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Student Exchange Program

Our student exchange program is a true exchange.  We send high school students to Ebetsu every summer and host high school students from Ebetsu every winter.  See details below.

Studying in Japan

Each year the Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association selects high school students to travel to Ebetsu, Japan. Students must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the exchange program:

  1. Be a full-time student in good standing at Gresham High School or Reynolds High School and in their Japanese language program.
  2. Have the equivalent of two years of Japanese language studies.
  3. Be able to travel to Japan from approximately mid-June to mid-July.
  4. Be able to pay airfare approximately two months before departure.  Note: partial scholarships may be available.

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student, please download the following forms. NOTE: The forms are Word documents.

  1. Student Eligibility
  2. Student Application
  3. Recommendation Form
  4. Student-Parent Agreement Form

Completed applications are due by the end of February.  They may be handed in to your high school Japanese language teacher or submitted online to Questions may also be directed to the same email address.

Hosting a Japanese Student

Each year GESCA also selects families to host students from Ebetsu from early January until early February. Criteria include:

  1. Having a student at home who is studying Japanese.
  2. Willingness to share your home with an extra youngster who should be treated as a member of your family.
  3. Ability to offer a separate bed if not a separate bedroom.

If you are interested in hosting a student from Ebetsu, questions may be directed to

View the Student Exchange Gallery.