Indonesian Study Abroad Program

Indonesian Study Abroad Program

Did you apply for the IISMA 2024 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: 30 May



1. Courses that comply with the 10 Target IISMA Competencies
20 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.

1. 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.

Credits: 6 ECTS
Competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

View and download syllabus here.

2. 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.

Credits: 6 ECTS
Competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

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3. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Social Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

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4. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Novel & Adaptive Thinking, Cross-Cultural Competency

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5. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Sense Making, Transdisciplinarity, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

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6. 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.

Credits: 6 ECTS
Competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Sense Making

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7. Introduction to Film Studies

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the a 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: New Media Literacy, Cross-Cultural Competency

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8. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

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9. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Sense Making; New Media Literacy; Cognitive Load Management

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10. 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.

Credits: 8 ECTS
Competencies: Cross-Cultural Competency, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

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11. 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. 

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Cognitive Load Management, Transdisciplinarity, Sense making 

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12. 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.

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Cross Cultural Competency, Virtual Collaboration, Design Mindset,
New Media Literacy 

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13. 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.

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Transdisciplinarity, Cross Cultural Competency, Sense making, Novel and Adaptive Thinking 

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14. 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.

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Cognitive Load Management, Computational thinking, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Sense Making

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15. 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.

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Computational Thinking, Novel and Adaptive Thinking, Transdisciplinarity, Cognitive Load Management, Design Mindset

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16. 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

Credits: 7 ECTS
Competencies: Cross Cultural Competency, Virtual Collaboration, Design Mindset 

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

Overview and discussion 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 the fundamental principles of ICT laws; the regulation of data protection; copyright law in the digital dimension; E-commerce law; consumer protection in the digital world.

Credits: 6 ECTS
Competencies: Transdisciplinarity, Novel & Adaptive Thinking, New-Media Literacy

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18. International Environmental Policy And Law

Overview and analysis of the environmental policy and legislation of the European Union in a global context. Topics include: the concept of sustainable development; the history and goals of EU environmental policy; the implementation and enforcement of environmental law; trade and the environment; the external dimension of the EU’s environmental policy.

Credits: 6 ECTS
Competencies: Transdisciplinarity, Novel & Adaptive Thinking

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19. Cultural Heritage of Pécs

The course is designed for students who are willing to learn about the cultural heritage of Pécs and the city’s historic evolvement and provides opportunities for visiting heritage attractions. Beyond providing an introduction to the history of Pécs the course focuses on the major cultural achievements and the most important cultural heritage sites of Pécs.  

Credits: 3 ECTS
Competencies: Transdiscplinarity, Cross Cultural Competency 

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20. Creativity Development Practice

Creativity seems to be the most important soft skill of the 21st century and crucial for professionals in all fields. This course is intended to support and complete any field of study by motivating the participants to open their minds to innovative methods.   Through creative exercises, they will acquire skills to connect various things and absorb information in a way that they can use later in life. The content of the contact hours will help students to see things differently, improve their observational skills and serve as a creative warm-up. The course will improve creativity through techniques of visual arts (such as free-form drawing, painting, printing, collage, paper cutting and folding, contemporary art techniques), and playful exercises requiring mindfulness. Students will gain more confidence, find and develop their individual voice and style. It is a course for exploration through trying new things, experimenting, while not excluding even the   possibility of making occasional mistakes. It is recommended for all levels and fields of interests, although especially students who are interested in visual arts may improve their drawing, painting skills or even interpreting forms and space. Experience gained in this course will improve the participants’ flexibility in coping with unexpected situations and their performance in daily life and at their future workplace.

Credits: 4 ECTS
Competencies: Transdiscplinarity, Social intelligence, Cross Cultural Competency 

View and download syllabus here.

2. General study abroad courses

Browse them here.

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: 190 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 2024 fall we will host both IISMA Undergraduate and Vocational students.