STS Education turns 65 - We have empowered young people since 1958!
About STS

Growth through education and cultural exchange

In 1958, we arranged the world’s first language trip, and a brand new way of youth travel was born. Since then, over 1 200 000 students have experienced the wonders of our world, communication through a new language, and the personal growth that comes with cultural understanding through STS Education’s wide range of services.

Today, we are a global organization offering high school exchange programs and language travel with a never-ending dedication to our students' experience and learning. Our global network, including great schools, loving host families, professional partner organizations, and wonderful colleagues, is growing each day since we’re constantly exploring new and innovative ways to make our students experience even more memorable.

This is why you should travel with us:

Your safety matters

You’ll have a safe environment where you can try and fail and try again, a nurturing environment where you can explore your inner world and discover your passions and aspirations.

Your story matters

You are the centre of our attention. We want to get to know you so that we can make your journey the best it can be. It’s your adventure – we’re just here to support you.

Your dreams matter

This is a chance for you to unleash your potential and achieve your goals. Find out what moves you, and how you want to transform.

Your voice matters

You help us innovate and improve. Your feedback helps shape the trips of future students. What you have to say matters and contributes to making STS better for yourself and your fellow students.

STS’s accreditations and association memberships

Our schools and programmes have received multiple accreditations from internationally recognised organisations. These accreditations serve as guarantees that our courses meet quality standards in terms of management, resources, environment, teaching, welfare and care. STS is also a member of several travel and education associations, which means we are backed by a reliable network of partners in the industry.



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.