Korea-America Student Conference

The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is a student-led, academic and cultural exchange program launched in 2008 to build closer ties between young leaders in both countries. Each year, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Korea are competitively selected to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Korea-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. KASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.

There are many ways to learn about Korea. However, there are hardly any opportunities to deeply interact with students, freely discuss contentious issues, and build lifelong relations with Korean and American students—KASC is one of these and a category of its own.

John Kim
3rd KASC alumnus

KASC is relatively new, but the bilateral relationship runs deep. By exploring this relationship on multiple levels (e.g. politics, trade, culture, news media), students will gain knowledge and confidence to discuss, debate, and co-create bilateral and international relations.

A unique feature of KASC is that students organize each Conference, working together across the Pacific throughout the academic year. They also host Roundtables during the Conference, discussing important issues outside the traditional classroom with other students from across the globe.

These experiences provide a foundation for cultural sensitivity and global awareness -- and a forum for the open exchange of ideas. More importantly, the intense experience of living and working together encourages mutual appreciation among delegates, promoting lasting friendships that will further strengthen ties between the U.S. and Korea.

The participation fee for attending KASC is $1,195 for priority deadline applicants, and $2,150 for regular deadline applicants. The fee covers domestic airfare, ground transportation, housing and board, and all conference-related activities for the entire month-long conference. Accepted delegates are responsible for their travel to the first site of the conference, and back home from the end of the conference.
Please contact the ISC Office at 202-289-9088 for questions.