The AIIU Exchange Program offers students aged between 15 and 18 a wonderful opportunity to expand their horizons, visiting and studying in Japan.


AIIU Scholarships are offered to all students who apply for our Academic Year Program.

Successful applicants show that they are highly motivated students who are committed to becoming cultural ambassadors for AIIU and Australia.

Students with demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to promotion of international understanding and sound academic background are invited to apply.

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Get straight down to business and apply for exchange to Japan here.

Program info & costs

Find out more about our exchange programs and how they work.

Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships are available to all students applying for the 10 month exchange program. Find out more here.


Questions about your exchange or how to apply? get all the answers here!

Student Hosting

You can apply to be a host family, taking care of one of our inbound students.

Request an Information Pack

We can send you all the info you need - request this invaluable pack here.

Important Dates

Find out when you have to have your application completed, as well as other important dates associated with your trip.

Discover Australia

We also offer study tours to Australia for students from Japan, China and Indonesia. Find out more.

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What’s New with AIIU?

Christmas Holiday Program

Christmas Holiday Program

April 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a 2 month Christmas Holiday Program, commencing November 2016. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting new opportunity!  

2016 AYP Poster Design Winner

2016 AYP Poster Design Winner

April 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Manga Poster Competition is Tara Fleckner of Victoria. It was very difficult to choose from amongst the wonderful entries that we received, but we had to choose one! Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Congratulations Tara! Stay tuned for … Read More

Facilitating student exchange programs between Australia and Japan since 1987

The Australian Institute of International Understanding is based in Brisbane, with offices nationally.

AIIU (Australian Institute of International Understanding Limited) was founded in 1987. We are a not-for-profit company - which means every cent of the program fees are used for your benefit.

For almost 30 years we’ve specialised in student exchange programs between Japan and Australia, helping Japanese and Australian students expand their horizons, learn a new language, experience a new culture and make international friends.

As well as student exchange programs, AIIU coordinates study group tours and homestay programs. Study group tours are organised through public, private and specialised language schools across Australia.

We're Not for Profit - 100% of your fees go directly towards your experience!

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You too can visit Japan on exchange!

Our students' experiences matter to us..

Why choose AIIU?

We know what we're doing

We've had more than 25 years of experience and work constantly to maintain and im­prove what we do.

We’re the Japan Specialists

We deal exclusively with exchange to Japan, and we guarantee Japan as a destination to successful applicants.

We're home grown

We're an Australian Organisation and we’re Queensland based

We look after you well

We pride ourselves on a high standard of pastoral care and individual attention. We are careful with selection and preparation and respond quickly to any problems you might have while away.

You're not just a number

By the time you leave, we know each other well. AIIU has a genuine concern for your welfare.

Our affiliates are the best

AIIU’s overseas organisation, JFIE, provides great care and service to our students. They are responsive to student needs and difficulties. AIIU maintains con­tact with them as well as with families back here in Australia.

We keep costs low

We provide a complete package by arranging homestay, passport and visa applications, transport and accommodation arrangements (including transfers), insurance and orientation prior to departure.

Scholarships and Bursaries

AIIU has a number of scholarships and bursaries available. Just ask us for an application form when you apply!