Grow your global competence and become a future leader by spending an exciting semester studying abroad in Japan! Whether you get to live with a host family or in a dorm, you will attend a Japanese high school and make friends with your Japanese peers. All this will help you improve your Japanese speaking skills, your academic prospects, and your intercultural fluency.

  1. Become a leader of tomorrow

  2. Experience Japanese culture

  3. Build your academic prospects

  4. Improve your Japanese language skills


For the 2018 Kakehashi program, AFS is identifying and selecting scholarship recipients from 20 Asian countries. AFS organizations from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand will identify and select students from their countries as well as from countries where there is no AFS office. Please use the form below to apply for the program.

Students interested in the Kakehashi program should meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 15 and 17 years of age
  • Highly academically motivated, high-achievers
  • In need of financial support to study
  • Learners of Japanese, or willing to learn some Japanese before the program
  • Be able and willing to travel unaccompanied abroad.

Application deadline depends on the country you are coming from. Please fill out the form below to find exact deadlines for your country. The program starts on 22 August 2018 and ends on 16 February 2019. Talented young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply!


Tradition, technology & transformation

Why Japan?

Tea ceremonies, graceful gardens and tranquil temples along with high-speed trains, striking efficiency and hyper-modern skyscrapers are essential to the dynamic Japanese culture. Social life for teens in Japan mostly happens at school and in extracurricular clubs for sports (baseball, soccer, basketball, judo, kendo or Japanese fencing, karate or track) and culture (English, broadcasting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, drama, orchestra, cooking, science and math). Japanese teens also enjoy  the culture of kawaii (everything cute and lovable), J-Pop (Japanese Pop music), manga and anime. Karaoke (singing) with friends is also very popular. Staying out late at night is not very common for teens.

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“I have lots of unforgettable memories of this astonishing time. I came to Japan and got a lot of different kinds of experiences. Living in Japan is a lot of fun and experiencing its culture was great!”

— Pomoda from Sri Lanka

Frequently asked questions

AFS Japan has been appointed by the national Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to run the Kakehashi project, focused on facilitating intercultural exchange and understanding between teenagers in Japan and 20 other Asian countries. This government-sponsored program will provide full scholarships for 1,000 Asian high school students to study in Japan’s public high schools over the next five years. Together with 40,000 of their Japanese peers, these students will develop greater global competence and understanding of each other’s countries.

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