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 four diverse regions in the host countries. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, KASC began visiting both countries starting in 2018.
KASC is relatively new, but the bilateral relationship runs deep. By exploring this relationship on multiple levels (politics, economics, culture, media, and more), students will 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. They also host Roundtables during the Conference, discussing critical issues outside the traditional classroom setting 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 US and Korea.
15th KASC Theme
Multifaceted Identities: Discovering Self ThroughTechnology, Community, and Society to Create Sustainable Legacies
15th KASC Handbook
15th KASC Archives
2022 Conference Summary Report
The 15th Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) convened virtually from July 11 to August 4. Gathering on Zoom for 15 days, the students organized and participated in programs that opened their eyes to new perspectives, developed new professional skills, and explored cultural and academic topics related to Korea and the United States. Joined by a range of experts, KASC participants dove into key topics in bilateral relations, conducted peer-reviewed research, and learned about each other’s countries on a people-to-people level. The virtual format of KASC 15 provided some flexibility allowing speakers from different locations to join the conference and present on a variety of topics. Sessions alternated between presentations on Roundtable topics and activities, small group discussions, virtual room tours and icebreakers like cooking demonstrations, as well as more formal programming.