What is ISC?
International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC) is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC. It facilitates three academic and cultural exchange programs organized by university students: the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) launched in 1934 and the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) launched in 2008. In 2012, it launched the US-Japan-Korea Trilateral Forum, a week-long program for its JASC/KASC Executive Committee Members, and the China-America Student Conference (ChASC) launched in 2020.. To learn more about ISC please visit our about page
Each conference invites students with diverse backgrounds from each of the two countries to spend an intense month living, traveling, and studying together. These delegates will collaborate with leaders in business, academia, and government on contemporary social, economic, and political issues that face both of their countries and the world as a whole.
Each conference is managed by Executive Committee members (students who were elected by their peers from the previous conference) from both countries who work in collaboration with ISC, Inc. in Washington, DC. JASC also works in partnership with the International Education Center in Tokyo.
What goes on at the Conference?
During the Conference, delegates will participate in both Online and In-Person Progamming including academic roundtable discussions, cultural and social events, lectures and panel presentations. These experiences will provide a foundation for mutual understanding, social awareness, cultural sensitivity, and exchange of ideas. More importantly, the bonds that will form as a result of the students living and working together will offer the basis for life-long friendships that will further strengthen the ties between the countries.
For KASC: Delegates will visit both Korea and the U.S. The 2021 In-Person portion of the Conference will begin in Korea and will end in the U.S.
Japan and the U.S. alternate hosting the Conference each year. The 2022 conference will take place in the U.S.
Who are the delegates, and how are they selected?
Delegates are college students (undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. programs) from a diverse range of majors and backgrounds. All conferences are conducted in English, so students must be proficient in the language. Each year, the Executive Committee (students who were elected by their peers from the previous year’s conference) reviews applications and selects students based on their application materials. The selection process may differ slightly every year due to new Executive Committees being elected after each conference.
Can I still apply to JASC/KASC/ChASC if…
- I do not have a Japanese/Korean/Chinese/American background —Yes! JASC/KASC/ChASC does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.
- I am not fluent in Japanese/Korean/Mandarin/Cantonese —Yes. The official Conference language is English.
- I am a graduate student/Ph.D. candidate —Yes! All students attending an accredited university during the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible.
- I am a college senior about to graduate —Yes! As long as you are enrolled as a university student at the time of application, you are eligible.
- I am a JASC/KASC/ChASC alumni —Yes! You can either apply for the same conference again or another conference as long as you are still enrolled as a student.
- I was previously applied and was not accepted? —Yes!
- I am not an American citizen —Yes. However, you must have a visa that allows you to travel in the host country for the duration of the program. For further questions, please contact ISC as well as your country’s respective consulate or embassy.
For JASC: If you are a Japanese citizen enrolled in an American university, please apply through ISC’s website. If you are a Japanese citizen enrolled in a Japanese university, please apply through International Education Center (IEC) in Tokyo at https://kjass.net/jasc-japan/.
- I am a student who is taking part in an one-year exchange program to an American University/College
—A Japanese student who is currently studying in an American institution as part of an an exchange program is qualified to apply as an American delegate. However, the duration of the exchange program should last one year or longer, and the student is required to be enrolled as a full-time student.
Japanese applicants who meets the above criteria will be reviewed alongside American applicants with the same standards set by the American Executive Committee. Please note that JASC is a rigorous academic program conducted in English, and that all delegates are expected to write essays and engage in academic discussions at a level equivalent to American college students. You will at least need an English ability equivalent of TOEFL iBT 102-108 or IELTS 7.5.
Can I miss part of the Conference? Short answer: no. For KASC: If you are accepted as an American delegate you are required to arrive at the selected U.S. West Coast airport by 10:30 AM PDT on July 6, 2021 and participate in the Conference until July 30, 2021.
If you are accepted as a Korean delegate, you are required to arrive in Busan no later than July 7, 2021 and participate in the Conference until your return flight from San Francisco, CA on July 30, 2021. For JASC: If you are accepted as an American delegate, you are required to participate in all programming during American Orientation and the Conference.
