COVID-19 Virus Update

Mar 03, 2020

Given the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, ACICIS would like to update our members, partners and students on the current situation as it pertains to Indonesia. ACICIS is actively monitoring this fast-moving set of circumstances and will be providing further updates as events unfold. Here is some information that may be useful:

Current ACICIS Students in Indonesia: All Current ACICIS Programs Cancelled, Effective Immediately

Updated 16 March 2020

The ACICIS National Reference Group has met and resolved that all current ACICIS programs are to be cancelled, effective immediately. The ACICIS Resident Director has this morning contacted the 36 participants currently in-country and advised them to leave Indonesia no later than Saturday, 21 March 2020.

The decision to cancel this semester’s programs has not been made lightly, and ACICIS are conscious of the significant stress and inconvenience likely caused by this abrupt interruption to participants’ studies. However, given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government’s increase in the overall level of travel advice for all destinations worldwide (including Indonesia), and the considerable uncertainty regarding Indonesia’s capacity to manage the public health challenge posed by COVID-19, the ACICIS National Reference Group has determined that now is the time for participants to leave Indonesia.

Indications are that the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia is likely to worsen over coming weeks. The situation is extremely fast-moving and unpredictable. The outbreak – and the likely response to it from Indonesia’s government and civil institutions – make it impossible to guarantee that ACICIS will be able to continue to provide administrative, academic, and pastoral care support to current participants beyond the end of this week.

We have emphasised to participants that all current programs have been cancelled, not suspended, and will not resume this semester. As such, participants have been advised to leave Indonesia on the assumption that they will not be returning for the foreseeable future.  Participants have been advised, however, that they will have the opportunity to return to Indonesia and complete their program during a future semester intake, with all program (administration and tuition) fees waived.

All participants and relevant member university staff will be contacted individually by ACICIS team members with further, tailored advice, in the near future. Moreover, ACICIS has compiled answers to what we anticipate will be the most frequently asked questions in this document.

Member university staff, family or other close associates of program participants may direct any immediate queries pertaining to this notification to Matthew Satchwell, ACICIS Student Administration Coordinator on +61 431 308 049 or email m.satchwell@acicis.edu.au.

University Advice

Students are encouraged to adhere to any advice provided from their home universities in Australia. Here are some useful links:

The Australian National University

Curtin University

Charles Darwin University

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

Flinders University

Griffith University

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Murdoch University

Queensland University of Technology

RMIT University

The University of Adelaide

The University of Melbourne

The University of Queensland

The University of Sydney

The University of Western Australia

UNSW

University of Technology Sydney

University of the Sunshine Coast

Western Sydney University

Prospective Students interested in studying in Indonesia with ACICIS
June, July and August 2020 Programs

Updated 29 April 2020

The ACICIS National Reference Group has resolved to cancel the June, July and August 2020 intakes of the following programs:

Winter 2020

Indonesian Language Short Course
Public Health Study Tour

Semester 2, 2020
Flexible Language Immersion Program
Development Studies Immersion Program
Agriculture Semester Program
International Relations Program
Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program
Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion Program
West Java Field Study

Though an extremely regrettable outcome, the National Reference Group believes that now is the time to provide clarity and certainty to all parties involved in the running of these programs – including prospective students, consortium member universities, Indonesian partner universities, and ACICIS staff. While there remains such a high degree of uncertainty regarding how long the global COVID-19 pandemic and associated government travel restrictions will continue to impact on both the practicality and safety of international travel – including to Indonesia, it seems unwise to encourage these parties further down the path of financial commitment to these programs.

To date, ACICIS has not collected any program fees from prospective participants. Therefore students affected by the decision to cancel the consortium’s Winter and Semester 2 2020 programs should not be financially disadvantaged. The ACICIS Secretariat is currently reaching out to all applicants to encourage postponement and deferral of their application to a future intake.

November 2020, January 2021 and February 2021 Programs

Updated 1 September 2020

The ACICIS National Reference Group has resolved to cancel in-country delivery of all ACICIS programs scheduled to run between January and June 2021.

The decision to cancel in-country delivery of ACICIS programs for the first half of 2021 is regrettable. It is, however, the collective assessment of the National Reference Group that the COVID-19 pandemic – and associated government and university restrictions on international travel –   currently preventing student mobility between Australia and Indonesia are unlikely to resolve by early next year. Now is therefore the time to provide clarity and certainty to all parties involved in the running of ACICIS programs – including prospective students, consortium member universities, Indonesian partner universities, and ACICIS staff.

In light of the Australian Government’s recent decision to permit online or virtual delivery of New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP) projects, ACICIS staff are now developing virtual versions of the following nine short format programs, with the goal of offering our first online intakes between December 2020 and January 2021, subject to sufficient national student demand:

We are confident these virtual offerings will provide significant value to ACICIS member universities and students while in-country study options are not possible. Through ACICIS, member university students will have access to the large pool of NCPMP grants available to support participation in these virtual offerings.

ACICIS staff have begun to contact relevant member university staff regarding the promotion of the above virtual program offerings to eligible students, and will continue to do so over coming days and weeks. Similarly, ACICIS has contacted all current applicants for cancelled in-country ACICIS programs to encourage them to consider taking part in one of the above virtual options, or, failing that, to defer their application to a future program intake.

ACICIS will continue to monitor conditions – both globally and in Indonesia – and will make a decision in coming months regarding the feasibility of in-country delivery of programs scheduled to commence from July 2021 onwards.

Should you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact the ACICIS Secretariat by phone (+61 8 6488 6675) or email (acicis@acicis.edu.au).

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