Australian Embassy

New Colombo Plan

Connect to Australia’s Future – Study in the Region

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government offering Australian undergraduates prestigious scholarships and grants for the opportunity to live, study and undertake internships/mentorships in the Indo Pacific region.

The NCP aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and students’ experience in the program is intended to be transformational.  While in Indonesia, students will build enduring relationships and friendships and contribute to a deepening of Australia’s relationships in the region, as well as ensuring a more regionally-aware Australian workforce for the future.

With thousands of Indonesian students choosing to study in Australia every year, the NCP encourages a two-way flow between our two countries.

The New Colombo Plan in Indonesia

As Australia’s closest and most important neighbour, Indonesia has consistently been one of the NCP’s most popular host locations.  By the end of 2018, more than 5,000 students will have been supported to study and undertake internships in Indonesia, more than any other participating country.

Students who come to Indonesia have the opportunity to study in universities across the archipelago in disciplines such as public health, business and commercial law, to the study of proboscis monkeys, coastal marine geology and sustainable tourism.  Other projects have included environment studies, science, education, arts and language, urban design, agriculture and engineering. 

Scholarship Program

The NCP scholarship program provides a select number of high-achieving students with the opportunity to live, study and intern for a period of three to 19 months.  Scholars must complete a full-time study component and are also supported to undertake language training and a range of internships during their time in-country.

Mobility Programs

The NCP Mobility Program provides grants to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduates to participate in short-term or semester-based study programs, internships, mentorships, practicums and research activities.  All programs must be credit bearing, and a minimum of two weeks duration up to a full semester.  Semester grants are also eligible for additional assistance for internships.

Internships and mentorships

The NCP is a partnership between government, universities and the private sector to enhance the next generation of Australians’ knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region. An integral part of the program is combining formal study with work-based learning experiences.  Through internships, students are able to gain invaluable professional experience, build cross-cultural competencies and deepen their networks.  Host organisations can range from government and parliamentary offices, NGOs and health providers, think-tanks and start-ups, as well as top-tier firms and multi-national companies.


More information on the New Colombo Plan is available