you as an exchange student. Welcome to
STS, a world leader in International Education and Student Exchange.
STS New Zealand Manager
The quality council
Recommends STS for
your exchange year
Our goals for quality have always
been very high and our priority
that all students feel safe while
enjoying their stay overseas. In
addition to following the guidelines
set by the regulating authorities
in each state and country for
student exchange programmes,
STS established its own Quality
Council in every country of operation.
Members of each Council
are professionals and academics,
as well as returnees and parents
of returnees. They all have their
own experience of international
student exchange and their input
is highly valuable to our organisation.
They help us in developing
our programmes while respecting
our core values: quality, responsibility
”Our Canadian Team pride ourselves in providing
the very best support service for our STS students
ensuring that their Canada experience will be the
ultimate year, never forgotten.”
Sheila Hoeg, Shecana International
”My exchange was the most amazing experience.
I learnt so many things about the world and myself.
I will treasure the wonderful friendships and memories
I made for the rest of my life.”
Tayla Rea, STS Returnee
”As a School Principal, I highly value the benefits
of both incoming and outgoing exchange students
and I have enjoyed the experience of being a host
parent, together with reciprocal visit.”
Andy Wood, School Principal
”I have worked with STS exchange programmes
for over 20 years. We are a big team that works
daily to make the student’s exchange time abroad
rewarding and a memory for life.”
Georgina Taddiken, STS Foundation USA
”I have found STS to be an educational organisation
with experienced, positive, open minded people
that are willing to assist students with an amazing
academic education in a foreign country.”
Lorraine Gordon, STS Outbound Parent
READY FOR YOUR EXCITING
HIGH SCHOOL YEAR?
As an exchange student, you will share a different culture, may learn a new language fluently and you will
meet new friends from around the world. Somewhere there is a host family waiting to welcome you in their
home. Take the chance and travel into an unforgettable adventure!
Life at high school
Life at high school is not only about studies. In addition to
your studies, you may also participate in other school-related
activities and sports. Studying in a foreign language and in a
different environment is an educational experience and a useful
tool for the challenges you will face later in life. At STS we
will try to prepare you the best we can so that you will be able
to adapt as easily as possible to your new study environment.
STS cannot guarantee that a student will be granted a foreign
high school diploma. It is the school boards decision whether
they will grant exchange students a diploma.
In addition to your classmates at high school, you may also get
to know other STS exchange students from Europe, Canada,
Australia, South America, the US, South Africa and parts of Asia.
You will meet them through area representatives, at school and
on STS trips arranged on weekends and during holidays. Getting
to know people from other countries and cultures is rewarding
and you will see your own existence and way of living through
new eyes. You will probably keep in touch with a lot of your international
friends for the rest of your life.
Your host family
As an exchange student with STS you will live in a carefully selected
family who are truly interested in international exchange.
We have more than a thousand area representatives through out
the STS world, who work all year round to find and recruit appropriate
host families. Your host family is responsible for you during
your exchange and will do everything to make you comfortable
and feel at home. You will celebrate family occasions and get to
know the extended family and your host families friends. How
about experiencing a real Halloween, Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's
Day? In many countries, the church is a natural gathering
place for both young and old. To start with, life abroad might be
a little different to what you are used to, but soon you will feel
at home. Our host families are all different. They can live in a
house or apartment, with or without children. What they have
in common is a great interest in other cultures and a willingness
to share their family life. The host family gets, in most cases, no
financial compensation but choose to host an exchange student
for the pleasure and opportunity to get to know you and your
country. And at the same time, getting a chance to show you
their country. You can therefore be assured that you are really
welcome in your new home. STS students and their families often
stay in touch for many years after the exchange year. Many host
families enjoy visits from their STS sons or daughters, sometimes
with their natural families, years after the exchange experience.
Charlie & Tom
Un cafe en el centro
Vive la France
WHY CHOOSE STS
FOR YOUR EXCHANGE?
STS has a global network of 15,000 employees, teachers, leaders and volunteers. Our ethics & values have
never changed since our creation in 1958 but our educational programmes have been developed over the
years to meet the requirements of a growing and ever changing international market. And here are some
more reasons why you should choose STS for your student exchange programme.
■ more than 50 years of experience
Today STS is one of the organisations with the longest experience
in student exchange and student travel programmes. STS started
in 1958 and thus have over 50 years of experience of quality programmes
all over the world.
■ Global organisation and strong local support
STS has offices in 18 countries around the world. Therefore, for
most destinations on offer, our students are under the care and
super vision of STS staff. For those countries without an STS office,
we cooperate with leading and approved exchange organisations.
■ Personal support
You will be given personal support from the moment you apply
on the programme to your return home after your exchange programme.
All your questions will be answered by the STS head office
staff and the STS representative who will conduct your interview.
We will invite you and your family to an orientation meeting prior
to your departure. You, your parents and your host family will have
access to a 24-hour telephone service, both in New Zealand and
in your host country while you are overseas. STS also provides full
assistance at international departures and experienced escorts on
group flights out of New Zealand. You will be welcomed by your
host family at your final destination.
■ STS OFFERS OVER 20 COUNTRIES FOR YOU
TO CHOOSE FROM
With STS you can choose from over 20 countries in which to study.
In France and the USA you can also choose the area or state in
which you would like to live. Take a chance and choose where in the
world you want to spend your exchange year.
■ PLACEMENT GUARANTEE
Once you are accepted on the programme, we guarantee that you
will be placed in a host family and school in the country you have
chosen. You do not have to choose more than one country. If we
cannot accept any more students for the country you have chosen,
you will be advised at the time of your pre-application.
■ STS Preparation Course
The STS Preparation course (on offer in France, Italy, Canada,
the UK, and the USA for our August departure) is the best way to
start your programme overseas. It will give you valuable information
on your new country, language & culture while offering the
great opportunity of sharing your first days overseas with other
exchange students. Each Preparation course includes fun group
activities and sightseeing trips. See page 16 for more information.
■ EXCLUSIVE STS EUROPEAN TOUR
To all STS students on exchange in Europe over the month of
June, we offer the opportunity to join the exclusive STS European
Tour. The 21-day tour, fully supervised by experienced STS Staff,
takes our students to 9 countries and their greatest sights. It is the
cheapest and safest way for you to see more of Europe while you
are on your exchange programme. See page 18.
■ FULLY REGISTERED AND APPROVED ORGANISATION
STS is approved by the CSIET, an American organisation evaluating
the quality of student exchange programmes. An organisation
that offers exchange programmes without a CSIET approval does
not meet quality standards. You must therefore make sure that the
organisation you choose is listed by CSIET. You can find all information
on CSIET at www.csiet.org.
■ MEMBER OF the new zealand council
for InteR cultural EDUCATION
STS Student Travel Schools is a inaugural member of the NZCIE, New
Zealand Council for Intercultural Education, which aims to pro mote
international peace, understanding and goodwill by helping people
develop the skills necessary for living in a globally interdependent
and culturally diverse world through experiencing life in another
country and community. Membership to NZCIE is dependent on
being a not for profit reputable international cultural exchange
organisation with an office in NZ, being a signatory to New Zealand
Ministry of Educations Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of
Inter national Students and accepting the NZCIE Principles of Good
Practice for Intercultural Exchanges.
HOST & GO
If you apply to be an exchange student with STS Student Travel
Schools and your family hosts a STS student before or after your departure,
you will get a discount of up to $1,500.00 off your outbound
programme fee. The best way to prepare for your exchange year or
semester is for your family to host a student before you go. You and
your family will then have the opportunity to discover a new culture
and a new language through your new family member, and most importantly
to learn more about the feelings and experiences of an exchange
student. Hosting discounts only apply for a successful full
term of hosting, not claimable should a hosting terminate before the
hosting term is complete.
FIRST COUNTRY CHOICE
With STS Student Travel Schools you only have to choose
one country that you would like to go on exchange to
and providing you fit the criteria for this country, you
have the requried language study for those countries with
a language study requirement and fit into the age critera
then your First Country Choice is guaranteed. You do need to
apply early to get your choice country, some countries have strict
close off dates and limits may also apply to certain countries. Apply
now and go to your dream country, whether it be Italy, France, Brazil,
China or any of our over 20 countries – STS will not ask you to select
three countries, STS will send you to the country of your choice.
STS IS WITH YOU
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Going on exchange takes careful planning and there are many things to consider before you go. What to
pack? Travel and visa documents? School requirements? To help make your trip worry free, our skilled and
helpful staff will be there to support you every step of the way. From the time of your expression of interest,
the STS staff will give you all the information and support you need to have a great experience overseas.
1. More info
You may need more information on
STS and on our programmes before
making your decision. Please contact
us by phone or email. It is a big step
in your life. We will answer all your
questions and give you some advice
on what the best choice is for you, according
to your wishes and goals.
2. How to apply
You can use the pre-application form
on page 19 or apply online and pay for
the application fee of $50 by cheque
or electronic transfer. We will contact
you and your parents to organise an
interview meeting with an STS Representative.
You will also receive the
first stage of our application package.
3. Final acceptance
Your acceptance on the programme
will depend on the results of your interview
and the documents provided
in your application package. After being
fully assessed by STS NZ, your
application will be sent to our STS office
overseas who will give your final
acceptance on the programme.
4. Placement guarantee
Once you are accepted by STS, you
are guaranteed a placement in the
country of your choice. You will be
contacted by our office as soon as a
placement is confirmed for you. You
will receive information on your host
family, area of residence and school.
We will ask you to contact your host
family as soon as you receive the details
of your placement, as they will
expect to hear from you. We do apply
matching procedures between students
and host families. However it is
very important for you to under stand
that your host family will be chosing
you, among many other students and
that you cannot refuse a placement
assessed as suitable by STS.
5. Up to D-Day
STS will organise the visa documents
for you and provide any other assistance
and information you will need
before departure. You will attend a
compulsory orientation meeting with
your parents, other STS students and
returnee students who will share their
own experience overseas with you.
7. STS is close by 24/7
Your local STS representative will
have regular contact with you, your
host family and your high school,
to make sure of the success of your
programme and to support you at
all times. You, your host parents and
your parents will also have access to
a 24/7 emergency number, in your
host country and in New Zealand.
STS provides full assistance at international
airport departures and experienced
escorts on as many flights
as possible – group size and routes
permitting. Your host family will welcome
you at your final destination.
Please note that return flights to
New Zealand are not escorted.
8. After your return
STS encourages returnee students
to get involved on many different
occa sions, such as information and
orienta tion meetings, talks at schools,
career expos, etc. You can also share
about your experience overseas on
the STS NZ Facebook page and encourage
other friends to follow your
Now it begins!Get togethers
Experience Italian charm
For lovers of art, history, architecture or music,
Italy is unrivalled and travelling through
Italy is like travelling through time. Walking
its streets means walking in the footsteps of
Emperors and Popes. Every alley, piazza, statue
and garden seem to have a story to tell.
For nature lovers, Italy offers majestic mountains,
crystal seas, rolling hills, olive groves,
steep cliffs and magical lagoons. Fashion and
art lovers will be thrilled to stay in the country
of many of the world’s greatest artists and designers.
And not to forget their world famous
gastronomy! Italy has it all!
High school in Italy begins in the 9th grade
and finishes in the 13th grade. As an exchange
student you will most likely be placed
in the 11th or the 12th grade. The school year
runs from mid September to mid June and is
divided into two or three terms, depending on
the area you live in. The school week is 6 days
long and runs from 8 am to 1 or 2 pm, leaving
the afternoon for homework. All students
study Italian, history, geography, maths and
religion. Exchange students follow the most
common course of subjects.
Study Options at Italian High Schools
Liceo Classico – Humanities and arts
Liceo Scientifico – Social sciences
Liceo Artistico – Artistic studies
Instituto Technico – Technical studies
Instituto Professionale – Vocational studies
Italians are traditionally happy, sociable and
tolerant people who enjoy having a good
time. As an exchange student, be prepared to
be welcomed with much warmth and hospitality.
Discussions at dinner are always
lively with everybody sharing
about their day. You will be one
Italian men shake hands when they meet and
Italian women exchange a light kiss on the
cheek. Most Italian's greet or say hello to their
neighbors as they pass them in the street.
Italian families feel a very strong sense of responsibility
towards their children and will be
very protective of you as well. Food plays a
central role in their lives. In Italy it is common
to have a fairly plain breakfast (an espresso or
a cappuccino with a cornetto), then get together
for lunch and eat a substantial meal. At
around 8 pm it is time for dinner and sharing
the day’s events around the family table. Dinner
usually starts with pasta, followed by fish
or meat and vegetables. Family life and activities
are very important to the Italians. An Italian
family usually consists of two parents with
two or three children, or even five or more in
In winter most Italians go on ski trips on weekends
or for their holidays. In summer, there is
always something fun to see or to do. It may
be parties, fireworks, concerts or going to outdoor
theatres. There is also a lot of sightseeing
on offer. Italians enjoy staying out at night
and catching up with their friends for dinner
or coffee. Shopping is another popular pastime
in Italy and you will find most Italians out
shopping on Saturdays. Sundays are for relaxing
or meeting your friends. Italians are very
fond of going to cafés, called ”trattorias”.
