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 agreement…

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…

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 Paper’ (2012) and…

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…

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 some of the first…

Photo courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) is an advisory board in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The AII was established by the Australian Government in 1989. The AII aims to develop relations between Australia and Indonesia by promoting greater mutual understanding and by contributing to deepening cross-cultural understanding…

−UniBRIDGE Program Coordinator Chris Hall with friends from UniBRIDGE at ‘Puskom’ Computer Centre, University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA) UniBRIDGE is an innovative online learning program. The program uses Blackboard Collaborate Software to provide an interactive platform where Australians and Indonesians come together to learn about each others’ language and culture. Earlier this year Asia Options met…

Asia Options journalists were fortunate enough to gain the opportunity to sit down and talk to Professor Lindsey, twice in 2013. We first met Prof Lindsey in Melbourne back in June 2013 at the Australia Indonesia Dialogue. The dialogue brought together thought leaders from academia, government, the private sector and civil society organizations. 20 Australians…

  First published at 3:51pm, February 28, 2014 on The Australian,  ‘Rich insights on Indonesia’s periphery’ The flames of the woodfire pit lick upwards towards the low ceiling in the dim murkiness of the grass thatch hut, locally referred to as the Ume Kebubu… My Timorese friends nurture the fire which, in the well-insulated Ume Kebubu hut…