Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994


An intensive 10-week language & culture studies fellowship held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for U.S. university students and recent graduates.


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“It becomes challenging to summarize the experiences of the last two months. In my short time here in Indonesia I have met people and shared experiences that I won’t forget. I have a much stronger passion to continue learning about Indonesia, in graduate school and beyond. I have confirmed that this is a nation and culture that I find interesting, confusing, unique, and all I want to do is learn more. …You can know that I have fallen in love with Indonesia, so I will be back and I look forward to seeing you again."

Adam Murphy

2017 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

"There are so many adventures and realizations I had in this short time, that there’s no way I can cover it all. I had absolutely no language skills coming to the country and now I can communicate basic ideas and actually understand what people are saying. Life in Indonesia went through phases of being weird and not, but I was able to handle all challenges.. All of these differences helped me to understand life in a country very different from my own. Before I came here, I knew very little. But now, 2 months later I have created lifelong friendships and a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture and language."

Emily Wood

2017 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

Having hosted the Summer Studies Program for over a decade, USINDO was very familiar with interacting with American exchange students. This provided me with a unique understanding of Indonesian interpretations of American life and people, as we had many conversations about how there can be significant environmental and personality differences between Americans based on their background and hometown. It was through these conversations that I felt both my host parents and I grew our knowledge a lot about the similarities and differences in values between the U.S. and Indonesia.

Mikaela Inadomi

2017 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

“Before I came to Indonesia, I made plans to learn about the culture, the society, and the history of Indonesia. Little did I know, that I would learn so much more than what I had expected. Not only did I learn about the people and the culture, but I also extended my knowledge on the socio-political condition of Indonesia by interacting with the people I met with throughout the program. I am so incredibly grateful for this experience. The program gave me the ability to further my studies and to grow as an individual and a global citizen. Thank you so much for USINDO for making it happen.”

Allison DiMase

2016 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

“When I learned of the opportunity to live in Indonesia for the summer, I found that most of my friends and acquaintances lacked even the most basic knowledge of Indonesia from asking me questions such as where it was located on the globe and what language was spoken there. It’s hard to believe how ignorant we are here in the U.S. about even the most basic information about Indonesia. However, even though I had some background knowledge from my parents, I discovered shortly after arriving that I didn’t fare much better than my friends. During my stay, my eyes were opened to how big and important Indonesia really is. I learned Indonesia has one of the world’s largest economies and is the fourth most populous country in the world.  Through the experience provided by the USINDO Summer Studies program to live in this country, I have grown to love this country and expect to return soon.”

Davin Brown

2016 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

“The USINDO program allowed me to spend 2.5 months in a country learning about an entirely new culture. It introduced me to a different part of the world through classes, field trips, internships, and living with a host family. This year USINDO partnered with PCMI and it definitely enriched the experience. Everyone involved with the program was friendly, enthusiastic and helpful during our stay in Indonesia. I would recommend this program to anyone who would like to learn more about the country of Indonesia and its’ people.”

Kylie Lan Tumiatti

2015 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

“To me, Indonesia is family, friends. Indonesia is beauty, and mountains, and tropical beaches. What makes it so amazing is definitely the people. Strangers will create small talk with you and make you feel significant, even on a bad day. Neighbors will invite you for dinner and sweets for no reason but just to be kind and affectionate. Elders and adults treat you on the same level as them. Leaving the country was definitely hard for all of these reasons, including the number of amazing friends I made over the course of 2 and a half months. Going on this trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the USINDO Summer Language Study Program may have been the best decision I have made. Without a doubt, it was the best 2.5-3 months of my life.”

Winona Zaky

2015 USINDO Summer Studies Participant

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