STS PREPARATION COURSE
The STS Preparation course is the perfect way
to start your exchange programme in Italy
(only offered for August departures). The
7-day course is held in Rho, near Milan and
offers a combination of Italian lessons with a
wide range of activities, sightseeing and a first
taste of the world famous Italian cuisine. The
cost of the optional STS Preparation course can
be found on our current programme fee sheet.
STS short term PROGRAMme
STS Italy offers short term programmes of 2
or 3 months starting in January, August,
Novem ber or December. Perfect for students
who do not wish to take a full year or semester
off school. Still a great way to explore Italy!
”Italy was an unbelievable experience that was life changing
in all the right ways. Going in and planning to only absorb
the architectural beauties of Italy but ended up returning
to NZ with new skills and experiences was just an amazing
way to step into the more mature stage of life. The
exchange was amazing with new friends and a welcoming
host family.” Louise, Auckland
Learn French in a culturally exhilarating country
Fine art, delicious food and French ambiance
are just a few of the features that make
France one of the most culturally exhilarating
destinations in the world. From the wine
counties to the world famous French Riviera,
France is a land of diversity and beauty. And
of course Paris is known as the most beautiful
city in the world!
The French place great importance on education.
Classes usually start at 8.30 am and end
at 5.30 pm. In many schools, students are required
to attend school on Saturday mornings,
but you can have Wednesday afternoons off.
The three-term school year begins in early to
mid September and ends in late June. Since so
much time is devoted to academics, extra curricular
activities are usually not offered. Many
students participate in community sports organisations.
Private schools are more and
more popular and you may be offered enrolment
into a private school, with extra tuition
fees to be covered in addition to our programme
fee. You will also have to pay for your
lunches at the school canteen and your transport
to and from school.
The French family has a strong sense of unity.
This is reinforced through many daily family activities
such as the dinner taken at the family
table. Food is very important in France. After a
plain breakfast, you may be served a substantial
lunch and dinner. The French incorporate
formality and sophistication into their everyday
lives. People often greet one another by cheek
kissing or with a formal handshake. They are
also fond of loud and lively discussions – they
are not arguing, it is only part of the French
Join the trips organised and fully
supervised by STS France to the
Loire Valley, the French Riviera
or Brussels in Belgium. A fun and
safe way to see more of France
On weekends teenagers enjoy getting together
at a local café, going to the movies,
shopping, going to parties or participating in
outdoor activities and sports. On weeknights
most teenagers get home at around 6 pm
(after school) and concentrate on their homework
before having dinner with their family.
The French are very fond of individual sports
and spending time outdoors. Fishing, tennis,
cycling, climbing or skiing and various water
sports are only a few of the popular activities.
Soccer is the most popular team sport. Nearly
every city, town and village in France has its
own team and active fan club. Rugby is also
popular, especially in the south west of France.
STS PREPARATION COURSE
The STS Preparation course is the best way to
start your exchange in France (offered only for
August departures). The course will give you
valuable information and tips on the French
day to day life, culture and language. You will
also be offered many activities and opportunities
for sight seeing. You will stay with other
STS exchange students during this week long
Preparation course. The price for STS Preparation
course in France can be found on our
current programme fee sheet.
CHOOSE YOUR AREA
With STS you can choose the area of France
where you wish to stay. The fee for area choice
can be found on our current programme fee
sheet and is payable with your first instalment.
However area choice is not guaranteed and
will be refunded to you in full if you are placed
in an area different to the one of your choice.
The four areas of choice are:
1. North of France including Paris/Champagne
2. West of France including Brittany/Normandy
3. East of France including Burgundy/Alsace
4. South of France including Bordeaux/Provence
STS short term PROGRAMme
STS France offers short term programmes of
2 or 3 months starting in January, August or
November/December, ideal for students who
do not wish to take a full year or semester off
school in New Zealand.
”Being in France for a year has probably been the best time of
my life. I have gotten to know a completely different culture,
made so many new friends, become fluent in a language I
am passionate about, and truly discovered my host country. I
will never forget the people I have met, the amazing places I
have visited, and all the things that I have learnt. Not only do
I now have a great perspective of the world, but I have realised
things about my own home country that I couldn't have
imagined happening. This year has set me up for the future
and has left a true imprint on my life.” Ailish, Auckland
The country where anything is possible
Exchange students in the USA become part of
a very diverse society and a school life full of
activities and excitement. Within weeks you
will find yourself involved in new subjects,
new sports and enjoying the famous American
school spirit. It is easy to make friends
in the USA as much of the social life is conducted
through the school.
The school year starts in August/September
and finishes in May/June. There are short holidays
at Easter and Christmas. Your schedule
will consist of six or seven subjects of which
two are compulsory: English and American
History. You will get the opportunity to try a
lot of different sports during your year, such as
soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, swimming,
tennis and skiing. Many schools in America
do not allow students to go home for lunch
nor do they allow you to bring a cut lunch to
school. In most American schools, all students
buy their lunch and eat together in the school
cafeteria. You may also discover America
through tours and trips arranged by STS, your
school, church, sport and other recreational
clubs in the community you are hosted in.
As an exchange student you will have the
opportunity to live life in an American family
experiencing their daily life and traditions
such as Hallo ween, Thanksgiving and maybe
even a white Christmas. American families
are extremely family focused and will want
to include you in all their family outings and
PICK YOUR AREA IN THE USA
We place students all over the USA. Every part
of the country has its own unique characteristics.
With STS you have the opportunity to
choose where you would like to live. The fee
for area choice can be found on our current
programme fee sheet and is payable with your
first instalment. If STS cannot find a suitable
host family in your chosen area, the fee will
The fascinating cities of america,
New York, San Francisco,
washington D.C. to name
a few, may be discovered as
an exchange student.
”My exchange semester in the USA has by far been the
best experience in my life. I've gained so much, learnt
new things about myself, made some of the best friends
I could ever imagine and explored a completely new
world. When I left for my exchange, I didn't really know
what to expect, what resulted was more exciting than I
ever could have hoped for. Living in the corn fields of
Iowa has changed my life.” Tasmin, Canterbury
Exciting cities and amazing wilderness
Among rocky mountains, green
meadows and crystal clear lakes,
you will sight deer, beavers and
bears. Out at sea you might even
see a whale or two surface.
Canada is a country of very diverse landscapes.
The northern part is barren with an
icy wilderness, huge forests and thousands
of rivers. The southern part is the land of
farms and big modern cities. Canada is one of
the largest countries in the world – 40 times
larger than Great Britain! Camping, fishing,
canoeing, skiing and ice-skating are all high
on the weekend agenda. Since Canada is officially
bilingual, you can choose either the
French or English speaking programme.
The Canadian school year consists of two or
three semesters. If your high school has two
semesters, you select three or four courses
each semester. If your high school has three
semesters, you select six or eight courses to
study throughout the year. Canadian high
schools have a great school spirit and offer
many sports and other spare time activities,
which are very popular with the students. If
you are interested in learning a new language,
French classes are offered in many high
schools. School starts in late August or early
September and ends in late June.
The Canadians are known as one of the
world’s most friendly and generous people.
Your host family will do everything to make
you feel welcome and at home. On weekends
and holidays the Canadians love the outdoor
life. The church fulfills both a religious and
social role in many Canadian homes. You can
meet many other teenagers at church and for
activities & excursions.
”I am absolutely loving every moment of my exchange
in Canada. When I first arrived I was a bit anxious but
I soon found myself adapting to the Canadian way of
life, everyone here has been really friendly and super
helpful. The people you meet and the amazing experiences
you are given make the exchange what it is – an
awesome experience.” Kate, Dipton
EXPERIENCE even more
with STS canada!
join the Canadian Preparation course and to
participate in trips organised and supervised
by STS Canada which include weekends to
Home of high mountains and deep valleys
Austria is famous for its Alpine peaks, green
valleys, gorgeous rivers and forests, fantastic
architecture and a wonderful café culture.
Capital city Vienna, Mozart’s birthplace
Salzburg and ski resort St. Anton are a few
of Europe’s most popular destinations. As an
exchange student in Austria, you can combine
school with fantastic leisure activities.
Austrian students go to high school between
the age of 10 & 18 and graduate in the 8th
grade. As an exchange student you will be
in the 6th or 7th grade, depending on your
knowledge of German. The term starts in the
middle of September and you go to school five
or six days a week. From Monday to Friday,
school ends just after lunch and on Saturdays
at about 12 noon. You will study English, German,
mathematics, history, biology, sports,
music, physics, geography, French and Latin.
Austrians are famous for their ”gemütlichkeit”,
their warm and generous nature. They appreciate
the beauty of their country and spend a
great deal of time hiking and climbing mountains.
Austrians often spend summer vacations
near the lakes of Carinthia and ski the winters
away in Tyrol and Vararlberg. Austria is located
centrally in Europe which makes it easy to visit
the neighbouring countries on weekend trips.
Our host families usually live in small villages
in the countryside, with activities like hiking
and skiing on offer. Horse-riding, sailing, football,
tennis and volleyball are other popular activities.
If you are interested in music, there is
usually the chance to play in a local band. The
choices are endless!
many sts MEETINGS & trips on offer
Distances are short in this country, so use your
time to have a look around. During your year,
STS will organise meetings and trips around
Austria for all exchange students, there is always
something to look forward to!
How about an adventure trip
with rock climbing and canoeing,
or would you rather go on one
of our most popular trips, the
annual STS ski weekend?
”I spent a fantastic year in Salzburg, where my time went
by so quick. A year in a land of yodeling, dirndls and
knickers. I attended a business high school, had a wonderful
family who were so caring and helpful. During
the year I had many opportunties with STS Austria such
as organised welcome and goodbye parties, a ski snowboard
weekend and a weekend to Vienna.”
A country of many faces
Visit and experience some of
Germany's many cities and their
attractions while on exchange in
Germany offers wonderful nature, picturesque
villages, elegant cities and charming
Germany is a very interesting country situated
in northern Europe, bordered by Denmark in
the north, Poland, and the Czech Republic in
the east, Austria and Switzerland in the south
and Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg in the
west. The landscape of Germany varies greatly
from rather flat areas and beaches (North Sea,
Baltic Sea) to high mountains like the Alps.
The high school in Germany runs from September
to June. Classes end at 1 pm, leaving
the afternoon for homework, sports and
other activities. Exchange students will attend
”When I first arrived in Germany, I thought I knew German,
but I learned more in four weeks there than I ever did in
four years at school in New Zealand. I had a very welcoming
host family and very quickly integrated into their
family and German school life. I also had many wonderful
opportunities through my school and family to visit many
different parts of Europe and Germany.”
a public Gymnasium and are placed in grade
10, 11 or 12. Every Gymnasium decides which
grade the exchange student will attend. Students
usually have to take compulsory classes
such as maths, German, English, social science,
natural science and physical education.
In addition students can choose, among other
subjects like music, arts, computer science etc,
depending on what the school offers. In German
schools students have the opportunity to
learn French, Spanish and Latin.
Family life is important in Germany. At dinner
time the whole family comes together
for a nice meal and a chance to talk about
the events of the day. At the weekend the
family may visit friends or relatives, go on
an excursion in the car or take a tour on bicycles
together. Going to the theatre or visiting
an exhibition at a museum are other
common weekend activities. Sporting activities
take place after school and in the weekends
and as an exchange student you will
be kept very busy.
Learn Spanish in the land of the tango
If you are an exchange student in Argentina,
you will be met by a spectacular countryside,
warm and friendly people and irresistible
rhythms. Participate in the traditional Latin
In Argentina, you will find enormous Pampas
lowlands, wilderness, deserts and ice-capped
mountains, but also one of the most beautiful
cities in South America, Buenos Aires. The expression,
‘Come to Argentina and discover the
five continents’ is fairly accurate.
So that you will get as much as possible out
of your exchange year in Argentina, it begins
with a week-long preparation course. You
will be taught Spanish and learn all about the
In Argentina, the school day begins with an
assembly in school for ‘el saludo de la bandera’,
in other words to sing the national anthem
and raise the Argentinean flag. In Argentina,
school uniforms are compulsory and the
country’s education system is one of the best
in the whole of South America.
Sports activities, like soccer, basketball and
volleyball are common in Argentina. Perhaps
you would also like to try the tango or the
salsa? Argentine families are usually large and
the bonds are strong between the mother,
father, host siblings, grandparents and cousins.
You may gather to eat asado, meat grilled
over an open fire, or empanadas, pasties filled
with cheese, meat, chicken or vegetables.
Our exchange students in Argentina are welcomed
with kindness and warmth, something
that sets the perfect scene for a successful exchange
DISCOVER MORE OF ARGENTINA
Explore Argentina with trips through North
and East Argentina and an adventure through
Patagonia organised through our partner organisation
Meet the world with open arms
Spectacular country side, beautiful
cities, music and dance will be
some of the experiences you will
have in Argentina.
”I have really enjoyed my time here in Argentina, the culture
is amazing, the people are super kind and the scenery
is stunning. Everyday life is very different and I have
discovered a lot about myself. My friends and family are
great, I feel like I have known them my whole life. I love
them so much!”
