19 July 2017 at 9:00 am
Korean students welcomed across New Zealand
150 students from rural regions of Korea have been selected to study in New Zealand schools for the next eight weeks.
The school visits programme is a joint initiative between the New Zealand and Korean Governments as part of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in December 2015.
2017 is the second year of the three-year programme.
Twenty five schools from Canterbury, Waikato and Nelson-Marlborough regions will participate in the programme this year, with each school hosting on average five students.
ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson is pleased to welcome the students to New Zealand.
“The programme is a wonderful opportunity for Korean students to be part of our high-quality education system, to improve their English language skills and, at the same time, to experience the New Zealand lifestyle in our regions,” Grant said.
“The visit will also be an enriching experience for the Kiwi students involved.”
The Korean students start attending classes this week and are encouraged to try a range of new and different subjects. Students will also receive two hours of English language tuition per day and live with homestay families to get a taste of New Zealand family life.
ENZ is working with the Schools International Education Business Association (SIEBA) to deliver the programme.
ENZ is also running a social media competition with the visiting students by getting them to share their New Zealand education experience using the hashtag #studyinnz.