Year in Asia is the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s (CAP) flagship program for overseas study, providing students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen country for up to 12 months.
Year in Asia requires students to focus at least 50% of their coursework on the language of their host country but also allows students the flexibility to build their own experience. Year in Asia aims to prepare students for a career engaged with Asia. Students should expect to return from their experience with a high level of language proficiency and a deeper understanding of the cultures and societies they have been living in.
About Year in Asia – Indonesia
The Year in Asia – Indonesia program is facilitated by the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). ACICIS is a not-for-profit consortium of universities that has been working since 1994 to increase and support Australian students studying for credit in Indonesia.
Students take part in two different ACICIS programs: Semester 1 they undertake the Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta and in Semester 2 they can undertake the East Java Field School through Universitas Muhammadiyah (UnMuh) in Malang or the West Java Field School at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) in Bandung. In many respects the East Java and West Java Field School programs is similar to an Australian honours semester.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
In order to apply for Year in Asia students must meet the following criteria by the end of the semester they are applying in:
- Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Asian Studies, Bachelor of Development Studies, Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of International Security Studies, Bachelor of Languages or Bachelor of Science;
- Have a GPA of 5.0 or above;
- Have completed a minimum of 48 units of study;
- Have completed of 24 units from a relevant Asian language, with an intermediate level of language ability (see below for intermediate language definitions); and
- A minimum of 12 units of study from completion of ASIA-coded courses.
Intermediate language ability is defined as the successful completion of the following ANU courses for Year in Asia:
Applicants should preference 3 partner institutions in their application.
Student are recommended to have at least 6 units study remaining in their degree after completing their Year in Asia.
Please note that admission to the Year in Asia program is on a competitive basis. Where places are limited, students will be selected on academic merit.
Courses and Areas of Study
Students can choose a mix of Indonesian language classes and other regular curriculum immersion subjects at many of UGM's other faculties, according to the language ability and interest of the student.
Indonesian is taught at three levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Classes are taught each morning between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday. The program is modular with the following electives on offer:
At the Advanced level, students may also take up to three elective units: Bahasa Indonesia Untuk Riset (Indonesian for Research); Terjemahan Inggris/Indonesia (English - Indonesian Translation); and Terjemahan Jepang/Indonesia (Japanese - Indonesian Translation).
ACICIS offers advanced language students the opportunity to undertake independent field research in East Java. Students devise and undertake their own study projects, and a number of students have incorporated their projects into an undergraduate honours program with the approval of their home university.
During the first three weeks, students attend lectures, seminars and discussions in Malang. They also meet in groups to discuss their topics with UnMuh staff and arrange various permission letters required for field work. Students are allocated a staff member to act as academic supervisor and then they can undertake a two-month period of field work. During the field study period, students are usually required, for safety and administrative reasons, to stay within East Java.
Students return to UnMuh during the final month of semester to write a report on their field study experience. This report is between 8-12,000 words and is usually in Indonesian or, with the approval of the student’s home university, may be in English with a summary in Indonesian. At the end of semester, students submit their final report and present a seminar in Indonesian for UnMuh students and staff, the RD and perhaps some prospective ACICIS field option students. ACICIS field study reports and seminars are assessed by UnMuh academics.
The West Java Field Study Program is open to advance Indonesian-language students (who compose their mini-thesis in Indonesian) and non-Indonesian speakers for whom all course components are conducted in English. Students propose, refine, and undertake a semester-long field study project under the guidance of a nominated UNPAR supervisor. It is a unique opportunity to undertake original field study activities in one of Indonesia's most dynamic cities and the country's largest province (by population).
The program is a full time equivalency semester. Candidates are formally enrolled as undergraduate students (the mini-thesis unit is an undergraduate level course in Indonesia) and must meet all assessment criteria including regular consultations, oral presentation of findings, and completion of an 8-10,000 word report. Supervision is sourced from the UNPAR faculty with the most relevant expertise in the candidate's proposed area of interest. Supervisors assist in the identification of appropriate field sites, brokering contacts, providing practical advice on data collection techniques and analysis, and in structuring the final report. Assessment is conducted by UNPAR and official university transcripts issued. The ACICIS Resident Director serves as an additional source of academic guidance.
The option exists for candidates to enroll in an additional two regular semester units (coursework). These units involve approximately 150 minutes of contact time per week, plus 120 minutes of structured academic homework and independent study.
Language of instruction
Indonesian and English
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 12 approved credits at UGM.
The equivalent of 24 units of credit at ANU is 12 credits at UNPAR.
Students in all ACICIS programs can choose from three main options.
The majority of students opt for a kos, or student boarding house. This can be a house with a set of attached rooms or a house/building which is essentially like a mini-apartment block. They are in over-supply in university precincts.
Homestays are a more expensive option. Whereas the kos is simply a furnished room, a homestay entails all meals and incorporation into the routines of the host family. Options are more limited than the ubiquitous kos. ACICIS can advise on options once you are in-country.
Rental properties are more suited to families. Rental properties are generally difficult to find due to the fact that there are no listing agencies. They are found via word of mouth and surveying.
All accommodation options are affordable. A basic kos in Yogyakarta or Bandung may cost as little as Rp.600,000 a month (3x4 furnished room with a bed/mattress, wardrobe, and desk). Rp. 800,00-1,500,000 is the norm, however, as luxuries such as AC, ensuites, wifi, and cable TV are added. Rental properties vary widely according to location and size. A house in Yogya can range from Rp. 7 million a year for a basic dwelling in the outskirts, to Rp. 40,000,000 a semester for a large, strategically located house close to university.
New Colombo Plan
If you are chosen to participate in this program you may be eligible for a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant from ACICIS. These grants are valued at up to $7,000 in 2020. To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen, aged between 18 and 28, must not hold Indonesian citizenship and have not received a NCP short term mobility grant before. More information on the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and the full eligibility requirements can be found here
The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific provides guaranteed financial support to students studying in Asia and the Pacific as part of their degree. Find out more about the Engage Asia Travel Guarantee
It's possible to hold more than one scholarship, bursary or grant at a time, so checking out all of the funding opportunities available to you is a good idea.
You may also be able to source some funding through our partner universities - they provide scholarships and grants to encourage you to choose them as your destination.
OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.
Travel and Other Costs
The costs of studying overseas vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and where you go. Major costs are your return airfare, accommodation and living expenses, which vary from country to country. Living and travel costs range from as little as $2000 in total for short-term international study programs, up to $2000 per month (more in some high-cost countries) for full semester or year programs. Some partner universities also require you to pay for health insurance, orientation or extra-curricular activities, so be aware that extra costs like these might pop up.
Indicative travel and living costs can be found on websites such as:
For all ANU endorsed programs you continue to pay your fees to ANU, but you are exempt from paying tuition fees to the institution overseas. Often long-term overseas study will not cost much more than studying in Australia and it will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Participants will receive ANU travel insurance coverage for the duration of this program.
General Information for Mobility Programs
Students should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program (or as required by the country or host institution)
The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.
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