The land of the rising sun will charm you with the diversity of its culture and its ancestral traditions! The Japanese educational system can be outlined as follows: 6 years in primary school, 3 years in junior high school, 3 years in senior high school and 4 years at University. The school year starts in April and finishes in March.
It is divided into three terms: April to July, September to December, January to March. There are vacations at the end of each term.
Schools in Japan can be either private or public, most are co-educational. Nowadays, in Japan, 90% of students study higher education and 30% of them will go on to University.
The high school is called Kotogakko, and 94% of students who have successfully passed the previous period called "Chugakko", keep on studying through to higher education. Class subjects are designed to last through three years and are full-time. They can be extended over four years and be part-time or include night classes.
There are two kinds of program:
- The general program (Language, Mathematics, etc.)
- The professional program (Industry, Trade, etc.)
Our host families are chosen with great care by our local representatives and are volunteer families. They are very proud to share their culture and daily life, and generally speaking are able to speak a little English. Students will be part of the same family for the entire length of their stay. For longer periods students might be placed with two different families.
Dates for the programs
Participants will join a class from September to March, then after the vacation, will start the new academic year with another class with which they will stay until the end of their visit at the end of July.
You must be between 15 and 18 ½ years old on the arrival day in Japan.
* You Must Have At Least 2 Years of Japanese Language Studies.
Courses are held in Japanese only.