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 between the Australian and Indonesian Governments.



The AIYEP is open to youth from Australia and Indonesia between the ages of 21-25.


Application schedule

October-December The AIYEP Indonesian delegation will arrive in Australia and travel to various host states over the next 2 months.
December Australian delegates join the program meeting the Indonesian delegates in Australia before returning to Jakarta.
December-February The Australian and Indonesian delegates will travel to a host province (usually outside of the largest cities in Indonesia)
February Conclusion of program


How to apply?

Australians interested in applying for the program will need to wait for the window to open around June-August each year. The next window for the 2015 program will open around June-August this year.

As application questions change each year, Asia Options recommends beginning the process by emailing the program coordinator, from the Communications Network (TCN) prior to the opening of applications. TCN is a niche consultancy in project management, marketing and corporate communications.


Contact details

Australian Coordinator – TCN The Communications Network

  • Tel: +61 (0)417 821 065
  • Fax: +61 (8) 8339 6762
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Web: www.aiyep.tcn.com.au


How about AIYEP in the past?

For those AO followers interested in learning about past AIYEP rounds follow this link to find the photo gallery and newsletter releases about past programs and click here to read Heath Jamieson’s experience. Heath provides a detailed insights and the cross-cultural understanding skills he was able to gain through AIYEP.


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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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