Japan-America Friendship Scholars
Students are responsible for a $3500 program tuition contribution.
70 scholarships open to students who meet age required defined on the Japan country page.
Students who have Japanese language experience or are motivated to learn Japanese.
Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale.
Only US citizens may apply.
Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible.
Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.
Complete Application Includes
Complete Online Application
1 Teacher Recommendation
3 Short Answer Essay Questions
$75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
5 Candid photos
Round-trip international airline travel
Round-trip domestic airline travel
Placement with a carefully selected host family
Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
Support services in host country
Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for
Visa fees (if necessary)
Any excess luggage tariffs
Personal spending money
Tuition balance not covered by scholarship, due two weeks after award notification
Upon returning home, scholarship winners must submit a 2-3 page essay titled 'YFU Experience in Japan' detailing their exchange in Japan. These essays are submitted to the Japanese government to encourage funding for future programs.
Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.
Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.
All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
This scholarship is sponsored by the Japanese government and therefore students may not miss orientation, or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early, or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to program and depart program together.
The flight purchased for this program is a roundtrip ticket and therefore students flights may not be rearranged to include any other destinations other than their departure gate and Japan.
Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.
If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.