As an STS exchange student
you don’t need any previous
knowledge of Portuguese.
Covering almost half of South America’s land
area, Brazil is a land of diversity with a mosaic
of people and cultures. From the vast depths
of the Amazonian rainforest, to the urban sophistication
of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil is a place of tremendous contrast.
A high school programme in Brazil will enchant
your mind, body and soul with the
colours, flavours and sounds of a tropical paradise.
The national language is Portuguese,
a language spoken by more than 180 million
people around the world.
The school year in Brazil runs from March to
December, with a winter vacation in July. Public
school classes take place in the morning,
after noon or evening. Private school classes
are usually held in the morning and after noon.
Mandatory school subjects include Portuguese,
maths, history, physics, biology and geography.
Soccer, volleyball and tennis are some of the
most common activities after school.
The Brazilians come from many different
backgrounds, ranging from Native Indians to
people with African and European heritage.
They all have one thing in common; they are
very friendly and welcoming. They are laid
back both in approach and style. Music is a
big part of the Brazilian culture and there are
often outdoor concerts with local bands of all
kinds attracting huge crowds. Activities gathering
the whole family are very common –
from watching TV to travelling for holidays.
Exchange students are always placed with
host families of the upper social classes living
in safe areas.
”Traveling to Brazil changed my life, I tried fruits from
the Amazon forest. I got used to having a big family
lunch, the main meal there. I made so many amazing
friends. I will never forget my host family. They treated
me like one of their own sons.”
discover more of brazil!
You will have the opportunity to join the amazing
trips organised by our partner organisation,
including trips to Rio and to the Amazon forest.
Learn a global language
Spain is a treasure-trove of arts and culture
brimming with flamenco music and dance,
bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of
sunshine. In the cities narrow, twisting old
streets suddenly open out to views of daring
Several regions in Spain have kept a separate
identity, culturally and linguistically. In every
region, life is loved and celebrated. All of this
diversity combined with a rich heritage of history,
art and architecture make Spain a fascinating
place to visit as an exchange student.
The school year in Spain runs from September
to June. School is compulsory from the age of
6 to 14 in Spain. After which you will have the
chance to choose a two year theoretical line.
Compulsory subjects at high school are Spanish
language, literature, foreign languages,
social science, geography, history, mathematics,
aesthetics, physical education, religion or
study activities. At school, you can also choose
optional subjects including physics, chemistry,
biology, geology, crafts or music. Most Spanish
students speak Castilian, but in some regions
they speak Catalan, Basque or Galician. After
school many students get together or participate
in their favourite sports or hobbies like
drama or choir. Two years Spanish is preferred
to attend a High School in Spain.
Spanish people are relaxed and fun-loving. After
a week of classes be prepared for weekends
of music, dance and fun. You may also have
the chance to attend a real Spanish fiesta. On
weekends most families attend folklorical events
or cultural activities on offer throughout the
year. Students are usually placed in small towns,
where everyone knows everyone and where it
is very easy to have a fun and safe social life.
Weekends in Spain are
relaxing and filled with music,
dance and fun.
”I'm absolutely loving my time here in Spain! My host
family is amazing, I've made some awesome friends,
visited some incredible places, and really experienced
the Spanish culture. After my exchange I am definitely
going to keep in contact with everyone that I have got
to know throughout my time here. I hope to return in
the near future for a visit!”
Where everything runs like clockwork
In nearly all towns, big or small,
you will find youth clubs offering
a wide range of activities,
such as sports, drama and
”Deciding to do an exchange year with STS was the best
decision I have ever made....no regrets! I had the most
amazing host family who I now consider part of my real
family. My time was spent involving myself in school,
learning the language, travelling extensively around
Europe and having the time of my life with friends. An
exchange year with STS changed my life.”
Much praise has been given to the beauty of
Switzerland. Surrounded by the Alps, Switzerland
is known throughout the world for
breathtaking scenery and wonderful chocolate,
but there are also modern cities here and
a world renowned clock and watch industry.
The culture of Switzerland has been greatly
influenced by the surrounding countries. As
a result, Swiss-German, Italian and French
are the main languages spoken in multilingual
Switzerland. As an exchange student you
will be placed in one of the German speaking
parts of the country. Two years German is preferred.
Applicants with less than two years
German will have the opportunity to participate
on a language course at the beginning of
After Primary school students have various
choices of schools to apply for. One choice is
the ”Gymnasium”, which leads to the ”Maturitat”
(German) or ”Baccalauréat” (French
term for the same exam). Foreign students
who study in Switzerland are usually placed
in the Gymnasium. Students choose between
the following sections; Science, Modern Languages,
Classic or Latin. In all sections the student
takes History, Geo graphy, Physics, Math,
French/Italian/German, Biology/Zoology, Arts,
PE and Chemistry. Some schools arrange ski
trips during the winter holidays.
The Swiss family is very hospitable and look
forward to welcoming you as their family
member. The Swiss enjoy their sport and
outdoor life activities. They are very aware of
nature and its beauty. Environmental issues
have always been of great concern to them.
Switzerland is known as the cleanest country
in the world and that is thanks to its tidy environment
conscious inhabitants. On weekends
the train stations are filled with people
on their way to a hike in the mountains.
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark
Sweden is an exotic country with mountains,
forests, lakes and sandy beaches. High
schools in Sweden offer a broadbased curriculum.
The school year runs from mid August to
early June and the school day is 8 am to 4 pm,
Monday to Friday. Many teen agers engage in
sports after school. On weekends most families
organise get-togethers with relatives and
Norway is known for its deep blue fjords and
high mountains. Norwegians are very proud
of their country and are known to be friendly
with a good sense of humour. High school in
Norway runs from mid August to June and the
school day is 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
Students have a number of compulsory subjects,
but they can also choose among a range
of other subjects depending on their interests.
Most teenagers join youth clubs in Norway.
Famous for its 50,000 lakes, Finland offers a
variety of outdoor activities throughout the
year. Finnish high schools offer a wide variety
of vocational and academic courses. As an exchange
student you can choose your subjects.
The school day usually starts between 8 am
and 10 am and ends between 2 pm and 4 pm.
Most families live in their own houses in the
country side or in spacious apartments in the
cities. Families usually spend their evenings together
Denmark is widely known as ”The Fairy Tale
Country” home of Hans Christian Andersen
and it is also the oldest monarchy in the world.
Castles and charming old buildings are found
all over the country, but Denmark is also a
very modern society. The Danish high school
year begins in mid-August and ends in June.
Choose one of the most exotic
destinations for a New Zealand
high school student & discover
the legendary hospitality of the
Northern European people!
