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The Korea-America Student Conference

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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 US and South Korea are competitively selected to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing US-South Korea relations while visiting diverse regions in both host countries. The 17th Korea-America Conference is currently accepting applications for its 2024 Delegation, congregating in New York City, Washington D.C. and Seoul.

  • Online Orientation: TBD
  • In-person Conference: June 23rd ~ July 13th

“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

Make History with KASC

Established in 2008, KASC supports a deep bilateral relationship between the US and Korea. By exploring this relationship on multiple levels (politics, economics, culture, media, and more), students gain knowledge and confidence to discuss, debate, and co-create bilateral and international relations.

A unique feature of KASC is that an Executive Committee of students organize each Conference, working together across the Pacific throughout the academic year. The ECs also host Roundtables throughout the Conference, discussing critical issues outside the traditional classroom setting with other students from across the globe.

Embracing Complexity: Navigating Intersections in Global Diplomacy for a Shared Tomorrow

Greetings!

The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is an international cultural exchange and academic program between Korea and the United States. It is parented by the Nonprofit Organization, International Student Conferences (ISC).

ISC currently operates three programs: JASC, KASC, and CHASC. In the case of JASC, it boasts a tradition of about 88 years, influencing many people, including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. As a result, KASC was created in 2008, and at the second conference in 2009, former President Lee Myung Bak and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a letter congratulating the opening, showing interest in KASC’s infinite possibilities. As of this year, ISC’s newest addition, CHASC, will be celebrating its 3rd conference which continues to share the true spirit of our head organization through international relations and diplomacy. 

In 2024, we will be hosting the 17th KASC. Delegates selected from both Korea and the United States will enjoy various academic, professional, and cultural exchange programming selections. Delegates will be able to discuss pressing topics while forming lasting friendships in this three-week-long program. The global conference will officially close with delegate’s prepared group presentations at the Seoul Final Forum. KASC 17 will proceed with an in-person conference!

“We look forward to meeting you in 2024 with enthusiasm hotter than the heat of summer!”

KASC 17 Executive Committee

Designed for students by students, meet the bright young minds leading the 17th Korea-America Student Conference.

KASC 17 Sites

The 17th Korea-America Student Conference will travel to the USA and Korea, taking place in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Seoul.

KASC 17 Roundtables

Each year, several Roundtable topics are chosen as major discussion points to deepen Delegates’ understanding of bilateral issues.

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Past Conferences

Supporters

Thank you to the generous supporters of the 17th Korea-America Student Conference (to date):

Scholarships Provided by:

  • International Student Conferences Plant a Diplomatic Tree Scholarship
  • University at Buffalo
  • Jenny Town
  • University of Hawaii – Manoa
  • Indiana University

Program Partners

  • Korea Economic Institute America
  • Korea Foundation USA
  • The Asia Group
  • US Department of State

Thank you to the generous supporters of the 16th Korea-America Student Conference:

Scholarships Provided by:

  • International Student Conferences Plant a Diplomatic Tree Scholarship
  • University at Buffalo

Program Partners

  • Council of Korean Americans
  • Grace International Academy
  • Korea Economic Institute America
  • Korea Foundation USA
  • The Asia Group