The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is a student-led cultural and academic exchange program that brings 25 Korean and 25 American university students, undergraduate and graduate alike, together to learn about and discuss U.S.-Korea relations.
Students spend a month traveling around and learning about several dynamic issues facing the United States and Korea. They participate in analyzing and creating strategies intended to foster mutual and global cooperation. Conference participants both learn about one of the worldâ€™s strategic bilateral alliances and have the opportunity to help reinforce the bonds between countries by sharing knowledge and experiences while making memories and friendship with other future leaders.
Rotating annually between host countries, the the 4th Korea-America Student Conference will be held in Korea July 2–31, 2011. The theme of the conference is “Beyond Boundaries.” Participating institutions are Pukyong National University, Busan; Jeju National University, Jeju; Chonnam National University, Gwangju; and Ewha Womans University, Seoul.
In addition to cultural and social offerings, KASC offers participants a variety of academic experiences and challenges. All delegates participate in and contribute directly to a series of small group discussions called roundtables, which provide delegates a chance to explore the depth of issues and perspectives among peers from both countries.
American delegates will be selected from all fields and levels of study. Delegates need not be Asian studies majors or studying Korean language as English is the primary language of the conference. While U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is preferred, the only eligibility requirement is full-time student status at a college or university within the United States at the time of application.
The participation fee for the 4th KASC is $3,500 for American delegates and USD$3,000 for Korean delegates, which covers food, lodging, and group travel. Travel between conference locations is included in this fee. For American delegates, individual round-trip transportation to and from the American orientation is the responsibility of each delegate. Korean delegates are responsible for transportation to Korean orientation in Busan and home from the conclusion of the Conference.
KASC is a program of International Student Conferences, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace by furthering mutual understanding, friendship, and trust through international student