Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994


An intensive 10-week language & culture studies fellowship held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for U.S. university students and recent graduates.


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Language Training

Improve your Bahasa Indonesia proficiency in a classroom setting.


Field Trips

A series of field trips to celebrate cultural and historical sites as well as local organizations in Yogyakarta and Jakarta

Cultural Immersion

Immerse yourself in the unique culture of Indonesia


Volunteer at institutions or organizations according to your personal interests and goals

Host Families

Foster meaningful bonds with your Indonesian host families


Special Lectures

Engage in discussions of various topics, such as politics, history, culture, religion, and economics.

Jakarta Post-Program

Engage with Indonesian government officials, NGOs, business leaders and experience its city tour

Program Overview

Yogyakarta Orientation

USINDO Summer Studies program will begin with a three-day orientation in Yogyakarta where participants will be introduced to the program hosts -local committees, language tutors and host families. The participants will attend various sessions to help them navigate Yogyakarta as they gain a better understanding of the cultural differences between the two countries and inform them of what to expect in the following weeks. It will end with participants moving in with their respective host families.

Language 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. 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 to interact directly with Indonesian students and locals in its lively campus atmosphere.


The program typically offers two class levels: beginner and intermediate. However, USINDO also accommodates participants wishing to learn at the advanced level as well. To make sure the learning is customized, students will have the opportunity to adjust their class levels based on their progress. In addition, students are also given the chance to partner up with Indonesian students who are going to provide a more informal tutoring experience and allow friendships to develop.

Host Family

Students will live with host families throughout their stay in Indonesia. The host family component provides the experience of what it feels like to live with Indonesians who are hospitable, welcoming people. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of the family unit. By welcoming American students into their homes, host families embrace them into their daily routine and often invite them to participate as family members in personal events. In turn, the experience allows acquaintances and extended family of the host family to have exposure to young, educated Americans interested in Indonesia and willing to engage.


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.

Special Lectures

Special lectures that are held on a bi-weekly basis would allow students to discuss issues of common interest with subject matter expert in a wide range of areas including politics, history, culture, religion, and economics. Speakers may come from private sector, government officials, scholars, non-government sector, and media.

Volunteering with Structured Project

Volunteering with Structured Project is intended to provide students with candid experiences of direct interactions with Indonesians in a professional setting. The choice of host organizations would be catered to the students’ personal interests and goals. At the end of the program, they are expected to present their project to the respective stakeholders. As an illustration, USINDO Summer Studies Fellows in 2019 got the chance to volunteer at one of these 6 institutions— RRI (National Broadcasting Radio); Tepas Tendha Yekti (Keraton Yogyakarta’s special agency to handle Keraton’s official web page); Cokelat Ndalem (Modern Chocolate Factory and Shop); WALHI Yogyakarta(Environmental advocacy NGO); Project Child Indonesia (locally-run, community based NGO working to alleviate poverty); Polgov (Research Unit in Department of Politics and Government, University of Gadjah Mada).

Field Trips

Throughout the program, USINDO would organize several field trips to renowned cultural and historical sites, as well as visits to local organizations in Yogyakarta. These trips are designed to allow the students to learn about Yogyakarta’s unique culture, history, tradition, belief system, and natural wonders. Previous field trips have included the famous Merapi Lava Tour, as well as visits to the Indmira organic farming, the historic quarter of Kotagede, Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Tugu Yogyakarta, Keraton Palace, and others.

Jakarta Post-Program Event

Upon the completion of program components in Yogyakarta, USINDO Summer Studies participants will take part in a three-days post-program event in Jakarta. This is the culmination of the Summer Studies Program that is designed to broaden the students’ perspective, knowledge, and exposure to contemporary issues facing Indonesia, while also giving them the opportunity to network with government officials, experts, academics, NGOs and private sector. Past Summer Studies participants have had the chance to meet with distinguished figures such as Indonesia’s former Minister of Trade, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, as well as heads of various organizations and research centers in Indonesia. USINDO will also organize trips to renowned historical sites within the capital, such as the Istiqlal Mosque, Old Town, Museum of National History, the National Monument, and many more.