ACICIS – Study Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Malang, Bandung

Language of instruction


The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS – pronounced Ah-chee-chis) is an innovative, non-profit, national educational consortium that was established to overcome the substantial academic, bureaucratic, and immigration impediments that had prevented Australian students from undertaking credited semester study at Indonesian universities. ACICIS internationalises the student’s educational experience by taking part in a challenging, academically tailored study abroad program offering high levels of pastoral care.

The ACICIS programs are hosted by 9 different Indonesian universities at various locations throughout the country.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester August–January

ACICIS arrival dates are not flexible. You may not arrive in Indonesia more than 3 days prior to the commencement of your program.

View the ACICIS academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

ACICIS has a Vimeo page to provide insight to what an exchange program in Indonesia is like.


ACICIS has partnerships with the following universities, who host programs available to exchange students:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B International Studies
    Semester 2, 2018
    An incredible learning experience that compliments a well rounded immersion experience that will enrich your learning and life for years to come.

Full-time study load

12 Sistem Kredit Semester (SKS) per semester at ACICIS is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at ACICIS.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

International business
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy

Additional academic information

ACICIS offers the following programs for exchange students, located at universities throughout Indonesia:

  • Flexible language immersion program (FLIP)
    • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta
    • Choose a mix of Indonesian language and other regular UGM curriculum subjects according to your language ability and interests. Suitable for beginners to advanced students.
  • Field study
    • Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UnMuh), Malang
    • For advanced language students capable of independent study, this option allows students to undertake field research through UnMuh. Many students devise and undertake their own study projects and can also choose to incorporate these projects into an honours program.
  • Indonesian business, law and society (IBLS)
    • Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Yogyakarta
    • Semester-long program with the option to specialise in Islam business, Islam law or Islamic society. No background in Indonesian is required and students are assigned an Indonesian tutor/translator to help navigate life in Indonesia.
  • Development studies immersion program (DSIP)
    • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogakarta
    • Semester-long community development program for students who would like to undertake a longer period of study in Indonesia and who have an interest in rural development issues. Involves hands-on development work for 8 weeks of the semester. Some Indonesian language experience is required.
  • International relations program (IRP)
    • Universitas Parahyangan (UnPar), Bandung 
    • Opportunity for students to study at leading international relations department in Indonesia. No Indonesian language skills are required.
  • Indonesian language teacher immersion
    • Sanata Dharma University (USD), Yogyakarta
    • Pre-service teachers gain higher linguistic and classroom competence as well as in-depth knowledge of Indonesia. Includes intensive language classes and supervised school placements. 
  • Agriculture Semester Program (ASP)
  • Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), West Java
  • English taught courses available in agribusiness, agronomy and horticulture, plant protection, forestry, food science and technology, and animal production technology. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Accommodation during your exchange will be dependant on the program you are studying and the university where it is hosted. Your host university will have detailed housing guides to help you find suitable accommodation for your stay.

Generally, students live in a student boarding house or in homestays. Exchange students can opt to find private rental accommodation, however, rental properties can be difficult to find and are more expensive than other options.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Indonesia is generally inexpensive compared to Australian costs. There is a guide to average expenses in Indonesia to help students prepare their budget. Students do however need to consider additional fees associated with studying abroad.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Various methods of financial help are available through ACICIS. Explore the current assistance programs to check your eligibility.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Health and Travel Insurance cover is obligatory on all ACICIS programs. All participant policies must include cover for medical evacuation and repatriation. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

ACICIS provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth for more visa information.

Applicants must have a passport valid for at least 22 months from the ACICIS application deadline. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.