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: Feb. 14-23, 2014 Hosted by Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Location and Date

Hosted by Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, the Forum will run from February 14 – 23, 2014. Students will be departing from Canada and Japan in order to arrive in Tokyo on February 15, and will depart the city on February 23th. All travel plans to Tokyo 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: “Toward a Sustainable Economic and Social Development: Challenges in Aging Society in Canada and Japan.” An aging population is a problem shared by many developed countries, including Canada and Japan. On one hand, drastic increases expenses related to things such as medical expenses and pensions threaten the sustainability of public finances, while on the other hand, things such as the increase of “Silver Business” and the city planning, etc. necessary for dealing with “Compact Cities” can include the chance for economic growth. Both countries are faced with the extremely important question of how they can create a sustainable future in the midst of aging populations. At the forum, which includes lectures from experts, discussion, group work, etc., Japanese and Canadian students will spend a week together while working on the issue in depth – all with the goal of solving problems of a global scale and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and Canada. 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.  


The basic schedule of the 2013 JACAC Forum is as follows:

Feb 14 (Fri.): Canadian Students Leave for Japan
Feb 15 (Sat.): Student Arrival in Tokyo
Feb 16 (Sun.): Orientation
Feb 17 (Mon.): Lecture & Welcome Reception
Feb 18 (Tues.): Guest Lectures & Group Discussion
Feb 19 (Wed.): Guest Lectures & Group Discussion
Feb 20 (Thurs.): Group Project
Feb 21 (Fri.): Group Presentations & Closing Ceremony
Feb 22 (Sat.): Exploration Day
Feb 23 (Sun.): Departure from Tokyo



 The participants will be provided with the following:


  • Participants from Canada: Round-trip transportation expenses from the nearest international airport to Narita International Airport. Ground transportation in Canada, and Japan is not included.
  • Participants from Japan (Hokkaido, Nagoya, Kansai, Kyuushuu area only): Round-trip ground transportation (express train or Airplane) from home city to Tokyo.


  • Accommodation expenses in Japan (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
*Canadian student are required to pay an 80,000 yen international air travel fee, however, this amount will be compensated for through a scholarship granted to participants of this program (80,000 yen per person)



 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:  October 18, 2013

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 : October 31, 2013

Japanese Students should submit the following to their own universities.

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

» 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 2013.

Past Forums

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

          » 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.