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School based Year Program has been AFS-JPN’s core hosting program since 1963. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about Japan and Japanese through living with host family, being part of a community and attending classes at a local high school. Students are placed with a volunteer (non-paid) host family and go to a public/private high school without paying tuition. Students are expected to attend school on a regular basis, and show continued effort to their assigned school work. Students are assigned to one of 77 local chapters in Japan, where they will receive regular support while on the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Accepted for a school year in Japan are students born from 19 April 2005 to 19 March 2007.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations