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Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program

Posted 3 years 16 days ago ago

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange program.

The Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program began in 1990 to promote international relationships between American and Japanese high school students. For two weeks during the summer, 15 American students have the opportunity to travel to Japan and live with a host family in Shiga prefecture. There, the participants meet with a Japanese student partner, experience Japanese high school classes, and participate in unique cultural events within the surrounding community and their host family. The program also coincides with a Japanese high school student cultural festival called a bunkasai, in which the Japanese students organize activities involving sports, dances, games, and music. In September, the Japanese student partners travel to visit their American counterparts’ home, attending high school and living with their family in Michigan for two weeks. 

Students interested in this program can receive more information and download and application packet on the JCMU website, or visit the program Facebook page to see alumni testimonials. The application deadline for the program is Friday, March 11, 2016. For inquiries or further information, please contact the JCMU office in East Lansing at (517) 355-4654 or by email at