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  • Locations: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Political Science Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Democracy and Cultural Diversity in Indonesia


Faculty Director(s):
 Dr. Kikue Hamayotsu

Program Overview

Please download

Indonesia - Democracy Cultural Diversity 2018.pdf
for the complete program description and comprehensive information dates, courses, travel, cost, and more.

The primary objective of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to gain firsthand living and field experiences in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority democracy in the world, which is known for its moderate and multi-cultural traditions and thriving economy. Students will be provided with a range of opportunities not only to visit historical heritage sites, monuments, and museums, but also to directly interact with local communities and university students through daily activities and excursions coordinated by local universities in Yogyakarta with the program director. Through those daily activities, excursions, group discussions, lectures and interviews around the city, students will learn about broader political development, the socio-economic conditions of majority and minority communities, and the historical background of religious and ethnic conflict and reconciliation in the country so as to gain a better understanding of urgent contemporary issues related to democracy, multi-culturalism, minority rights, political Islam, ethnic conflict, gender issues, and civil society.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 3 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  There is no academic prerequisite to participate in the program, but interested applicants are required to gain permission of the program director before enrollment.  A knowledge of Indonesian is not required.

HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any study abroad course(s) with the approval of Professor Gyant.  For more information please contact the University Honors Office.

POLS 371 - Politics of Southeast Asia      3 semester hours
Description:  Comparative study of governmental and political institutions and processes in countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Kampuchea, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia. Focus on issues such as ideological and minority conflicts, insurgencies, refugees, military rule, prospects for democracy, and United States interests in Southeast Asia. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.


POLS 376 - Political Violence       3 semester hours

Description:  Introduction to theories of political conflict, political opposition, and methods of concluding violent conflicts, including war. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.


POLS 378 – Political Islam       3 semester hours

Description:  Analysis of various political and social phenomena in predominantly-Muslim nations including Islamic movements, religious parties, Islam and democracy, Islamic courts and laws, women’s rights, religious radicalism and violence.

POLS 664 - Politics of Identity: Ethnicity, Religion and Conflict      3 semester hours
Description: Analysis of the various sources and forms of identity politics across the world with special reference to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe as well as the U.S. Focuses on issues such as nationalism, ethnic and sectarian violence, culture and democracy, political Islam, ethnic/religious minorities, and religious movements and parties.


POLS 667 – Seminar in Political Development       3 semester hours

Description: Reading seminar devoted to a comprehensive survey of the literature on the problems of political development and social modernization in the developing nations.


POLS 670 – Reading Seminar in Southeast Asian Politics      3 semester hours

Description: Examination of the literature concerning the diverse political cultures of Southeast Asia, the salient political forces, and the major political problems of development, integration, and stability in the area.

INDEPENDENT STUDY/RESEARCH PROJECT:   Individuals desiring to earn three additional hours of undergraduate or graduate credit may do so by engaging in an independent study-research project under the direction of Professor Kikue Hamayotsu, program director.  The research report should be at least 10 pages for undergraduate credit and 20 pages for graduate credit.  
Requirements for Independent Study/Research Project: In order to obtain approval from course or major department chair and Kikue Hamayotsu, program director, applicants must:

1. Relate the project to a topic or subject introduced during the program.
2. Complete and submit the project for final evaluation to Kikue Hamayotsu, program director no later than August 30, 2018.
Participants who enroll for the independent research project will receive 3 semester hours of credit in one of the following NIU courses:
POLS 496 – Independent Study in Political Science      3 semester hours
Description:  Special readings and topics in political science. Open only to junior and senior majors in political science with a GPA of 3.00 or above and 12 semester hours in political science. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


INTL 401 Study Abroad Programs      3 semester hours

Description: Course work undertaken as part of an approved university study abroad program. Discipline-based course used to reflect credit given, with departmental approval, for course work for which there is no NIU equivalent course available. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours.

POLS 690 Independent Study       3 semester hours
Description: Supervised research training in planning, design, execution, and analysis of political science research. Required of all graduate students in political science. Master’s students may use a maximum of 9 semester hours toward degree completion. Doctoral students may use a maximum of 39 semester hours toward degree completion. S/U grading.
Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

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Student Life

Participants will reside in university-owned hotel, Wisma MM UGM, in twin bed rooms with private bathroom and toilet, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi connection and will be provided breakfast and lunch daily and some dinners throughout the period of residency.

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click here to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, Non-NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found within the application.

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive.  
FEBRUARY 1, 2018  Extended to February 18, 2018
A minimum of five students is required in order to operate the program.  Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant and reserve their place in the program.
Applicants who have not changed their status to “Committed” will be withdrawn from the program.

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The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate level students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in international and comparative politics and Southeast Asian Studies in general, and Indonesia, religion and politics, ethnic conflict, and Islam in particular.  Currently enrolled students must meet College of Liberal Arts and Sciences course GPA requirements.   Graduate level students must also meet NIU Graduate School admission, course and GPA requirements.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements. 
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School. For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, a copy of the applicant's transcript must be submitted to the NIU Graduate School. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.
Non-NIU Students: Undergraduate students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.) Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
Graduate students who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, who will participate in the program in order to earn academic graduate credit as a "student-at-large" (SAL) must be admitted as an SAL to the graduate school and the program.

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Program Fees

NIU PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:
 1) Hotel rooms (twin-room shared) and breakfast and lunch daily and some dinners while in Yogyakarta.
 2) Program related land transportation in Yogyakarta.
 3) Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
 4) Three or six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.
 5) NIU International Travel Insurance.

PROGRAM COST:  $2,800*
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
•    Study Abroad Program Charge
•    Study Abroad Administrative Fee
•    NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee (if applicable)

All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

•  Airfare
•  Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $135, including 2 passport pictures).
•  Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa.
•  Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
•  $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students or $10 Student-at-Large application fee for graduate-level students.
•  Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•  Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•  Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or you’re privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.
If you are an NIU student and plan to apply for aid or loans to supplement this study abroad program you must contact the NIU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in Swen Parson 245, (815) 753-1395 to discuss your current aid package and what you might be eligible for during the Summer term.  Questions regarding the program budget can be directed to Tim Condon, International Affairs Business Manager, Williston Hall 407, (815) 753-9530, for more information.  Please visit for information on financial resources for study abroad.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 1, 2018 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated or paid to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after February 1, 2017 for medical reasons, funds obligated or paid on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.
3)    The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM:  The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Indonesia, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Indonesia, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
The information contained in the program documents and forms are presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants MUST possess a valid passport by March 1, 2018.  
If you do not already have a passport or have not yet applied for a passport, it is IMPERATIVE that you do so immediately and is strongly recommended that you have your application expedited.  Information on processing times, how to apply for a passport and how to expedite your application can be found on the U.S. Department of State website at
Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  
VISA:   Participants will be required to obtain a Visa-on-Arrival at the port of entry which is valid for up to 30 days at a cost of $35. The major ports of entry include Soekarno Hatta Airport (Jakarta) or Ngurah Rai Airport (Bali). For more information about the visa, see

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.