The United States Indonesia Partnership Program

USIPP students in DetroitInterested in challenging your beliefs? Want to learn about the world's oldest religions and the challenges of religious diversity in a global democratic society? Interested in experiencing a different culture but have never had the opportunity (or had the financial means) to travel? Apply to participate in USIPP, the US-Indonesia Partnership Democratic Society and Religious Pluralism Program.

This five-week summer program includes two weeks on the Indonesian island of Java and two weeks in the United States.  Indonesian students from 3 different universities and students from Lehigh and Towson University travel together. USIPP seeks qualified candidates  to represent Lehigh University in this program.

Most expenses are covered by the program (airfare, vaccinations, visas etc are not covered). Accepted students are encouraged to apply for the Strohl Grant to cover any additional costs.

With the University of Michigan and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, Lehigh University developed a distinctive undergraduate exchange program in 2011. In the program, American and Indonesian students live and travel in each other’s countries as a cohort, in an effort to expand the opportunity for communication and deeper understanding. Today, five universities in the United States and Indonesia participate. Read more about this program below.

Lehigh selected for new U.S.-Indonesia partnership

In 2010, the Institute of International Education's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education chose Lehigh as one of six colleges and universities to launch a program to help advance Indonesia’s capacity to provide high-quality study abroad for U.S. undergraduates.

Lehigh University students in Indonesia

A map and blog featuring photos and videos from the 2011 pilot program.

Inside the Indonesian pilot program

Jack Lule, director of the Globalization and Social Change Initiative and the Joseph B. McFadden Distinguished Professor of Journalism, and Lehigh students Anne Marie Kerchberger ’13 and Fulvia Vargas ’13 reflect on their groundbreaking trip to Indonesia.

Students learn pluralism, democracy under USIPP

A 2012 article about the program from The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s largest English-language newspaper.

From Indonesia to the U.S., students live across two cultures

The first-person account of Angela Farren ’13, a participant in the 2012 program.

Students from Lehigh and Indonesia explore each other’s worlds

An article about the 2012 program.

Lehigh receives Luce grant for Indonesian exchange

In 2013, Lehigh and the University of Michigan received a three-year, $190,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the program.


A student-written blog chronicling their experiences in the program.