Moriya, Japan Student Exchange Program

Did you know the City of Greeley and Moriya, Japan, have been celebrating and fostering a Sister City relationship for more than 20 years? Every odd year summer the City of Greeley sponsors approximately ten high school students to visit Moriya, Japan, as part of a student exchange. During even years, Greeley students host Moriya students.

The Sister City Student Exchange Program is a wonderful opportunity for students from both cities to explore each other's country and learn more about their cultures, traditions, and way of life.

2017 student trip to Japan


If you are a resident of Greeley who excels in academics, is interested in fun and adventure, and excited about the possibility of developing life-long friendships with people from across the Pacific Ocean, then a trip to Moriya, Japan is perfect for you!

The City of Greeley is looking for approximately 10 Greeley high school students to apply and be a part of our Sister City Exchange in June 2017. Students, enrolled in grades 8 through 12 (minimum age of 14) during the 2016-17 academic year, can apply for the program. If chosen, they will travel to Moriya, Japan, and stay with a host family. Applications for the program will be distributed toward the end of 2016. Download an application packet from the 2015 exchange to see what the process looked like.

Sponsor a student!

If you’re a business owner or individual looking for a great way to help students financially afford this trip, please consider sponsoring a student. The City offers some scholarship money that helps offset the cost to students.

Thanks to the following businesses and people who sponsored students in 2015: Derek Anderson, Pam Bricker through Mariposa Plants & Flowers, Fumiko Fukuta and Don Gudmundson, Greeley Rotary After Hours, Mavro and Donna Coggins, Pirate Radio Listeners, Trinity Quilters, Scott Ehrlich, Sears Real Estate, and the University of Northern Colorado.

Host families needed for 2018

Students from Moriya, Japan will visit our city in June or July of 2018 as part of the Sister City Student Exchange Program. We are always looking for families to volunteer as hosts for students and their chaperones.

For more information about the Sister City Exchange Program, please call Mari Hein Beegle at 970-350-9449