The program is open to students with or without prior Indonesian language experience.  All participants must attend an intensive domestic summer program at the University of Wisconsin's South Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) in order to participate in the fall program.

American Councils will contact Boren recipients in early May 2020 after the awards have been announced with information on how to register for the fall overseas programs.

Step 1: Apply for a Boren scholarship (for undergraduates) or fellowship (for graduate students):

Step 2: Apply for the domestic summer program (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

Step 3: Register for the overseas IFLI program with  American Councils after Boren awards have been announced. American Councils will contact recipients with registration information in ealy May, 2020.


No. American Councils does not require transcripts.

No. American Councils does not require letters of recommendation.

Yes. The program is only open to Boren recipients.

Program costs including billing information will be provided by the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Yes, please make sure you have a current pasport by mid-April valid until six months after the end of the fall program.

Participants’ passports must be valid for six months from the end of their Boren award. For example, if a participant’s Boren award ends in December 2020, their passport must be valid until June 2021.

Yes, but only after receiving formal acceptance into the program and further instructions from American Councils staff.

Boren will require certain documents including participants’ travel itineraries  and acceptance letters. American Councils will submit this information to Boren on behalf of all participants.

“Proof of Overseas Affiliation” is the acceptance letter you will receive from American Councils after the Boren awards have been announced.

Yes, it is mandatory.

The orientation in Madison, Wisconsin, is a two-day session with American Councils, Boren representatives, and University of Wisconsin-Madison staff.  During the session, all aspects of the program are discussed: the academic program, life as a student abroad, getting around the host country, health and safety issues, keeping in touch with friends and family in the U.S., and other issues.

All IFLI participants  live with a local host family. The homestay offers a satisfying cultural experience and complements the academic portion of the exchange in a positive way.

This, of course, varies by family, but participants are required to speak only the target language with their host families.

Families are chosen through a careful selection process, and American Councils homestay program coordinators try to match participants with families who share common interests. The information submitted in the “Host Family In­formation Form” duing the registration process is very important in making a good match.

Please be sure to provide specific details about yourself in the “Host Family Information Form” and you should not be vague or brief about your interests, personality, and stated needs/interests while living with a host family.

Yes, but only during academic breaks in the program. Participants cannot miss classes due to having guests.

Participants can travel independently within Indonesia, with host families or local friends, or with program colleagues and/or alumni. Independent/leisure travel is permitted as long as participants fulfill the requirements of their programs or specific grants, and notify the Resident Director prior to purchasing tickets or reserving hotel rooms. The American Councils Resident Director can advise on making travel arrangements, but does not arrange or finance participants’ trips if they are not part of the academic program. Travel within the host country is enriching and usually inexpensive, but not always safe. American Councils requires that you register with STEP and receive approval prior to finalizing travel plans. 

Please note that if you are planning to stay anywhere outside of the host city overnight, you need to inform the resident director at least a week before departure, and fill out the travel request form to report your plans in advance. Only travel deemed safe by the U.S. State Department can be approved.

Wi-fi is available at the host institution.

Yes. There are a number of clinics with emergency services in the area. American Councils has a full-time resident director who is ready to provide emergency aid at any time. The resident director will be available by phone 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Medical care is widely available in the host country. A list of recommended medical facilities will be provided in your handbook. While in-country, the resident director will provide any new updates about the  facilities and other medical services.

American Councils has a full-time resident director in your program location during the fall to provide emergency aid at any time. During in-country orientation, participants will be given a wallet-sized card listing all important numbers. The resident director should be contacted in case of emergency. 

No. The gap between the end of the summer and the start of the overseas program is meant to be a break for participants to prepare for their overseas travel. Your flight to your overseas location will be arranged from your hometown or any other mainland US city that you prefer. Please do not book your own ticket. During the registration with American Councils, you will be asked to fill a form where your will provide your travel information and preferences. American Councils will then use that information to book your ticket.

Your round trip ticket to your overseas IFLI program location will be either on United Airlines or Delta. Visit the following links to view current information about checked and carry-on baggage:

United Airlines: Click here

Delta Airlines: Click here

Click here to learn more about Boren Scholarships and Fellowships