The overall theme of the 65th International Student Conference is “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: The Global Refugee Crisis in the Japanese Context; The Feminist Perspectives on Wars and Conflicts; Freedom of Speech and its Restrictions in Today’s World; Economic Growth and Human Well-being; Mental Health Care: Creating a mentally healthy lifestyle for young people; Marine Plastic Pollution.
Undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world are welcome yo apply. During the program, all brilliant students from various areas explore Japan, and at the same time, have fruitful discussions through directly exchanging various opinions and perspectives.
During the program, all participants spend the whole time together in the same facility. Through the communal living and other activities like sightseeing and cultural experience, participants can have deep interaction with each other all coming from different countries. At the end of the program, all students are connected with strong ties, which is a significant asset for the future.
Obviously, the research and discussions are one of the biggest features of the International Student Conference. Most of the advanced research is conducted in English, so it is highly recommended that the participants work to strengthen their English abilities.
At the main conference, international students and domestic students come together to have discussions and conduct research. At the final forum, students will present their discussion’s result to the public and submit the outcome in the form of policy proposals to the government.
Participation fee is 43,000 JPY. But young people have a chance to apply for the scholarship.