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Japan American Friendship Scholars

ABOUT THE JAPAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP:

Japan comes to life when you arrive for your three-week stay with your host family! Traditional tea ceremonies, practicing martial arts, attending local Japanese High school courses, and visiting local festivals are just some of the activities that YFU students to Japan may experience during their JAFS scholarship exchange.

The JAFS scholarship is a partial scholarship for U.S. High School students; Students are responsible for covering the remainder of the tuition balance ($3,500) for the Japan program if they are selected for the scholarship. 35 students are awarded the Winter JAFS scholarship every year!

As part of the scholarship, students attend an intensive virtual Japan Pre-Departure Orientation. This orientation covers cultural elements such as food, language, etiquette, and arts.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be born between April 1, 2005 and April 1, 2007
  • Students must be motivated to learn Japanese or have some Japanese language knowledge
  • Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Pre-program mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance