With its complex mix of tradition and modernity, Japan offers AFS students a unique study abroad experience. On one hand, Japan embraces ancient cultures represented by tea ceremonies and graceful gardens, and on the other, Japan is home to high-speed trains, hyper-modern skyscrapers and striking efficiency. It’s for these reasons that Japan is one of the most popular study destinations for AFS students from Australia!
There are three scholarship programs available for the AFS Intensive High School Program in Japan, and spots are also available for full fee-paying students.
- MEXT Study Abroad Scholarships are available for the 4-week Intensive Program departing in November.
- The Akito Sumibo Scholarship is available for the 4-week Intensive Program in December.
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (TMBoE) supports the 12-day Intensive Program in December.
…and yes! Eligible students can apply for all 3 scholarships!
By attending a local high school and living with a host family, you’ll experience Japanese life from the inside. This is your chance to get to practise your Japanese language and to learn about Japanese customs and people. Japan’s culture is complex and full of contrasts, so you’re bound to have an exciting AND educational adventure.
Japanese people work hard but keep active and entertained, participating in activities like kendo (Japanese fencing), kabuki (theatre), and even baseball. As an AFSer, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to dive into Japanese culture and live with a host family while attending a local high school. Japanese society places high value on education, so you should expect your academic experience to be rigorous and also rewarding.
Your local AFS group may organise activities throughout the course of your study, which could include get-togethers or excursions to other cities or regions in Japan. Over the course of your program, AFS staff and volunteers will meet with you at on-arrival and pre-departure orientations to help you understand your experience and assist with any cultural adjustment issues.