ASEM Work Placement Programme

Indonesia is participating in the ASEM Work Placement Programme through the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Higher Education organised by Universitas Indonesia. 

Work placement is an important element in enhancing employability of university graduates. Practical experience combined with an academic degree fills in the gap between academy and business. An increasing number of employers consider internship as an indicator of graduates employability. As more today's companies operate globally and recognize international work exposure, there is a need to train students seeking work-based experience. Higher educations are challenged to meet this demand by providing a suitable scheme.

ASEM (Asia European Meeting), an information-sharing forum among Asian and European countries, launched ASEM Work Placement Pilot Programme (AWP), a work-based experience mobility program that enables participating higher education institutions to exchange students abroad for two to six months period of work placement or internship in a designated partner company.  The participating countries in this network include Germany, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand and Indonesia. In the case of Indonesia, AWP allows participating Indonesian higher education to send students for an internship to Germany and Belgium as well as receiving students from Germany and Belgium for an internship in Indonesian-based national or multinational companies.

In 2016, there are 5 universities in Indonesia participated in this pilot project, include Universitas Indonesia (UI),  Surabaya Institute of Technology (ITS), Sebelas Maret University (UNS), Brawijaya University (UB) and Bina Nusantara University (BINUS). In 2017, the number of participant uni<br>versitie in AWP increase into 10 universities, such as Universitas Indonesia (UI), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Surabaya Institute of Technology (ITS), Padjadjaran University (UNPAD), Sebelas Maret University (UNS), Diponegoro University (UNDIP), Brawijaya University (UB), State University of Padang (UNP), Hasanuddin University (UNHAS), and Bina Nusantara University (BINUS).

Program Objective:
Increasing student mobility among Asian and European countries

Program Benefits:

  1. To students: an opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-life in intercultural setting; an orientation to the business environment, operations and procedures in an international environment; an experience supporting cross-cultural understanding, skill and competencies.
  2. To higher education institutions: an orientation to high quality education and training by providing students with opportunities to gain work experience in international setting that supports their professional and personal growth; increasing global reputation and recognition; establishing international network; and increasing students international mobility activities and number.
  3. To companies: the integration of smart, young talents from an academic environment with a different cultural background into an organisation can provide fresh ideas  and stimulating viewpoints; hosting a  student can be a valuable contribution to an organisation, enabling its staff to develop their skills in supervisory, supporting and training roles in a cross-cultural setting; the intern students can act as "goodwill ambassador" for companies to help build international networks.

UBN (University Business Network) Contact
Focal Point ASEM Work Placement di Indonesia (UBN):
Universitas Indonesia, Career Development Center
Dr. Sandra Fikawati
Gedung CDC-UI, Kompleks Pusgiwa, Kampus UI Depok
Tel +62 81618 67813

Universitas dan perusahaan peserta untuk AWP:

Participating Companies from Universitas Indonesia   
Participating Companies from BINUS University
Participating Companiesfrom Universitas Brawijaya    
Participating Companies from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Participating Companies from Universitas Sebelas Maret

How to Apply for Indonesian Students or Foreign Students:
Application for ASEM Work Placement Pilot Programme is made through University Business Network (UBN) Focal Point in every participating country. Indonesia's Focal Point is  Universitas Indonesia as UBN Indonesia.

Selection Criteria for Indonesian students:

  1. Students currently in 5th - 8th semester
  2. Excellent in English, both oral and written (Min: TOEFL 500, IELTS 6)
  3. German proficiency level is required, daily conversation and most business.
  4. Willing to be placed in Germany or Belgium
  5. Has good understanding of living in different culture
  6. Has minimum GPA 3.25 (out of 4.0 scale)
  7. Passes interview selection
  8. Passes health examination
  9. Should write an expression of interest
  10. Should join departure training conducted by sending university
  11. Should provide parent’s permit
  12. Submits curriculum vitae


How Indonesian intern candidates finds a host company in Germany and Belgium
UBN Focal Point in Indonesia will actively engage with the companies in its network to support and to match the internship programme. UBN Indonesia will provide information about internship opportunities in Germany and Belgium based on the given information by UBN in Germany and Belgium.

Indonesian higher education institutions are to complete a form containing information on names of the intern candidates, personal information, major and the desired host company. Upon completion, the institutions send it to UBN Indonesia for further processing in UBN in Germany and Belgium.

Internship Duration
Internship duration is two up to four months (the final duration of the internship is decided by the home university). The academic responsibility for the internship remains in the home  institution or university. Interns participating in Indonesia in particular will be given cultural orientation programme for maximum of three days by the host institution. The host institution will provide a supervisor and the host company will provide a field supervisor.

Internship Programme
The internship programme has to be framed in a formal agreement acknowledged by the interns and the host company consisting of information on the knowledge that will be gained in the host companies, competencies after completing the internship programme, the internship duration, and the facility provided. The host company will give the interns certificate or a recognition upon completion of the programme. Institutions that make this internship programme compulsory must clearly state it along with the bearing credits, which might affect graduation.

Funding is provided by students with possible partial subsidy from the government, companies and participating institutions. 




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