Student Exchange

IndoAustay Limited ACN 134 389 129
PO Box 527, East Melbourne; Vic-8002 +++


Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia.

Applications open for 2015/2016.

December 5th 2015 – January 16th 2016

The Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria Inc. (AIAV) is offering through its not-for-profit company set up for the purpose, IndoAustay Ltd, its sixth northbound exchange for Australian students completing Year 10 and Year 11 secondary schooling.

More information is available on the 2015/6 Exchange Programme here.

Subject to scheduling changes, departure by Garuda Indonesia will be on Saturday 5th December, 2015, and return on Saturday 16th January, 2016. Since 2010, there have been three reciprocal (southbound) movements of Indonesian students mostly from Jogjakarta and Bandung. The exchange principle is country-to-country, not family-to-family, and focusses on immersion in family, school and cultural life of the host country, rather than language instruction: the language exposure occurs naturally and continuously.

Australian students participating in the exchange are placed with schools in and near Jogjakarta or Bandung and in the future Lampung(Sumatra), and are allocated to nearby homestays with families who have a son or daughter in the same school at the same or similar level.

The choice of Jogjakarta as an initial focus of the exchange was motivated by…

  • AIAV having already established an in-country intensive Indonesian language study programme for adults and secondary students
  • Jogjakarta is a small city (about 500,000 inhabitants) in which one cannot get “lost”, with most of its interesting features very accessible; and enjoying good transport and telecommunications connections with Jakarta, Denpasar and beyond.
  • It is also traditionally a very international city as you might say of Heidelberg in Germany or Barcelona in Spain, attracting a lot of foreign students and academics to its universities, with a population consequently sympathetic to their needs.
  • Jogjakarta and the nearby city of Surakarta (= Solo) represent the cradle of Javanese civilisation which underpins so much of Indonesian culture.

Including Bandung in the exchange is due to…

  • Strong expressions of interest from natives of that city and the willingness of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (the Indonesian Teaching University) to serve as coordinator for north- and south-bound exchanges centred on West Java.
  • Bandung is Indonesia’s third largest city – nowhere near as daunting in size as Jakarta.
  • It has a rich history in pre-colonial times, and again under Dutch rule — exemplified by many excellent examples of Dutch and art deco architecture — and was an important locus for the independence movement and the focus of the first post-Second World War conference of countries unaligned in the ideological conflict between capitalism and communism.
  • It has a strong academic presence and is the centre of Indonesia’s textile industry.
  • The city is surrounded by quite spectacular scenery.

Exchangees, who must have some knowledge of the host country’s language, are subject to a very structured stay, built around the life of the family to which each is allocated for the entire stay, the immediate community and the nearby school attended.

Australian exchangees travel together as a single group from Melbourne and are met at the arrival-exit hub airports of Denpasar or Jakarta by an appointee of IndoAustay, who ensures their smooth transfer to the connecting domestic flight to Jogjakarta or bus to Bandung. On arrival in Bandung or Jogjakarta around sunset of the same day, the exchangees are accompanied by Pandu or UPI representatives to their homestays. From the outset, each exchangee and each host family are allocated a Pandu or UPI contact person who will monitor progress.

A fortnight after the exchangees’ arrival in Indonesia, AIAV’s vice-president (and a director of IndoAustay), Mr Tata Survi also arrives in Jogjakarta for other scholastic commitments, but is available for on-the-spot liaison, remaining in touch with the Pandu and UPI contact persons and participating in some of the extra-mural activities planned for the exchangees as a group.

Exchangees live as a member of the family to which each is billeted, each having their own bedroom, furnished with bed, table and fan, but otherwise involved in all the daily activities of the family beyond their school attendance. They are subject to the rules of the household and the school and are not free to move beyond the confines of the immediate neighbourhood without prior approval of either, and in any case not beyond Jogjakarta and Bandung respectively, except on family or approved group excursions with adult supervision, such as visiting Prambanan and Borobudur.

Australian exchangees and their parents are required to sign agreements closely modelled on those in use by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, setting behaviour guidelines, and protecting IndoAustay and the AIAV and their members against recourse for risks to which the exchangees could be exposed and for risk to third parties that could be caused by exchangee mishap or misdemeanour.

Extensive guidelines concerning travel and homestay will be updated by August 2104 and issued to prospective exchangees at the time of acceptance of their applications. A Cross-Cultural Information Day is scheduled in Novemember (TBC) and attendance is compulsory for all exchangees. These sessions includes reference to Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade travel advice in respect of Indonesia.

The motivation of the AIAV in establishing the IndoAustay programme is to advance AIAV’s own objective: To foster and promote friendship, understanding and good relations between the peoples of Indonesia and Australia.

It goes without saying that Indonesian language, polysyllabic like English and all other European languages, and uncomplicated by the tonal distinctions of some other major East Asian languages, and written in the Roman alphabet as phonetically as Italian or Spanish, is perhaps the most convenient of all languages for gaining access to an Asian culture. Acquisition of a language is helped enormously by being able to use it in its own social context, hence the value of the exchange. Access to an Asian culture is vital for Australia to play a significant rôle in its region, and exchangees and their families are to be congratulated on chosing this language for study.

We expect the exchange programme will enhance Australian students’ insight into an Asian culture at an influential stage in their scholastic and civic development, as well serving as a huge incentive to advance their Indonesian language studies.

IndoAustay Ltd contacts:–

Pat Tale (Northbound), Soraya Dean (Southbound), Tata Survi and Lester Levinson

PO Box 527, Carlton South, Vic-3053

For Indonesian secondary school students consulting this website with an interest in visiting Australia on exchange, we recommend that you contact first the head of English language studies at your school. This teacher will either refer you to Bapak Neri Herwandi of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia