Student Exchange

smiling students with lei and with host in Hawaii and Japan

Every other year, we used to send two female delegates to Japan as exchange students in compliance with a resolution adopted during the Third World Buddhist Women’s Convention held in Honolulu in June 1967. The stated aim of the resolution was “nurturing future leaders for Jodo Shinshu women’s activities through exposure to Buddhist culture in Japan, oriental culture and youth movement and as a mission of good will.”

In the years we didn’t send delegates to Japan, we hosted Japanese delegates in Hawaii. Times changed during the Pandemic, and in 2020, the program was put on hold and Japan also reported that they will no longer send Student delegates to Hawaii until further notice.

This year 2024, the Buddhist Churches of America will be sending their Exchange Students to Japan with the 2024 YBICSE (Young Buddhist International Cultural Study Exchange) students.

We have been informed that Hawaii can send our two Students in 2025. Therefore, the selection process will take place this year, in 2024.

Seeking Delegates for the 2025 Exchange Program

What: Student Exchange Program to Japan
When: Early July 2025 (10 days)
Who: Two Hawaii women, ages 17–23 years old
Why: Be exposed to Buddhist and Asian culture; Be a missionary of good will

How to Apply

      1. Print APPLICATION FOR BWA SE (click here) (or obtain from temple offices)
      2. Print also Student Exchange Program Information (click here)
      3. Submit completed application no later than October 31, 2024, to
        BWA Student Exchange Committee Chairperson
        Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
        Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations
        1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813

    Applications must be received at the address above by October 31, 2024.–>
    If you have any questions, call 808-522-9200 or contact a BWA member or the United BWA President of your District.

    To download the poster, Student Exchange Program Poster (click here)

    Additional Student Exchange-related Resources