High School Exchanges, Scholarships

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sister Cities International:   An exchange organization offering a high school homestay program through a network of international sister cities.
  • Youth For Understanding USA:   An exchange organization offering academic year and summer programs for high school students.


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.
  • GoAbroad.com:    A database listing organizations and programs that offer high school summer, semester, or full-year study abroad programs.