9th Korea-America Student Conference

9th Korean American Student Conference posterThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is offer­ing finan­cial sup­port for a Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa stu­dent to par­tic­i­pate in the 9th Korea-Amer­i­ca Stu­dent Con­fer­ence, which will be held in South Korea from July 25 to August 15, 2016.

The Korea-Amer­i­ca Stu­dent Con­fer­ence is a stu­dent-led aca­d­e­m­ic and cul­tur­al exchange pro­gram intend­ed to build clos­er ties between young lead­ers in both coun­tries. Each year, del­e­ga­tions of stu­dents are com­pet­i­tive­ly select­ed from the Unit­ed States and the Repub­lic of Korea to spend three weeks togeth­er study­ing and ana­lyz­ing Korea-U.S. rela­tions while vis­it­ing three diverse regions in the host coun­try.

Jeju Island

Jeju Island

The 9th KASC will trav­el to Jeju, Busan, and Seoul. The thir­ty-four stu­dents select­ed to rep­re­sent the Unit­ed States and Korea (sev­en­teen from each coun­try) will engage in aca­d­e­m­ic, cul­tur­al, and pro­fes­sion­al exchanges, includ­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in lec­tures, sem­i­nars, net­work­ing events, cul­tur­al activ­i­ties, and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice. They will dis­cuss, ana­lyze, and co-cre­ate solu­tions to four press­ing bilat­er­al and glob­al top­ics through­out the month and will present their joint solu­tions to a pan­el of experts and the gen­er­al pub­lic at the con­clu­sion of the con­fer­ence.

view of Busan


The con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers are seek­ing to assem­ble a diverse del­e­ga­tion. Stu­dents in all majors are wel­come to apply. No pri­or expe­ri­ence with Korea or Kore­an is nec­es­sary. Both under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents attend­ing school in the Unit­ed States may par­tic­i­pate. Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will pos­sess good con­flict-res­o­lu­tion skills, open-mind­ed­ness and flex­i­bil­i­ty, patience, con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers, will­ing­ness to exchange opin­ions in a respect­ful man­ner, and the abil­i­ty to active­ly par­tic­i­pate in all pro­gram activ­i­ties and in group set­tings.

View of Seoul


The appli­ca­tion dead­line for pri­or­i­ty con­sid­er­a­tion is Novem­ber 9, 2015, and the reg­u­lar dead­line is Decem­ber 1, 2015. Appli­cants who apply by the pri­or­i­ty dead­line and are accept­ed will have a reduced par­tic­i­pa­tion fee of $1,995, ear­ly noti­fi­ca­tion about their accep­tance to the con­fer­ence, and pri­or­i­ty con­sid­er­a­tion for round­table top­ics. The reg­u­lar dead­line par­tic­i­pa­tion fee is $2,150. The on-line appli­ca­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence can be found at http://www.iscdc.org. Note that there is a $20 appli­ca­tion fee.

The fee cov­ers all con­fer­ence expens­es, includ­ing domes­tic trans­porta­tion between sites, trans­porta­tion with­in each site, lodg­ing, food, net­work­ing activ­i­ties, cul­tur­al activ­i­ties, and oth­er con­fer­ence events. Del­e­gates are respon­si­ble for their trans­porta­tion to the first site of the con­fer­ence and back from the last site of the con­fer­ence.

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will pro­vide up to $3,000 to sup­port a Mānoa stu­dent select­ed to attend the con­fer­ence. Appli­cants must be clas­si­fied under­grad­u­ate or grad­u­ate stu­dents at the time of appli­ca­tion and dur­ing the con­fer­ence and must demon­strate high aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment and promise. Appli­cants must pro­vide proof of accep­tance to par­tic­i­pate in KASC.

To apply for the CKS schol­ar­ship, (1) sub­mit a copy of the full KASC appli­ca­tion to the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies a week after the appli­ca­tion is due at KASC and (2) ask rec­om­menders to send copies of their let­ters to the Cen­ter by Decem­ber 8, 2015.

For more infor­ma­tion about CKS sup­port for con­fer­ence atten­dance, con­tact Mer­clyn Labuguen, Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i, tele­phone (808) 956‑7041; fax (808) 956‑2213; e-mail: merclyn@hawaii.edu.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence, see the KASC Web site: http://www.iscdc.org/kasc/2016/. Ques­tions may be direct­ed to Kian­na MacKen­zie (kianna.9kasc@gmail.com), Amer­i­can recruit­ment chair (Amer­i­can del­e­gates), or Emi­lie Kim, (emilie.9kasc@gmail.com), Kore­an recruit­ment chair (Kore­an del­e­gates). You can also con­tact the KASC pro­gram man­ag­er, Min­jun Chen, via e-mail (mchen@iscdc.org) or by phone at (202) 289‑9088.

The con­fer­ence is orga­nized and man­aged by Inter­na­tion­al Stu­dent Con­fer­ences, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion incor­po­rat­ed in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. It facil­i­tates two aca­d­e­m­ic and cul­tur­al exchange pro­grams orga­nized by uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents: The Korea-Amer­i­ca Stu­dent Con­fer­ence and the Japan-Amer­i­ca Stu­dent Con­fer­ence. ISC’s mis­sion is to pro­mote peace by fur­ther­ing mutu­al under­stand­ing, friend­ship, and trust through inter­na­tion­al stu­dent inter­change.