AFTER 3 YEARS OFF DUE TO COVID-19, THE EXCHANGE PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO RETURN IN 2023!!!
SPRING EXCHANGE – Japanese students coming to Byng
Byng High School partners with Ada High School to provide a short-term exchange program with Ibaraki Christian High School in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan. Each year around March, ICHS brings students to Oklahoma, who live with local families, go to school at Ada HS or Byng HS, go on cultural trips, and participate in cultural activities. The purpose of the exchange is to completely immerse the Japanese students in American culture for a short period.
Each Japanese exchange student will live with a volunteer Byng student during their stay. This student is referred to as the “host.” Students must submit an application to host and their family must undergo an interview process before being selected. Some financial assistance will be provided to cover the increased expenses of having an additional household member for two weeks, but we try to keep the cost of the exchange low for the traveling students, so a certain amount of goodwill is expected from volunteer homestay families. Host students will be expected to work with the shadow student and to attend program events on the weekends and after school.
Each Japanese exchange student will go to class with a different Byng student on school days. This student is referred to as the “shadow.” This system is used to give hosts a break and to build a larger circle of friends for the exchange student. Students must submit an application to shadow and must undergo an interview process before being selected. The shadow student is expected to work with the host student to provide the best experience and will also be expected to attend program events after school.
The tentative dates for the 2023 spring exchange are February 25 – March 9, 2023. Applications for hosts and shadows will be available in early January.
How to Apply to Be a Host or Shadow
Applications will be available around December or January. Be listening for announcements in school. Applicants must also undergo an inverview process.
SUMMER EXCHANGE – Byng students going to Japan
Byng High School partners with Ada High School to provide a short-term exchange program with Ibaraki Christian High School in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan. Each year over summer break, Byng HS and Ada HS send students to ICHS in Japan for two weeks to will live with an ICHS student, go to their school, go on cultural trips, and participate in cultural activities. The purpose of the exchange is to completely immerse the American students in Japanese culture for a short period.
The exchange usually costs around $2500, but the amount changes year-to-year and is mostly dependent on the cost of plane tickets. Students will also need spending money on top of the payment to the program. If you are interested in going, please start saving right now!
The dates for the 2023 summer exchange have not yet been set.
How to Apply
Applications to be an exchange student to Japan will be available shortly after Spring Break 2023. It is highly encouraged that applicants for the summer program were involved in the spring program. Applicants must undergo an interview process.
If you have any questions about the Japanese exchange program, please contact Mr. Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Pierce at email@example.com.