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Tokyo High School Exchange

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Tokyo High School Exchange


my name is Suzanne and Im 16.

I want to be in Tokyo for a semester or year

in my senior year. However I do not know how.

If I go through ciee.org it may make things a bit easier, but I may not be placed in Tokyo.

Somebody told me that Nishi High School,

Hibiya High School,

and Kunitachi High School were the best.


how do I do this?

should I use a company?

what steps do I take?

Thanks for any info. :)

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1. Re: Tokyo High School Exchange

One idea would be to check with your local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

Another resource is Sister Cities International: http://www.sister-cities.org/

Youth for Understanding is another reputable organization.

AFS is another: http://www.afsusa.org/usa_en/home

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2. Re: Tokyo High School Exchange

I haven't been a student in Japan, just done english teaching in high schools...the last year I was working there, I substituted and so was able to see a variety of schools.

The schools rated highest academically will have a fantastic amount of work. Generally, the more urban the area, the hhigher level schools they have - not that they are all high level, just that the highest level will be at the top. Keep that in mind when choosing an area - do you want a school where the students are really working at top speed scholastically, or do you want something more middle-of-the-road where the academics won't be as high, but there is more balance with other activities?

As a sampling of experiences, go to youtube and search for japanese exchange student videos. You'll be surprised how many students post videos of their experiences and it might be educational. 'Akita Tom' had an interesting series, now has changed to 'Japan Tom' or something, 'cause he quit school and now is doing...nothing? Anyway, check out a variety of resources. They'll be eye-opening.

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3. Re: Tokyo High School Exchange

The high school I went to had an exchange student program. The Board of Education was in charge. I think you should contact Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. Here is their website (Japanese only)--I recommend contacting them by fax. The number is on the bottom:


Generally speaking, Japanese high schools have high education level, especially if a school offers an exchange student program. See the list of public high schools in Tokyo here:


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