Summer Language Study

USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and cultural studies program held from June to August at Gadjah Mada University, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  It is open to current U.S. undergraduate juniors (entering their senior year in the Fall following the program), seniors, graduate students, and recent U.S. college and university graduates (within six months), selected in a competitive application process.

This year’s Summer Studies program course begins on June 1 and ends on August 5, 2015, including a 10-day term break to accommodate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

In addition to the language course, the program will now include two new components:

-Short internship/volunteer work opportunities with local organizations in Yogyakarta.

-A three-day trip to West Java conducted by USINDO in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Information and Communications.  Students will meet local leaders, have discussions with NGOs, and participate in cultural activities.

The 2015 Summer Study Language Program Applications are available for download here.  In addition to completing the Application Cover Page form, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation. For complete information on the program, please read below or download the information sheet here.

Complete applications must be received by May 6 in order to be considered.  Admission decisions will be made by May 8, and may be subject to change due to the availability of program funding. Additional questions can be directed to

The Summer Studies program begins on June 1 and ends on August 5, 2015.

The 2014 Summer Studies Participants

Yogyakarta Orientation

When students arrive in Yogya, they will stay in a hotel for two nights before moving in with their host families to ease them into the new setting. In-country program coordinator welcomes the students to Yogya and introduces them to program staff, who will be assisting the students throughout their time in Yogya. Program staff organize a welcome dinner with all the host families giving everyone the opportunity to meet one another before “move-in day”. Students also meet with their tutors and together they go for a city tour of Yogya.GadjahMadaUniversityhosts an official opening ceremony to introduce the students to the instructors and launch the language program. Placement exams are also given for those students wanting to participate in the intermediate level class.


The language program is run by the Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS) at Gadjah Mada University (UGM). The USINDO program typically offers two class levels: beginner and intermediate.

Typical class schedule is held Monday – Friday from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. and covers:

•   Reading & Vocabulary

•    Grammar and Writing

•    Speaking

Private tutorials are held every Monday and Wednesday after regular classes with Indonesian graduate students at UGM. Each USINDO student gets paired with a tutor to practice Bahasa Indonesia and assist with homework and daily life activities (such as going to the market and taking students around campus).

Special Lectures

USINDO, with input from students, will organize lectures on special topics. Special lectures are typically only organized upon request.

Cultural Workshops

Students are able to get first hand experience of the Indonesian culture through several workshops. Examples of cultural workshops in the past include gamelan (traditional musical ensemble), batik (textile dyeing technique), dance, martial arts, cooking, and wayang (shadow puppets performance). Students can also watch cultural performances such as gamelan and wayang.

Field Trips

As part of the learning experience, in-country program staff organizes two to three weekend trips in and around central Java. Past program field trips have included visits to various candi or ancient temple such as Borobudur, Prambanan, Sukuh, and Ceto, as well as to batik factories, gamelan makers, antique markets, and the surrounding palaces. The program now also includes visits to local organizations and institutions. USINDO will select organizations to visit that match, to the extent possible, with students’ interests.

Practicum Period

During the middle of the program students will have a week break from classes and workshops. Students are allowed to travel within Indonesia during this time to conduct research or for leisure.

Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs during the practicum.

University Credit

  • Number of classroom hours: 112
  • Number of tutorial hours: 32
  • Students will receive an official transcript from Gadjah Mada University
  • Students are responsible for arranging to receive credit from their respective institutions.

Not all institutions will accept credit from the USINDO Summer Studies Program.

Program Supporting Staff

The INCULS program coordinator has led the program for numerous years inYogyakarta. She receives high praise from students and host families alike for her ability to translate cultural differences and her efforts to make herself available to students at all times on any topic. USINDO’s office inJakartaalso assists in managing program logistics, monitor student progress, and is an important point of contact for friends and family, while the USINDO Washington office liaises with students and their universities to ensure proper credit is received for the program.

Health Insurance

USINDO purchases health insurance from HTH Worldwide and will pay for the premium for each student for 3 months coverage (June, July, August). Students will be responsible for any deductible payments.


USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until December 2014, AND must have at least four blank visa pages in their passport.

Download Application

pdf application

Past Program Images