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Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP)

Open to students at all proficiency levels, IOP enables participants to gain new cultural knowledge and language competency while experiencing the vibrant, rich traditions of Indonesia.

Program Description

Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP)The American Councils Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP) is an intensive semester- or academic year-long overseas immersion program in Malang, Indonesia. It offers students the opportunity to gain new cultural knowledge and language competency while experiencing the vibrant everyday life and rich traditions of Indonesia. The program was established to serve participants from a variety of language levels and backgrounds, including advanced students and those learning the language for the first time.

Program Components

AcademicsAcademics / Courses

The academic program is designed to improve students' oral, listening, writing and reading proficiency in Indonesian. Course work includes classes in phonetics, grammar, and conversation as well as composition, oral comprehension and reading. Language courses also cover topics in literature, history, politics, culture and area studies. Students are enrolled in small group classes and receive approximately twenty hours per week of instruction. All classes are conducted in Indonesian by full-time faculty from Universitas Negeri Malang.

Participants receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College, an institutional member of American Councils. Upon successful completion of the program, Bryn Mawr College issues:

  • 16 undergraduate/15 graduate credit hours for the fall or spring semesters, and
  • 32 undergraduate/30 graduate credit hours for the academic year program.

Conversation PartnersConversation Partners

To aid cultural integration and support academic learning, participants meet with conversation partners two hours per week. Conversation partners introduce participants to local people, accompany participants on sightseeing tours, organize cultural activities (cinema, museum, etc.), and provide students with academic support. The conversation partners are expected to speak only Indonesian.

ExcursionsExcursions & Activities

As part of the program in Malang, participants engage in a number of excursions and cultural activities. Activities outside of the classroom are designed to give participants a deeper understanding of life, culture, and history in Indonesia. While excursions and activities vary from year to year, past participants have enjoyed excursions to the following sites:

  • Indonesian Arts Center
  • Overnight excursions to Kawah Ijen volcano
  • Overnight excursion to Madura Island
  • Day trips to nearby villages such as Batu

Please note that the cultural activities and excursions may vary from year to year.

HousingHousing & Meals

All program participants live with a local host family for the duration of the program. Living with a host family provides valuable cultural experience to complement the academic program. Host families expose participants to authentic, everyday life in Indonesia while also providing a supportive environment for student to practice their growing language skills. While staying with a host family, participants are provided with a private room, two meals per day, and keys to the apartment or house. All host families are screened, selected, and monitored by university staff.


All program participants are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. at the start of the program. Orientation sessions address health & safety, academic culture, host-family life, culture shock, and strategies to maximize language gain. Students also have the chance to meet and get to know fellow participants during the orientation. Lodging and meals are provided. Upon arrival in the host country, participants attend an informative in-country orientation.

SupportSupport Services

Support Staff

While overseas, participants have access to in-country program staff that provide around-the-clock emergency support. The local department staff at Universitas Negeri Malang arranges the academic program, cultural excursions, housing, in-country orientation, and medical care. During the program, the AC Study Abroad Team in Washington, D.C. stays in close contact via email and telephone with in-country program staff and provides updates as needed to study abroad offices, university partners, and family members.


Participants are enrolled in comprehensive overseas health, accident, and evacuation insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for the duration of the program. CISI provides medical coverage of up to $250,000 per accident or illness. Enrollment in the CISI plan also provides full coverage for emergency medical evacuation.


All participants are provided with a single-entry visa to Indonesia for the duration of the academic program. It is the student's responsibility to obtain any other visas required by their individual itineraries. Visa application information and forms are provided upon acceptance to the program.

Financial AidFinancial Aid

American Councils established the AC Study Abroad Scholarship Fund to help provide additional financial support for students to study abroad. All applicants to American Councils summer, semester, or academic-year overseas programs are eligible for partial scholarship awards from this fund including the following:

  • AC Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship
    As a way to thank our returning participants, all AC Study Abroad Alumni that enroll in another AC Study Abroad program will automatically receive a $500 scholarship towards a summer program, or a $1,000 scholarship towards a semester program. Interested alumni should contact the AC Study Abroad Team via email.

  • AC Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship
    The AC Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship is available to students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad and educational exchange programs. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who identify with certain racial, sexual, ethnic, religious, gender, disability, age, origin, ancestry or veteran statuses. The scholarship is also available to first generation college students, students from low income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

  • AC Study Abroad Language & Area Studies Expert Scholarship
    Students that participate on consecutive summer area studies programs and semester or academic year language immersion programs will automatically receive an AC Study Abroad Language and Area Studies Expert Scholarship of $1,000 towards the cost of their semester-long program. Interested individuals must apply to both programs by the earlier deadline, and contact the AC Study Abroad Team via email. Cannot be combined with the AC Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship.

  • AC Study Abroad Need-Based Scholarship
    All applicants to American Councils summer, semester, or academic-year overseas programs are eligible for partial fellowship awards from this fund.

  • Dan E. Davidson Fellowship
    Established in honor of American Councils’ founder and President Emeritus and his four decades of leadership in the field of international education, the Dan E. Davidson Fellowship supports highly qualified and deserving individuals who demonstrate a dedication to successful international collaboration and the development of greater mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries around the world. Fellowships of up to $6,000 will be awarded for semester study and up to $12,000 for academic-year programs.

Awards are made on the basis of financial need and academic merit, and typically range from $500 to $2500 unless otherwise noted.

Visit our Financial Aid page for more information on scholarship and funding opportunities through American Councils and outside sources.

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