”Going on exchange is an experience like no other could
possibly be. In one year I have lived in two towns, with
two groups of truly special friends. I now have two
Swedish families to return to and a life time full of
memories. I have grown so much as a person, I would
not give up the exchange experience for anything. I
broke my shell, and now I am better off for it!”
Learn Mandarin in mysterious China
Visit one of the greatest
wonders of the world while on
exchange in China, The Great
Wall of China.
One of the world’s largest countries, with a
history that dates back many thousands of
years and traditions that take a while to understand.
Life is different in China, but absolutely
The size of China is approximately the same
as the US and in it reside a fifth of the world’s
population. The official language of Chinese
has various different dialects. Most Chinese
people speak Mandarin, which you will also
learn. In order to benefit from your time in
school and your time in the country, it is a good
idea to read about China before you leave.
Schools in China are usually big and the education
is of a high standard. You need to be
”I absolutely loved the six months I spent in China. What
I experienced there was truly amazing and before I knew it
my time was over. Every moment during my time in China
was filled with great joy because I had made some friends
for life, I am glad I went and choose STS for my student exchange.
The culture was unbelievable, China has so many
historical places found nowhere else in the world.”
highly motivated to learn. The school year lasts
from September to July. You attend school
from Monday to Friday, spending the mornings
with Chinese students and spending the
afternoons learning the Chinese language and
the Chinese culture. English and mathematics
are compulsory subjects. Examples of other
subjects are history, geography, chemistry, biology,
IT and physics. Previous knowledge of
Chinese is not necessary. For those students
departing in August, you will begin your exchange
with a three week language course.
STS will organise two round trips in China, one
to Beijing and the other to Shanghai.
Most Chinese people only have one child and
there is therefore a big interest in receiving an
exchange student. A lot of host families live in
the major city regions and speak good English.
You will get to know and experience China in
a way tourists rarely do. After a while, you will
be eating real Chinese food with chopsticks, as
if you had never known any different, and celebrating
the Chinese New year with your host
family as if it were the most natural thing in
Traditions combined with a modern lifestyle
Great Britain consists of England, Scotland
and Wales, with their majestic castles, rolling
green hills and fog-shrouded mountains.
Northern Ireland, with its unspoilt countryside,
lakes and beautiful sandy beaches is
also part of Great Britain.
The country is full of contrasts. Here you will
find beautiful countryside in the Scottish Highlands,
picturesque villages, the famous university
towns of Oxford and Cambridge, wonderful
beaches and the city pulse of London.
The British school system is one of the oldest
and most respected in the world. At school,
modern pedagogic ideas are combined with
old traditions and the students usually wear
a uniform. The level of education is high and
you will study traditional subjects like history,
geography, mathematics and languages.
Most schools also have optional subjects
to choose from. The school year is split into
three terms. In the middle of each term students
have one week of holidays, in addition
to the two weeks of holidays at Christmas
On weekends the British usually start off the
day with a breakfast of bacon & eggs and tea,
then join sports like soccer, cricket and rugby.
Most British people are very interested in soccer.
Take the opportunity to go to a match, it’s
a great experience! The British are famous for
being friendly and polite. Your host family will
be very happy to help you if there is a particular
sport or activity you wish to join. During the
summer, a lot of families visit one of the seaside
resorts along the south coast. If you enjoy
watersports then Torquay, Bournemouth and
Brighton will be perfect destinations.
STS SHORT TERM PROGRAMME
STS Great Britain offers a programme of 3
months starting in January or August, ideal for
students who do not wish to take a full year or
semester from school in New Zealand.
”Throughout my time in Scotland I met so many amazing
people that have helped shape me into the person that I am
today. The things that I experienced over there were truly
amazing and before I knew it the months were flying past.
I had completely forgotten about any doubts I ever had
about going overseas on exchange. My host family and I
formed a bond that I know that I will have for the rest of
my life. The friends that I made over in Scotland, I know
will be friends for life.” Kate, New South Wales
The country of rolling green hills
The British school system is
one of the oldest and most
respected in the world.
Few places in the world have
so much proof of their long
history as Ireland! Everywhere
you look, you'll see old castles,
forts, monuments and ruins.
Ireland is a country with a long, exciting history
and a lively culture. Ireland is known for
its beautiful countryside with rolling green
hills, grazing sheep, steep cliffs and sandy
beaches. The capital, Dublin, home to a third
of the population, is a city bubbling with life.
Schools in Ireland are similar to those in Great
Britain. The school year is split into three terms
and the level of education is high. The timetable
contains both compulsory and optional
subjects. There is a two week holiday at Christmas,
and usually two weeks at Easter. There is
a two to three days holiday halfway through
each term. The school year ends between the
end of June and the middle of July. Students
who do not enter end of year exams will go
home when the exams start as normal lessons
cease for this period. This can mean returning
home in May rather than June or July.
As with the British, the Irish are known for
their friendliness, hospitality and politeness,
so you will quickly feel at home with your host
family. As an exchange student, you will experience
the Irish daily life and enjoy Irish traditions
like music and storytelling. Remember
that your host family is curious about you too,
so feel free to tell them about your country
and traditions. To start with, you may find the
Irish dialect a little tricky, but you will pick it up
quickly. Students must remember that staying
with an Irish host family means being part of
a family; it's not like staying in a hotel. The
family will welcome the student into their
home, but they will not rearrange their lives
completely around the student's needs; they
need to fit in with the host families lifestyle. In
many cases both parents work, and will have
other commitments at the weekend as well.
VISIT LONDON WHILE ON EXCHANGE
Students will have the chance to spend an
exciting weekend with other high school
students in London. The weekend includes
three nights’ accommodation in central London
with breakfast included, dinner at Planet
Holly wood, sightseeing cruise on River Thames
and entrance to Madame Tussaud's.
Thailand offers turquoise blue waters, long
beaches, small, charming islands and large
cities. The experience of visiting the amazing
Khao Yai national park to the northeast
of Bangkok should not be missed. Among the
rainforests and lianas, you can sight animals
such as elephants, apes and tigers.
The official language in Thailand is Thai, but
English is widely spoken. As an exchange student,
you can choose to take your courses in
either language, and subjects such as Thai history,
Thai dance and Thai boxing are also on
the curriculum. The study year runs from May
to March with a break in October. Having an
exchange student provides host families with
good opportunity for their children to practice
English and learn the student's language, so
you are made very welcome.
The country by the equator offers a tremendous
beauty of nature: tropical rainforests
and untouched beaches; The Andes mountains
with its majestic heights of 7 000 meter
and the Galapagos Islands, that has come up
from a volcanic eruption.
