Study Abroad

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For intermediate and advanced level students (at least one year of study required) summer study in Indonesia is available to students in the Indonesian Language Program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa through COTI (Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian). COTI is comprised of fourteen programs in North America offering Indonesian language instruction on an on-going basis. Students who participate in this program are usually awarded fellowships from Fulbright-Hayes. COTI does not have an Internet presence. Try finding it through


For students who would like to accelerate their language study, the University of Hawaii Indonesian Language Program cooperates with SEASSI (the Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute). SEASSI is a summer program which enables students to complete two semesters of language study during the summer term along with other students from universities throughout the United States. The location of the program rotates periodically among the sponsoring universities, but is currently being held at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

USINDO Summer Studies Language Program

Under an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and with the assistance of the Institute of International Education, the United States Indonesia Society runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program for U.S. students — selected in a competitive application process — in Indonesia. Students study eight weeks of intensive study of Indonesian (beginning and intermediate level) at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. The fee for this program is $1,500. This includes international travel from the United States to Yogyakarta and return, visas, tuition, health insurance, housing and board.

Critical Language Scholarship

In US terminology, a “critical language” is a non-Western European “less commonly taught language” (a.k.a. “most frequently bombed languages”) critical to U.S. national security for which there is large demand for language professionals (CIA, US Army etc) but little supply. The CLS Scholarship program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. One of the “critical” languages is Indonesian. The program is well-funded, very intense and administered in Malang, East Java.


The Australian Consortium for In-Country Studies (ACICIS), which has 22 member universities, runs a variety of programs, including flexible immersion, field study in East Java, and other courses. They even employ a Resident Director in Yogyakarta.


Graduate students are eligable to apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to finance their language studies either at their home universities or abroad by participating in the semester-long UNSRAT-COTIM program for individual students.


DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia, arts, music and crafts. Participants can choose one of 45 different universities located in different cities in Indonesia. This program is organized by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

KEMENLU Art & Culture Scholarship

Under the Beasiswa Seni dan Budaya dari KEMENLU or “Indonesian Art & Culture Scholarship” students are hosted with a selected art (dance, theatre etc) school. The website is outdated but the program is still alive. Contact the Indonesian Embassy for more information.


The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing students with the information and financial assistance they will need.


The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships For Advanced Asian Language Study The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States. Next deadline for applications is November 1, 2002.

SIT Study Abroad

SIT, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions in the arts and religion. The program integrates students in the lives of urban and rural residents and immerses them in the traditions and contemporary interpretations of Hindu and Islamic religious and cultural practices in the context of political transformation and tourism development.

Indonesia-Australia Language Foundation

IALF offers intensive, semi-intensive, and general Indonesian courses in Jakarta, Surabaya, and in Bali.


A new memorandum of Understanding is in effect between UH and the National University of Singapore for the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students. A similar exchange program also exists with the University of Auckland.

Private Language Schools

There are a number of private languages schools, mainly in the attractive city of Yogyakarta. Most of these are quite good. They typically offer one-to-one tuition, but sometimes also courses in small groups. They also provide home stay in local families. Good value for money. Wisma Bahasa is one of the most established schools.


APBIPA is another private organisation offering BIPA (Indonesian as a Foreign Language) courses in Denpasar, Bali.

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