For the In-Person Conference, you are required to arrive at the first site by late afternoon on August 3, 2022 and participate in the Conference until August 26, 2022.
As an American delegate, you are not allowed to participate in official pre-conference programming hosted by IEC and the Japanese Executive Committee, such as site visits and the Spring Camp. However, you may be allowed to attend the voluntary training program. Please contact the JASC Executive Committee for further information. For ChASC: If you are accepted as a delegate you are required to arrive in the first site by evening August 6, 2020 and participate in the Conference until August 22, 2020.
Can you accommodate disabilities?
International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC) prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any applicant or delegate because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status (special disabled veterans, disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans), or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. All persons who are responsible for reviewing and accepting applicants are charged to support this effort and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns that are brought to their attention. You may contact the ISC office directly with any questions or concerns, or to report a problem.
If you are applying for JASC/KASC/ChASC and have a disability that requires accommodations (wheelchair accessible housing, need for sign language translator, etc.) or questions regarding accommodations, please contact ISC directly as soon as possible to discuss options.
When will I know the results of my application?
Both JASC and KASC are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of sending their completed applications on whether they have been selected for a short (up to 15 minutes) interview. From there, applicants will be notified within two weeks of whether they have been accepted.
I’m having problems with my application – what can I do?
What is the impact of the Coronavirus on Summer 2022 Conferences?
International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC), International Education Center (IEC) in Tokyo, and the 2021-2022 Conference Executive Committee Members are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and will continue to do so over the coming months. At this time, the 74th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), 15th Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and 2nd China-America Student Conference (ChASC) will be moving forward as planned until further notice.
For any further questions, please contact ISC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (202) 289-9088.
What is the participation fee, and what does it cover?
The following fees are for Conferences taking place in 2022.
JASC (American Delegates): $3,500
This fee covers transportation between sites during the Conference, accommodations, food, and programming. Delegates are responsible for personal expenses (extra food, gifts, etc.) as well as transportation to the first site for American Orientation (AO), and transportation home from the final site.
KASC (American Delegates): $3,500
This fee covers online programming two international flights, costs, ground transportation during the In-Person Conference, accommodation, food, and programming. Delegates are responsible for personal expenses (extra food, gifts, etc.) as well as transportation to the first American airport and from final location of the Conference (San Francisco, CA)
KASC (Korean Delegates): $3,500
This fee covers, online programming costs, two international flights and ground transportation during the conference, accommodation, food, and programming. Delegates are responsible for personal expenses (extra food, gifts, etc.) and for domestic transportation to Busan and from Incheon.
Summer 2022 ChASC Delegates $2,000
This fee covers all ground transportation during the conference, accommodation, food, and programming. Delegates are responsible for personal expenses (extra food, gifts, etc.) and for transportation to the first site and from the final site. Sites will be determined Fall 2021.
Does ISC provide any financial aid?
Through the Plant a Diplomatic “Tree” Scholarship Fund, ISC will provide one scholarship for each of ISC’s 2022 Conferences. For a list of potential scholarships, please click here.
What is PayPal Giving Fund (PPGF) and why is it used for online payment?
PayPal Giving Fund (PPGF) is a 501(c)3 public charity that uses PayPal technology to financially support nonprofits, without charging donors or charities for our services. Through PPGF, PayPal covers all fees meaning, 100% of your payment goes directly to Conference expenses and 0% to fees.
How can I stay in touch with ISC?
ISC can be reached at email@example.com. Additionally, our events page lists all upcoming events for those interested in staying involved. Please also check out our social media accounts for updates on alumni events, fundraisers, job-hunting resources and more!
ChASC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChASC2020
KASC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KoreaAmericaStudentConference
KASC Instagram: @kasc_usofficial
JASC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JASCUSA
JASC Instagram: @jasc_official.us
ISC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISCDC
How else can I contribute to ISC?
Please consider donating to ISC to support our student leaders and programming for future conferences. More information about what donations are used for can be found here. If you are interested in housing our delegates or hosting events during conferences, please contact the ISC office directly