65th International Student Conference in Japan
  • August 21 - September 2, 2019
  • Tokyo

International Student Conference was founded in 1954 under the mission of the sponsoring organization, “contributing to world peace.” Every year, during two weeks of summer, students from more than 20 countries gather in Tokyo and engage in academic discussions as well as cultural exchanges. The 65th International Student Conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan from August 25th to September 2nd. During the span of two weeks, participants discuss heated global issues, and at the end of the conference, share their discussion outcomes through presentations, and submit their outcomes in the form of policy proposals to various governmental organizations.

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The overall theme of the 65th International Student Conference reads, “Embrace Diversity as Youths of Today and Driving Forces of Tomorrow.” Based on this theme, 6 academic discussion groups are set, and each group is assigned a topic to be discussed, which reflects heated issues in the present world. This year, 6 topics are selected, which include:

  1. The Global Refugee Crisis in the Japanese Context
  2. The Feminist Perspectives on Wars and Conflicts
  3. Freedom of Speech and its Restrictions in Today’s World
  4. Economic Growth and Human Well-being
  5. Mental Health Care: Creating a mentally healthy lifestyle for young people
  6. Marine Plastic Pollution

Participants are selected during the spring, and prepare for the conference in the summer through individual research and frequent meetings with group members. During the conference, passionate discussions take place among students of various backgrounds, and on the final day, participants present their discussion outcomes in the form of presentations and ultimately draft up a policy proposal to be submitted to outside organizations. Accepting and respecting different values in the process of discussions and drafting up one policy proposal is not without difficulties. However, overcoming these seeming barriers and attempting to produce one final outcome towards a common mission is essential to truly embrace diversity.

Please find more information about the discussion topic in the official website.

Furthermore, not only academic discussions, but also cultural exchanges happen between the participants, and opportunities to visit around Japan are provided. During the conference, participants take part in Japanese cultural exchanges. The opportunity for participants to experience Japanese culture is one of the many charms of this conference. In the 64th International Student Conference, participants experienced dancing to traditional Japanese dances as well as learning how to play Japanese traditional instruments. In addition, all participants are invited to join one of the Advanced Study Tours, which will be held in 6 different locations, including Nagoya, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Okayama, and KitaKyushu. The Advanced Study Tours will take place right before the conference from August 21st to 24th. Through this tour, participants will be able to visit one of Japan’s most famous destinations, and it will surely be a valuable occasion to further understand Japanese culture. Furthermore, during the conference, one day is devoted to sightseeing in Tokyo, and participants visit famous locations such as Asakusa, Shibuya, and Yokohama.

Please find more information about the contents of this conference in the official website.




  • You will be able to discuss heated topics in the present world with students from all over the globe.
  • You will be able to voice your discussion outcomes to the society through presentations and policy proposals, which will be submitted to relevant organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • You can experience Japanese culture and engage in various cultural exchanges.


  • To be a student enrolled in a college, university or graduate and above 18 years old as of June 1st, 2019
  • To be able to participate in all dates of the program with your parents’ approvals to come to Japan at the time of participation.
  • To have a fluency level of English sufficient enough to participate in discussions held in English.
  • To be able to afford the participation fee of 43,000 JPY as well as flights tickets to Japan.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Application and Google Form is available in the Apply Now Link.
  • Application Submission Start Date: February 18th JST
  • Please read the application requirements carefully and fill in the required google form and submit it. Please attach your application and your picture as well.
  • You can find more information regarding the application process and requirements through the official link
  • Application Submission Deadline: March 16th,  23:59 JST (14:59 UTC+0)
  • Result Notification: March 31st JST

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Application Deadline: March 16, 2019

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