HSD United States

HSD U.S. is a ten-day program at Princeton University providing 40 American students the opportunity to engage in academic and social pursuits, and forge lifelong friendships with 40 Japanese students of the same age.   The program is sponsored each summer by AIG General Insurance Co., Ltd., along with the Freeman Foundation. During the program each American student is paired with a Japanese roommate.

Program Activities

Students from Japan and America spend ten days living and socializing with each other on Princeton's historic campus. The program exposes students to both cultures through daily themes and academic and social activities.

The themes provide the roommate pairs with opportunities to communicate, learn, and simply enjoy each other's company. The themes vary widely so that each student pair can find common ground and build their friendship. Some examples of these activities include discussions and presentations, a Japanese summer festival, a sports tournament, and a karaoke night.  

Students are divided into two smaller groups at Princeton with dedicated staff to build a more intimate atmosphere.  

Academic Curriculum

The High School Diplomats program is devoted to bringing students from both American and Japanese cultures the most informative and engaging cultural exchange possible. In addition to the daily activities, both groups of students attend daily language classes ranging from beginner to advanced and taught by native speakers. 

Every student is also given the opportunity to present a unique part of their culture. Topics assigned each year vary but often include history, leisure, social issues, and education. 

The HSD U.S. academic curriculum provides students with small, seminar-style learning opportunities that animate the cultural exchange at Princeton.

Program Details

Dates: July 22 - August 2, 2020
Location: Princeton University
Number of Students: 40 American, 40 Japanese
Eligibility: All high school sophomores and juniors may apply. Children of AIG employees and their agents may not apply. We afford equal opportunity to students of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Cost: Room, board, and all activity costs are paid in full by the program scholarship. Transportation costs to and from the program are not covered but financial assistance is available if needed. For students living in the VA/MD/DC areas, a complimentary charter bus is available each year for round-trip transportation.
Application Period: September 15 - January 8
Application Requirements: Students must complete an online application and also arrange for a teacher or counselor to submit a recommendation from an official school email address.

The Program

High School Diplomats is a cultural exchange program founded in 1987 that brings American and Japanese high school students together for ten days each summer. 

The Exchange

This full-scholarship program takes place at Princeton University, where 40 American high school sophomores and juniors are paired with a Japanese roommate to share the experience with.

The Impact

For ten days, the roommate pairs work together to overcome barriers of language and culture and learn about each other's lives through academic classes, seminar-style discussions, and fun activities.