Are you interested in Japanese culture?  Have you ever wanted to visit Japan as a student ambassador representing Berkeley and the Berkeley-Sakai Association?  Do you know that Berkeley has a sister city relationship with Sakai, Japan?  We are looking for students who would be interested in participating in a student exchange to Sakai in July 2023.  If interested, please fill out this Interest Form or email a Berkeley-Sakai Board Member.


2023 EXCHANGE - Berkeley Students Visit Sakai  

Due to ongoing concerns about travel, our next potential Student Exchange will be in 2023.

We are not to the detail planning stage yet as we are waiting for travel restrictions to lift.  In general, the Berkeley-Sakai Association will make arrangements for 6 students and 2 chaperones to travel to Sakai, Japan for about 10 days during the summer of 2023 (either the end of July or beginning of August), with possible side trips to Kyoto, Nara and/or Tokyo.  Berkeley students will stay with host families in Sakai and in hotels when visiting other cities overnight.  Requirements include a US passport valid for at least 6 months after August 2023, attendance at monthly meetings, a group presentation (to be organized by student participants), and willingness to host a Sakai student in 2024.  Cost per student has been approximately $2500 for airfare, hotel and food.  Full or partial scholarships may be available to students based upon need.

We would plan to allow applications starting in mid-2022, make selections and start meeting as a group in Fall 2022.

If you are interested in this program, please fill out the Interest Form.  Someone will contact you with further information.

We are always looking for scholarship donations to help our students go on the exchange.  Please donate to the Fern Harger Student Exchange Scholarship Fund