Japan-Canada Academic Consortium (JACAC) Student Forum

  • Who: Senior undergraduate Arts and Science students (in year 3/3+ at time of application)
  • Where: Alternates each year between Canada and Japan
  • When: Winter (Reading Week)
  • How long: 1 week
  • For academic credit? No
  • GPA requirement: To be competitive, 2.6+ cum GPA preferred
  • Application fee: No
  • Program fee: No
  • Costs borne by student: Travel documents, meals, insurance
  • Tuition: No
  • Financial assistance: Flights* and accommodation are free
  • OSAP eligible: No

JACAC logoSenior undergraduate student representatives from member institutions in both Japan and Canada meet and exchange opinions and ideas about a common topic of interest to students today. The host institution alternates 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, so no knowledge of Japanese is necessary although it enhances a student's experience, and may be considered an asset in the application. 

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

  • Lectures by experts
  • Group work based on different subtopics
  • Pre‐assignment to prepare for group work
  • Final presentation
  • Final report

As a Kinesiology student who would like to pursue a career in healthcare, this forum allowed me to learn about global connections and solutions outside my courses. It helped me to develop skills I can apply and take with me into any healthcare field. My favourite memory of the program is being able to make a lifelong friendship with friends from Japan and keeping in touch with them throughout the year […] JACAC opened the doors for me, such as helping me in a healthcare career, as I am now knowledgeable of data analysis, international communication, professional communication and presentation, which will be very vital skills in any career. - Shafagh Razaghzadeh Shabestari, Queen's participant, 2021

2023 Winter Details

  • When: 21 February - 1 March
  • Where: Josai International University, Japan

The theme of this year’s forum is “Canada and Japan: Towards 100 years of diplomatic relations." Participants will exchange ideas from different perspectives and collaborate to work on presentations. On the final day of the forum, participants will be given an opportunity to present their ideas in front of general participants and answer questions from the judges.

For this forum, participants will be looking back at the history of relations between Canada and Japan, as well as looking forward to how the two countries can strengthen relations in the future. There will be four academic sessions that will look at specific key them such as societal changes, gender issues, aspects of volunteering and community involvement, and the environment. Each session will be composed of a lecture and a workshop where students will actively discuss and share ideas on these four broad themes. There will also be an offering of cultural events, exchange activities and a tour of Tokyo. 

For complete details about the program including schedule and costs, please visit the JACAC website


Application details and the application form can be found on the JACAC website. Students must submit their application + all supporting documents via the online application form. We will accept unofficial Queen's transcripts.

*When the program is held in Japan students must pay for flights prior to the program. However, this amount will be balanced out from a ¥80,000 scholarship which will be provided on the first day of the program. When the program is held in Canada costs will be covered by JACAC.