JACAC Student Forum

About the JACAC Student Forum

Senior undergraduate student representatives from member institutions in both Japan and Canada will meet and exchange opinions and ideas about a common topic of interest to students today. The host institution shall alternate between Canada and Japan each year.

The goal of this forum is to provide students with the opportunity to interact with their peers from a different culture, in order to gain insight into their current areas of academic interest and to encourage a flow of ideas between Canada and Japan. The official language of the forum is English.

Upcoming Forum: March 2-7, 2015 Hosted by Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

Location and Date

Hosted by Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, the Forum will run from March 2 – 7, 2015. Students will be departing from Canada and Japan in order to arrive in Quebec around March 2nd (exact date TBA), and will depart the city after the forum ends (exact date TBA). All travel plans to Quebec will be arranged by the organizing committee of the Student Forum. Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for any missed classes, although letters of invitation to the Forum will be provided for any students who require one.


The (tentative) theme of this year’s Student Forum is: “Youth, Work, and a New World in the Making.” More details TBA in August 2014.

With mixed-teams involving students from both Canadian and Japanese universities, the forum consists of the following:

  • Expert Lectures & discussions based on them
  • Group work based on different topics
  • Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
  • Final presentations
  • Final individual report

All activities will be carried out in English. We will be inviting students from a wide variety of academic fields so that the discussion will be as interdisciplinary as possible.


Complete JACAC 2015 schedule TBA


 The participants will be provided with the following:


  • Participants from Japan: Round-trip transportation expenses from the nearest international airport to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Ground transportation in Canada and Japan is not included.
  • Participants from Canada: Round-trip ground transportation (express train or airplane) from home city to Quebec.


  • Accommodation expenses in Canada (a room-sharing accommodation facility will be booked for the participants)

The participants are responsible for the following expenses:

  • Meals
  • Local transportation expenses, which are unrelated to the program
  • Incidental expenses at accommodation
  • Passport and Visa acquisition fees
  • Travel insurance

Participation Fee: Free



 Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled in the JACAC member institutions are eligible to apply, though the preference will be given to senior undergraduate students. Successful applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Approximately 14 participants each from Japan and Canada will be selected. (* As a rule, we recommend one participant and one alternate from each JACAC member institution.)
  • Proficient enough in English to prepare materials, participate in discussions, and deliver presentations
  • Precedence will be given to individuals with a GPA of 2.30 or higher.
  • Highly motivated students who possess a strong interest in the 2014 forum theme. Prior to the forum, participants should prepare themselves for fruitful discussion by researching on a specific topic of their interest relevant to the main theme
  • Be able to participate in all the planned activities of the forum

No withdrawal will be allowed after participants are selected. Students must fully understand the requirements and the details of the program before submitting their applications.

How To Apply
Canadian Students

Application Deadline:  TBA

Canadian students should submit the following to their own universities.

  • Complete application form
  • Original copy of academic transcript(s)
  • Statement of Intent; details include:
  •  500 words maximum
  • Please be sure to include the following points:
    • How will this program benefit you in your current academic program
    • Comment on any experience working in a team
» Application Form for Canadian Students (APPLICATIONS NOT YET OPEN – Please check back in August 2014)
Japanese Students

Application Deadline: TBA 

Japanese Students should submit the following to their own universities.

  • Complete application form
  • Original copy of academic transcript(s)

» Application Form for Japanese Students (APPLICATIONS NOT YET OPEN - Please check back in August 2014) 


We thank all applicants for their interests; however, only those individuals selected for participation in the Forum will be contacted. We anticipate that participants will be contacted in the latter half of December 2014.

Past Forums

Unsure of what to expect?  Check out our past Forums below for more information!

          » 5th Annual Forum – 2014
          » 4th Annual Forum – 2013
          » 3rd Annual Forum – 2012
          » 2nd Annual Forum – 2011
          » 1st Annual Forum – 2010

The Japan-Canada Academic Consortiums aims to promote the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and teachers, and to encourage a movement of ideas and knowledge between the two countries.