Indonesian Study Abroad Program

Indonesian Study Abroad Program

Did you apply for the IISMA 2023 program and were not selected?
There are other ways to study abroad!
We offer a special partnership study abroad fee for the IISMA applicants.

Spend the fall semester at the University of Pécs in Hungary. Study the interdisciplinary courses that develop your leadership and intercultural skills or choose any courses that match your major. Spend the fall at one of the oldest universities in Central Europe and study with the 5,000 international students of the University of Pécs.

Application deadline: 15 May

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1. Courses that comply with the 10 Target IISMA Competencies
27 interdisciplinary courses offered to develop your ten leadership skills!

All the courses are taught in English.
If you click on the names of the courses below, their descriptions appear. The course list is also available to download here.

1. Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

The course focuses on the main environmental issues and policies on environmental protection and sustainable development.  It gives an insight to the operation of global civic sector and climate change issue. Furthermore it discusses the formulation process of sustainable development, the dilemma escalated around this paradigm and its integration in policies, primarily into developmental policy. It also analyses in detail the idea of political ecology (ecopolitics), highlighting its political aspects and directions, moreover, its symbolic system and communication devices of green thought. The second part of the course discusses the concept, the set of instruments and the methods of environmental policy, the role and presence of the green and antiglob movement.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits          

Competencies: Novel & Adaptive Thinking, Sense Making, Transdisciplinarity

2. Social Development

The course reviews the main arenas of social-emotional development and highlights the most relevant models of parenting, family and peer interactions by the means of the students individual and group presentations and discussion. From the social domains gender development, development of prosocial behavior and models of cultural learning are investigated. Finally the development of expressive child activities – play and drawing – are reviewed.

Earned credits: 6 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross Cultural Competency, Sense-Making, Social Intelligence

3. Intercultural Communication

The subject area gives a theoretical and practical introduction to intercultural communication. Discussed are the bases of culture and cultural differences, language differences and their relationship with culture, the characteristics of verbal and non-verbal communication, linguistic and pragmatic aspects of communication. Special emphasis is devoted to communication between learners of English with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Earned credits: 6 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross Cultural Competency, Sense-Making

4. Domestic and International Practices of Social Policy

The goal of the course is to infrom students about the main features of contemporary social policy in the international scene, first a foremost in Europe and in Hungary, following the developmental route of the welfare state, a period of a little more than a century from the beginnings up to now.   In the frameworks of the course the debates concerning the different developmental phases, institutions and accomplishments, encouringing students to enter the discourses during the lectures/seminars and present their own professional views. Further, the European comparative perspective has a distinguidhed significance as a means to distinguish between the main types of the social systems of the contintent as well as the key features of the given countries.              

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

5. Lifestyles in the Contemporary Hungarian Society

In the frameworks of the course a field group research, subsequent to a brief theoretical introduction, is organized, where students experience and study the operation of the society, social processes, the onset and presence of sociological and social problems and risk factors. Main themes of the course are social theoretical interpretations of the concept of lifestyle; the sociology of consumption; time use studies in Hungary before and after the transition; the impact of information society on lifestyles; and the lifestyles of privileged and disadvantaged social groups.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

6. Reflective Communication Skills Training

The aim of the course is to improve students’ empathy and mentalization capacity. Students acquire the basics of reflective-dialogic communication and mentalization through experiential learning. The course supports students to develop relevant knowledge on client-helper interaction as a systemic process; and on their professional selves.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross Cultural Competency, Sense-Making

7. Introduction to Social Communication

The course introduces students to the study of social communication. In doing so, it presents both the appearance of communication research and its dominant transmissional and cultural approaches. On the other hand, we are investigating the concepts of social communication such as everyday life, popular culture, mass communication, publicity and public opinion.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cognitive Load Management, New Media Literacy, Sense-Making

8. Introduction to Film Studies

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental characteristics of film as an audiovisual medium and artform. It discusses the diverse forms of various professional discourses about film, including aspects of film history, film theory, and film criticism. The focus is on film as a form of cultural communication, therefore technical, aesthetic and contextual aspects are given equal importance in the curriculum. In addition to the analysis of the formal-textual elements of the medium (cinematography, editing, sound, mise-en-scène, acting), its rhetorical figures, genres, narrative modes, cognitive and visceral effects, emphasis is also placed on the ideological charge, social and cultural context of each work. By mastering subject knowledge, the basics of critical thinking and the academic language, students will be able to develop consistent and compelling film interpretations.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross Cultural Competency, New Media Literacy

9. Introduction to Art History

The course provides introduction to the most important concepts, methods and fields of study in the field of art history: the emergence of art history as an autonomous discipline, its historicity, the concept of style, and stylistic periods, the interrelationship of artistic disciplines, and the connections among branches of arts; the concept of genre, source criticism, morphology, techniques of attribution, iconography, iconology. In many places it offers points of contact and insights into the history of culture and ideas, philosophy or literature. The course explores the field of art history as a discipline - its scope, structure, methods, the relationship between art history, and aesthetics, and presents art history as an interpretative discipline. Through famous interpretations of famous artworks, the art historical meaning of basic terms such as allegory, attribute, emblem, frame, personification, genre, symbol, type will be explored.                

