In your words

Hear from students already on an exchange with NZIIU.

Check out what some of our students have been up to on their adventures.

My time in Argentina

Alfie Duffy spent three months in Argentina and he wished he could have stayed longer. He never got homesick (although from time-to-time he did get a bit sick from all the rich food!). Read More >>

Life in Argentina

From abseiling to zooming through the Iguazo Forest on a flying fox, Steve Barnett’s trip to Argentina was one big adventure. Read More >>

A French winter

Oliver Baker arrived in France to negative temperatures and a light sprinkling of snow. His student exchange was filled with delicious food, skiing, and mastering his language skills. Read More >>

Christmas in France

Eleanor Rosemergy spent four months in France, which included a traditional French Christmas – complete with shrimps, oysters, shellfish, and of course, snails! Read More >>

My year in France

Sophia Le Lievre is studying for a year in France. So far, she has tasted rabbit, dipped her toes in the Mediterranean ocean, and visited Belgium. Read her blog to see what the next 6 months will bring. Read More >>

My Italian adventure

Pisa, pizza, and pretty Italian cities – Ebony loved Italy so much that she wished she had extended her exchange from five months to ten months. One thing is for sure: she’ll definitely be back. Read More >>

Spanish adventures

Kyra Forrest spent three months in Spain, the land of tortillas, siestas, and football matches! Read all about her Spanish adventures – including that one time she tried pig’s ears! Read More >>

Ola from Brazil!

Pizza in round boxes, avocados with sugar, and finishing school at midday – life is different in Brazil, but Jessica Emmerson loved every moment of her 9-month student exchange. Read More >>

Amy's China exchange

Amy Seo spent three months in China, where she quickly fell in love with the Chinese way of life (even though she missed Korean food!). Read More >>

Bonjour from France!

Katie went on a student exchange to France, where she enjoyed a traditional French Christmas and made great friends. She was sad to leave and couldn’t wait to come back and visit. Read More >>

Travels in Deutschland

Alisha Siraj went on student exchange to Germany, where she had the opportunity to experience a typical German Christmas. Apparently the celebrations lasted for three days! Read More >>

Christmas in Germany

Simran Sadler arrived in Germany just in time for Christmas. She discovered that holidays in Germany are full of fun, family, and food – similar to home, yet a new experience all the same! Read More >>

Hola from Spain

Kathy Hastle spent three months living and studying in Las Arenas, a suburb in the Spanish city of Bilbao. She made plenty of friends, sharpened her Spanish skills, and even visited France. Read More >>

My incredible Thai adventure

“Thailand is absolutely incredible. The country is beautiful, the people are very nice, and the food is exquisite.” It’s safe to say that Hamish loved his student exchange to Thailand! Read More >>

A Kiwi in The Netherlands

Andrew Spekreijse went on a student exchange to the Netherlands, where he discovered the Dutch way of life, made plenty of friends, and of course went on a lot of bike rides! Read More >>

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Oliver Baker
Oliver Baker
2017-12-18T01:39:43+0000
My exchange to France in 2017 was a life changing experience. I would just like to thank the team at NZIIU for making it all possible. From the first point of contact up until well after my exchange had ended they were extremely professional and supportive. They alleviated any stress or worries I had and prepared me as much as possible for my trip. The interview process was long but very thorough and I ended up with a family in France that I got along really well with. I had so many new and interesting experiences being placed in a rural town in East France. Despite being outside my comfort zone and learning a lot about the world NZIIU's preparation and ongoing support meant I could tackle the challenges head on and I can't thank them enough for that. I would highly recommend NZIIU to anyone considering doing an exchange!read more
Tracy Ball
Tracy Ball
2017-12-14T08:43:22+0000
NZIIU were amazing throughout our sons exchange trip to Italy in 2017. Right from the start we received excellent information and support from completing the initial forms through to Connor arriving home. All our questions were answered clearly and promptly and any fears or concerns were alleviated. I loved how Mari and Marty were so accommodating during the whole process and provided clarity and assistance when we needed it. It was great that Mari was at the airport on departure and we appreciated the regular reports while our son was away. We did a lot of research into exchange programmes prior to choosing NZIIU and we were not disappointed at all. If you are interested in doing an exchange, we highly recommend NZIIU. They were fabulous. Thanks so much team for making this a hassle free and successful exchange for Connor. We are very grateful.read more
Elvin Zhang
Elvin Zhang
2017-12-13T05:19:01+0000
Wonderful organisation, I loved my host family and my six months in France; the team at NZIIU, especially Mari, are all very helpful and responsible would definitely recommend!read more
Alfie Duffy
Alfie Duffy
2017-12-13T01:47:23+0000
NZIIU made my exchange experience easy and very enjoyable. Planning and communication was very frequent and I was well prepared for my 3 month exchange to Argentina by the time I arrived. I highly recommend to go through this organisation if you are considering going on an exchange.read more
Rachael Jannink
Rachael Jannink
2017-12-07T09:11:49+0000
NZIIU is a wonderful exchange program for students wanting to go on exchange. The team are; friendly, extremely supportive, helpful and will take you through things one step at a time. I had a wonderful exchange due to the support I received from NZIIU, and cannot thank them enough for making my exchange year a reality! Thank you!read more
Angélique Boisseau
Angélique Boisseau
2017-11-10T06:30:09+0000
I highly recommend NZIIU! They were very nice and helpful since day one and I am very grateful for Mari and Marty's help. They answered any queries that my parents and I had and they made the application process much easier! NZIIU found the perfect place in France for me to stay and I can't wait to go in January! Thank you for being so amazing!read more
Jarod Arai Harvey
Jarod Arai Harvey
2017-04-09T10:15:03+0000
Good organizing, fantastic staff. Made for a safe and fantastic exchange to Japan!
Simran Sadler
Simran Sadler
2017-03-31T04:56:39+0000
I highly recommend NZIIU! They were such an amazing and helpful organisation to have when I went on my 3 month trip to Germany. They had everything explained and went above and beyond to make sure I was prepared and comfortable for my trip. They are doing an amazing job, and I really enjoyed my experience with them. Thank you so much NZIIU, Mari and Marty for an amazing opportunity and lifetime experience, I really enjoyed it!read more
Austin James Milne
Austin James Milne
2017-03-14T01:55:14+0000
I highly recommend NZIIU. There were a few things that didn't go smoothly in the course of my application process and NZIIU went above and beyond to solve these ( I hadn't had the right inoculations and my passport was late.) They were immensely contactable and never hesitated to answer my questions. They made sure I was as well prepared as possible both in the interview and orientation. In the us the local agency was just as good and I had a brilliant time.read more
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