Student and Parent Orientation
All students and parents are required to attend an orientation in East Lansing. During this orientation, students and parents have an opportunity to meet each other, the chaperons, past participants, program administrators and committee members. The orientation will cover a variety of topics including:
- Japanese culture and etiquette
- An introduction to Shiga Prefecture, the sister state of Michigan
- What to expect while in Japan
- What to expect while hosting in Michigan
Travel to Japan
The fifteen selected students will travel to and from Japan together as a group chaperoned by two experienced teachers who are members of the Michigan-Shiga Student Exchange Program Committee. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their child to the airport for departure, and picking them up from the airport upon their return. A passport is required for travel to Japan. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Japan for tourism for less than 90 through the Visa Waiver Program
Homestay in Japan
While in Japan, students will complete a home stay with a high school student in Shiga. During this home stay, the Michigan students attend school with their hosts and participate in cultural and family events. During the program, the chaperons will do site visits to each of the hosting high schools.
Homestay in Michigan
In early September, the Michigan students welcome their Japanese host students to Michigan. During their two weeks in Michigan, the Japanese students also attend school and participate in school and family activities. Two English Language instructors accompany the Japanese students.
Health and Safety
All participants will be covered by an accident and sickness program administered by GeoBlue Worldwide Insurance Services, Inc. Students are enrolled automatically by the JCMU Office and are fully covered during the program dates while abroad. Additional information about this policy is available here