United States

The USA is famous for its friendly people and energetic culture making it the perfect exchange destination. This huge country is full of sights and sounds that are familiar to anyone who has watched Hollywood movies - exciting cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, golden prairies in the Midwest, palm-fringed beaches in California, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Whether you find yourself snowboarding on the mountains, exploring the desert near Las Vegas, cheering for real cowboys at a rodeo or walking the halls of an American high school, you’ll realize that watching Hollywood movies may be fun but it’s more fun to do the real thing. 



Departures: Throughout the year except for July and August


Departures in January or August


Departures in January or August

  • Population: 327 million

  • Capital: Washington, D.C.

  • Language: English

  • The famous flag was originally designed by a high school student.

  • U.S.A. has the biggest economy in the world.

  • There is no official language.


departure times
  • Short-term - Anytime except July-August

  • Semester and Academic Year - January or August.

visa requirements
  • Short-term - ESTA visa online

  • Semester and Academic Year - J1 visa required, application in Auckland (additional cost).

  • Short-term: San Diego in California or Michigan or Indianapolis at Great Lakes.

  • Traditional programme: Throughout U.S.A. except for Alaska or Hawaii.

  • State Choice Option cost $1,500 (Traditional Programme).

  • Trips available

host family
  • Traditional Programme: Volunteer

  • Short-term Programme: Receives contribution.



* Programme pricing is valid for departures from December 2022 up to and including January 2024. Application fee of $50 when applying. Price Guarantee: We reserve the right to increase the prices at any time, but once you have been accepted to the programme and have paid your $1,000 deposit you will secure the published price and be exempt from any subsequent increases.

Programme fee includes

  • Return-trip economy flights with recognised airlines departing from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to final destination.

  • Comprehensive insurance while on your exchange.

  • Pre-departure orientation meeting prior to departure for all students and parents.

  • Airport supervision on departure in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. 

  • Host family and high school placement.   

  • Meet and greet at final airport, with transfers to your host family.

  • Full professional support both in New Zealand and abroad.

  • Preparation materials.

  • Advice from Returnees. 

  • 24-hour emergency phone support.

Programme fee does not include

  • Passport and visa costs. 

  • Pocket money (approx. 500NZD per month).

  • School set up costs. Varies per destination but may include transport, uniform and school books. 

  • Transport to pre-departure orientation in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin.

  • Transport to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch for departure.

  • Optional Tours and Travel Expenses. 

  • Any documents that require official Notarising or Apostilling.