Lexington Sister Cities

Student exchange programs

Lexington has 4 Sister Cities: Newmarket, England; Shinhidaka, Japan; Deauville, France; and County Kildare, Ireland. Each Sister City participates in a Middle School and/or High School student exchange program with Lexington each year! 


Read more about our exchanges below.  

Deauville, France

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Lexington students chosen for the Deauville exchange usually leave for France around mid-June. Their exchange in France lasts 3 weeks, with the Deauville students returning to Lexington with their counterparts at the beginning of July. The exchange is 6 weeks long. 


  

Applications

Deauville applications require:

● Completed Lexington-Deauville Student Exchange Application

● Current Picture

● $50 application fee 

● 2 Letters of recommendation

○ One MUST be from a French teacher

● French essay telling your counterpart about yourself


Applications are due back to Sister Cities by the first Friday of November. This is a “soft” deadline - we will not turn away applications that are turned in a couple days late; however we do not advertise this unless a student calls to ask. 

Newmarket, England

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Participants in the Newmarket exchange will travel to England sometime between the end of June and July for 10-12 days, while their British counterparts will travel to Lexington towards the end of October for 7-10 days.  


  

Applications

Newmarket applications require:

● Completed Lexington-Newmarket Student Exchange Application

● Current Picture

● $25 application fee 

● 2 Letters of recommendation

● *Newmarket is the only exchange that puts an age limit along with an age requirement. Students should be 13-16 years of age at the time of the exchange. 


Applications are due back to Sister Cities by the first Friday of November. Newmarket is one of the most popular program, so this is a hard deadline unless someone calls and arranges to submit the application electronically over the weekend. 

County Kildare, Ireland

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For this exchange, County Kildare students will travel to Lexington for 10-12 days during the first of July. While the Lexington students will depart for Ireland at the end of July for a 10-12 day stay. 


  

Applications

County Kildare applications require:

● Completed Lexington-County Kildare Student Exchange Application

● Current Picture

● $25 application fee 

● 2 Letters of recommendation


Applications are due back to Sister Cities by the first Friday of November. The County Kildare student exchange is the most popular program with Lexington Sister Cities. Because of this, the deadline is a hard one and late applications should not be accepted unless they are communicated that they will be submitted electronically over the weekend. 

Shinhidaka, Japan

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Students who participate in the Shinhidaka exchange will have their Japanese counterparts visit Lexington at the end of March for 5-6 days. The Lexington students will then travel to Japan during July for 10-12 days. 


  

Applications

Shinhidaka applications require:

● Completed Lexington-Shinhidaka Student Exchange Application

● Current Picture

● $25 application fee 

● 2 Letters of recommendation

● *Students are NOT required to be taking Japanese to participate


Applications are due back to Sister Cities by the first Friday of November. Depending on the number of applications received, this can be a soft deadline. Some years they are many applications and some there are not. This decision can be made as the deadline approaches.