About STS

This is STS Education

In 1958, we organized the world’s first language trip and a brand new way for young people to travel was born. Since then, over 1,200,000 students have experienced the wonders of our world by learning a new language and achieving the personal growth that comes with gaining cultural understanding. STS Education’s wide selection of services and educational programs helps kids discover the world on their own, with our support and stable guidance.

STS stands for Student Travel Schools and is a globally leading educational company offering high school exchange programs and language trips. We have offices in multiple countries all over the world and our global network of incredible schools, warm host families, fantastic international colleagues and professional partners grows daily. We regularly explore innovative new ways to make our students’ experiences even more memorable.

We strive to continuously develop our programs in order to stay relevant in a constantly changing world and to continue to give young people the chance to grow through education and cultural exchange. Our programs encourage students to broaden their global perspective and strengthen their understanding of new cultures.

Goal, vision, and mission

By developing linguistic skills and social and cultural knowledge, we are helping to open the door to an exchange of ideas, values, and beliefs. We believe that having the right conditions and opportunities in life allows people to grow and achieve their full potential. In an increasingly competitive world, STS Education gives young people a running start by learning a language in a country in which it is spoken.

STS’ vision is: Through expertise and global collaboration, we will be the first choice among young people for cultural exchange and international education.

STS’ mission is: To strengthen maturity in young people through education and cultural exchange.

STS’s accreditation and association memberships

Our schools and programs have several accreditations from internationally recognized organizations. These accreditations serve as guarantees that our programs fulfill quality standards regarding management, resources, the environment, teaching, welfare, and care. STS is also a member of several travel and exchange associations, which means we are supported by a reliable network of industry partners.



The Alliance serves as a collective public policy voice for the international educational and cultural exchange community in the USA.



The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) is a non-profit organisation committed to ensuring the quality of inter­national educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. STS has been a member for many years.



STS is an inaugural member of the New Zealand Council for Intercultural Education, which aims to promote 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 the NZCIE is dependant on being an approved EPO, a signatory to the New Zealand Ministry of Educations Code of Practice for the Pastrol Care of International Students and accepting NZCIE Principles of Good Practice for Intercultural Education.