Information for Applicants

The 75th Japan-America Student Conference: a student-run, student-led international academic conference facilitated by International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC). Foundations: Laying the Groundworks for Bilateral Reflection and Reimagination. Sites: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagasaki. American Orientation Site: Los Angeles.

JASC seeks a diverse delegation that represents a cross-section of the United States’s academically accomplished student population. Full-time undergraduate and graduate university students are strongly encouraged to apply. Graduating students are also eligible and students of all majors of study are accepted.

JASC does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. Our parent organization, 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.

If you are applying for JASC and have a disability that requires accommodations (wheelchair accessible housing, need for sign language translator, etc.) or questions regarding accommodations, please contact ISC directly at info@iscdc.org as soon as possible to discuss options.

Applicants who will require a visa to enter Japan upon arrival are responsible for obtaining the requisite documents themselves prior to the start of the conference. Click here for a list of passports which allow visa-free entry into Japan. Please contact ISC with any further questions.

Conference Dates: July 30- August 26, 2023

American Orientation (AO) is scheduled for July 30th – August 1st, 2023 in the United States. The main conference dates are August 2nd-26th, 2023 in Japan. Attendance in AO and the main conference is mandatory. American Delegates will also be expected to complete a pre-conference academic project.

For more specific information regarding Roundtables, Sites, and Finances, we encourage you to visit the relevant pages. We also have a linktree with Other Resources (including our social media).

Applications are open for the 75th JASC. If you have any questions regarding your application or eligibility, please check out our FAQ page or contact Recruitment Co-Chair Krislyn Massey at jasc75.kmassey@gmail.com.

Please note that there is a $20 application fee (waivers available if you attend an information session). RSVP for a Zoom info session (Sat, Nov 5, Nov 19, and Dec 3, 2022) at 8pm EST.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 11:59 PM EST December 24th, 2022. Spots on the delegation are limited (28 American Delegate spots!) so we recommend you complete your application early. After submission of your written application, the Executive Committee will notify you within two weeks if you have been selected for a video interview. At that time, you will be given a schedule to submit your time preferences. Please dress in smart casual or business casual. Interviews will be held closer to December and candidates will be notified in January whether they have been accepted.

Regarding COVID-19

At this time, International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC), International Education Center (IEC) in Tokyo, and the JASC75 Executive Committee Members plan to have the 75th Japan-America Student Conference in person in Japan. It is thus extremely important for prospective applicants and delegates to be mindful of COVID-19 entry and quarantine restrictions, as well as COVID mitigation measures. As of October 11, 2022, travelers to Japan are required to show either a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate of three doses of vaccines prescribed on the Emergency Use List of World Health Organization (WHO), or a certificate of negative test result of pre-departure COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the original country/region (if unvaccinated). For the JCOVDEN intramuscular injection/Janssen and CONVIDECIA/CanSinoBiologics only in case of primary series, one dose is considered equivalent to two doses. 

Current JASC procedures require prospective delegates and delegates to submit up-to-date vaccinations of three doses or medical exemptions before the conference. Face masks are worn almost everywhere in Japan, and it is recommended to wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer frequently. The U.S. Embassy in Japan maintains a COVID-19 information page with comprehensive information and updates on COVID-19-related travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens. We also strongly recommend all prospective delegates to carefully review the information on Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s (MOFA) website, which provides official guidance. Please note this guidance is subject to change with little notice. 

Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates!

Last updated November 25th, 2022