Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) at Gadjah Mada University
Applications Close: April 1st (August-January Semester), October 1st (February-June Semester)
Program Dates: Mid-August to Mid-January, Mid-February to Mid-June
Costs: AUD$3000 (member university students), AUD$4000 (non-member/private participants)
The Flexible Language Immersion Program is ACICIS’ largest and longest standing in-country study program. Hosted by one of Indonesia’s premier universities, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), the language immersion program offers participants great flexibility in designing a study program to meet home university equivalency requirements or to suit a student's personal interests.
Students can choose a mix of Indonesian language classes and other regular curriculum immersion subjects at many of UGM's other faculties, according to the language ability and interest of the student. A placement test at the start of the semester guides students in their choice of subjects, with the assistance of the ACICIS staff in Yogya. ACICIS requires students to study at least 12 credit points (known as Sistim Kredit Semester or "SKS"), and no more than 15. Most subjects are worth 2 or 3 credit points, so students typically take four to six subjects per semester. Language units with INCULS are exclusively for foreign students. Regular units are units taken by local Indonesian students as a part of their degree program. They are delivered in Indonesian.
Language Subjects at Gadjah Mada's Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS)
Units in Bahasa Indonesia for foreigners are offered by Gadjah Mada's Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS). Indonesian is taught at three levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Classes are taught each morning between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday. The program is modular with the following electives on offer
At the Advanced level, students may also take up to three elective units: Bahasa Indonesia Untuk Riset (Indonesian for Research); Terjemahan Inggris-Indonesia (English - Indonesian Translation); and Terjemahan Jepang/ Indonesia (Japanese - Indonesian Translation). To get an idea of the standard of language tuition program at INCULS, see the 2010 semester syllabus and lesson plans for the Grammar class at each of the three levels below (included here as a guide only):
Immersion subjects can be chosen from any faculty in the university, although some advanced subjects may have pre-requisites (such as Law). Medicine is not available for ACICIS students. Most ACICIS students enrol in subjects within the Faculty of Cultural Sciences along with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL). A smaller percentage of students elect to enrol in units in Forestry, Law, Philosophy, Geography, or other faculties. ACICIS staff will assist you in determining a good mix of units for your timetable. ACICIS students are quite different in that they are permitted to enrol in a mixture of faculties, as interdisciplinary study in Indonesian universities is rare. While ACICIS students enjoy flexibility in terms of enrolment choices, they are subject to the same assessment criteria as local students. Assessment varies between faculties and will depend on each unit individually, but typically involves:
Short essay/ assessment (eg. Book review);
Long essay/ group report;
Final semester exam.
All flexible immersion units are delivered in Indonesian. A small number of units within the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences are delivered in English. These are only recommended for beginner candidates who may wish to experience a real Indonesian classroom as opposed to the foreigners-only environment of the INCULS language centre.
What mix of language and regular subjects should I take at UGM?
Beginners (with no or very little previous Indonesian language) are advised to take a full 12 credit points of language instruction at the beginner level for a total of 12 contact hours per week, over 14 weeks amounts to 168 hours of instruction. Candidates may elect to enrol in one regular unit for the experience (usually a unit delivered in the English language).
Intermediate students (with less than 4 semesters of university level Indonesian language, or equivalent) should choose a mixture of INCULS and regular subjects based on placement test outcomes and interest.
Advanced students (with 4 or more semesters of university level Indonesian language, or equivalent) should be seeking to maximise enrolment in regular units. At four or more semesters of Indonesian language, candidates may prefer to enrol in one or two INCULS units to consolidate in weak areas. At 6+ semesters, however, candidates should be enrolling in a full-immersion program (all regular classes, no INCULS).
If you are required to enrol in matching courses for credit purposes, please contact ACICIS well in advance of the semester.
Extra Curricular Activities
In addition to regular classes; students at UGM can choose to take a variety of organised extra curricular activities. Some of these are the normal student clubs that thrive at any university (such as drama, debating, exploring, music, sports etc) and others are specifically provided by INCULS. The list below is typical of what is offered each semester by INCULS. Please note that not all of these activities will be offered every semester.
Extra Curricular activities available at INCULS, UGM