Japan America Society of Colorado

Visiting Japan

Study Abroad In Japan

**JASC understands the allure of the Japanese language, and the impact that approaching studies within a Japanese setting can have. Many of us at JASC have had our own life changing experiences overseas, and have gathered here some resources to help you get started on your language learning adventure!

lOcal exchange Programs

JASC is happy to bring Japan to your school through its Japan in the Schools program. JASC’s Program Manager will provide a presentation on Japan’s culture and language to classrooms in the Metro Denver and Boulder areas. This FREE program helps JASC fulfill its mission of connecting Japan and Colorado by providing education on Japan to elementary school children—as well as middle school students, when applicable. 

Japan in the Schools presentations include fun activities and opportunities for children to interact with Japanese cultural items, learn some easy Japanese phrases, and travel to Japan through a series of images relating to school children in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Presentations last around one hour, and are tailored to kindergarten through fifth graders. Middle schools may request the program, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

University programs

Temple University Japan Campus (TUJC) has been a supporter of JASC for several years now. They host a high school summer program as well as enrollment for 4-year students in their undergraduate college program. We encourage you to check out their website.


Immersion at home

Keio Academy of New York

In an amazing bi-cultural 2 week summer boarding experience, Keio Academy provides an enriching bilingual immersion experience in English and Japanese. Designed for Japanese and English speaking middle and high school students, the program engages students in cultural workshops, cross-cultural learning, and language learning. Visit website here.

Family Exchange

Japan-America Grassroots Summit (John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange)

The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual large-scale meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and America. It celebrates the historic friendship between Nakahama Manjiro and Captain William Whitfield.

Whitfield rescued the marooned Manjiro in 1841 and shared his own home with him. Later, Manjiro’s rare command of English and salutary experience in America became pivotal to the Japan/US relationship after Perry’s arrival in 1853.

Each year, Japanese prefectures and American states alternate as hosts for about a week, sharing their homes and the unique features of their communities. More than 100 people usually participate as guests, enjoying sight-seeing, cultural activities, welcome and closing ceremonies, and staying with a host family. The guests and hosts make meaningful memories together in the spirit of Omotenashi - uninhibited hospitality and friendship. This is a unique way to have a homestay experience together as a family! Singles are also welcome.

The 2019 Summit will be held in Hyogo-Himeji, Japan. The 2020 Summit will be held in Philadelphia, PA. Visit the program website here.

Colorado Sister City / Friendship city Exchange Programs

We do not always receive updated information on these programs, but we will be sure to update the links here as we become aware!

 Boulder-Yamagata Exchange Program

 Greeley-Moriya Exchange Program

Aspen-Shimupakku Exchange Program

Longmont-Chino Exchange Program

Broomfield-Ueda Exchange Program

 Denver-Takayama Exchange Program

Colorado Springs - Fujiyoshida Exchange Program

Vail - Yamanouchi Exchange Program