Australian Embassy

Indonesia Still Number One for Australian Students

Media Release

16 July 2018

Australian students continue to choose Indonesia over 40 other destinations to live, study and undertake language training and internships under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program.  In 2019, the Australian Government will support more than 1500 undergraduates to participate in 84 separate projects across Indonesia.

“The New Colombo Plan is creating a generation of young Australians with an enduring connection to our nearest neighbour,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said.

Ambassador Quinlan said the educational exchanges between Australia and Indonesia were a critical element of the bilateral relationship and created strong people-to-people links.

Indonesia is the most popular destination for Australian students undertaking study and work-based experiences through the New Colombo Plan.

Australia is also the destination of choice for Indonesian students studying abroad, with more than 20,000 Indonesian students studying in Australian education institutions in 2017.

“Indonesian and Australian students have a deep interest in the people, business environments and cultures of our two countries,” Ambassador Quinlan said.

The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to live, study and undertake internships in the region.

By the end of 2019, approximately 40,000 young Australians will have lived, studied or undertaken work experience in the Indo-Pacific over the previous five years through the program.

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