CEI Spark Exchange Program

Began in 2018, this program offers insight into Japan's rich culture through a short-term exchange program. Come live life like the locals do and foster a deep connection with the community in various host cities across Japan.

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What We Do


Japanese Course

Intensive Japanese language course taught at our local partner school with the opportunity to practice conversational skills with natives.

Cultural Immersion

Various cultural activities such as schools and historical landmarks visit in the hosting city.


Live like a local

Join the local community and engage in their day-to-day lives.

Industry Sustainability

Visit local industries and help them develop sustainable businesses.


  • September 2017

    Our humble beginnings: The Mino/Boston Exchange Program started.

  • August 2018

    17 days, 7 schools and numerous exchange experiences with CEI began making headlines in Mino City. Reported by 3 newspaper articles and 1 cable TV Program.

  • August 2019

    The program started off with a success, providing a mix of intense Japanese courses and cultural immersion in the city of Mino.

  • June - July 2020, 2021

    Weekly online conversation, classes and even book translation project involving students from Mino, Nagoya and Tokyo.


  • Aug 2022

    3-week exchange program in Kani City.

Featured activities

Book Translation Project

We have partnered up two high schoolers from opposite sides of the world to collaborate on a new children’s book. Entitled “The World is Full of Flavors”, the book is being written and illustrated by Arianna Ruhoy, and is being translated in Japanese by Mino resident Hiyori Kurimoto. The book will be written in English, Japanese hiragana, and romaji, the latter of which will help English kids learn how to read and speak Japanese.

Information session

We had our 2019 Information Session on April 27th at Showa Boston. Please watch our recorded video to know about this program

How to Apply

Early May

Information Sessions

Mid May

Application Deadline

Late May


Early June

Result Announcement

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