East Java Field Study (EJFS)

Can I undertake an ACICIS Field Study as part of my honours degree?

Some students in the past have completed an ACICIS Field Study program as part of their honours degree.

However, this would be dependent on your home university. It is best to get in touch with your home university study abroad office or faculty administration office to discuss this option.

Can I undertake the EJFS as my first semester option?

Students can only undertake this program as a second semester option. It is recommended that students complete a semester on the Flexible Language Immersion Program at UGM in Yogyakarta prior to commencing the East Java Field Study.

What can I expect on the Field Study Program?

Watch this video to hear about what to expect on the Field Study Program.


Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP)

What are the two streams of DSIP?

The DSIP offers students the opportunity to undertake either an eight-week community development fieldwork module known as ‘Student Community Service (SCS)’, or an eight-week professional development placement with a local community-based organisation, as part of their semester in Yogyakarta.

What does the Development Placement involve?

Where will I be placed?

  • Students who select the placement option will be asked to submit their sectors of interest for this placement in their application. We will also consult you during pre-departure as to what type of organisation you are most interested in being placed with. ACICIS will place you with an organisation that suits these interests.

Why type of host organisations are offered?

  • ACICIS partners with many different types of host organisations for the Development Placement. See a list here of potential host organisation on offer here.

When will I find out what organisation my placement will be with?

  • Students will find out about their placement when they arrive in-country. During the first few weeks of the program, students will be taken to meet potential host organisations, and then select where they would like to be placed.

 

What does the Student Community Service (SCS) option involve?

Who determines the SCS projects?

  • Faculty workshops coordinated by LPPM determine the projects for each semester. Faculty lecturers then put forward proposals in consultation with students. Communities may approach UGM, or alternatively programs may be designed to meet the conditions set by specific donors. Most projects are semester specific, although more complex projects may roll over for number of semesters. That said, it is really you and your student group (unit) that determine what projects that you will work on, as the details of SCS activities are worked out with the host community during the initial two weeks of the program.

Who participates in SCS?

  • All UGM undergraduate students must complete the SCS semester, usually in their final year of study. A typical SCS unit will consist of 30 students drawn from four disciplinary clusters. This group is then sub-divided into smaller teams of 5-6 people. A typical project may be located in ‘Village A’ with the 30 participants then divided into smaller units that are placed in four or five sub-village units.

Do I choose what project I will join?

  • Yes and no. Each semester approximately six to ten projects will be available. However, the announcement of projects is only made approximately two weeks prior to departure for the field. Applicants cannot, therefore, choose their projects prior to departure from abroad. Students will be consulted on their preferences for field placements. However, final placement is at the discretion of ACICIS staff. While all efforts are made to accommodate student preference, ACICIS risk management and pastoral care requirements are taken into account. The quota system (whereby each unit must consist of a minimum number of participants from four discipline clusters), also influences placement decisions.

Where will the project be located and how will I get there?

  • Projects will be located in the province of Yogyakarta. No site will be more than two hours from the UGM campus. You will travel to the site with your unit. This will be arranged during the briefing prior to departure.

Do I have to pay for rent and meals in the village?

  • No. The sub-unit pays for all of this out of money which ACICIS pays to LPPM. However, the group budget for meals is usually not enough, so students may be asked to top it up over the course of the program. The sum is marginal.

Where will I live?

  • During the first six-weeks of the program, you will rent a room in a boarding house close to Gadjah Mada University (UGM). You may elect to maintain this room for the entire semester, or you may move out when you depart for the village. In the village, you may be placed with a host family or the sub-unit may be allocated a house which becomes a communal living space. Male and female students are housed separately in line with local norms. During the pre-departure briefing, your unit coordinator will tell you all the things that you will need to take to the site (for example, students may be told that they will need sleeping mats, sheets, towels etc.). ACICIS staff will assist DSIP students in getting all of this organized. For more information about accommodation options near UGM, see here.

How do I get around in the village?

  • In the village you do not need transportation as everything is very close. It is not always easy, however, to arrange transport in and out of the field placement sites. Students may return to the city (or UGM) by public transport (bus or train), but it may take a few connections. Usually, a fellow student with a motorbike will give students a ride back into town if necessary. You may take a motorbike to the village, but it is not recommended.

Will I be the only ACICIS student in my unit?

  • It will depend on how many ACICIS students participate in the SCS (Student Community Service) stream. Should there be enough students participating, there is a possibility that more than one students will be placed in the same unit.

What if I do not want to take all my belongings to the Field Placement site?

  • You can box them up and make arrangements to store them with ACICIS or a friend in Yogyakarta. If you would like to take a bicycle or other large items to the village, hiring a ute for a couple of hours is relatively cheap.

Will I be able to buy necessities in the village?

