Arrive to breathtaking Okayama prefecture, ready to find “something more” in your education. Here, amidst traditions of ancient ceramic craft and the Shizutani School—Japan’s first school for the common class—begin 14 days of rigorous workshops, international dialogue, and unexpected adventure alongside our team of brilliant team of college-aged mentors. Together, we leave as a hopeful global community, empowered to explore our own practice.
Every camp is collaboratively designed by sempai who represent renowned institutions, diverse backgrounds, and an equally diverse set of skills.
Our global search for camp creators is currently underway. Sempai teams will be announced February 14th.
Kohai online applications open
Kohai video interviews begin (rolling)
Kohai online applications close
Applicants learn admissions decisions on a rolling basis
Final admissions decisions announced
Deposits are due within 10 days of learning your admissions decision
First day of camp
Confirm your travel arrangements & visa
Sempai meet to design camp!July 1
First day of camp!July 14
Last day of camp
You may apply for need-based tuition assistance within the kohai admissions application. Early applications will be prioritized, and scholarships are limited.
Gakko’s tuition covers room, board and any activities organized by camp. We also cover the cost of transporting kohai to and from the designated local airport or train station (the “meeting point”) to the camp location. But, kohai are responsible for all costs of getting to the designated airport or train station.
We make every effort to work with kohai to make Gakko as safe, comfortable and successful as possible. Requests for special needs are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a call to discuss your case with one of our camp directors.
Please email our team at email@example.com with any other questions—Zoe looks forward to hearing from you!
We will notify you as soon as possible whether or not you have been selected for an interview. In the meantime, take a dance break and follow Gakko happenings as we get closer to camp.
The camp is open to all high school students (typically age 14-18). Since camp is conducted entirely in English, we ask that all applicants have basic English abilities, but even if you’re not confident in your English, send us an application! No TOEFL or GPA required in order to apply.
Kohai come from all over the world, with a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstance. Because the Gakko experience is rooted in collaboration, creativity and intellectual curiosity, it is important to demonstrate these attributes in your application. Mostly, kohai are selected because we believe that they offer something unique to share with their fellow kohai and sempai.
Yes. You will receive an updated admissions timeline should you be admitted to a waiting list.
Applications for need-based tuition assistance are considered separately from admissions and are awarded based on the availability of funds and the merit of the applicant’s case. Not all requests for tuition assistance can be accommodated.
Please apply for tuition assistance as part of your admissions application. Admitted students who are eligible for aid will receive information about their award when they are admitted to camp. All admitted kohai must confirm their participation by placing a deposit within 10 days of receiving their admissions decision.
Kohai and their families are solely responsible for the successful completion of any paperwork required for program attendance. We make every effort to supply documentation that is required for your visa applications, and we encourage you to communicate with us if you encounter any difficulties. We know it’s a tedious process and we’re here to help in any way we can!
You are responsible for the cost of travel (flight, train ticket, etc.) to a meeting point for your camp. Kohai attending camp in Japan should arrive to Kansai airport, Kyoto Station, or directly to the campsite in Okayama. Darrow School kohai should arrive to the agreed upon airport or directly to the site. Admitted students will receive more information regarding meeting points and travel upon acceptance to the program.
Kohai sleep in dormitories (separated by gender) with 2-5 roommates. Our staff works with a team of professional chefs to design a meal plan, with an emphasis on local ingredients and accommodating all kohai dietary needs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are communal events and often the most meaningful moments in our day.
The safety and well-being of kohai is our top priority. All activities are supervised by camp directors and medical staff is available on site 24/7. We employ local personnel at camp venues, equipped with area knowledge and language skills. If you have any further questions regarding safety, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Please let us know prior to attending camp what you will require in order to practice, and we will be sure to communicate how we can accommodate.
Yes. If you are traveling outside of your country of residence, you will need travel insurance. Please note that it is a requirement when applying for a visa.