Australian Embassy

Australian Students Continue to Value Indonesian Study Experience

Media Release

30 January 2019

Over the past five years, the Australian Government has sent nearly 7,000 Australian university students to live and study in Indonesia under the New Colombo Plan.

The Australian undergraduate students participate in study programs across Indonesia and, since the program was established in 2014, have contributed to a five-fold increase in Australian students visiting Indonesia.

Indonesia is the number one destination of choice under the program. In 2018 alone, more than 2,100 Australian students participated in 90 projects across the country.

“Building strong links between our young people and our education institutions is critical to Australia’s engagement in the Indo-Pacific,” Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said.

“The success of the New Colombo Plan in Indonesia is testament to the value Australian students place on the relationship with our near neighbour.”

To celebrate the success of the New Colombo Plan, more than 300 Australian students attended a reception at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta last night, hosted by the Ambassador.

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

In the first five years of the program, more than 43,000 students will have participated in study programs across the region.