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Go overseas with STS

student exchange

ProgramMes 2013–2014 • For students aged 14 to 18

FIRST

COUNTRY

CHOICE

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every year!

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contents

Welcome to STS 3

The world is yours 4

Why choose STS 5

STS is your support 6

Italy 7

France 8

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

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MAKE

Your DREAM

come true

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.

Dawn Nicol

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

and safety.

”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

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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.

New friends

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.

”Mi madre”

Brian scores!

Buongiorno Italia

A l’ecole

Mi casa

Charlie & Tom

School bus

Skifahren

Un cafe en el centro

Vive la France

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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.

FIRST

COUNTRY

CHOICE

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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.

6. Go!

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

steps.

Information meeting

The journey

STS staff

Now it begins!Get togethers

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ITALY

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!

School

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

FAMILY LIFE

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

of them!

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

southern Italy.

spare time

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

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FRANCE

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!

SCHOOL

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.

family life

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

culture!

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

and Europe!

SPARE TIME

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

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USA

The country where anything is possible

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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.

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.

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Family life

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

activities.

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

be refunded.

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

CANADA

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.

School

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.

FAMILY LIFE

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

ski resorts.

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AUSTRIA

Home of high mountains and deep valleys

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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.

School

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.

FAMILY LIFE

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.”

Anna, Otautau

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GERMANY

A country of many faces

Visit and experience some of

Germany's many cities and their

attractions while on exchange in

Germany.

Germany offers wonderful nature, picturesque

villages, elegant cities and charming

Christmas markets.

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.

School

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.”

Michael, Hamilton

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

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.

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Argentina

Learn Spanish in the land of the tango

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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

American lifestyle!

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

Argentinean culture.

School

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.

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family LIFE

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

year.

DISCOVER MORE OF ARGENTINA

Explore Argentina with trips through North

and East Argentina and an adventure through

Patagonia organised through our partner organisation

in Argentina.

BRAZIL

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!”

Jessica, Riverton

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.

School

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.

FAMILY LIFE

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.”

Blake, Otorohanga

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.

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Learn a global language

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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

modern architecture.

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.

SCHOOL

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.

FAMILY LIFE

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!”

Anna, Rotorua

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switzerland

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

socializing.

”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.”

Alice, Auckland

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

their exchange.

School

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.

Family life

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.

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NORDIC COUNTRIES

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark

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SWEDEN

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

friends.

NORWAY

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.

FINLAND

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

at home.

DENMARK

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!”

Tara, Hokitika

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China

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

wonderful.

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.

School

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.”

Vivien, Auckland

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.

Family life

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

the world.

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Great Britain

Traditions combined with a modern lifestyle

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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.

SCHOOL

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

and Easter.

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FAMILY LIFE

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

Ireland

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.

SCHOOL

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.

HOST FAMILY

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

IN IRELAND

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.

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THAILAND

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.

ECuador

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

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.

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JAPAN

India

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.

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STS preparation

coursE

If

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

locations.

United states

Times Square

Ottawa

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

Canada

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.

UK

Paris, sightseeing!

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.

France

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.

Italy

London view

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.

Bella Italia!

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

at www.sts-education.co.nz

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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.

Laughing

Cooking

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

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sHORT TERM Programmes

Spend 2 or 3 months abroad

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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

New Zealand!

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Amsterdam

Copenhagen

Berlin

Brussels

Vienna

Paris

Zermatt

Venice

Prague

Budapest

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.

ProgramME information

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 sts.nz@xtra.co.nz. Our office will

contact you on receipt of your pre-application form,

to start the full application process and to arrange your

interview meeting.

Acceptance

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.

Programme fees

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

country.

Domestic flights

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

students.

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Programme fee

inclusions

WITH STS:

● Round-trip air transportation from home

airport to final destination.

● Assistance at the outbound international

airports on the outbound international

flights.

● 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.

Pre-application form

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,

e-mail: sts.nz@xtra.co.nz

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

country.

STS Diploma.

● Newsletters.

STS T-shirt.

STS Back-pack.

First Name:........................................................................................................................

Last Name: ........................................................................................................................

Street Address: ..................................................................................................................

City: ..................................................................................................................................

Postal Code: ........................................................

E-mail:...............................................................................................................................

Telephone: ........................................................................................................................

Date of Birth: .....................................................................................................................

FIRST

COUNTRY

CHOICE

First Country

Choice Guaranteed!

Current year at school: .......................................................................................................

Name of parent or legal guardian: ......................................................................................

Parent’s/guardian’s work number: .....................................................................................

High school you are presently attending: ............................................................................

Street Address: ..................................................................................................................

City: ..................................................................................................................................

Telephone number:............................................................................................................

I have knowledge of the following languages:

Language: ........................................................... Years of study: .......................................

Language: ........................................................... Years of study: .......................................

How did you find STS Student Travel Schools? ....................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

.........................................................................................................................................

Applicant’s signature

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Parent’s or legal guardian’s signature

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www.sts-education.co.nz

please visit our website

for more information!

Our website offers exhaustive information on student

exchange programmes, all destinations on offer with STS as

well as school system, typical host families, activities on offer

in each country and much more. You can also apply online!

Visit www.sts-education.co.nz

Canada

USA

Scandinavia

Ireland Denmark

Great Britain Germany

The Netherlands Austria

France Switzerland

Italy

Spain

China

India

Thailand

Japan

Ecuador

Brazil

Argentina

The Alliance for International Educational

and Cultural Exchange is an association

comprising the international educational

and cultural exchange community in the

United States.

The World Youth Student & Educational

(WYSE) Travel Confederation is a non

profit organisation representing the global

community of youth travel, student travel

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.

STS New Zealand is a member of the New

Zealand Council for Intercultural Education.

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