Outbound Mobility

IISMA – Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards

Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards is the Government of Indonesia scholarship scheme to fund Indonesian students for mobility programs at top Universities overseas. Undergraduate students could spend one semester at the overseas university partner to study, to experience the lost country’s culture and undertake practical assignments to hone their skills.

What is the Background of IISMA Program?

When the program was launched, Minister of Education Culture Research and Technology, Nadiem Makarim said that IISMA seeks to respond to the needs of students to develop skills required in the professional world. He also added that the programme provides students with the opportunity to realise their dreams by attending top courses at world-leading universities, developing cross-cultural skills, strengthening international networks, and preparing for the professional world.

The program, which is managed by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE) and the Ministry of Education Culture Research and Technology (MoECRT), is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in higher education institutions under the DGHE. Students who join this program do not need to worry about a shortage of credits at their home university, as they are guaranteed 20 credits upon successful completion of the program.

What are the requirements to register IISMA Program?

The requirements to join this program are as follows:

    1. Have Indonesian citizenship and reside in Indonesia;
    2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.00;
    3. Registered in an Indonesian university under the auspices of the Directorate General of Higher Education & get a nomination from the university;
    4. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate course in semester 4 – 7 during the IISMA program;
    5. Fluent in English with a minimum score of IELTS – 6.0 / TOEFL iBT – 78 / Duolingo English Test – 100 / TOEFL ITP – 550;
    6. Have not received any other overseas student exchange scholarships;
    7. Willing to follow the rules and regulations set by MoECRT and other related parties while participating in this program.

Which overseas universities partner with the IISMA program?

There are currently 73 global universities from 31 countries working as IISMA program partners. From this list, 60 universities offer offline courses, and 13 universities offer online courses. You can find the full list on IISMA’s official website.

What Costs Are Covered?

For students attending offline courses, funding provided by IISMA includes the following:

    1. Registration & tuition fees
    2. Ticket and visa fees
    3. Accommodation, transport, health and insurance fees
    4. Daily living expenses
    5. Cost of books
    6. PCR test fee


Meanwhile, students who take part in the online study program will receive funding for the following:

    1. Registration & tuition fees
    2. Cost of books


What documents are needed to apply?

Make sure you have the following documents before applying:

    1. Nomination letter from faculty
    2. Letter of enrolment from faculty
    3. CV
    4. Motivation letter
    5. Official academic transcript
    6. Certificate of fluency in English
    7. Recommendation from Academic Supervisor / Lecturer / Professor
    8. Photocopy of passport (coloured)

How to Apply?

All you need to do is submit all the documents listed above in a single PDF file to the department that administers the IISMA program at USM. Once your application has been processed by the university, you can apply online through the channels provided by MoECRT. MoECRT will then conduct a selection process and the selected students will be asked to choose one of the study programs available to them. The decision regarding the final list of scholarship recipients is a mutual agreement between MoECRT and the partner university abroad.

For more information about the exchange scholarship, you can access the IISMA website. You can also watch an explanation from MoECRT in the following IISMA launch video: