Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program (Summer 2018 Dates TBA)

Application Deadline: Second Friday in March

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2017 Important Dates:

  • March 24, 2017: Application Deadline
  • May 7, 2017: Mandatory Orientation
  • June 28, 2017: Depart from Michigan
  • June 30-July 14, 2017: Homestay with Japanese family
  • July 15, 2017: Depart from Japan
  • August 30, 2017: Shiga students arrive in Michigan
  • September 1-16, 2017: Homestay with Michigan families
  • September 16, 2017: Farewell event in Lansing

The Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange is a longstanding two-way exchange program in which 15 Michigan high school students are given the unique opportunity to stay with a student from Shiga Prefecture, Japan for two weeks in the summer. The Michigan students attend school with their Shiga hosts and spend time experiencing daily life and Japanese culture with their host families. In September, the Shiga students visit Michigan for two weeks and stay with the family of the student they hosted, allowing for a reciprocal exchange of culture, language, and friendship.

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