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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

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 25 – Jul 9, 2022 (24 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 25 – Apr 16, 2022 (12 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 25 – Oct 1, 2022 (36 weeks)*


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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.

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

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


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 homestay. 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 homestay and new friends, while gaining the important life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.


Upon arriving in New Zealand, you will be greeted by your homestay. Within a few days of settling in, you will meet with your International Student Advisor, who, along with your homestay, 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.

Explore Program Blogs

  • Housing

    Carefully screened homestay in New Zealand

  • Local Support

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


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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 homestay.

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!

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

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 homestay is also lovely. Weekends are filled with looking around town with my homestay 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


  • 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


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

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 refer to this PDF for price ranges in New Zealand and contact us to discuss your specific needs.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2022 24 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 25, 2022* Jul 9, 2022*
Spring Trimester 2022 12 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 25, 2022* Apr 16, 2022*
Calendar Year 2022 36 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 25, 2022* Oct 1, 2022*

*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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