Earned credits: 6 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

10. Introduction to Philosophy

The knowledge offered in this subject is intended, on the one hand, to convey and mobilise the basic apparatus of logical and philosophical thinking and, on the other, to help the students to find their way around and amongst the most important topics in philosophy. In achieving this end, we’ll not discuss philosophical theories in a chronological order, but organise them around problems and paradoxes. The paradoxes also draw their attention to the inaccuracies and contradictions in our everyday beliefs and philosophical theories, and by doing that we’ll have opportunities to present and analyse the conflicting and contradictory philosophical theories in details.  The paradoxes around which the course organises the philosophical theories come from different areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics (Zeno's paradoxes, the problem of causality), theology (the stone-paradox), logic and epistemology (the paradox of the liar), philosophy of mind (AI), philosophy of science (the confirmation paradox), political philosophy and morality (the paradox of the theory of democracy, the trolley-problem), philosophy of art (the problem of artworks).     

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Social Intelligence, Sense Making

11. Introduction to the Ancient Greek and Roman World

The legacy of Greece and Rome The course offers a general introduction to ancient Greek and Roman culture and its impact on modern Western civilization. Its focus is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to provide students with an elementary understanding of Latin and Greek: the alphabet; words, names, expressions and proverbs of Greek and Latin origin; key grammatical concepts; fundamentals of historical linguistics (related languages, ancient Greek dialects, historical phases and types of Latin); general characteristics of Greek and Latin; declination, system of tenses. On the other hand, the course explores classical cultures: history of writing, textual transmission; Greek and Roman education; the dialogue between Greek and Roman cultures; mythology; Greek and Latin Bible and ecclesiastical Latin; Latin literature in the age of humanism and reformation; Latin in Hungary from the Middle Ages up to the present. In order to acquire language skills and basic knowledge of classical culture, students read simple Latin and Greek texts and observe ancient artefacts. They are also expected to do exercises challanging their creativity and to do simple research on their own with the help of recommended literature as well as online sources.

Earned credits: 6 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Sense-Making, Cross Cultural Competency

12. Learning-Centered Communication

The aim of the course is to provide an experimental insight into the dilemmas, issues of classroom communication. Through the cooperative learning paradigm, participants analyse the structural aspects of learnersCloseCurlyQuote communication related to everyday classroom work. The course facilitates a deeper understanding of how teachers can structure the learning process, the classroom communication in a more effective, efficient, and fair way. Participants realise that a professional educator can easily influence classroom communication, learnersCloseCurlyQuote motivation, active participation by structuring the learning process in a cooperative way. Participants will be able to analyse and design learning processes based on the basic principles of cooperative learning, and the cooperative structures, which they have experienced during the seminar.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

13. Education Policies of Minorities in Europe

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand those educational policy approaches that have been developed for the benefit of minorities in different countries of Europe. In this context students be familiar with the decisions concerning the situation of disadvantaged and Roma groups in different school systems. To be able to interpret these in a wider (international) context of comparisons, to draw up scientific research results and to formulate an independent opinion on the antecedents and consequences of each changes in minority policies. Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

14. The EU in International Affairs

The precise and real nature of the European Union (EU) has long been a question in international affairs. It is difficult to understand, how to deal and cooperate with an actor, which is neither a traditional state nor an intergovernmental international organization. While the EU has significant decision-making authority in certain policy areas, it lacks influence in others. This mix of competencies in external relations can confuse non-members and strain relations among EU member states and the Union’s supranational institutions. The course investigates the complexities of the EU’s role and authority in international affairs and its relations with peripheries and other actors.              

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

15. Introduction to Ethics

Ethics is a philosophical discipline. Its theme is morality. The subject provides an introduction to the interpretation of basic concepts of ethics by getting to know the eras and significat authors of the history of ethics. The subject provides an introduction to the works of the most significant authors of ethics, to the study of their basic concepts, and to the interaction of different trends and schools. The subject is structured around the problems of ethical authors of European cultural history as well as thinkers from the United States. In addition to getting to know the basic literature, we also provide an opportunity to learn research methods and analytical aspect. For all this, we prepare case studies and draw on literary and film examples.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

