Student Exchange Program
Another Successful Exchange is Complete!
Our 3 Sister City Student Exchange students from Handa, Japan arrived in Midland on Monday, July 23 and stayed until Sunday, August 12. Yuki, Yuka, and Risa enjoyed 3 wonderful weeks with our 9 host families experiencing American life - and sharing some of their Japanese life with us, too!
Watch the slideshow above to see some of the students' adventures during their stay.
The 2019 Student Exchange - which will send 3 Midland-area students to Japan - will begin accepting applications in early 2019. Stay tuned!
Midland High School sophomores Justin Witt and John White and H.H. Dow High School junior Sarah Brandstadt were selected from a competitive field of applicants based on a number of factors, including interest in Japanese culture, academic and extracurricular achievements, demonstration of leadership and personal strengths. The students stayed with host families for three weeks from mid-July to August.
Watch the video to hear from John and Justin about their experiences with the Sister City Student Exchange Program.
About the Program
What's It All About?
Every year, the cities of Handa, Japan, and Midland, Michigan take part in an exchange of high school students. During odd-numbered years, Midland sends students to Handa; during even-numbered years, Handa students visit Midland. The purpose of the exchange is to build friendships between sister cities, and to provide an opportunity for youth to experience a different culture.
How Does It Work?
Whether Midland is sending or receiving students, each participant stays with host families during their 3-week stay. These host families help the students immerse themselves into the culture of their host country by coordinating fun activities, cooking meals, and sharing their families' day-to-day lives. In addition, the Sister City program in each country provides a schedule of events and activities for the entire group to participate in together.
Still have questions? View the most frequently asked questions about the Sister City Student Exchange (PDF).
What Should I Expect?
View the recent slideshows below to see what Midland and Japanese students experience during their trips.