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 1-7, 2015 Hosted by Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

Location and Date

Hosted by Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, the Forum will run from March 1 – 7, 2015. Students will be departing from Canada and Japan in order to arrive in Quebec on February 28 (Saturday), and will depart the city on March 8, Sunday. All travel plans to and from 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 theme of this year’s Student Forum is: “Youth, Work, and a New World in the Making.” Participants will work in groups to address issues and questions such as; (i) What are the expectations of the young toward work, (ii) What is the responsibility of the Government regarding employment, and what is their role regarding the development of the economy and job creation; and (iii) What are the responsibilities of companies and other public/private organizations with regard to young workers?

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.

Schedule (tentative)
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015: Student Arrival in Quebec City
  • Sunday, March 1: Orientation
  • Monday, March 2: Lectures and Group Discussion
  • Tuesday, March 3: Lectures and Group Discussion
  • Wednesday, March 4: Lectures and Group Discussion
  • Thursday, March 5: Group Work
  • Friday, March 6: Final Group Project Presentations and Closing Ceremony
  • Saturday, March 7: Exploration Day
  • Sunday, March 8: Student Departure from Quebec City

 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 transportation expenses (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*

*Japanese students are required to pay ¥80,000 for international air-fee, however this amount will be balanced out from the JASSO scholarship which is granted for this program (¥80,000 per head)



 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 should demonstrate a strong academic performance, interest and experiences in extra-curricular activities, and be a good team-player. They 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
  • Highly motivated students who possess a strong interest in the applicable year’s 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:  Friday, October 24, 2014

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
Japanese Students

Application Deadline: Please check your own university’s schedule (Application will start from the end of September)  

Japanese Students should submit the following to their own universities.

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

» Click here for the Application Form for Japanese Students


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.