ISC facilitates three academic and cultural exchange programs organized by university students in the U.S., Japan, Korea, and China. Our conferences distinguish themselves from other programs in that they are entirely student-led: students manage the logistics and implementation of each annual gathering. At the end of each Conference, delegates elect an Elective Committee tasked with planning and executing the next conference.
Our programs are premised on the belief that students are not passive observers of international diplomacy but rather are concerned citizens charged with the responsibility of guiding the direction of the world as leaders in U.S.-Asia relations.
Who Can Apply?
Full-time undergraduate & graduate university students.
Students graduating before the conference start date are eligible
Students accepted to enter university/graduate school in the fall are eligible
All majors of study are accepted.
As the official language of the Conference is English, no prior experience in Japanese/Korean/Chinese language or studies is required.
The Japan-America Student Conference
The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program initiated in 1934 by university students concerned about the breakdown of bilateral relations before the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting three diverse regions in the host country.
The 76th Japan-America Student Conference will occur from August 3rd to August 24th, 2024, in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. JASC 76 will convene with the theme: "Visions: Perspectives reflected from the past - together understanding, contributing for the future." Applications are OPEN until December 24, 2023. Apply here!
The Korea-America Student Conference
The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is a student-led academic conference that was established in 2008 with the goal of supporting the deep bilateral relationship between the U.S. and South Korea. This conference brings together up to 30 students studying in the United States and the Republic of Korea for an academically rigorous, three-week-long summer program, during which students live, travel, and conduct original, peer-reviewed research together. KASC is unique among ISC conferences in its two-country model, in which students travel to both the U.S. and South Korea each year.
The 17th Korea-America Student Conference will travel to New York City, Washington, DC, and Seoul, South Korea, from June 23rd to July 11th, 2024! The KASC 17 Executive Committee chose the theme: "Embracing Complexity: Navigating the Intersections in Global Diplomacy for a Shared Tomorrow." Applications are OPEN! Apply by December 23, 2023 at this link!
The China-America Student Conference
The China-America Student Conference (ChASC) is a 2-week academic and cultural interchange program that brings together an equal number of students representing the United States of America and China for off-the-record discussions on the future of the bilateral relationship. ChASC was established in 2020, making it the newest of the ISC conferences.
The 4th China-America Student Conference will convene from June 3rd to June 15th in Chicago and Washington, DC! ChASC 4 will focus on the theme, "From Reflection to Connection: Lessons from the Past, Visions For the Future" and welcomes American students, Chinese students, and Chinese students studying in the United States! Please apply by December 31, 2023, at this link!