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General Information

The High School Diplomats Program is a cultural enrichment experience that brings together high school students from Japan and the United States.

Both programs' goals are to provide academic and social activities intended to spread international understanding among Japanese and American high school students. In addition, the program hopes to foster the creation of meaningful and lasting friendships.

Each participant in the program is given a generous scholarship that pays for room, board, special activity and most program transportation costs.

The Program

Beginnings

In 1987 AIU Insurance Co. of Tokyo began sponsoring the High School Diplomats Program (HSD), based in America, with the intent of bringing American and Japanese students closer together. The program started small and steadily grew year by year.

In 1994, AIU Insurance Co. and The Freeman Foundation decided to create the U.S. High School Diplomats Program (USHSD), based in Japan, to give American students a chance to experience Japanese culture first hand.

The HSD Difference

Rather than bringing together people who engage in similar interests, HSD strives to encourage students from a diverse array of backgrounds to discover and develop common interests with students living half way around the world.

Students will study, dine and socialize in groups and share their day-to-day lives. After completing the HSD Program, students often refer to their experience as "the best ten days of my life."

More than 2000 high school students have participated in the High School Diplomats Program. At HSD in America, American and Japanese students meet to interact and learn about each others' culture in America.

American and Japanese students travel to Princeton University for ten days of fun and cultural exchange. After American students complete HSD in America, they can apply to travel on full scholarship to Japan for 21 days during the summer.