Program Details

Credit points: Recommended equivalency; 100% of a full semester load (0.5 EFTSL). Actual subject weighting and academic credit awarded to be determined by a student’s home university.

Contact hours: Total semester time commitment: Approximately 588-648 hours:

Approximately 72 hours of Indonesian language classes
Approximately 24 hours of seminars
Approximately 192 hours of independent study and assignments
Approximately 360 hours student community service


Approximately 72 hours of Indonesian language classes
Approximately 24 hours of seminars
Approximately 192 hours of independent study and assignments
Approximately 300 hours of development placement

Accreditation and Weighting

ACICIS assessment is based on a pass/fail basis. ‘Satisfactory’ indicates achievement justifying the successful completion (pass grade minimum) of one regular semester of university credit in Indonesia.

Students are required to complete a total of 12 SKS (credit points) of Indonesian language classes, attend and participate in the seminar series, write a Reasearch Essay, undertake a Student Community Service (SCS) or the DSIP Development Placement and make a final presentation about their experiences on the program.

To complete the Development Studies Immersion Program satisfactorily, students must attend 80 per cent of all language classes, all seminars and fieldtrips, as well as complete the SCS development project or development placement, in order to satisfactorily complete the program.

A student’s home university may retain the right to set and grade other assessment tasks related to the program. While ACICIS makes a recommendation about how much academic credit a student should be awarded for their participation in the program, it is up to individual home universities to determine their own protocols and rules for awarding academic credit to students who undertake and successfully complete the program.

Assessment Components

ACICIS’ DSIP program is composed of the following key components, as outlined below. Students are required to satisfactorily complete all components in order to achieve an overall grade of ‘Satisfactory’ for the program:

# Component Weighting Notes
1 Indonesian Language Classes 30% Undertaken at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) – assessment administered by UGM’s Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS).
2 Seminar Series 10% Attendance at, and participation in, all seminars and fieldtrips organised by ACICIS is required. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through seminar participation.
3 Research Essay 20% 2,000-word research essay on a contemporary theme in Indonesian development.
4 Student Community Service (SCS) or DSIP Development Placement 30% For SCS students: Students will be assigned to a number of different development projects at their community field site, monitored and supervised by academic staff from UGM.
For Development Placement students: Host Organisation mentors and ACICIS staff will monitor and supervise student progress and performance
4 Final Presentation 10% A brief (20 minute) presentation contextualising a students’ SCS or Development Placement experience within the Indonesian development sector.

Assessment Documents

Upon completion of the program, ACICIS will provide a student’s home university with two documents:

  • Official Academic Transcript: from the Indonesian host university consisting of a numeric or alphabetic grade for each subject undertaken;
  • Resident Director’s Outcome Evaluation Report: The Resident Director (RD) provides a one-page report outlining a student’s academic performance and extra-curricular involvement. The report is based on the Resident Director’s contact with a student throughout the course of the program and on a final exit interview. In accordance with standard ACICIS practice, overall student performance will be assessed by the RD only on a “satisfactory/unsatisfactory” basis (equivalent to “ungraded pass / fail”). A student’s home university retains the right to require and grade further assessment tasks, including a portfolio or reflective diary summarising the student’s in-country experience.

These assessment documents will be sent electronically from the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth within three months of a student’s completion of the program. The home university may choose to award a grade or an ungraded pass/fail on the basis of these documents and any additional home university assessment requirements. Priority cases can be managed for students who are due to graduate or require them for urgent re-enrolment purposes. If you (or your student) require priority processing of semester program or practicum results, please notify the ACICIS Secretariat as soon as possible so that steps can be taken to expedite their release.

There is a AUD$50 fee for the re-issuance of official university transcripts.