Student Exchange Program

Meet the 2017 Sister City Student Ambassadors! 

Sister City Ambassadors 2017
The 2017 Sister City Student Exchange ambassadors have been selected! 
Click here to learn more about John, Sarah, and Justin before they travel to Handa in July. 

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.
Capitol visit

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? Click here to read the most frequently asked questions about the Sister City Student Exchange. 

What Should I Expect?

View the recent slideshows below to see what Midland and Japanese students experience during their trips. 

Slideshow: 2016 Handa Students in Midland

Slideshow: 2015 Midland Students in Handa