USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students selected in a competitive application process.

Summer Studies 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 more information on the program and on how to apply, please read below or download the information sheet here.

Complete applications must be received by March 31 in order to be considered.  Admission decisions will be made by the end of April, 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 2, 2014 and ends on July 25, 2014.

Summer Language Study 2013: Cameron Hu, Christian Lewis, Justin Goldman, Erin Poor, Supriya Wadhwa, and Lauren Xie.

About the Program

The United States-Indonesia Society is dedicated to expanding understanding of Indonesia and of the importance of the United States-Indonesia relationship. As the world’s third largest democracy and the fourth most populous country, Indonesia is one of the United States’ most important partners on trade and security issues. Despite its great importance, most Americans know little about Indonesia. The USINDO Summer Language Studies Program has, for more than 15 years, worked to educate young Americans about Indonesia through in-country language and culture training in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The USINDO Summer Language Studies Program fills a large gap in funding for in-country language studies. Language study is an integral way of introducing and interesting Americans in Indonesia, a country important but often overlooked in the United States. Studies of Indonesia in the United Statesare vibrant but limited to very few academic institutions. Mainstream media offers glimpses of Indonesia generally limited to bylines of terrorism and corruption. As a result of this limited and biased exposure, American students and young professionals rarely turn their attention to Indonesia in a constructive way. The inauguration of a U.S.president with roots in Indonesia brings welcome attention to the significance of Indonesia at the policy level, but more attention needs to be paid to what undergirds policy: the people-to-people relationship.

Educating Americans about Indonesia is essential if we are to prepare our next generation of leaders for the global issues that lie ahead. In-country language study such as that provided by USINDO is critical: it provides needed incentive for Americans to become interested in Indonesia, and raises awareness of the importance of Indonesia and of the Indonesia-United States relationship. Currently, USINDO is one of very few programs bringing Americans to Indonesia for language study.

The program is designed to give our American students the skills – language, political awareness, cultural sensitivity – they need to engage with the country in a constructive and mutually beneficial manner. It also engages Indonesian students through tutoring sessions and other activities, exposing them to a part of the United States– its students – with which they rarely have the opportunity to interact.

Program Details

The Summer Language Studies Program is conducted at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) under the direction of the Indonesian Language and Cultural Learning Service (INCULS). The program staff in Yogyakarta has ably managed the program, working with the dedicated teachers, tutors, and host families.

Students participate in 24 hours of language study per week, organized into three classes: reading and vocabulary, grammar and writing, and speaking and practicum. Students also practice daily with Indonesian tutors who are students at UGM. Such tutoring provides the opportunity to both the Indonesian and American students to engage at an informal level, to ask questions, and to develop friendships; many Summer Studies alums have maintained these bonds long after participating in the program.

The program also features cultural programs that introduce the students to integral aspects of Indonesian and Javanese (Indonesia’s largest ethnic group) life: gamelan music, cooking, traditional dance, traditional martial arts, and batik cloth making. Language is one aspect of culture; introductions to these other aspects allows for a fuller appreciation of all.

Notable speakers from Yogyakarta are also invited to present. Speakers in the past have focused on Indonesian politics, history, and economics, and have included professors, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, and other professionals. USINDO staff in Washington and Jakarta work with program staff inYogyakartato ensure a diverse and lively group of speakers.

Students live with host families throughout their stay in Indonesia. The host family experience is intended to reinforce language studies during the day, and to give students the real experience of living with an Indonesian family. Indonesians are hospitable, welcoming people. Strong emphasis is placed on the importance of the family unit. By welcoming American students into their homes, host families welcome them to their daily routine and often invite them to participate as family members in significant events such as weddings. Significantly, the experience allows acquaintances and extended family of the host family to have exposure to young, educated Americans interested in Indonesia and willing to engage.

The Summer Studies program begins June 2, 2014 and ends on July 25, 2014.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and undergraduate college seniors, enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate degree program, or recent graduates of any tertiary educational institution (within 6 months).


The cost of the program participation is $2,000. Program cost covers tuition, housing and board, airfare, student visas, and health insurance. All other incidentals will be the responsibility of the students.


Applications and transcripts must be received by USINDO no later than March 31. Notification of acceptance to the program will be issued by the end of April.


USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in theUS. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO.


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.

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.

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.

Download Application

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