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Program Details

Program Name: Asia Kakehashi Project
Cost: Full Scholarship
Placement: Hosted by Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay
Duration: 8 months


40,000 Japanese high school students and 1,000 Asian high school students will be impacted by the project.

Develop global competence of Japanese high school students through intercultural experiences without going abroad.


Provide Asian high school students educational and cultural experiences in Japan.


Participating Countries

China/ Korea / Mongolia / Thailand/ Laos / Cambodia / Myanmar / Bhutan /Malaysia/ Singapore / Philippines/ Brunei / Indonesia/ India/ Sri Lanka / Nepal / Pakistan/ Bangladesh / Maldives

Application and Criteria

You do not need to be the best academically as we are looking for people who are able to adapt, are open and willing to share their culture as well as learn a new one.

Minimum acceptance criteria:
– Age requirement: TBD
The age requirement is set as such due to the visa and school requirement in Japan. Student need to be in certain age during their arrival.

– Still be at school whilst in the application process
– Be in good physical and mental health
– Be open minded, mature and ready for a challenge
– Academically highly motivated, top-quartile students
– Be prepared to continue your schooling in a foreign country, and be committed to learn the language
– Be adaptable, responsible and flexible
– Be a keen learner and experience the world!
– Believe and understand the mission of AFS; become a global citizen by going on one of our programs
– Japanese learners or willing to learn Japanese
– Financially needed
– Potential to be future leaders of sending countries

The Future of Asia

“We will provide opportunities for Asian high school students studying Japanese to live in Japan for ten months. This will be at a scale of 1,000 students over the next five years.”
– Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Project Overview

  1. High school students in Asia to study in Japan for 6-10 months

  2. Hosted by Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay

  3. Exposure to Japanese education, culture and local experiences