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2020 MSHSE Details

Want to learn more about the upcoming Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange (MSHSE)? Read below to learn how to apply, program schedule, deadlines, fees, program logistics, and more.


Application process

Applicants must submit a completed application form (along with the other documents outlined in the application cover sheet):

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Student & Parent Orientation (mandatory): April 19, 2020

Program costs

Billable costs

Total billable costs: approximately $2,420 (will vary depending on final airfare taxes and surcharges)

  • Program fee: $400 (Due May 5, 2020)
    • Includes housing, most meals, ground transportation in Japan, orientation, and international health insurance.
    • Paid to Michigan State University by cash, check, or money order. If you need to request adjustments to the payment schedule, please contact us.
  • Roundtrip airfare: $2,020 (estimated; taxes and fuel surcharges can increase up until tickets are paid in full). Paid to the travel agency (credit cards accepted):
    • Deposit: $150 (Due May 5, 2020)
    • Remaining Balance (Due May 13, 2020)

Failure to pay the billable costs in full (or make alternate arrangements) by the due dates listed above may lead to withdrawal from the program. All payments are non-refundable once they have been submitted. In the case of airfare payments, a refund may be possible (less the cost of a ticket change fee) if an alternate student is available to participate.

Non-billable costs

Total estimated non-billable costs for Japan travel: approximately* $535

  • Spending money (estimated): $400
  • Passport (estimated): $135

*These costs will vary depending on personal spending habits and whether or not you already have a passport.


Program Schedule

Part 1 - Shiga portion

June 24, 2020 (Wed): Depart from Michigan

June 25, 2020 (Thu): Arrive in Shiga

June 26, 2020 (Fri): Sightseeing, beginning of homestay

June 27 (Sat) - July 10, 2020 (Fri): Homestay, attending Shiga high school

July 10, 2020 (Fri): Farewell party

July 11, 2020 (Sat): Depart from Japan, arrive in Michigan

Part 2 - Michigan portion

September 2, 2020 (Wed): Shiga students depart from Japan, arrive in Michigan

September 3, 2020 (Thu): Welcome activities and Shiga student pick-up in Lansing, beginning of homestay

September 4 (Fri) - September 18 (Fri): Homestay, attending high school with Shiga students

September 19, 2020 (Sat): Farewell party and Shiga student drop-off in Lansing

September 20, 2020 (Sun): Shiga students depart from Michigan

September 21, 2020 (Mon): Shiga students arrive in Japan