USHSD To Japan
Taking the Next Step
USHSD is an extension of the American High School Diplomats experience. The program gives 20 former HSD participants the opportunity to travel to Japan for a unique, three-week cultural adventure. The trip is divided into three parts: tour, home stay, and the cultural exchange program.
From the moment students arrive, students are immersed in the rich culture and history that makes Japan one of the most fascinating countries in the world.
The first part of the three-week adventure is a tour of Japan during which students will visit famous landmarks, meet with government officials and other dignitaries, and become true diplomats representing the United States.
After touring the country, students participate in a homestay for three days. Some past homestay experiences included attending Japanese summer festivals, learning and visiting with family members from the older Japanese generation, and gaining insight into the Japanese family dynamic.
After completing the tour and homestay, students arrive at the Kansai Seminar House in Kyoto, Japan. Here they are matched with a Japanese roommate. The students participate in a variety of activities aimed at increasing communication and forging friendship.
All students attend language classes based on their personal language abilities. The USHSD academic curricula builds on what the American students learned at HSD and provides the students with small, seminar-style language learning opportunities.
The USHSD Program student-to-staff ratio is excellent. The program has a staff of more than twelve people, three of whom are devoted to the program year-round. Five college-aged counselors, all former students themselves, oversee the immediate needs of the students.