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FAQs for Academic Year Abroad Program

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Q: What are the requirements to be an AYP exchange student?
A: You must be an American youth who wants to learn more about Japan through a year-long immersion experience.
• You must be age 15-18.
• You must not have already graduated from high school.
• Space is limited for this program. States’ 4-H will make final selection decisions for the next year in December.

Q: What is included in the program fee?
A: The program fee includes: Application processing; Placement with a host family and school in Japan; In-Japan and In-USA support staff for the duration of the program; Pre-departure orientation; Ground transportation in Japan between airport and host family’s home; Arrival Orientation; Mid-term gathering; Accident & Sickness Insurance.

Q: What is NOT included in the program fee?
A: The program fee does NOT include: Round trip airfare between home state and Tokyo, Japan; Passport and visa fees; Pre-program medical exam, vaccinations; Personal expenses in Japan (including: School fees, books, and supplies; School uniform; Lunch on school days; Transportation to/from school).

Q: Do I have to have studied Japanese?
A: Prior study of Japanese language is helpful, but not required.

Q: Why should I study abroad with States’ 4-H?
A: When you study abroad through States’ 4-H, you partner with one of the largest youth-serving organizations in America. 4-H is built on a model of positive youth development. We see exchange as an educational opportunity not just for the exchange student, but also for the host family, host school, and entire host community. States’ 4-H programs focus on life skill development, including communication, tolerance, respect for others, and engaged citizenship.

Our vast and multi-layered support network means there is always someone available to help if you have a question, problem, or just need advice on how to handle a particular situation. We recognize that going abroad to study in a foreign country and live with a host family can be challenging and we are here to support you every step of the way!