How much does an ACICIS Semester Program cost?

Running each semester, from January-June, and August-December, ACICIS Semester Programs are study programs delivered in Indonesia for Australian and international university students.

Students are hosted by an Indonesian university, and will enrol in classes. As part of many semester programs, there is the option for students to undertake a professional placement at a host organisation that are sourced from a broad range of industries and sectors in Indonesia.

ACICIS semester programs are open to Australian and international students enrolled at both ACICIS member universities and non-member universities, as well as to private participants.

2021 Fees
Administration Fee (all Students): AUD $916
Visa Fee (all Students): AUD $235
Tuition Fee: All other Semester Programs
Member University Students:
Non-Member University Students:
AUD $4,098
AUD $5,464
Tuition Fee: Agriculture Semester Program
Member University Students:
Non-Member University Students:
AUD $4,706
AUD $5,746
Financial Help:
AUD $7,000 – $8,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grants available
» Check your eligibility here

What is included in the administration fee?

Accommodation and meals are provided during orientation
Application review and vetting
Academic credit approval facilitation
Comprehensive pre-departure information and email and phone support
Pre-departure networking event with other program participants, ACICIS alumni and/or ACICIS staff*
Student buddy to assist with finding accommodation
Additional organised semester activities, including field trips and check-point meetings
Issue of study permit (12 month Residency Permit – KITAS
Six month Multiple Re-entry Permit (MREP)
Total $916


* Pre-departure networking events are held in most Australian state and territory capital cities prior to program commencement except in cases where participant numbers from a particular state or territory do no warrant the holding of such an event.

What is included in the visa fee?

Procurement of an Indonesian host university sponsored Temporary Stay (VITAS) visa issued in Perth or to the Indonesian mission direct if the student elects to have their visa issued elsewhere.**
Total $235


**Indonesian Temporary Stay (VITAS) visa is to be obtained prior to departure either via the ACICIS Secretariat (preferred) or directly from a participant’s nearest Indonesian consular mission. This fee is payable to ACICIS if visa is processed in Perth on a participant’s behalf, applicants who arrange their own visa will pay a similar amount to their nominated Indonesian Embassy or Consulate directly. For more information about obtaining the correct Indonesian visa for your ACICIS semester program see here.

 What is included in the tuition fee?

What is not included in the tuition fee?

All tuition fees at Indonesian partner university.   Compulsory Travel Insurance
$500 for 6 months cover
In many cases, students undertaking this program for academic credit will be covered by their university’s corporate travel insurance policy at no cost to the student. For details of your university’s insurance arrangements, please contact the ACICIS Secretariat.
High-quality in-country supervision and assistance by ACICIS Resident Director and staff for the duration of the program.   International flights
Return airfare to-and-from Indonesia
24/7 in-country pastoral care support and risk management throughout   Living Expenses
~$150 per week minimum or ~$2,250 minimum per semester
Accommodation, meals, taxi fares, sight-seeing, socialising and other incidental expenses during the program in Indonesia. N.B. Australian students may be eligible to receive Centrelink support while undertaking the program if still enrolled full-time through their home university.
Public liability insurance cover for all program-related activities undertaken in Indonesia  
Total ~$4,098 Total ~$3,750

Are there any additional costs?

Student support fee for students enrolling for two semesters with ACICIS – payable at the time of successful acceptance into the program  $60
GST for Australian non-award course students (private applicants).  $12

Home University Course Enrolment

Please check with your university or faculty administration regarding relevant enrolment steps and/or any applicable tuition fees at your home university pertaining to participation in this ACICIS program. If in doubt, contact the ACICIS Secretariat for advice on who to speak to at your university.

Payment Process and Terms

Administration Fee Payment
Students are required to pay their administration fee ($916) only upon successful acceptance into their nominated ACICIS program. Upon acceptance students will be emailed an online payment link for the purposes of settling their application payment by credit card. Regretfully, only Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Visa Fee Payment
Students who select to obtain their visa via the Secretariat Office in Perth will also be required to pay their visa fee ($235) upon successful acceptance into their nominated ACICIS program. Upon acceptance students will be emailed an online payment link for the purposes of for settling this fee. Students who select to obtain their visa via a nominated Indonesian Embassy or Consulate will be required to pay this amount to the Embassy or Consulate directly.

Tuition Fee Payment
A second payment link pertaining to payment of the ACICIS tuition fee will be sent to those students responsible for paying their tuition fee directly to ACICIS. Tuition fees must be paid at least one month prior to student departure for Indonesia.

If you are a Commonwealth supported Australian university student, you may be able to partially or fully defer payment of your ACICIS tuition fee through either HECS-HELP or OS-HELP. Your ability to defer payment of the ACICIS tuition fee in this manner is dependent on the arrangements in place at your home university for the management of these Commonwealth funding schemes. If in doubt, contact the ACICIS Secretariat for advice on who to speak to at your university about deferring payment of your ACICIS tuition fee via HECS-HELP or OS-HELP.

Withdrawal and Refunds
The administration fee is non-refundable.

A student’s tuition fee is refundable up until the start of orientation (check dates here). After this date no refunds are possible.

If you are enrolled in a home university subject code for the purposes of undertaking this ACICIS program, arrangements for the withdrawal from this subject code – and any applicable financial and/or academic penalties – are determined by the regulations in force at your home university. You are advised to consult with your home university or faculty administration regarding applicable subject withdrawal policies, procedures, and penalties. If in doubt, contact the ACICIS Secretariat for advice concerning who to speak to at your university about this.

Full details of ACICIS’ semester program withdrawal policy can be found here.

Temporary Withdrawal Policy Changes for ACICIS Programs Commencing in late 2020/early 2021

While ACICIS hopes that our program intakes commencing from November 2020 onwards will be able to proceed, we acknowledge that prospective applicants may be unwilling to make any financial commitments to participating given the possibility that their chosen program may be cancelled, or restrictions on outbound mobility may remain in place at their home university.

To ease these concerns, ACICIS’ pre-program withdrawal policies are amended as follows for all program intakes commencing from November 2020 onwards:

All fee payment deadlines will remain as published, however, any payments made to ACICIS will be fully refundable should participants need to withdraw from their program prior to commencement under the following circumstances:

  • Their home university imposing restrictions on outbound student mobility to Indonesia/worldwide (or current restrictions on outbound mobility remaining in place)
  • The Australian Government’s travel advice level for their program location or Indonesia overall remaining at Level 4 – Do not travel and/or
  • The ACICIS National Reference Group (or delegate) deciding to cancel their ACICIS program prior to its commencement.

Any queries regarding this temporary amendment to our program withdrawal policies may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat by email ( or phone (+61 8 6488 6675).