Following the easing of the Australian Government restrictions pertaining to international travel, the reduction in the overall level of travel advice for Indonesia and consultation with our partner universities and relevant Indonesian authorities, ACICIS intends to resume in-country delivery of our Flexible Language Immersion ProgramDevelopment Studies Immersion Program and Indonesian Business, Law and Society Program from August 2022.

While ACICIS aims to keep the information on our website as accurate and up-to-date as possible, any advice is provided as a guide only and should not be relied upon when formulating travel and study plans. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, rules and regulations pertaining to study in Indonesia (e.g. visa and entry requirements) have changed significantly and regularly at short notice.

ACICIS anticipates that relevant rules and regulations, alongside the overall COVID-19 situation as it pertains to Indonesia, will continue to change at multiple junctures between the time of publication and the start of the August 2022 semester. Prospective participants will therefore need to be flexible in their planning, and have contingencies in place in terms of their study plans, travel plans and budget. Participants should not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving further advice in their formal “welcome letter” from ACICIS.

Following the cancellation of all in-country programs between March 2020 and June 2022, ACICIS is pleased to advise that we intend to resume in-country delivery of three of our semester-long study options from August 2022. 

In the meantime, we will host another intake of our award winning virtual short-term programs during the upcoming Australian winter (June-July 2022). 

Please find some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to COVID-19 and ACICIS’ plan to return to in-country study outlined below. Prospective participants and member universities are also very welcome to contact the ACICIS Secretariat should they require further advice or assistance.

FAQs: COVID-19 and Return to In-Country Study

Q: Given the easing of the Australian Government’s restrictions on international travel, are in-country ACICIS programs now resuming? Which programs are available?

A: Following the easing of the Australian Government restrictions pertaining to international travel, the reduction in the overall level of travel advice for Indonesia and consultation with our partner universities and relevant Indonesian authorities, ACICIS intends to resume in-country delivery of our Flexible Language Immersion Program, Development Studies Immersion Program and Indonesian Business, Law and Society Program from August 2022. 

Q: Great! Can I now book my flights? 

A: No. Prospective participants should not make any travel arrangements prior to receiving further advice in their formal “welcome letter” from ACICIS. All prospective participants will need to be flexible in their planning, and have contingencies in place in terms of their study plans, travel plans and budget. 

ACICIS anticipates that relevant rules and regulations (e.g. visa and entry requirements), alongside the overall COVID-19 situation as it pertains to Indonesia, will continue to change at multiple junctures between now and the start of the August 2022 semester.

Q: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, is it safe to study in Indonesia at present? 

A: The Australian Government reduced their overall level of travel advice for Indonesia to Level 2: Exercise a High Degree of Caution in late 2021. This is the same level of advice as prior to the pandemic. All prospective participants are encouraged to consider government and other reputable sources of advice (e.g. your doctor) in making a decision as to whether to proceed with studying abroad at this time. 

Prospective participants who are at greater risk of serious illness as a result of COVID-19 (e.g. over 70s, individuals with pre-existing health conditions) need to carefully consider the COVID-19 risk and consult with their doctor prior to committing to study in Indonesia. 

All participants are required to submit a statement of good health signed by a general practitioner as part of the Indonesian visa application process. 

More information on health concerns in Indonesia, including COVID-19 is available on this webpage

Q: Will I need to quarantine upon my arrival in Indonesia? How long for? How much will this cost?

Please visit this webpage for more information regarding visa and travel arrangements (including entry and quarantine requirements). 

Q: What if the COVID-19 situation worsens and my semester abroad can’t proceed? Will I forfeit my administration and visa fee?

A: While ACICIS hopes that our program intakes commencing from August 2022 onwards will be able to proceed, we acknowledge that prospective applicants may be unwilling to make any financial commitments given the uncertainties surrounding international travel at present.

