ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP) is a semester-long program hosted by Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR), Bandung. Taught in English, this program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of international relations at regional and global levels, as seen from an Indonesian perspective, while developing necessary critical skills to enter the field of international relations.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $6,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2016 and 2017.

See here for more information about the ACICIS New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Funding.

Students take subjects taught in English at UNPAR’s Department of International Relations. These subjects cover a range of thematic areas within international relations, including: national politics, global issues, foreign policy, civil society movements, diplomacy, regionalism, and security and counter-terrorism.

The IRP also offers students the option to undertake a professional placement, which enables students to put their studies into practice and gain a real-world experience outside the classroom. Students are placed at local community-based organisations and are given the opportunity to develop important skills in administration, research and reporting, and project management.

The IRP has been designed for students with no existing Indonesian language skills; however, students with existing language skills are welcome to participate.

Structure

The IRP runs in two intakes each year: from August to December, and from January to June. The structure of the semester-long program is as follows:

  • A semester of academic classes and coursework (approximately 560-635 hours in total) at Parahyangan University. Classes can be scheduled anytime between 07:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday, and 07:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays;

OR

  • A semester of academic classes and coursework (approximately 400 hours in total) at Parahyangan University. Classes can be scheduled anytime between 07:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday, and 07:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays;
    Concurrent with;
  • Two days per week professional placement – provided the placement host organisation is located in Bandung or surrounds (approximately 200 hours).

OR

  • A semester of academic classes and coursework (approximately 400 hours in total) at Parahyangan University. Classes can be scheduled anytime between 07:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday, and 07:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays;
    Followed by
  • A five-week ‘block’ professional placement at a host organisation outside of Bandung (approximately 200 hours). (ONLY available in January-June semester)