Ecuador is the smallest country in the Andes
and is, because of its varied geography and
its varied climate, extremely interesting. The
South Americans are very family orientated
people and therefore for example it’s not
strange that the whole family always has dinner
together. Get to know a new way of living
and be inspired by this philosophy of life! You
won’t regret it. For nature lovers, Ecuador is
a dream. The typical Ecuadorian school year
runs from September to July.
The Netherlands – windmills, tulips, bicycles
and social tolerance. The Netherlands is often
referred to as Holland. This is however misguided,
since the provinces of north and south
Holland in the western Netherlands are only
two of the country’s twelve provinces.
Dutch people are very open to foreigners
and are world travellers. They are known for
their keen approach to doing business worldwide.
Many Dutch speak several languages
and the first multinational company was established
in the 17th century called the VOC
(United Trade Company). The school week
lasts from Monday through Friday, and typically
consists of 30 to 35 lessons of 50 minutes
each. Families in the Netherlands are
generally small. The average number of children
in a family is two.
Japan is an empire in the Pacific and an archipelago,
forming an islander bow in the
Pacific Ocean. The country consists of four
large islands and several thousand small islands.
The number of inhabitants is more
than 127 million people which are equivalent
of almost half the population of the United
States, living on only four percent of the land
area. This means that Japan is one of the
world’s most densely populated countries.
Japan has a very low crime rate and is a safe
country to live in.
The second largest city in the world is Tokyo,
the capital of Japan. Approximately 45% of
the total population is concentrated in Tokyo,
Osaka, and Nagoya. Nearly 80% of the population
live in urban areas. Japanese is the only
official language spoken in Japan. However,
English is the only foreign language which all
Japanese must learn so many of them are able
to understand English to a certain extent.
There are both public and private high schools
in Japan. The Japanese high school year begins
in April. There are two-three semesters
each year depending on the school. The summer
holiday runs from around the 20th of
July to end of August. The winter holiday begins
around the 23rd of December and ends
around the 7th of January. High school consists
of Grade10–12. Exchange students can
only apply for a full academic school year.
Exchange students usually go to school from
Monday to Friday. Some private schools have
lessons on Saturday’s as well.
Grand colorful palaces reminiscent of India’s
past glory, and at the same time the fastest
growing country within IT and technology.
India has a fascinating appeal and as an exchange
student you will have every opportunity
to explore it.
As an exchange student in India, you will live
with other STS students at selected campus locations
in Jaipur, also known as the Maharaja’s
Pink City. During the 19th century, the Maharaja
Ram Singh instructed the entire city to be
painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales,
and the color remains to this day. You will get
to experience real Indian life by spending two
weekends a month with your Indian host family.
Expect to be welcomed with open arms!
STS will organises many trips.
you are going to the USA, Canada, the UK, France or
Italy for your exchange year – take the opportunity to
give your exchange year a good start and join the STS
Preparation courses offered by these countries in exciting
STS Preparation course in New York. Have you
ever taken a boat cruise around Manhattan?
Have you swam in the Atlantic Ocean outside
New York? Do you want to see the grand
Empire State Building? Do you want to play
American baseball? Would you like to walk
through the famous lights of Times Square?
How about some shopping in the trendiest
neighbourhoods of New York City? What better
way to prepare for a high school exchange
in the USA than to spend seven days in the
city that never sleeps. At the STS Preparation
course students from all over the world get together
to prepare for their time in the USA,
learn about "the American way of life" and
how to deal with new situations.
STS Preparation course is the best way to start
your exchange programme in Canada. The
course will give you valuable information and
tips on the Canadian day to day life, culture and
life as an exchange student in Canada. Staying
at a youth hostel in downtown Ottawa, you will
be offered many activities and get the chance to
spend time in Ottawa and Montreal.
This five day Preparation course provides an
exciting start to your exchange in the UK. With
other exchange students you will learn about
the British culture, history, life as an exchange
student in the UK and sightsee in Birmingham
and it surroundings. Leaders and staff take care
of the students from arrival in the UK until they
travel to meet their host families.
STS Preparation course is a great way start to
your exchange in France. You stay together
with other international exchange students
for one week, where you will all receive valuable
information and tips on the French day to
day life, culture and language along with some
sight seeing and fun activities.
STS Preparation course is the perfect way to
start your exchange in Italy. The course is held
in Milan, in a nice hostel centrally located with
the Duomo Cathedral just a short walk down
elegant Milanese streets. It offers a wide
range of activities including sightseeing, trips
to the two closest cities and shopping as well
as a taste of world famous Italian cuisine.
You can choose to join a introductory
course as a supplement to your exchange
year. Read more about the courses and
share the experiences of other students
Host an exchange student
– It’s a great experience!
High school students from all over the world dream about living & studying in New Zealand. The lucky ones
arrive each year, in January and in July, for their student exchange programme, thanks to the generosity of
host families throughout New Zealand. Join them & experience a cultural exchange in your own home!
Each year we welcome students from different parts of the world
to complete either a short term exchange (2 or 3 months long), a
semester exchange or a full year exchange living with a host family.
By opening your heart and home to an exchange student, your
family will make a significant difference to the life of a young person
eagerly waiting to come to our country. Hosting an exchange student
is a rewarding experience for the whole family. You will gain a
wider international perspective, make lifelong friendships and enjoy
the company of an enthusiastic young person. If you have children
at home, hosting will reinforce their interest in foreign languages,
other cultures and travelling.
Who can become a host family? Retired couples, single parents,
couples with or without children, couples with primary school children
and couples with teenagers, are all welcome to apply. Your responsibility
is to welcome the student as a member of your family and
to provide the same care & support you give to your own children.
We ask that you provide a bed and two to three meals a day. The
student is expected to fully participate in the family’s daily life, including
participating in the same chores you expect from your own
children. The student is responsible for covering costs such as the
school uniform and all other school equipment, transport to and
from school, phone calls, toiletries, clothing and any other personal
items, school trips and holiday trips if applicable. STS ensures that
all students have comprehensive health, travel and personal liability
insurance cover. STS also takes care of all school arrangements and
provides local support to all students and host families.
Host and Go!
The best way to prepare for your exchange programme is for your
family to host a student before you go. STS offers $1,500 off the
programme fee for hosting, payable as a rebate at the end of your
hosting programme. The full $1,500 only applies to the hosting of
a full year student. Hosting discounts only apply for a successful full
term of hosting, not claimable should a hosting terminate before
the hosting term is complete.
We have hosted each year with STS since 2007.
