Australian Consulate-General
Makassar, Indonesia

New Colombo Plan

A New Way to Study

The New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for prestigious scholarships and grants for study and internships/mentorships in the Indo Pacific region.

The New Colombo Plan in Indonesia

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia’s relationships in the region, as well as ensuring a more regionally-aware Australian workforce for the future.

Indonesia was one of four locations agreeing to participate in the 2014 pilot phase. Indonesia has been one of the most popular New Colombo Plan study destinations among Australian universities and their students with more than 1,100 Australian students supported to study in Indonesia across the 2014 and 2015 rounds. Students are studying a wide range of academic disciplines in Indonesia including law, communications, science, medicine, education, agriculture and engineering.

In 2015 the NCP is being rolled out in 32 of the 38 eligible locations across the Indo-Pacific. Over 600 Australian undergraduates will receive NCP mobility grants to study in Indonesia across 28 projects run by Australian universities.

Applications for NCP study in Indonesia must be made by Australian universities. Institutions in Indonesia wishing to be involved in the NCP should contact Australian universities in the first instance regarding the possible development of projects and opportunities.

NCP projects in Indonesia may involve study and practical experiences for students in a wide range of fields and organisations. The key requirement is that study projects must be for academic credit at the Australian students’ home university, or a compulsory part of their Australian degree. Study placements are agreed between the sending and receiving institutions. The Australian Government, Australian universities and Australian students will cover the costs involved in NCP study experiences in Indonesia.

For example, in January, Charles Darwin University sent nine law students to Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gajah Madha and Universitas Udayana for intensive study in international and transnational criminal law and legal pluralism. The 2015 NCP Fellow, Harrison Hall, from the University of Wollongong, will soon begin his studies in commerce, finance and international business at Universitas Gadjah Mada.

How to Get Involved

The New Colombo Plan will continue to expand in 2016 to offer around 100 scholarships and at least 4,750 mobility grants to live, study and undertake work placements in the region. Information on the 2016 round is available online.