Immersion Program


Indonesia has been experiencing transitional process of democracy since the declaration of its independence. In the early years of independence, Indonesia critically faced expansive obstacles in various state and nation building programs. The revolutionary period had changed the system from presidential into parliamentarian thereby allowing the President to take control over the parliament itself. This period initially marked the first authoritarianism in Indonesian political history.

While world politics was in a state of tension as a result of the Cold War, the New Order era, which was mostly dominated by the military, had ended the previous regime through a bloody revolution. The regime had subsequently brought along with it hopes of economic growth and democracy in Indonesia. However, after more than three decades, the regime had propelled Indonesia into a political catastrophe with its authoritarianism. The fall of the New Order was in part stimulated by the world economic crises that undoubtedly had changed the political structure of some nations.

In the last decade, the democratization process in Indonesia is still evolving. The adoption of the multi-party system, decentralization, economic liberalization, and so forth are certainly inseparable parts of contemporary Indonesian politics. At the societal level, these political transformations have influenced civil society, which currently plays a significant role in defining Indonesian politics. Furthermore, international issues such as terrorism, economic crisis, as well as globalization are also significant components that will portray Indonesia’s future. Consequently, it would be essential to comprehend Indonesian democracy by critically investigating such dynamics.


Immersion in Indonesian Social & Political issues is a set of classes contributed by every Department in the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, UGM. Every semester, the Faculty will present more or less ten (10) classes that relate to Indonesian Social and Political issues. The study will always correlate issues in Indonesia into global social and political dynamics. International students would be able to take up to a maximum of six (6) classes every semester. Each class is worth three (3) credits, and it usually consists of lectures, exam & assignments, field trip, as well as literature study. The medium of instruction as well as the reading bricks, assignments and exam are mostly delivered in English. International students whose home university has a student-exchange agreement with UGM would have the possibility of having their credit transferred. While those who do not are most certainly welcome to apply as visiting students. The transcript will be issued based on the evaluation criteria of every subject.


*Exchange Students as well as students from ASEAN University Network (AUN) member will be waived from the tuition fee.


1. Complete the application form

2. Attach these supporting documents

  • Curriculum vitae (resume personal data).
  • Copies of recent academic record and diplomas.
  • Recommendation letter from applicant's school/institution.
  • English proficiency score for applicants

from non English speaking country, with minimum of:
TOEFL : 500 (paper based)
IELTS : 5,5

3. Send completed application form and attachments by email/post to:

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Jl. Prof. Dr. Sardjito, Sekip
Yogyakarta, 55281.
Email :
Phone : +62 274 512700 ext 231
Fax : +62 274 512700 ext 222

Once accepted into this program, non-Indonesian students need to apply for the student visa (valid until 365 days).

Please submit additional documents bellow:

  • A copy of passport showing the applicant's picture and the date of issuance and expiration. The passport must be valid and current for the period of study in Indonesia
  • Guarantee statement, indicating financial ability to undertake education within Indonesia, in the form of a bank statement
  • Recommendation letter from the Indonesian Embassy in applicant’s home country.*It is advisable to give UGM the copy of application letter so that University can speed up the process for visa application.
  • A letter stating that the applicant will not engage in any job and will obey the Indonesian laws and regulations.
  • Passport size photographs (4 pieces).
  • Statement of good health from applicant's doctor.To issue the student visa in nearest Indonesian Embassy, applicant should bring the recommendation letter from Indonesian Immigration Directorate and Ministry of National Education. UGM will proceed the application to each institution by sending them above mentioned documents. The applicant will receive those 2 letters of recommendation from UGM.