Make friends and new family members from around the world and develop skills, experience, and maturity that equip you for success in an increasingly globalized world – all while you’re still in high school!
High School Program Details
- Placement in a Japanese high school for a semester or academic year
- Placement with a carefully-selected host family
- Coordinator support throughout the year
- One year of previous Japanese study required. Students should be able to write Hiragana and at least their own name in Katakana. Students are strongly encouraged to learn as much Japanese as possible prior to the program
- Comprehensive health and accident insurance
- Round-trip airfare included
- Orientation camp in Tokyo included
- Application Deadline: March 30 (fall semester and year-long), December 1st (spring semester)
Note on eligibility:
Japan tends to be more strict on eligibility requirements for students due to local customs, laws, and cultural differences. In general, students with specific dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) or severe allergies cannot be accommodated by the program. Additionally, Japan will not accept students who require ongoing medication or doctor’s care, and may not accept students with any history of mental/emotional illness or disorders including but not limited to ADD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, eating disorders, etc. Students must be between 15 and 18 years old upon arrival in Japan and cannot have graduated from their high school in the United States. Japan requires a higher GPA and students with any Ds or Fs on their transcript will not be eligible.
Japan At a Glance
- Japan is a leader in fashion, film, and animation – it is known for its Harajuku street fashion scene and anime.
- Japan has a literacy rate of nearly 100% and its citizens have some of the longest lifespans in the world.
- Sumo is Japan’s national sport, although baseball is also very popular.
- Japan is a world leader in robotics and technology. They are known for their efficient and modern public transportation systems.
- Food in Japan is known for being fresh, flavorful, and healthy. Try some sushi, onigiri, and maki!
- Learn more by visiting our Japan Country Profile!
- Visit our blog to read about some past students’ experiences!
- Read more great reviews, comments, and testimonials from former Aspect Foundation students and parents here!
Price includes orientation camp in Tokyo and transfer to your host community. Visa and passport costs are not included. Please note you may be required to appear in person at a Japanese Consulate to obtain your visa. This may require out-of-state travel. Additionally, due to the higher cost of living in Japan, students should expect to budget between $300-400 a month for transportation and other personal expenses.