Japan: Keio School Scholarship Exchange

Participate in a true school classroom-to-classroom exchange and home-stay experience between Lawrenceville and The Keio School in Yokohama, Japan, just outside of Tokyo.  Two Lawrentians will host two students from Keio during the Winter Term and in turn travel to Japan in June to study at the Keio school.

Dates in June TBD

This relationship is almost completely funded by Keio, the host school, and is offered to our students at a reduced cost with expenses related to travel insurance and vaccination/immunization needs. Only two students can participate each year and they must complete the general Harkness Travel Program survey, as well as a specific Keio program application. Students who are selected agree to host their Japanese counterpart in their School House room or home if they are a day student. If other arrangements need to be made for the visitors housing, selected students will still play a major role in hosting.  

Please note that this trip is not chaperoned by a Lawrenceville faculty member; the selected students must travel together to Japan from Newark International Airport, without a Lawrenceville Program Leader, to meet the program supervisor in Japan, and their host families. The Keio school will be purchasing the airline tickets using Newark as the U.S. destination airport; deviations will not be permitted and students are responsible for getting themselves to Newark on their own and at their own cost.  Our students will stay with the same Keio students who will visit Lawrenceville arriving on campus January 25, and will attend the Japanese school for two weeks. They will visit local attractions with their host families on the weekends.
 
Lawrenceville host dates for the two Japanese students will be from Saturday, January 25 through Saturday, February 8, 2020, concluding the Winter Gathering Weekend. The Lawrenceville students and host families must commit to this responsibility for the entire time period of the exchange.

Learn more about Keio University.

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  • Cost

    $400 - plus routine immunization/vaccination costs if handled by the school.

    The flight from Newark and core cost of the program is generously covered by the Keio School.

    The above fee represented is required for the travel insurance and other minor costs. Families will also need to cover the costs of any routine vaccines that are administered on campus.

Sign Up

Two III or IV Form students will be chosen for this merit-based opportunity. The application process will include  the Lawrenceville Application Survey, Housemaster / Day Advisor Recommendation, and a secondary essay that will be sent to students upon receipt of the application survey.  

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student surveys, Housemaster/Advisor recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.


Application to this program is not considered complete until the following items have been submitted:

Know Before You Go

Program Leaders
Since this is an independently sponsored student travel opportunity, no program leader will accompany the student on their travels. Selected students must travel together from Newark International Airport to Japan where they will meet the program supervisor and their host families.

Becoming a Host Family
Students who are selected agree to host their Japanese counterpart in their School House room or home if they are a day student. If other arrangements need to be made for the visitors housing, selected students will still play a major role in hosting.  

Lawrenceville host dates for the two Japanese students are January 26 through February 9, spanning the Winter Gathering Weekend. The Lawrenceville students and host families must commit to this responsibility for the entire time period of the exchange.

Important Travel Program Policies and General Information


Passport Information
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any School sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly.

Vaccine Information
All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus.

Japan Packing List

Student Behavioral Expectations and Expulsion Policies


Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.