  • Yes! There will be shops selling all the necessities of life (food, drinks, toiletries, groceries) and small restaurants (warung) where you can eat (although meals are included in the program). You can top up phone credit at the corner store and access Wi-Fi internet with a modem on your laptop (yes, you can take your laptop). You will learn to live without certain conveniences (such as hot water, a private bedroom, western-style toilet, muffins and espressos for breakfast), but otherwise life on-site is very pleasant.

Can we take a holiday during SCS or leave the location?

  • No. The placement is eight weeks, fulltime. Students are allocated five days off during this time. You may not take a holiday or invite guests (visitors from overseas) to the village. Do not organize for family or friends to visit during this time. Technically you are not allowed to leave the site beyond your five day allowance. In reality, the rules tend to be a bit more flexible and students are able to head into to town for a half day or so if no activities are scheduled.
What skills do I need?

Observational and critical thinking abilities. SCS units are composed of students from four disciplinary clusters: science and technology, health, agriculture, and social sciences. Most DSIP students will be from the latter, which is generally regarded as the most important. Engineering is easy. Managing technology transfers is tricky. Social scientists play a critical role in surveying needs, engaging with the community, and monitoring development initiatives.


Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP)

How do I choose regular curriculum subjects?

Several methods of choosing regular curriculum subjects are suggested. One possibility is for students to choose a subject about which they know nothing and study it at a basic level, for example, Ethnography of Java. The readings would be in Indonesian. Another method is to choose subjects in which the concepts are already understood, for example, Sociology, and study it at basic level to focus on the language. Alternatively, choose a higher level subject in your own area of specialization and really stretch yourself.

As the Flexible Language Immersion program is focused on Indonesian language acquisition, students must select courses in which all lectures, tutorials, and assessment are in Bahasa Indonesia, and as far as possible, all texts as well. In practice, however, the set readings for many subjects are in English as books available in Indonesian may not be available. Whilst ACICIS discourages students from studying subjects where the readings are in English, this can’t always be avoided. ACICIS encourages students to take as many subjects in Indonesian as possible to maximize the immersion experience. Students must consult ACICIS Yogyakarta staff before finalizing their subject choices. Home institutions have the right to determine guidelines for their own students who should notify ACICIS staff of these. It is not possible for students to find out precisely which courses are offered at UGM in any particular semester prior to departure, and ACICIS will not attempt to convert or translate Indonesian university units into Australian or other university equivalents.

In addition to the courses outlined above, ACICIS offers several cultural activities which all ACICIS students at UGM may choose to join according to their interests. Information about these activities is provided during Orientation.

What mix of language and regular subjects should I take at Gadjah Mada (UGM)?

ACICIS requires students to study at least 12 credit points (known as “SKS”), and no more than 15. Most subjects are worth 2 or 3 credit points, so students should take four to six semester subjects. Students may make their own choices, but will need to obtain approval from the ACICIS Resident Director. For the Indonesian Language subject choice, the Resident Director will take advice from UGM based on the placement test.

Beginners (with no or little previous Indonesian language) should choose the full 12 credit points of language offered, at either beginners or intermediate level. A total of 12 contact hours per week, over 14 weeks amounts to 168 hours of instruction.

Intermediate student (with less than 4 semesters of university level Indonesian language, or equivalent) should choose at least 10 credit points of language at intermediate or advanced level.

Advanced students (with 4 or more semesters of university level Indonesian language, or equivalent) should choose about 4 credit point of advanced language (somewhere between 0 and 8 credit points depending on language competency). The better the student’s language, the less language classes will be needed.


Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion (ILTI)

Are there any pre-requisites for the ILTI course?

There are no prior requirements for the course in terms of pre-service teaching hours or pre-requisite units. The program is open to all students from all universities. Students will require to have at least intermediate Indonesian skills.

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International Relations Program (IRP)

What does the Professional Placement involve?

Where will I be placed?

  • Students who select the placement option will be asked to submit their sectors of interest for this placement in their application.

Why type of host organisations are offered?

  • A range of different types of host organisations for the Professional Placement are available. See a list here of potential host organisation on offer here.

When will I find out what organisation my placement will be with?

  • Students will find out about their placement when they arrive in-country.

Will the placement be credited to my semester?

  • Yes, the Professional Placement is a total of 3 SKS worth of credits. Students will enrol in this unit.

When will I undertake my placement?

  • Students can undertake the placement for 1-2 days per week during the semester. Students enrolled in the January-June semester will have the option to undertake the placement as a 5-week block at the end of their semester of studies.
What is the International Relations Program like?


West Java Field Study (WJFS)

Can I undertake an ACICIS Field Study as part of my honours degree?

Some students in the past have completed an ACICIS Field Study program as part of their honours degree.

However, this would be dependent on your home university. It is best to get in touch with your home university study abroad office or faculty administration office to discuss this option.

Can I undertake classes at the university, on top of my field study?

If interested, WJFS students can take up to two classes at UNPAR as part of their semester of study. To see a list of subjects available each semester, see here.

