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Frequently Asked Questions
# 1. Can I go travelling in Indonesia before my ACICIS program?
Short Courses: Pre-program travel is permitted. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that any pre-program travel leaves enough time on their 60 day visa to complete the full program. Extensions will not be granted.
# 2. Can I travel internationally before my ACICIS program?
Semester Programs: This depends on where you elect to have your VITAS visa issued. Students who elect to have ACICIS arrange for their visas to be processed through the Perth Consulate will not have their passports returned to them until approximately three weeks prior to orientation. Delays in visa processing can occasionally mean that passports are returned later than this. ACICIS therefore strongly discourages students who elect to have their visa issued in Perth from making any international travel plans prior to departure for Indonesia.
Students who wish to travel internationally prior to their semester should elect to have their visa issued at another Indonesian mission. Be aware that this is far more difficult than having your visa issued in Perth and will be the responsibility of the student. In Southeast Asia, ACICIS only permits Australian students to use the Indonesian embassy in Singapore. Information on having your visa issued in Singapore is available here. Participants from non-Australian universities should contact the Secretariat for information in regards to visa arrangements and travel plans prior to submitting their application.
Short Courses: Yes, however you must leave sufficient time for your visa to be issued at the Indonesian mission you nominate at the time of application. In Southeast Asia, ACICIS only permits Australian students to use the Indonesian embassy in Singapore.
# 2. Can I go travelling in Indonesia after my ACICIS semester?
Semester Programs: Students are welcome to travel around Indonesia for one month following the conclusion of the final exam period. If you’re undertaking two semesters of study with ACICIS, you are free to travel around Indonesia during the vacation period between semesters and for a month following your final semester. Note that due to visa regulations, your final exit from the country must be arranged from your last city of study. You need to return at least two weeks prior to your departure date to organise an exit permit. Once this exit permit is issued you must leave Indonesia within a short period (usually within seven days). It is therefore not possible, for example, to complete a semester in Yogyakarta and have a two week holiday in Bali immediately prior to returning to Australia. If you leave Indonesia without obtaining an exit permit you will likely be classified as an immigration offender and jeopardise your ability to return to Indonesia in the future.
Short Courses: Yes, post-program travel is permitted. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that their 60 day visas are still valid for any post-program travel. Extensions will not be granted.
# 3. Can I do an internship or work between semesters or after my semester?
The short answer is no. Semester students are on sponsored study visas that do not cover internship activities. For internships students should seek visa sponsorship from the host organisation and re-enter the country. Working is strictly prohibited on a study visa. The penalties are stiff if you are caught. You cannot convert your study visa to a work visa. You will need to exit and re-enter the country on a new visa arranged by your employer. ACICIS will not assist students on visa matters not related to its 'in-country' programs.
# 4. Can I go back to my home country or overseas at any time?
Semester Programs: Participants will be unable to leave Indonesia for 4-8 weeks after they first arrive in Indonesia. This is as passports all student passports will be collected at orientation and submitted to immigration for processing. Delays occasionally result from complications. ACICIS therefore recommends that students refrain from booking overseas travel until passports are returned to them in Indonesia. Once passports are returned with Multiple Exit Reentry Stamps, students are free to exit and re-enter Indonesia at any time over the course of their semester. Please note that travel is not an acceptable excuse for not fulfilling university assessment and attendance requirements.
Short Courses: Overseas travel is not practical as participants enter Indonesia on single-entry visas. Candidates may, of course, leave at any time. However, re-entry will require applying for a new sponsored single entry visa.
# 5. Do I need a return ticket for immigration purposes?
Yes. Indonesian immigration requires you to have proof of a return flight or onward journey. If you are unsure what your return date will be it is a good idea to get a flexible return ticket to give you the option of extending/shortening your return date if need be. A number of budget airlines offer low fares between Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. These tickets will also suffice as proof of onward journey (provided you meet visa requirements for your intended destination).
# 6. How much money will I need?
# 7. Can I ride a motorbike when I am in Indonesia?
Semester Programs: If you intend to ride a motorbike in-country, you will need a licence. There are two ways to do this: 1) You can wait until you arrive in-country and apply for one. This cannot be done until at least two months after orientation when all necessary documentation is ready. 2) you can obtain one in your home country before departing. If you opt for the second option you will need both a motorcycle licence from your home country as well as an international driver’s licence. These are available from state motoring organisations for a small fee. You will need to check though--both from a legal and insurance perspective--whether these licenses enable to you ride motorcycles.
It is imperative that you make sure your insurance covers you for riding a motorbike. ACICIS is not able to help resolve insurance problems if you are not properly licensed or not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
Short Courses: You will need a motorcycle licence from your home country as well as an international driver's licence. You will need to ensure that your home country licence and insurance policy allow you to ride motorcycles in Indonesia. Again, ACICIS is not able to help resolve insurance problems if you are not properly licensed or not wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
# 8. What sort of insurance cover should I get?
Health and Travel Insurance cover including provision for emergency evacuation is obligatory for all ACICIS programs. When choosing your insurance, it is recommended that you opt for one that has no excess ('nil excess) so that you won't be caught short if you need to make a medical or theft claim. If you plan to ride a motorbike then you should also make sure that your insurance covers you for this. Many policies require an additional premium be paid for 'high risk' activities such as riding a motorcycle.
# 9. Can my partner or a family member come with me?
Semester Programs: Due to visa and other administrative regulations, ACICIS can only provide assistance for some accompanying family members, on the same type of visa (Vitas) as the ACICIS participant if an application is received at the same time as applications for study (1 May/October). Family-members may come, but the Indonesian government only recognises married couples for spousal visas. It should be noted that visa application regulations, set by the Indonesian government, require a certified copy of a birth certificate for accompanying children, and/or a Certificate of Marriage for an accompanying spouse.
Children in particular have a unique experience while they are in Indonesia. For more information about taking family with you to Indonesia, see here.
Short Courses: Yes, partners and family members may also be granted socio-cultural visas. For advice on appropriate visa options for partners and family members, please contact the ACICIS Secretariat.
# 10. Can I take an ACICIS program as part of an Honours year?
Yes, a number of students have completed ACICIS programs and gained credit towards their Honours degrees. This, however, is at the discretion of the student’s ‘home’ university. Honours students who have recently undertaken study in Indonesia with ACICIS as part of an Honours year have included students enrolled at the following Australian universities: The University of Western Australia, Flinders University; Monash University, University of Wollongong and Melbourne University.
# 11. Can I undertake postgraduate study with ACICIS?
Most students undertaking study with ACICIS do so as part of their undergraduate studies. However, ACICIS does and has accepted numerous postgraduate students onto its in-country programs over the years. These have included students pursuing graduate diploma qualifications, master's degrees, and PhDs. Postgraduate students have undertaken in-country programs as accredited components of their postgraduate qualifications (with prior approval from their home university) or as unaccredited preparation for postgraduate fieldwork and research. Please note, that these students have done so as participants in undergraduate level programs offered by Indonesian universities. ACICIS does not currently offer semester long programs at a postgraduate level (eg. master's-level coursework programs). Short courses such as the JPP and DSPP are non-regular study programs that are not classified as either postgraduate or undergraduate.
Postgraduate students undertaking study with ACICIS may not use their time in Indonesia while on an ACICIS program (or while on the KITAS permit organised by ACICIS) to conduct fieldwork or postgraduate research in Indonesia. Conducting research of this nature in Indonesian requires a separate level of approval from the Indonesian government, specifically from RISTEK, the ministry responsible for issuing research permits. For information and first-hand accounts of what is involved in obtaining a research permit for Indonesia please see here, here and here.
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