16. Geography of Elections

The course will focus on the political geography of elections, dealing with the politics of the electoral process. We will examine how elections contribute to the development and use of power and legitimacy in political systems. Most attention will be given to the analysis of the electoral systems, how they influence voters’ choices. With the help of this course students will be able to analyse the special categories of the geography of elections and will be able to compare the different structures.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Novel & Adaptive Thinking, Cross-Cultural Competency

17. Geopolitics

The course aims at providing an overview of geopolitical thought from its classical to its post-modern theories. Separate attention will be devoted to the Cold War and how the international system has been transforming into a more multipolar setting since the collapse of the Soviet Union. While states and the state system will be under investigation, students will have the chance to look into non-state actors and the new dynamics of entities of the semi-periphery. Africa will be exposed as an intriguing case study for geopolitical considerations. The methods will include lectures, classroom discussions, student presentations and documentaries.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Novel & Adaptive Thinking, Cross-Cultural Competency

18. Introduction to Migration Policy

The course provides a theoretical background to international migration. It tackles migration policy while understanding the complexities of development, the role of the diasporas, together with the questions of integration. It addresses a number of case studies connected with the current refugee crisis in Europe.

Earned credits: 8 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cross Cultural Competency, Novel and Adaptive Thinking

19. Organizational Behaviour

The module aims to provide a compass to the study of individuals and groups within the organization, and to the study of the organization itself in order to build a deep awareness of the evolving difficulties  and opportunities in people management.   Topics include: diversity in organizations, personality and values, perception, motivation, group behaviour, leadership, power and politics. 

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Cognitive Load Management, Sense-Making Transdisciplinarity

20. International Business Communication 

The module raises awareness of the importance of understanding and managing cultural differences in the contemporary global business environment. Topics include: oral, nonverbal, and written communication patterns, business presentations, cultural values, intercultural negotiation, mobile-digital-social workplace, sustainable communication 

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Virtual Collaboration, Cross Cultural Competency, Design Mindset, New Media Literacy

21. The Art of Writing and Presenting

The module aims to introduce students to the practice of researching, writing and presenting for academic purposes, and to the identification and critical use of relevant professional sources.   Topics include: research proposal, online databases, literature review, citation and referencing, presentation tools, visual aids, body language.

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Virtual Collaboration, Cross Cultural Competency, Design Mindset

22. International Business

The module introduces students to the important area of international business,  including external challenges to the international firm as well as to possible internal responses, solutions to those challenges.   Topics include: globalization, political economy and ethics, international trade theory, foreign direct investment, regional economic integration, international strategy. 

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Transdisciplinarity,  Cross Cultural Competency, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Sense-Making

23. Marketing Calculations

By the end of the module students will be able to calculate and comprehend measures of the respective fields related to the market, marketing stragety and four Ps. Topics include: market position and advertising metrics, margins and profits, pricing strategy, portfolio, channel and sales force management.

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Sense Making, Cognitive Load Management, Computational thinking, Novel and Adaptive Thinking

24. Business Case Studies

This module aims to examine decision alternatives in a strategically important business situation, while students explore real situations, assess and elaborate alternative decisions, estimate risks and enforceability. Topics include: strategy process, five forces model, strategy control, innovation, quality, service and market development and rivalry.

Earned credits: 7 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Design Mindset, Computational Thinking, Cognitive Load Management, Transdisciplinarity

25. Information and Communication Technology Law in EU and in Hungary

Overview and discuss of the basic concepts and new challenges of the information society  - and how to regulate them - in the context of the European Union. Topics include: basic concepts of ICT law; the regulation of data protection; copyright law in the digital dimension; E-commerce law; consumer protection in the digital world. Earned credits: 6 ECTS credits

Expected competencies: Transdisciplinarity, New Media Literacy, Novel and Adaptive Thinking

2. General study abroad courses

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Tuition fee for the fall semester:

Indonesian students are entitled to a 10 % partner discount on our fixed-fee programs. With the discount, the following fees apply:

  1. Interdisciplinary courses (that comply with the 10 Target IISMA Competencies) - 2600 USD (you can take 3-5 courses)
  2. General study abroad courses:
    Fixed-fee programs (you can take 3-5 courses):
    - 2600 USD (Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Law, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences) 
    3000 USD (Music and Visual Arts) 

The Architecture and Pharmacy courses are also available for the Indonesian students, on the following credit-based program fees: 
Architecture: 140 USD / ECTS credit
Pharmacy: 140 USD / ECTS credit


You will be offered a placement in the dormitory.
Dormitory fee: 180 USD /month

Academic calendar for the fall semester:

From the first week of September until the end of December (4 months)

English requirements – minimum scores:

IELTS: 5.5
Duolingo: 100

How to apply?

Have a question?

Please contact Ms. Boglárka Vecsánin at

See you at the University of Pécs in the fall!

The University of Pécs is a host institution in the IISMA program since 2021. In 2023 fall we will host IISMA for Vocational Students program awardees.