ACICIS will contact you during the pre-departure process to confirm what units you would like to take during your semester.

What can I expect on the Field Study Program?

Watch this video to hear about what to expect on the Field Study Program.


General Semester Abroad FAQs

Can family members come to Indonesia with me?

ACICIS students often take their children and spouses with them when they go to Indonesia to study for a semester.

Read more about taking your family to Indonesia here.

If you are planning on taking family members to Indonesia, ACICIS will assist in obtaining an appropriate visa for your child/spouse. You will need to contact the ACICIS Secretariat (enquiries@acicis.edu.au) to request a Family Member application package, and submit this by the application deadline for your semester program.

Can I work between semesters or after my semester?

No. Semester students are on sponsored study visas that do not cover paid internship or work activities. For paid internships, students should seek visa sponsorship from the host organisation and re-enter the country. Working is strictly prohibited on a study visa. The penalties are stiff if you are caught. You cannot convert your study visa to a work visa. You will need to exit and re-enter the country on a new visa arranged by your employer. ACICIS will not assist students on visa matters not related to its ‘in-country’ programs.

Business Professional Practicum (BPP)

Is the program specifically aimed at a certain level of participant?

The program is aimed at those who, by the commencement of the BPP, have had the equivalent of at least one year of undergraduate study of business. We anticipate many applicants will have more experience than this.


Development Studies Professional Practicum (DSPP)

Can I choose my work placement?

No. Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Whilst ACICIS will endeavor to match student preferences to the places available, students must accept that they may not get their preferred placement. In addition, all ACICIS placements with development organisations depend entirely on the good will and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing students for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Development Studies Professional Practicum.

How do I apply for a Working with Children Check in my state?

Students who are accepted on the ACICIS Development Studies Professional Practicum will be required to supply a scan of a valid Working with Children Check card issues by an Australian state or territory government.

If you do not already have a valid Working with Children Check, here is a guide on how to apply for this in your state or territory.

Is selection of participants a matter of ‘first in best dressed’ or does it depend on merit and the application process?

If there are not sufficient places available for all applicants (and we expect this to be the case), ACICIS will choose participants on a number of criteria including: academic record, industry experience, life experience, the student’s flexibility in choice of placement, the skills that the applicant can bring to the placement, and the general quality of the student’s application.

Is the program specifically aimed at a certain level of student? (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd year or post-grad)

The DSPP short course in Jakarta is mainly aimed at Development Studies postgraduate students who have some prior work experience in the development studies field. However, undergraduate students will be accepted into the program.


Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP)

Is the program specifically aimed at a certain level of student? (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd year or post-grad)

The program is aimed at those who, by the commencement of the JPP, have had the equivalent of at least one year of undergraduate study of journalism. We anticipate many applicants will have more experience than this, and applications are welcomed from working journalists and others.


Law Professional Practicum (LPP)

Is selection of participants a matter of ‘first in best dressed’ or does it depend on merit and the application process?

If there are not sufficient places available for all applicants (and we expect this to be the case), ACICIS will choose participants on a number of criteria including: academic record, industry experience, life experience, the student’s flexibility in choice of placement, the skills that the applicant can bring to the placement, and the general quality of the student’s application.

Is the program specifically aimed at a certain level of participant?

The program is aimed at those who, by the commencement of the LPP, have had a minimum of at least one year of undergraduate study in law or a related discipline. We anticipate many applicants will have more experience than this.

Is this program only available for Law students?

No. The Law Professional Practicum is available to students from a variety of law related disciplines, or for those with an interest in gaining professional experience in the Indonesian legal sector. Related disciplines may include (but are not limited to) legal studies, criminology, justice studies, policing, governance studies, or public policy.


General Summer Abroad FAQs

General Summer Abroad FAQs

School Tour

Can the ACICIS School Tours be counted towards a student’s WACE? (WA schools)

ACICIS School Tours can be counted towards a student’s WACE (Western Australia Certificate of Education) as an Off-Campus Enrichment Program. This counts for one unit on a student’s Statement of Student Achievement. For more information or a template for assessment, please contact the ACICIS Secretariat.

Can we choose the activities and field trips the students complete on the tour?

Yes, once dates have been selected we will ask you to look through the activities and field trip options we have available. We will then be able to include these in the draft itinerary we send to you.

How do I go about booking a school tour?

Read through the information on our website about the ACICIS Indonesia School Tour program and please refer to the ‘How to Book a School Tour‘ page.

What are the School Visits like?

As a part of the School Tour – students have the opportunity to visit an Indonesian School in Yogyakarta.

What do the language classes involve?

As part of the School Tour program, students undertake intensive language classes at Sanata Dharma University.


Public Health Study Tour (PHST)

Public Health Study Tour

Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC)

ILSC

New Colombo Plan

New Colombo Plan

OS-Help

OS-Help

Endeavour

Endeavour Grants

Travel Grants

Travel Grants