Program Details

East and West. Tradition and innovation. Industry and family. Shinkansen (bullet train) and tatami (straw mats). As a YFU student in Japan, you'll discover a land of contrasts.
Tokyo, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Interested in Japan? Learn Japanese culture directly from your classmates and host family! As you are exposed to native Japanese speakers, your language abilities and connection to the culture will grow. Students on semester and year programs will attend high school, where they will get the full Japanese educational experience. While on program, students will have the opportunity to visit important historic and cultural sites and via day trips both with your host family and with YFU.


In addition to year and semester programs, YFU offers a six-week summer program to Japan. As with longer term programs, students live with a carefully selected host family and have the chance to attend school on an audit basis (no credit provided). Tuition and scholarship opportunities are available for Japan summer programs. To learn more about Japan and YFU scholarships, please visit the YFU USA website.


Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, languages, cultures, and communities of a real family who has agreed to open their home and their hearts to you---providing room, board, and a caring home. You'll gain a global family, make new friends, and even attend a new school on academic programs. Previous language study is not required except for some scholarship programs.

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults---more independent, competent, and confident---with a deeper understanding of their family and country. They also discover that the YFU experience opens doors for many years to come, enhancing educational and professional opportunities. National and regional scholarships are available, please see our website for details.

Setting Description:
East and West. Tradition and innovation. Industry and family. Discover a land of history, modernization, and contrasts. The beauty of its nature will definitely charm you and the cherry blossom season is a must see. Don't forget about our many scholarships! See the website for the full list and qualifications.
Program costs vary by length of program - please see our website for full details.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Full and partial scholarships available. See website for details.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • Living the Dream in Osaka

    I've wanted to study abroad for years, but I had also decided it was completely impossible because of how expensive it is. However, thanks to the YFU scholarships, I was able to spend a month and a half in Japan for only $3000, including airfare, when

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience

    Going on an intercultural exchange is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so you have to make sure you do it right. YFU is the best option. While I did have many exciting, educational, and emotional experiences abroad, my father had his doubts at first.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend