Immersion Program


Indonesia has been experiencing transitional process of democracy since the Independence Day is declared. In the early years of the independence, Indonesia critically faced the wide obstacles in the state and nation building projects. The revolution period has change the system from presidential into parliamentarian in which finally leads the President taking control over the parliament itself. This period was initially marked the first authoritarianism in Indonesian political history.

While the world politics was in tension because of Cold War, the New Order era which mostly dominated by the military has ended the previous regime by bloody revolution. The regime then brought hopes about economic growth and democracy in Indonesia. However, after more than three decades, the regime put Indonesia into political catastrophe because of authoritarianism. The fall of New Order was also stimulated by the world’s economic crises that undoubtedly changed the political structure for some nations.

In the last decade, the process of democratization in Indonesia is still evolving. The adoption of multi-party system, decentralization, economic liberalization and so forth are certainly inseparable parts of contemporary Indonesian politics. At societal level, political transformation has influenced the civil society which nowadays gives significant role to define Indonesia’s politics. Furthermore, international issues such as terrorism, economic crisis as well as globalization are also significant component to draw Indonesia’s future. Consequently, it would be essential to comprehend the 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 of ten (10) classes related 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 in every semester. Each class worths three (3) credits in which usually consist of lecturing, 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 exchange agreement with UGM would have possibility to get their credit transferred. Those who do not have the MoU, are welcomed to apply as visiting students. The transcript will be issued based on the evaluation criteria in 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.