High School Abroad in Japan

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Information for term High School Abroad in Japan

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 10 – Dec 23, 2022 (15 weeks)

Application Deadline

August 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 1, 2022
  • Dates: Apr 9 – Jul 23, 2023 (15 weeks)

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 10, 2022 – Jun 11, 2023 (39 weeks)


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Improve your Japanese significantly as you live and study in this unique and wonderful culture.

A land of four main islands (and more than 6,000 smaller ones), Japan has beautiful natural views as well as vibrant mega-cities. It also boasts amazing cuisine such as sushi, ramen, and sweet curry; efficient and reliable public transportation; and friendly locals. Five days a week, you’ll experience life at a public or private high school, taking classes taught in Japanese. Fully immersed in teen life, lingo, and both traditional and pop culture, you’ll make huge strides in language proficiency before you know it. On weekends, enjoy the company of your homestay by doing things like playing games, eating delicious home-cooked food, and visiting local shrines and temples.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.


Location & Culture

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Buddhist temples, Zen gardens, and the pop-tech wonder of Tokyo — study, live, and learn in Japan for an unforgettable life experience.

Picture yourself in Japan:

Getting a feel for Japanese slang during lunch with new classmates. Finding your voice and a flair for performance during a night of karaoke with friends. Learning how to hand-roll sushi with your host mother or host father.

Whether you’re placed in Kyoto or Tokyo or the surrounding suburbs, you’ll discover the rich culture and history that Japan has to offer, both in class and through your own personal explorations. You’ll advance your Japanese language skills through intensive study and casual conversation, and build practical, real-world skills that will serve you in college and beyond.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Japan.


Upon arriving in Japan with your fellow participants, you will be met by CIEE staff at Narita International Airport in Tokyo. As a group, you will travel into the heart of Tokyo where you will begin your three-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in different activities and workshops focusing on a variety of themes – culture, language, academics, social norms, current events – all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Japan. Additionally, you’ll see some of the best that Tokyo has to offer!

Enjoy spending time in Japan’s most dynamic, exciting city! You’ll laugh over incredible food during group meals each evening, while getting to know CIEE staff and other participants. You and the other participants will do a bit of sightseeing before departing for your host community to spend a couple of days with your homestay before starting school.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Since it was Spring Break and I had plenty of time, I decided that I should go to the 名古屋科学館 (Nagoya Kagakukan) Nagoya Science Museum..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program.

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  • Housing

    Hotel or hostel during three-day orientation in Tokyo, then carefully screened homestay in the Greater Kyoto or Tokyo

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities

Japan is a country of dramatic contrasts and a fascinating place to study. From the cutting-edge tech center of Tokyo to serene Zen gardens, the “Land of the Rising Sun” is rich in culture (both pop and traditional) as well as natural beauty. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit places that suit your taste: museums, anime or manga studios, kitschy cat cafés, imperial palaces, and famous shrines and temples. Nearly every Japanese town has at least one Buddhist temple, while if placed in Greater Kyoto you will have quick access to several hundred.

Whether you are in Greater Tokyo or Kyoto, all CIEE participants are only a bus or bullet-train ride away from a range of amazing destinations. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your homestay. Additionally, many Japanese high schools offer trips a few times throughout the academic year so you’ll likely be able to join classmates in exploring a new corner of the country!

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • There are a few really key things that I find extremely different from American schools. First: People actually want to come to school. In America, everyone just wants to get out of school ASAP. In Japanese school, no one is upset about being at school. Second: The teachers are a lot closer to the students. I’ve never seen students interact with a teacher in such a way.

    Josef R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
  • I’m honestly not kidding when I say that I am a different person from the Alex that started this exchange program 10 months ago. I am deeply indebted to all the teachers and staff that accepted me into their school and have helped make this such a special and unforgettable experience. I did the best I could to express my feelings of gratitude and appreciation in Japanese, and I guess that I was successful.

    Alex M., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have a minimum 1 academic year of formal Japanese (example: high school or college-level course)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing
  • Be in excellent health
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2022 39 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 10, 2022 Jun 11, 2023


Fall 2022 15 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 10, 2022 Dec 23, 2022


Spring 2023 15 weeks Aug 1, 2022 Apr 9, 2023 Jul 23, 2023


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