To all interested participants,

The application period will be drawing to a close soon, but it’s not too late for you to submit your application! We still have 2 weeks to go and we are hoping to see more and more applications over the remainder of the application period!

You can apply right, here.

We also have some exciting news, Sydney and Melbourne now have another departure group! We need more students than ever this year and will require to separate groups from Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. For those of you that prefer a shorter program, this could be suitable for you, while otherwise it just opens up more spots for leaders from those cities this year.

  • Melbourne Departure Group #1 – 6th December 2019  to 1st January 2020
  • Sydney Departure Group #1 – 16th December 2019 to 1st January 2020
  • Sydney Departure Group #2 – 19th December 2019 to 1st January 2020 – NEW!
  • Melbourne Departure Group #2 – 20th December 2019 to 1st January 2020 – NEW!
  • Brisbane Departure Group – 20th December 2019 to 1st January 2020

In 2017 we sent 40 Australian based university students, 2018 in 55 and this year we are hoping to send 70 to Japan from Australia’s 3 major cities. Now is as good a time as any to get involved with the program.

Also just to confirm, this year, all flights organised by ISA Australia are direct flights to Haneda/Narita via Qantas Airways for your comfort.

So please, let everyone know about the program. We are aiming to send a cohort of our highest quality ever and we are looking for applicants old and new to embark on this journey!

As always, if you require up to date information, please refer to the Empowerment program page here and if you’re still uncertain, please contact Scott, the ISA Australia Empowerment Coordinator at

We look forward to hearing from you soon!