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High School Abroad in New Zealand

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Information for term High School Abroad in New Zealand

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 21 – Jul 9, 2019 (24 weeks)
$18,750

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 21 – Apr 13, 2019 (12 weeks)
$13,250

Application Deadline

September 30, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 30, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 1 – Nov 30, 2019 (43 weeks)
$25,250

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Overview

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Immerse yourself in the “Kiwi” culture of this magical island nation.

Playing beach volleyball after school and watching rugby matches on the weekends. Going on bike rides and taking a dip in the ocean. Walking barefoot through town and drinking coffee in a local café. It’s all part of the laid-back lifestyle in this magical island nation. Before long, you’ll pick up the local Kiwi slang, as well as Māori words and expressions. Five days a week, you’ll take classes (taught in English) for eight hours a day at a local public or private high school with your New Zealander peers. Rest assured, you’ll still have plenty of time to volunteer, do extracurricular sports and activities, or just chill on the beach. When you study abroad with CIEE, you choose your school, subjects, sports, and where in the country you want to live. You can decide to live and study in a big city, near the beach, or on the mountains. School courses can include deep sea diving, mountain biking, and climbing. If it’s important to you to have an influence on certain parts of your time as an exchange student, this is the program for you!

The Take-Aways

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.

    96%
  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

    93%
  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

    79%

Location & Culture

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Beaches, mountains, glaciers, fjords — you’ll never forget the natural wonders of New Zealand.

Picture yourself in New Zealand:

Enjoying an afternoon at a gorgeous, sandy beach, or spending a weekend exploring the breathtaking Southern Alps with your host family. Learning about indigenous Māori culture in class, and brushing up on local Kiwi phrases while hanging with your “mates” after school.

From the snowcapped peaks and lush green valleys of “Middle-earth” to the bright lights of Auckland, New Zealand offers landscapes and culture uniquely its own. Regardless of your placement, you’ll have the opportunity to discover that vibrant culture, both in class and through your own explorations. You’ll develop an understanding of what it means to be from New Zealand through relationships with your host family and new friends, while gaining the important life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.

Orientation

Upon arriving in New Zealand, you will be greeted by your host family. Within a few days of settling in, you will meet with your International Student Advisor, who, along with your host family, will be your primary support while abroad. Your Advisor will arrange an orientation — for you and any other students placed in your area — within the first few weeks of the program. During orientation, you and the others will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, academics, social norms, current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in New Zealand. Additionally, you’ll likely take part in some fun activities and enjoy a nice meal!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"I also have been taking a really fun class called Outdoor Education (OED). We had the kayaking unit and now we are..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Carefully screened host family in New Zealand

  • Local Support

    International Student Advisor in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

Consisting of two main islands, New Zealand is surrounded by water and covered with mountains, lakes, glaciers, and other distinct features. There are several national parks, some with fjords and volcanoes! You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country with new CIEE friends, and with your host family.

Looking for more adventures? You’ll have three optional excursions available (at an additional cost) to see even more of the spectacular sights of New Zealand and beyond. Possible options include:

  • North Island Discovery Tour
    Take off on an 11-day adventure through North Island, including Wellington and Auckland. Test your spirit with exciting activities like luge rides, surf lessons, and sitting in boiling mud pools! You can also explore the set of the Lord of the Rings movies and learn about Māori culture through art, dining, and village tours.
  • South Island Adventure
    This 12-day tour of the South Island will take you to Christchurch, Queenstown, Kaikoura, Moteuka, and other tourist favorites. You’ll have your pick of activities like hiking, beach trips, whale watching, and even checking out a seal colony.
  • Australia Tour
    Journey Down Under for an 11-day trip through Sydney, Brisbane, Fraser Island, and Surfers Paradise. You’ll hit all the highlights, including Australia Zoo, the Sydney Opera House, botanical gardens, and an amusement park. You’ll even get to cuddle a koala!

What People are Saying

  • Both the cities and wilderness are so breathtaking, you’ll probably fall in love with New Zealand instantly. New Zealand is [also] home to some of the friendliest people I have met. All of my classmates want to learn more about America and ask me tons of questions! My host family is also lovely. Weekends are filled with looking around town with my host family or friends, playing with my host sister, going to the beach and enjoying sunsets, eating sushi, lots of laughing, and doing lots of homework.

    Olivia O., CIEE High School Abroad Participant
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture

Application Fee

$50

Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Note: Exact program dates and prices can vary based on school placement. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Costs

Academic Year 2019 Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Fall 2019 Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Fall Trimester 2019 Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Spring 2019 24 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 21, 2019 Jul 9, 2019

$18,750

Spring Trimester 2019 12 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 21, 2019 Apr 13, 2019

$13,250

Calendar Year 2019 43 weeks Sep 30, 2018 Feb 1, 2019 Nov 30, 2019

$25,250

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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