Get to know the people, customs, and language of Japan through this intensive one-month summer program. You’ll attend 4 hours of Japanese classes each day, and then engage in a unique cultural exchange by living with a local host family. After your language lessons, you’ll have the chance to explore Japanese art, food, and society by participating in group activities and taking sight-seeing trips to nearby historic locations. Your classes will be small (about 5-12 people) and organized by skill level, so you can expect plenty of individualized instruction.
Things to know
Japanese people tend to value modesty and politeness. Most families will expect you to take off your shoes and change into slippers when you enter the house. Traditional food usually contains meat, so vegetarianism isn’t very common. But get ready to enjoy some delicious noodles, fish, and fresh vegetables! Based on differences in culture, strict regulation of medications, and other local customs, if you’re currently on any medications, have severe allergies, or have strict dietary restrictions, it’s a good idea to talk to an AFS Program Advisor early on to determine if Japan will be the right experience for you.
Please note: AFS-USA and AFS-Japan monitor COVID-19 conditions closely, and will continue to assess the viability of the program. In addition, if the government of Japan requires a significant mandatory quarantine for entry into the country, the program will not be feasible. Participant safety is our highest priority, and summer programs are subject to cancellation due to conditions presented by COVID-19. AFS-USA will keep our participants updated on changing conditions and viability.