“How did someone with a background in neuroscience end up working at a forestry institute in Indonesia?” It’s a question I got asked by almost everyone I met while living in Bogor, Indonesia. Brows furrowed, trying to figure me and my eclectic career path out. The answer starts in the year 2000 when I…

  Alexandra Owens discovered a passion that resulted in an exciting job with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This video was produced under the Asia Education Foundation’s Asia Skills Video series. The copyright of this video belongs to the Australia Industry Group. Working with DFAT   

In this article Asia Options interviews the interviewers. We bring you the insights of the bright new generation of Australians who have taken risks and made the leap to become a journalist in Indonesia. Our inspiring interview subjects include Meghan Downes (ANU) who interned as a Jakarta Post journalist (JPJ), and Erin Mcmahon (La Trobe University) who interned…

  The decline of Indonesian language studies- described as a ‘death spiral’ by The Australian- has been widely covered by news, media and academics throughout Australia. So how serious is this death spiral for Indonesian studies in Australia? Since 2006, Bahasa Indonesia has been designated a nationally-strategic-language in Australia yet enrolments have fallen 40 per cent and…

  Here is a piece I wrote home with during my first month back in Indonesia. Although this was written back in 2010, it is still relevant today. I had just moved to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, to commence a position at English First as an English Teacher. I had 6 days to settle in before I…

  Language learning has been a fascinating and rewarding experience for me. There is an amazing sense of achievement when you first become able to communicate in a language that you didn’t develop as a child. As any language learner may know, there are ups and downs along the way. There are just as many…

    The Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) is a youth-led, non-government organisation that, with the support of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, works to connect university students and young professionals from Indonesia and Australia. Currently there are active AIYA chapters in every Australian state and territory as well as Jakarta and there are more chapters in…

  The Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) runs every year in December and January, giving 21-25 year olds the chance to immerse in Indonesian culture. After 31 years of the program running something must be going right! Here’s my encounter for December/January 2013/ 2014. The concept of the program is quite simple, 18 Australians join…

  The University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA)’s BIPA program is a hidden gem for those hoping to gain, not only, Indonesian language proficiency, but also, the opportunity to study and gain work experience within an international development context.  The course itself is tailored towards non-native speakers of Bahasa Indonesia. Through the study program students gain the ability…

  The Darmasiswa Program is a moderately competitive sponsorship program which is provided by the Indonesia Government for incoming students from all over the world. From our experience, while the funding of the Darmasiswa Program itself is modest (around $110 a month), depending on your location, this can serve as a useful motivator and supplement to…

  The BIPA program is part of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s efforts to promote Indonesian language overseas by providing courses and curricula for foreign students both within and outside of Indonesia. BIPA stands for Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing (Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers). The course provides various Bahasa Indonesia language skills such…

    What is AIYEP?’ The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is an annual program which allows 20 Australian and 20 Indonesian students between the ages of 21-25 to study travel to each other’s respective countries and learn about each country’s respective language and culture. AIYEP was established in 1981 (33 years ago) through an…

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Indonesia’s first university and the main destination for foreign students to learn more about the country. In this article, Asia Options brings shares all the info you need to know about Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). University Profile By far the most popular study destination for international students coming to Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah…

− UniBRIDGE Program Coordinator (Chris Hall) visits friends from UniBRIDGE from the University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA)   Cross-Institutional Programs Innovative Learning within the Shift towards Asia Universities in Australia are shifting to align their international engagement priorities with the focus areas highlighted in government policy papers such as the ‘Australia in the Asian Century, White…

  Australians are blessed with a wide variety of scholarships to study in Asia and Victorians in particular are spoilt by both the Hamer Scholarship and Water Mangold Trust Study Abroad Scholarship programs. Unlike the Hamer Scholarship which is geared more towards young professionals, the Walter Mangold offers undergraduate students an equally generous amount of funding…

Photo courtesy of Julien Mailler Scholarship Description Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in 19 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel,…

Photo courtesy of Matt Davies An Indonesia study visa has widely been understood as one of the main obstacles preventing students from studying in Indonesia. Recently one Asia Options community member asked about research permission and other visas for study. CG asked July 1, 2014 I will be undertaking research as part of my PhD. Any tips…

  UGM alumni testimonials Yogyakarta is the second most popular destination for tourism in Indonesia with a large expat community. Notably Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is the number one destination international students coming to study in Indonesia. Asia Options was able to interview a number of Australian students who had studied at UGM. Among them were…