The resources below are divided into three categories:

  1. Non-profit exchange organizations – these are organizations that facilitate and promote outbound high school exchange programs to Japan of varying lengths to allow American students in-depth exposure to Japanese education, culture, and society;
  2. Databases/links on high school exchange – these include non-profit and member associations, government and databases that offer lists or databases of high school exchange programs; and
  3. Scholarship opportunities.

CULCON provides this list as an informational resource only; inclusion on this list is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of any specific organization or program.


Non-profit exchange organizations (facilitate their own programs):

  •  AFS Intercultural Programs-USA:  An exchange organization offering high school students year or semester study abroad programs, and has its own scholarships.  AFS-USA also has a weekly online information session.
    (http://www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/high-school-abroad/display-program/?destination=44&category=1)
  • Ayusa Global Youth Exchange: An exchange organization offering summer, academic year, semester, and trimester study abroad options for high school students, and provides funding information.
    (http://www.ayusa.org/students/japan/academic)
  • CIEE High School Abroad:   An exchange organization offering summer, semester, or full-year study abroad and homestay options to high school students and recent high school graduates.
    (http://www.ciee.org/high-school-study-abroad/japan/)
  • Sister Cities International:   An exchange organization offering a high school homestay program through a network of international sister cities.
    (http://www.sister-cities.org/hshs)
  • Youth For Understanding USA:   An exchange organization offering academic year and summer programs for high school students.
    (http://yfuusa.org/countries/japan-20.php)


Databases/links on high school exchanges:

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese: A non-profit association offering a comprehensive list of high school summer, semester, or full-year study abroad programs for current students and recent graduates.  Includes information on homestay options, Japanese language requirements, and cultural opportunities.  Also provides links to scholarship opportunities.
    (http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/study-in-japan)
  • GoAbroad.com:    A database listing organizations and programs that offer high school summer, semester, or full-year study abroad programs.
    (http://www.goabroad.com/highschool-study-abroad/search/japan/highschool-programs-abroad-1)
  • U.S. Embassy in Japan:  The official mission of the U.S. in Japan listing organizations offering short-term study abroad opportunities for high school students in Japan.
    (http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/irc/irc-links-4100.html)


Scholarships:

  • Youth For Understanding USA:   A non-profit exchange organization offering scholarships for its academic year and summer programs for high school students.
    (http://yfuusa.org/countries/japan-20.php)