The Japanese Exchange Program offers students from Saskatoon Public Schools the opportunity to experience Japanese culture not as a tourist, but through immersion in Japanese family and school life.
This unique opportunity allows students to practice and improve proficiency in the Japanese language and to experience personal growth in social skills, independence, acceptance of cultural/personal differences and problem-solving
The 2019 trip will take place around the Easter holiday break and will involve stays in Takaoka and Hitachi, plus a short cultural tour in Tokyo, Kyoto and surrounding area. During the students' to the two partner sites they will live with Japanese host families and attend the school of their Japanese student host.
The exchange is open to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students (during the 2018-19 school year) and all students are welcome to apply. Enrolment in the Japanese language program is an asset but not a requirement. Interested students must have good study habits and a positive attitude towards school, and receive positive comments from their teachers and school to participate in this program. Successful applicants are required to take a special Japanese class (12 lessons) on weekends beginning in November. Full information is included in the application package.
The date for student applications for the 2019 exchange has passed.