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What to Expect at Princeton: A Typical Day

7:00 a.m. Meet for Rajio Taiso before breakfast (you will be responsible for waking up on time and being prepared for the day ahead. Each program will meet at a designated area to walk to breakfast together – you and your roommate must attend)
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Class - class is broken into two sections: 1-language (students divided into class according to their level of Japanese) and culture (eg: sushi rolling, calligraphy), with a short break between the two
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Program Activities (to get to know each other and learn about culture interactively with both the American and Japanese students – will include games, events, and other activities)

HSD Activities (will include all students in Japan I, Japan II, and Japan III groups; examples: Halloween, Country Fair, etc.)

Presentations (one or two presentations will be given each day – they will all be after lunch, but can be either before or after dinner; please make sure that you have notified your program manager of any materials you will need for your presentation ahead of time)

Free Time (the amount of free time given each day will depend on how much time is leftover after all other activities have been completed, and will vary from day to day)

6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation or other HSD Activities, again varies day to day
9:00 p.m. HSD Activities

Free Time (if there is free time after all other activities have been completed, sometimes trips to the Wa Wa, a convenience store close to campus, can be arranged)
10:30 p.m. Curfew (all students must check-in to their program manager with their roommates and then remain inside the dormitory for the night; within the dorm, they may use the restrooms and showers, or visit each others’ rooms as long as they stay inside the building)

Program Quick Facts

Dates: July 25 - August 5
Place: Princeton University, New Jersey
Number of Students: 40 American students and 40 Japanese students
Eligibility: Students may apply during their high school sophomore and junior years. Children of AIG employees and their agents may not apply. We afford equal opportunity to students of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Cost: Room, board, special activity costs and a portion of program transportation costs are paid by program scholarships.
Deadlines: Applicants may only apply during the application period, from September 15 through January 8.
Timeline for Applicants: January - February: Applications under review
Late February: Candidates selected for interviews notified by email
February and March: Interviews conducted
Early April: Applicants receive a letter with final status
Apply: The application period for HSD U.S. has closed. If you missed this year's application period, check back in September for information about next year's program.

HSD U.S. (formerly just HSD)

HSD U.S. is a ten-day program at Princeton University for American students to interact and forge friendships with Japanese students.

The program is sponsored each summer by AIG General Insurance Co., Ltd., along with the Freeman Foundation. During the stay each American student is paired with a Japanese roommate.

View a typical day at HSD U.S.


At Princeton, students from both Japan and America spend ten days living and socializing with each other. The program is designed to expose the students to both cultures through daily themes and activities.

The themes provide the roommate pairs with opportunities to communicate, learn, and simply enjoy each other's company. The themes vary widely so that each student pair can find common ground and build their friendship. Some examples of these activities include a Japanese New Year's Day, a sports tournament, and a karaoke night.

The students are divided into two smaller groups at Princeton. The smaller programs and dedicated staff provide the students with a more intimate atmosphere.

The HSD U.S. Program employs a diverse and talented staff. The program has a staff of more than twenty people, four of whom are devoted to the program year-round. Sixteen college-aged counselors, all former students themselves, oversee the immediate needs of the students.

Cultural Exchange

The HSD U.S. Program is devoted to bringing students from both American and Japanese cultures the most informative and engaging cultural exchange possible.

In addition to the daily activities, both groups of students attend daily language classes ranging from beginner to advanced and taught by native speakers.

Every student is also given the opportunity to present a unique part of their culture. Topics assigned each year vary and often include history, leisure, social issues, and education.

The HSD academic curricula provides the students with small, seminar-style language and culture learning opportunities.