University of Washington

Study Abroad Programs in Southeast Asia

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UW departmental study abroad programs:

UW-affiliated programs:

Other study abroad opportunities:

Note that the program dates for 2015 have yet to be announced. This website will be updated when the information for 2015 becomes available.

Application deadline: to be announced
Program date: June to July, 2015
Location: The Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This program is an intensive six-week training in Khmer language-culture held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is administered by the Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawai‘i, and in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom-Penh and the Center for Khmer Studies, Cambodia. It is equivalent to two-semester Khmer coursework at the University of Hawai‘i.

Please visit our websites for details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, and to download application form. 

This immersion program focuses on advanced-level Indonesian language acquisition. The program consists of a structured academic program of four hours of language instruction four mornings per week and two-three hours of arts and cultural activities one afternoon per week plus a weekly field trip. One weekend will feature a cultural or scenic excursion in Central Java outside Salatiga.

Instruction is given in small-individualized groups taught by in-country language teachers who have extensive experience teaching Indonesian as a foreign language. Topics for instruction are theme-based and include education, language and culture, history, literature, arts and performance, economics, political and social issues, environment and globalization. One topic is discussed each week.

All applicants should have achieved by June 2015 at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Indonesian, equivalent to the proficiency expected at the end of a fourth-semester or sixth-quarter course. Graduate students, undergraduates of junior or senior standing, faculty members, teachers in elementary and secondary schools, and educational administrators are eligible to apply. It is permitted for students to have graduated immediately prior to the beginning of the summer program.

For U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, fellowship funding is available for this program from the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad, which covers full tuition, homestays, books and other classroom materials, plus round-trip international airfare from the U.S. to Indonesia, and related ground transportation. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for this funding.

Applicants who have their own funding for transportation, tuition, and homestays may also be admitted. Qualified students can use Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships from their home institutions, Boren fellowships, or university or private funding to cover these items. All of these funding options should be applied for separately from this application.

Note: Although Advanced Indonesian Abroad is widely recognized as a formal academic program, participants do not receive academic credit for their participation. The program can provide a transcript for students who wish to request academic credit from their home campuses.

  • Indonesian Overseas Program

    Academic Year 2015-2016 (application deadline: March 15, 2015)

    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 diverse, 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. It provides approximately twenty hours per week of in-class instruction at the Universitas Negeri Malang (University of Malang). 
    Classroom studies are complemented by meetings with peer tutors for conversational practice, weekly cultural activities and excursions designed to expand students’ understanding of Indonesian life and culture. Participants receive academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

    A full-time staff person oversees the academic and cultural programs; assists participants in academic, administrative and personal matters; and coordinates activities with the host institution faculty. Participants are housed with local host families, who give them an opportunity to experience life in an Indonesian family and develop their language skills outside of class.

    American Councils has partnered with Universitas Negeri Malang since 2010 to provide Indonesian language training in an overseas immersion setting. Formerly the Institute of Teaching and Education Sciences of Malang, the Universitas Negeri Malang is one of the oldest teaching institutions in Indonesia, dating back to 1954. The university is one of the premiere institutions in Indonesia for the teaching of educators, professors, and teachers of Indonesian as a second language. Located in Malang, the university offers students the opportunity to explore life in a city known for its traditional food, history, sports and festivals. Malang is the second largest city in the East Java province with a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants
  • CERES Cultural Exchange Trips: Timor and Indonesia

    CERES Global aims to encourage a better world through harnessing connections and building cross cultural friendships; through sharing ideas, skills and experiences; and through creating understanding between people from diverse backgrounds. CERES Global offers the opportunity for people interested in sustainability, the environment, community development, global equity, health and education to travel to India, Indonesia, Timor, Cuba and Arnhem Land and contribute to local village societies by sharing skills in a range of community engagement areas. Travellers will experience daily village life and work alongside community organisations implementing fresh approaches to sustainability and community development

Indonesia: CERES Global offers the opportunity to take part in a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange in Indonesia. In Cipanas, Java, we work with our sister organisation YUM, engaging school groups, teching the teachers, and undertaking permaculture, food security and nutrition activities. The Cipanas program lasts from June 26 - July 5, 2015. In Semabalum, Lombok, working with our partner organization the CDC in a gorgeous village setting, we'll learn about local social and environmental challenges and work together on meeting those challenges with the local community. The CERES Global group together with the CDC will engage in English language teaching, organic farming and waste management as well as experience the local culture, traditional weaving, music and dance customs. The program in Sembalum lasts from June 13 - July 22, 2015

Timor Leste: CERES Global is excited to announce our first community engagement trip to Timor Leste for 10 days in late May to early June, 2015. CERES Global will spend time in Dili, Aileu, Baucan and Baguia, engaging with youth and community groups, environmental and social groups, building friendships and working together to meet various challenges. CERES Global will partner with 'Friends of Aileu' and 'With one seed' to arrange the trip.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Fall 2015/Academic Year 2015-2016 - application process opens January, 2015 and closes on March 3, 2015. Program start between July and October, 2015. For US undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant.

Language-Focused Study Abroad Programs:

To learn about the many language-focused study abroad opportunities in Southeast Asia, please visit our Language Instruction page.


Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant