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Study in Japan – Individual Holiday Program

Experience the real Japan

IYEO offers students the opportunity to experience Japan through independent student travel programs.  IYEO (Intercultural Youth Exchange Organization) is an authorized Not for Profit Organization, certified by the Japanese government, that facilitates cross cultural exchange to foster awareness and self-development.  Students are supported by the IYEO local Advisory Desk during the program.  Popular destinations include, Fukuoka, Miyazaki, Hiroshima & Mie prefectures. All programs are based on homestay and school participation.  Participants must be aged between 15 and 18 during the stay in Japan.

These programs offer the opportunity to:

  • Gain real experience and understanding of Japanese culture (and improve general awareness of cultural relationships).
  • Use and develop Japanese language skills.   Extend school language studies and skills through real life experiences, increasing confidence and sensitivity to the language (and reward and inspire the commitment to foreign language study).  
  • Broaden your world outlook. Begin to develop a platform for careers where global communications, international trade and tourism will play an increasing role.
  • Make new friends and have fun.


2018/19 Programs


Sat 22 September 2018 to Sat 2 February 2019

Length of program

From 2 weeks to 8 weeks

Application Due

120 days before starting date

Program includes:

  • Screening and handling of application
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Assisting with flight bookings & insurance (does not include cost of flights)
  •  Information for transport for arrival & departure from a local airport in Japan (transport cost not included)
  • Orientation (after arrival in Japan)
  • Placement with a Japanese host family (room and full board)
  • 2 meals per day (lunch can be purchased at the school)
  • Placement & attendance in a Japanese junior high school or senior high school 
  • Supervision & support through the stay by IYEO local Advisory Desk


Program cost doesn’t include: Airfares, airport transfers, travel insurance, lunches, transport cost to/from school, and personal spending money


What people say...

"Going to a Japanese High School in Chiba must be one of the exciting things I’ve ever done! I loved the classes, the friendly students, the sailor school uniform, my little obento lunches and the teachers who tried to speak in English for me. I got to attend many classes and help the students speak English, as well as improving my Japanese speaking skills day by day!  Even when it was time to go I wasn’t too sad because I had made so many great memories and great friends who I exchanged presents with! My class presented me with a bouquet of flowers and a big card, and they were all sad to lose me, as was I sad too to lose them.

My host family was absolutely lovely! The family consisted of 2 parents and 3 daughters. They took me out every weekend to Tokyo or around Chiba which consisted of a lot of shopping! They also cooked me a variety of delicious meals and on my last night they took me out to eat my favourite type of Japanese food- yakiniku! The whole family wants to visit Perth now, and I’m very excited for their visit! But until then, I’ll be missing them so much!

The next chance I have to go to Japan, you know where I’ll be going back to first- Chiba!"

- Charlotte (student)



For applications in Australia please contact IYEO Perth (Shoji Australia)      

  (08) 9389 1229 / perth@iyeo.org