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


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 /Vietnam Malaysia/ Singapore / Philippines/ Brunei / Indonesia/ India/ Sri Lanka / Nepal / Pakistan/ Bangladesh / Maldives

Application and Criteria

All students aged between 15 and 17 are eligible to apply for this programme. 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:
– Aged between 15-17 on date of departure
– 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
– Financially needed
– Potential to be future leaders of sending countries

Apply Now!

   Malaysian Students Application Form      

Singaporean & Bruneian Application Form

Program Details

Program Name: Kakehashi Project
Cost: Full Scholarship
Program Start Date: August 2018
Program End Date: February 2019
Placement: Hosted by Japanese high school with homestay or dorm-stay
Duration: 6 months
Application Deadline: 15 April 2018

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