2020 Japan Pre-Departure Orientation

2020 JPDO student Registration

Dates and Location

This year, the JPDO will take place on the campus of North Central College [NCC] in Naperville, Illinois. It will begin on Sunday, June 21st and end on Tuesday, June 23rd.

  • Students must arrive to NCC’s campus between 1 and 3pm CST on June 21st and can leave the campus after 4pm CST on June 23rd.

North Central College is located at:

Residence Hall/Recreation Center
440 S. Brainard St.
Naperville, IL 60540

NOTE: If you are driving, please make sure you are using the directions to NCC’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center at 440 S. Brainard St. Do NOT go to 30 N. Brainard St. as this is the Visitors’ Center on the main campus. 


For JPDO, YFU covers the costs of travel, lodging, and food for all students during the orientation. There will be no additional costs to students while attending JPDO, aside from any souvenirs or personal items that students would like to purchase.


JPDO is an informative, fun-filled orientation. It is also your opportunity to connect with other exchange students going to Japan and meet YFU alumni who have traveled to Japan. Expect to have a busy two days on North Central College’s campus!

At JPDO, you will:

  • Meet other YFU students from all over the country.

  • Attend informational sessions led by JPDO Volunteer Teachers & Alumni Assistants (recently returned YFU Japan summer program alumni).

  • Participate in informational sessions and activities to prepare you for Japan, including Japanese language and culture lessons.

  • Have the chance to hear first-hand from YFU staff and alumni about their Japanese exchange experience and advice to future students.

  • Participate in Japanese Obon dancing and cultural activities.