Tuesday, November 8, 2016

JCMU Adds Valued Program to Portfolio

EAST LANSING, MI – JCMU’s administration is excited to announce that the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) will be organizing the Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange program. The staff looks forward to utilizing its skills and resources to steward this esteemed international program.

The Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program began in 1990 to promote international relationships between American and Japanese high school students. For two weeks during the summer, 15 American students have the opportunity to travel to Japan and live with a host family in Shiga prefecture.

There, the participants meet with a Japanese student partner, experience Japanese high school classes, and participate in unique cultural events within the surrounding community and their host family. The program also coincides with a Japanese high school student cultural festival called a bunkasai, in which the Japanese students organize activities involving sports, dances, games, and music.

In September, the Japanese student partners travel to visit their American counterparts’ home, attending high school and living with their family in Michigan for two weeks. JCMU is proud to coordinate this exchange, especially as cultural experiences are often lifechanging for students.

Participants in this program will be enriched through exposure to Japanese culture and experiences that will later prove valuable during their college application process and future career paths. There are a variety of fundraising and scholarship opportunities for prospective students, and they also travel together with chaperones that help them during their time in Japan.

No Japanese language skills are required for applicants. Students interested in this program can receive more information and download and application packet on the JCMU website (http://jcmu.isp.msu.edu/).

For inquiries or further information, please contact the JCMU office in East Lansing at (517) 355-4654 or by email at HS@jcmu.org.