Indonesia is a developing country in southeast Asia and is home to hundreds of ethnic groups who speak many different languages. It is the world’s 4th most populous country and has the largest Muslim population in the world. Yogyakarta (affectionately called Yogya) is the capital of the Special Province of Yogyakarta and is best known for its cultural attractions. With a population of 3.5 million, it is located in Central Java near Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia, and stretches out to the ocean. Yogya is also known as the “City of Education” because it is a home to a multitude of academies, colleges and universities such as Gajah Mada University, which is the largest and the oldest university in Indonesia. Yogya has a relatively slow-paced lifestyle and a tropical climate. Javanese people are famous for their politeness and hospitality; they are indirect, always try to smile and avoid confrontation. As a tourist destination, Yogya has an abundance of cultural and entertainment offerings as well as hotels, supermarkets, malls, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. There is an airport in which the main Indonesian airlines operate. It takes about one hour by plane to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where the U.S. Embassy is located. Public transportation such as buses, train, and mini-vans are readily available, although they are relatively crowded. Taxis are also available.
Host Institution: Universitas Islam Negeri Yogyakarta
Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, also known as UIN Yogya, is a public university that is supervised by the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA). Established in 1951, UIN Yogya is one of the oldest of the 17 state Islamic universities (UINs) in Indonesia. It has eight faculties including the Faculty of Humanities, which houses the English Department. The English Department has 350 students majoring in literature and linguistics.
- The Fellow will support the English Department by teaching classes and providing professional development for faculty.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Take the lead on major education projects such as Access camps, teacher workshops and conferences.
- Conduct programming at the American Corners in the region and throughout the country (2-3 times per fellowship).
- Visit and present to Access programs throughout Indonesia (1-2 times per fellowship).
- Support the Embassy’s efforts to increase the number of Indonesians studying in the U.S. by giving workshops and presentations on study-abroad opportunities and TOEFL (1-2 times per fellowship).