The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)

Group photo of participants at a previous AIYEP program
Participants in a previous AIYEP year.

What is AIYEP?

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is an annual program which allows Australian and Indonesian students between the ages of 21-25 to travel to and study within each other’s respective countries. It is a chance for participants to grow their intercultural skills, professional experiences and international networks. AIYEP was established in 1982 (38 years ago) through an agreement between the Australian and Indonesian Governments.

This year, in response to the restrictions caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, AIYEP 2020 will be offered as a special edition virtual program.

This new and exciting program offers the opportunity for eighteen Indonesians and eighteen
Australians to share seven weeks (November to January) interacting and engaging with each
other, with alumni and others who hold influence and experience in the Australia-Indonesia
diplomatic, academic and business world.

During the program participants will undertake work experience, enjoy educational and
cultural performances, hear from high level guest speakers, work collaboratively on a project
related to the impact of COVID-19 in Australia and Indonesia, and complete the Global
Competence Certificate.

The 2020 edition of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program will be delivered fully


The AIYEP is open to youth from Australia and Indonesia between the ages of 21-25 who demonstrate an interest in Indonesia/Australia’s culture, economic and diplomatic relationships, or personal connections.

Application schedule

September 28 Application deadline.
November 16 Program Begins
November-January Participants should expect to spend approximately 20 hours a week engaging in the program,
which includes self-paced online learning, project work and live sessions throughout the seven
weeks of the program.
January 4 Conclusion of program

How to apply?

Applications have closed for the 2020 program intake. Check in with Asia Options for an update on the 2021 edition next year!

However, applications for AIYEP Internships are still open!

If you would like to apply for an internship, please visit

Contact details

For further information on this program, or possible internship opportunities, please contact Marcela Lapertosa from Value Learning.

How about AIYEP in the past?

Click here to read about Heath Jamieson’s experience. Heath provides detailed insights into the program and displays the cross-cultural understanding he was able to gain through AIYEP.

Meisha Grant undertook the program in 2016 and you can read about Jennifer Fang’s 2015 experience here.

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Nick Metherall

Indonesia Country Coordinator
Nick is a student at La Trobe University. He is currently conducting field work in rural and remote parts of Eastern Indonesia.

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