About ACEJ

Mission Statement

ACEJ’s mission is to provide a broad range of high quality short and long term education abroad opportunities for Japanese students who wish to study English in the U.S. and in other English speaking countries. We strongly believe that these study abroad experiences go beyond English language training to enhance students’ international awareness, build the skills they need to succeed in their local societies as well as in the international community, and develop their potential to become future global leaders. ACEJ is dedicated to expanding the field of study abroad globally and to increasing access to these opportunities for students who have not traditionally enjoyed the benefits of study abroad.

ACEJ History

In 1996, the American Cultural Exchange of Japan (ACEJ) was established as the Japan Office for the American Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA, since 1973. Mr. Shinji Moriyama, President, is the chair of A.C.E.’s International Advisory Council and special advisor to the Board,

ACEJ’s sister organization, the Japan Study Abroad Foundation (JSAF), was founded in 2000 to specialize in academic study abroad programs for Japanese students.

In November 2014, the “General Incorporated Foundation Japan Study Abroad Foundation” was established under the Act on General Incorporated Associations and General Incorporated Foundations (Act No. 48 of June 2, 2006) as a Japanese non-profit foundation. This foundation will become the new umbrella organization for both the American Cultural Exchange of Japan (ACEJ) and its sister organization, the Japan Study Abroad Foundation (JSAF).

ACEJ Organization Description

The American Cultural Exchange of Japan (ACEJ) specializes in assisting undergraduate university students to study English and other languages abroad in short and long-term language programs in the U.S. and in other countries.

Participants choose to study abroad in these programs:

  • Foreign Language Program (FLAP, organized by ACEJ and JSAF)
  • Global Learning Program (GLP)

Foreign Language Program (FLAP)

FLAP is a semester or an academic year study abroad program in which students may choose to study English or other languages. Through FLAP, students are placed at ACEJ/JSAF partner institutions where, in most cases, they take intensive language (English, Spanish, French, or Italian) courses.

FLAP is jointly organized by ACEJ and its sister organization, the Japan Study Abroad Foundation (JSAF), which has provided study abroad experiences for more than 800 Japanese university students at selected universities and colleges in U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Italy, and South Africa since 2000.

ACEJ provides all of the support services listed below in “ACEJ ESL Program Services” for students participating in FLAP programs including weekly e-mail support during the first month and monthly contact from the second month to the end of the program.