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I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Japan, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
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  • What I'm into.

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  • How long I want to go.

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Scholarships Available

383 - Anime Twin Cities Scholarship
64 - Chevron Corporation Scholarship
7 - Epson America, Inc. Internationa...
385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
266 - Japan Business Society of Detr...
254 - Japan-America Friendship Schol...
97 - Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange ...
304 - Kikkoman National Scholarship
44 - Kikkoman/FCCLA Scholarship
262 - Kikkoman/Folsom, CA
33 - Kikkoman/Walworth County, WI
360 - Mazda Canada Inc.
146 - Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. ...
257 - Okinawa Peace Scholarship Prog...
251 - Sony Corporation of America Sc...
378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Schola...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund
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Age Requirement

Students must be born between April 2, 2002 and April 1, 2004. Students applying for the summer program who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students applying for a semester or year program who will graduate from high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Japanese. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students to Japan may be placed with a host family anywhere in the country, including the Okinawa Islands, in either a rural or suburban setting. Students are normally not placed in large urban centers.

School

Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. and half-days on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Students are placed in 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

East and West. Tradition and innovation. Industry and family. Shinkansen (bullet train) and tatami (straw mats). As a YFU student in Japan, you'll discover a land of contrasts.
Learn more about Japan.

Summer Program: Discover Japan

Japan comes to life when you arrive for your six-week stay with your host family and attend a local Japanese high school. Attending traditional tea ceremonies, practicing martial arts, and visiting local summer festivals are just some of the activities that YFU students to Japan may experience during their exchange. School is in session during our summer program in Japan, so students will attend classes at their host high schools. Students have the opportunity to attend and audit classes but are not officially enrolled in the school during their stay in Japan, so students will not receive report cards or evaluations of their performance.

 

Orientation: All students applying for a summer program must be available for a mandatory 3-day Japan Pre-Departure Orientation, which typically takes place at the University of California, Berkeley immediately prior to the departure date. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June, and a two-day arrival orientation in Tokyo. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

 

Scholarships: Over 150 students studied in Japan last summer on full and partial scholarships! To find out more about scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarships page.

Academic Programs

School: Students will typically be placed in the first or second year at a Japanese high school. Most schools are quite large, averaging 500 to 1,000 students. While the school curriculum is compulsory, you will probably study subjects like Japanese classics or contemporary Japanese language. You may also attend elective classes that include subjects such as art and calligraphy. You can choose to attend club activities after school such as karate or judo. 


Japanese schools are generally conservative and therefore the dress code in Japan may be stricter than you are used to. In Japanese schools, students do not have unnaturally dyed hair or eccentric hair styles. Piercings, earrings, necklaces and rings are not allowed in schools. Students cannot wear makeup, perfume, or have visible tattoos. Female students cannot wear skirts above the knees or high heels. Male students should not have a beard or long hair. Schools in Japan almost always require uniforms. The cost of a school uniform is included in the program tuition. 

 

Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

 

Tuition Includes

-Placement with a carefully selected host family
-Enrollment in a local Japanese high school
-Airport transfers
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Japan Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive insurance

 

Additional Information

Visa Information: Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, you can visit the embassy website here:https://jp.usembassy.gov/ 

 

Additional Costs: Students are responsible for paying any school fees (including books and transportation), as well as all fees related to obtaining visas. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

 

 Important Information: Due to cultural differences, local customs, and school regulations, vegetarians, vegans, students with strict dietary requirements, homeschooled students, and students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have not been successfully placed in the Japan program. Please note, Japanese schools typically will not allow students to bring any sort of medication into the school. Please check the Japanese Embassy website for more information regarding this topic. Smoking in Japan is illegal for those under the age of 20. Violating this, or any Japan law, may be terms for immediate dismissal from the program.

 

More Important Information:  Students to Japan may be placed with a host family anywhere in the country, including the Okinawa Islands, in either a rural or suburban setting. Students are normally not placed in large urban centers, but often are placed in small towns, where they have an opportunity to become an integral part of their host communities!

 

Application Deadline

The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Year
Winter Year

0083  

late March

early January

$15,995
Semester
Fall Semester
Spring Semester

0722  
0570  

late July
late March

early January
early August

$13,995
$13,995
Summer 0079   mid June mid August $8,995