Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Summer Language Studies

Application

Application Documents All of the following application documents must be submitted via email to summerstudies@usindo.org. Application form: Please submit a completed and signed application form,  available here. Personal statement: Please submit a one (1) page personal statement describing your academic interests, career goals, interest in Indonesia, and how your participation in this program will enhance those interests and…

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Eligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and university juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. They may also be recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university.

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Homestay

Students will live with host families throughout their stay in Indonesia. The host family experience is intended to reinforce language studies during the day, and to give students the real experience of living with an Indonesian family. Indonesians are hospitable, welcoming people. Strong emphasis is placed on the importance of the family unit. By welcoming…

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Field Trips

USINDO organizes a variety of field trips to renowned cultural and historical monuments/sites, as well as visits to local organizations in Yogyakarta. These trips are designed to allow the students to learn about and experience firsthand Yogyakarta’s unique culture, history, tradition, belief system and natural wonders. Previous field trips have included the famous Merapi Lava…

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Cultural Workshops

Students are able to get firsthand experience of Indonesian culture through various cultural workshops,  including: gamelan (traditional musical ensemble),  batik (textile dyeing technique), traditional dancing, and cooking classes focusing on Indonesian cuisine.

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Special Lectures

USINDO invites experts to discuss topics in various fields,  including politics, history, culture, religion, and economics with an emphasis on current issues, such as good governance, interfaith relations, aspects of the economy, and the role of the local kingdom in politics. The selection of topics will also take into account the participating students’ fields of…

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Classes

The language component of USINDO’s Summer Studies Program is conducted in partnership with the Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course (ILCIC) housed at Sanata Dharma University’s Language Center. ILCIC has had extensive experience in conducting Bahasa Indonesia teaching programs for foreign university students and its location in the heart of Yogyakarta allows Summer Studies students…

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Yogyakarta Orientation

Upon arrival in Yogyakarta,  students will stay in a hotel for two nights before moving in with their host families to ease them into the new setting. Our local program coordinator welcomes the students to Yogyakarta and introduces them to program staff,  who will be assisting the students throughout their time in Yogyakarta. Students also…

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Logistical Arrangements

Airfare USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in the U.S. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO. Visa USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington,  DC. Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until December (of the program year), AND must…

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Volunteering

USINDO first introduced the volunteering component in its 2015 Summer Studies Program, and it has been regarded as an important component that gives students the added value of interacting directly with Indonesians outside of their classroom setting. The students will have the option of choosing their places of volunteering according to their personal interests and…

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