To ease these concerns, ACICIS’ pre-program withdrawal policy is temporarily amended as follows:

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 increasing to Level 4 – Do not travel and/or
  • The ACICIS National Reference Group (or delegate) deciding to cancel their ACICIS program prior to its commencement.

Q: What if I need to withdraw from the program due to another circumstance?  For example, can I get a refund  if I or a member of my household contracts COVID-19 immediately prior to my departure?

A: Generally speaking, ACICIS will only issue refunds in the three circumstances outlined in the answer above. 

Upon committing to the program, we recommend that participants immediately arrange travel insurance with coverage for cancellation or travel delay costs, including forfeited overseas course fees.  Several travel insurance providers now offer COVID-19 coverage, including for losses incurred as a result of the policy holder contracting, or being a close contact of someone with, COVID-19. 

Q: Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in an ACICIS in-country program?

A: Yes. All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including all booster doses that you are eligible for) at both the time of application AND at least 14 days prior to departure for Indonesia.  

This is a non-negotiable Indonesian immigration requirement. Participants who do not fulfil this requirement will likely have their visa application rejected and/or be denied boarding or entry into Indonesia.  

Q: I have a medical or other official exemption to vaccination. Can I participate in an in-country ACICIS program?

A: ACICIS does not recommend that those exempt from vaccination against COVID-19 for medical or other reasons participate in our in-country programs at present. 

Current Australian Government advice states that all individuals not vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of reason, should reconsider their need to travel abroad. Exemptions may not be recognised by Indonesian authorities, and unvaccinated travellers, even if granted a visa and allowed entry into Indonesia, are at greater risk of contracting, and experiencing severe illness or death as a result of COVID-19. This risk is exacerbated in a developing country context. 

If you possess a medical or other exemption to vaccination, please contact the ACICIS Secretariat to discuss your unique circumstances. Verifiable documentary evidence of the exemption, issued by a government authority, will be required prior to processing your query.

Q: I’m interested in the International Relations or Agriculture Semester Program. Are these programs available during the August 2022 semester?

A: Given the uncertain environment and increased complexity of international travel at present, ACICIS has decided to focus its relaunch of in-country semester programs in a single location: Yogyakarta. As such, the International Relations Program (delivered in Bandung) and Agriculture Semester Program (delivered in Bogor) will not be available in the August 2022 semester. 

Prospective participants studying International Relations or related fields are encouraged to consider submitting an application for the Flexible Language Immersion Program, which offers the possibility of taking some English-language subjects in Gadjah Mada University’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. 

Q: Why isn’t ACICIS offering in-country short term programs in July 2022? Will in-country short-term programs be available in the 2022/23 Summer (November-January)? 

A: At the time of writing, there remains significant uncertainty around the practicality of short-term in-country study due to ongoing COVID-19 related visa and entry restrictions (e.g. quarantine periods). Following consultation with our Indonesian partner institutions, ACICIS has made the decision to only offer our Winter 2022 (June-July) short-term programs in a virtual format. While it may be disappointing, we hope that this decision will provide certainty to prospective students and member universities in advance of our application deadlines. 

At this stage, no decision has been made on our Summer 2022/23 program intakes, but we remain hopeful that in-country short term programs will be able to resume from late 2022/early 2023. More information will be provided in advance of the commencement of Semester 2 at most Australian universities. 

Q: I’m interested in taking a virtual program. Will these continue to be available beyond July 2022?

A: At this stage, ACICIS will offer its full suite of award winning virtual short term programs during the Winter 2022 study period (June – July 2022, with part time virtual professional practicum placements continuing until September 2022). ACICIS’ Virtual Programs, alongside the New Colombo Plan’s virtual pivot, have been designed as a temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. Therefore, we recommend that those interested in taking part in a virtual program do so during the coming Australian winter. 

Q: My question isn’t answered above. Where can I direct my query?

A: Please don’t hesitate to contact the ACICIS Secretariat. A member of our team will be happy to assist you.