Student Conferences

Mel and Randall in Washington DCStudent conferences can provide students with valuable international or policy experience and, for some conferences, with academic credit as well. The Mansfield Center provides students with information about relevant conferences held both within the U.S. and internationally. These conferences are not sponsored by the Mansfield Center or its associated programs.

Japan-America Student Conference

Japan-America Student Conferences

The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. The JASC brings together Japanese and U.S. students who will study, work, live, and travel together while examining issues including immigration, identity, environmental initiatives, technology, and justice. No previous experience with the Japanese language is required. The 71st Japan-America Student Conference will take place inLos Angeles, California; Kyoto, Tokyo and 2 more sites in Japan from August 1-23, 2019.

Applications are currently open. 

Korea-America Student Conference

Korea-America Student Conference Logo

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 U.S. and South Korea are competitively selected to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Korea-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. No prior experience with the Korean language is needed. The 12th Korea-America Student Conference will take place in Incheon, Seoul and Los Angeles, California from July 9 – August 1, 2019.

Applications are currently open. 

South Asia Summer Language Institute

Logo for the South Asia Summer Language Institute

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers students intensive courses in twelve South Asian languages, including Hindi, Pashto, and Urdu. Participants earn 8 credits from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the equivalent of one year of language study.

Applications will open in late November. 

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI), sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers students intensive courses in twelve South Asian languages, including Burmese,  Indonesian, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Participants earn 8 credits from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the equivalent of one year of language study.

Application will open in late November.