Each year has brought pros and cons, the pros far
outway the cons. Every year we look for a student who will
fit into our family and every year we have been rewarded
with wonderful students who have adjusted to another
culture and became part of our own family. To pack up and
go camping at the lakes for a weekend is something all our
students have appreciated. Hosting is a way to widen your
family, to embrace the worlds differences, an experience
you will never regret."
The Mallasch family, Whakatane
sHORT TERM Programmes
Spend 2 or 3 months abroad
A 2 or 3 month exchange can be carried out
during the New Zealand summer holidays.
Depart after your New Zealand exams and return
before the new school year – the advantage
is that when you return to NZ you can
continue with your studies and will not have
missed any school.
In Europe the school year begins in August/
September and ends in June, which means
that you can try high school abroad during
your summer holiday. The short stay programmes
give you the opportunity to experience
a different school system and develop
your skills in a foreign language.
Students can also depart for 2 or 3 months
in our January and August departures. Please
refer to the enclosed Programme Fee sheet
for prices and availability.
A short term exchange is the perfect
way to experience high school
in another country without missing
a year or semester of school in
Join our exciting
21-day European Tour
This exciting 21-day tour is commences and finishes in beautiful
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. During three summer weeks
you will experience the Northern Hemisphere. You will travel
through 10 countries and experience, among other fascinating places,
Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam and of course Disneyland
in Paris. You will explore the Alps in Switzerland and visit
the romantic city Venice in Italy in a genuine gondola. It will be an
exciting mix of big cities and spectacular nature.
Who can participate?
To join our programme, you need to be a full-time high
school student during the term prior to your departure
and be between 15 and 18 years of age at the time of
departure. You also need to show average to above
school results over the past two years.
How to apply
Please fill in & sign the pre-application form on page
19 and send it with a copy of your most recent school
report to STS Student Travel Schools, P O Box 1399,
Invercargill 9840. A fee of $50 is payable at pre-application,
by cheque or electronic transfer. If you apply
online please send your school report separately
via mail or email to email@example.com. Our office will
contact you on receipt of your pre-application form,
to start the full application process and to arrange your
Your acceptance on the STS programme will depend
mainly on your teacher’s recommendation, your academic
results, your personal maturity, positive attitude
and motivations to go on exchange. You will receive
a letter of preliminary acceptance or non-acceptance
after your stage 1 paperwork and interview report has
been fully assessed by our office. Final acceptance will
be notified upon completition of your full application
and your host country's assessment of your file.
Programme closing dates
As finding the right family and school for you can take
time, it helps us – and you – if we receive your preapplication
form as soon as possible. Please note the
following pre-application closing dates:
Departure January: 1 September
Departure August: 1 April
Departure November: 1 July
Departure December: 1 August
Late applications may be accepted depending on the
space availiability. Should a late applicant be accepted
into the programme, the full fees due and payable on
that date will be required.
The programme fee is paid in four instalments, the
first of which is payable within 10 days of preliminary
acceptance onto the programme. Further instalments
are payable according to the payment schedule accompanying
this brochure. Due to possible international
currency fluctuations, changes in airline policy
or any other factors beyond the control of STS Student
Travel Schools, STS reserves the right to make any adjustments
to any of its fee of no more than 10%. For
programme fees to all countries, area choice in the
USA and France and Preparation Course costs for the
USA, France and Italy, please see the accompanying
programme fee sheet.
Personal expenses not covered in the program fee
Personal expenses include pocket money, mobile
phone and internet, excess luggage, transportation
to and from school, school lunches, language tuition,
school uniform, club fees, toiletries, clothing, excursions,
other travelling, visa costs and insurance cover.
All exchange students are required to have an insurance
cover. STS offers a very comprehensive and attractive
insurance package which includes illness and
repatriation, disability and death, personal liability, legal
assistance, curtailment, travel documents, luggage
and luggage delay, delay of insurance and evacuation.
Details of this package are available to all students
upon acceptance to the programme.
Cancellation and refund policy
If cancellation is received more than 60 days before
departure, 50% of the programme fees are forfeited.
Within 60 days of departure, the cancellation fee is
75% of the amount already paid. If at any stage it is
felt by STS that a suitable placing can not be offered,
the full amount paid will be refunded. Programme
fees are not refundable after departure from the home
Domestic flights to the point of international departure
and return within your home country are included
in the programme fee where necessary.
First country choice
Make sure your exchange programme guarantees
this. It is not a good start to be sent to somewhere
you do not wish to go. First country choice is subject
to Government requirement in each country, students
need to apply early, we do have some quota countries.
Host & Go
$1,500 discount payable at the end of a successful
years hosting. Families can only host and receive the
discount after careful STS screening, including police
checking as per Ministry of Education requirements.
This discount is subject to the availability of Inbound
● Round-trip air transportation from home
airport to final destination.
● Assistance at the outbound international
airports on the outbound international
● Reception and round-trip transfers
between airport and your host family.
● On most outward flights, an experienced
STS Escort will travel internationally with
you, when travelling with an STS group.
● 24 hour phone service.
● State or public high school tuition.
● Comprehensive preparation materials.
You can apply online at sts-education.co.nz or post this pre-application form along with a copy
of your latest school report and a non refundable application fee of $50 to:
STS Student Travel Schools,
P O Box 1399, Invercargill 9840, Phone 0800 991 991, Fax (03) 2141-751,
I am applying for a high school:
❑ year ❑ semester ❑ 2/3 months ❑ August ❑ January ❑ other
My first choice of country is: ..............................................................................................
❑ I wish to join the European Tour
❑ I would like to participate in a preparation course in France/USA/Italy (not compulsory).
August departure only.
❑ I would like state choice in The USA (not compulsory)
❑ I would like area choice in France (not compulsory)
● Orientation meeting prior to departure
for all participants and parents.
● Orientation upon arrival in the host
● STS Diploma.
● STS T-shirt.
● STS Back-pack.
Last Name: ........................................................................................................................
Street Address: ..................................................................................................................
Postal Code: ........................................................
Date of Birth: .....................................................................................................................
Current year at school: .......................................................................................................
Name of parent or legal guardian: ......................................................................................
Parent’s/guardian’s work number: .....................................................................................
High school you are presently attending: ............................................................................
Street Address: ..................................................................................................................
I have knowledge of the following languages:
Language: ........................................................... Years of study: .......................................
Language: ........................................................... Years of study: .......................................
How did you find STS Student Travel Schools? ....................................................................
Parent’s or legal guardian’s signature
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and international education specialists.
CSIET is the only organisation evaluating the
quality of worldwide exchange programmes.
Make sure that the organisation you choose
is listed by CSIET, a necessary precaution for
your programme overseas.
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P O Box 1399, Invercargill 9840, New Zealand
Phone: (03) 2140-751 Fax: (03) 2141-751