Sister City Student Exchanges

Group in Takasaki 2015
Are you interested in other cultures? Like to travel and make lasting friendships? High school students, as well as educators at any level, in the Battle Creek area school systems are invited to apply for the Battle Creek Takasaki Ambassador Exchange Program.

General Exchange Information
The Battle Creek Area International Relations Society, a committee appointed by the Mayor of Battle Creek, oversees cultural exchanges with Battle Creek's Sister City, Takasaki, Japan. The student exchange offers the opportunity to stay with a Japanese family, tour Takasaki City Hall and area tourist attractions and to represent the City of Battle Creek at the annual Takasaki Summer Festival.

Any student attending school in the City of Battle Creek area is eligible to apply. Teachers and administrators working in the Battle Creek area are also encouraged to participate. Adult chaperones and translators assist the delegations in both countries.

High School Ambassador Exchange

The International Relations Committee sends four high school students and a teacher to Japan each summer as part of its High School Ambassador Exchange Program. The Battle Creek area delegation travels to Takasaki, Japan and then hosts a Japanese delegation in Battle Creek as part of a 20-day exchange each summer. Ambassadors stay with Japanese host families for 10 days and then host a Japanese student or teacher for 10 days in Battle Creek. The exchange period falls within the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August.

Questions about the program are welcome any time. Call Jennifer Rosa at 269-966-3377 for more information.

Takasaki, Japan

Takasaki is located about 100 kilometers from Tokyo, about 50 minutes by high-speed train, or four hours by bus through beautiful, mountainous terrain. About the same geographic size as Battle Creek, Takasaki has four times as many residents. Visitors find it lush, green and beautiful with its many parks and three rivers. Takasaki residents are known for their warm-hearted, polite nature. Mayor Yukio Matsuura is a popular, forward-thinking leader who advocates for cultural understanding, youth opportunities and the environment.

Takasaki has four other sister cities, in China, Brazil, the Czech Republic and the Philippines. Battle Creek is the oldest Sister City relationship. Visit Takasaki's English website for more information.

2016 Exchange Information

  • Battle Creek High School Delegation will depart on July 28, returning on Aug. 8
  • Battle Creek high school families will host Takasaki students Aug. 8 to 18
Drop off applications for high school ambassadors, as well as for teacher chaperones, in Room 206 at City Hall (10 N. Division St.) or mail them to the following address. The 2016 deadline is May 16.
Jennifer Rosa
Battle Creek Area International Relations Committee
c/o City Manager's Office
PO Box 1717
Battle Creek, MI 49016
Takasaki trip to Mackinac Island 2015