Flexible Language Immersion Program

Sayle Johnston is a 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholar from the University of Melbourne. Sayle is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and Development.

He first commenced his studies with ACICIS on the International Relations Program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Semester 42 and is now undertaking his second semester of studies with ACICIS on the Flexible Language Immersion Program at Gadjah Mada University.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?

After spending a semester studying in ACICIS’ English language International Relations Program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung I wanted to place a stronger focus on learning Bahasa Indonesia. The Flexible language Immersion Program offered by ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada was the obvious choice. It allowed me to strike an academic balance between specific areas of my Bahasa which needed improvement, and challenging immersion classes with domestic students.

Q: What classes are you currently enrolled in?

  • Percakapan Lanjut B
  • Tata Bahasa Lanjut B
  • Terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia
  • Inggris Sejarah Sosial Indonesia
  • The Politics and Government of South Asia

Q: Are you involved in any clubs/societies at the university?

I’m a part of the FISIPOL International Students’ Society and have my heart set on joining the Nature Lover’s Society. I am also involved in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (Yogyakarta Chapter) and recently participated in CAUSINDY.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Yogyakarta?

Travelling! Exploring! Eating! Ngobrol-ing! Contribute to the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship-ing!

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian food?

Tempe Goreng from the warung under my kosan! It is without a doubt the best I’ve ever tasted!

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian word or phrase?


Q: What is your favourite place to eat?

Loving Hut for the range of vegetarian food, the warung under my kosan for the tempe & company!

Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited in your semester so far?

Jakarta, Bali, Pacitan, Ngandong, Merapi