JAPENESE exchange students were given a warm welcome at Aldercar Community Language College.
The 27 students were formally welcomed by the chairman of Derbyshire County Council and they will be staying with families in Aldercar, Newhall, Denby and Ilkeston.
They will attend college each day, and will go on day trips to sites including Castleton and the caves and Shipley Country Park.
A farewell party will be held at Kirk Hallam School.
The return visit to stay with families in Toyota will take place in October.