Indonesian Sandwich Program (DIKTI)


Northern Illinois University offers the opportunity for doctoral students studying at Indonesian universities to participate in The Sandwich-Like Program at Northern Illinois University, USA. By joining this program, the students will work under the supervision of a selected professor to develop and advance their research projects or articles for publication.  This program is supported by DIKTI, Directorate of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.

Why NIU?

  • Established in 1895, Northern Illinois University is the second largest public university in the U.S. state of Illinois.
  • NIU is accredited by the United States Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the country’s most prestigious public university association – the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), a non-profit association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systemsand the Universities Research Association (URA), an international consortium of 83 leading research oriented universities. NIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity), and was also awarded an elective classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships, which recognizes institutions of higher education for their collaboration with their larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global).
  • With seven degree-granting colleges, NIU offers 60 undergraduate majors, 70 graduate programs, and more than 20 fields of studies leading to doctoral degrees.
  • NIU is located in the city of DeKalb, Illinois, just 65 miles west of Chicago.
  • NIU has a strong reputation in Indonesia and is currently developing academic partnerships with several Indonesian universities.
  • Some of the notable NIU alumni from Indonesia include Ryaas Rasyid, Affan Gaffar, Anies Baswedan, Riswanda Imawan, Andi Mallarangeng, Ikhlasul Amal, and Ramlan Surbakti.

The NIU Graduate Programs include the following fields of studies:

  • College of Business: Accounting Science, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Taxation
  • College of Education: Adult and Higher Education, Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Specialist, Educational Psychology, Educational Research and Evaluation, Elementary Education, Foundations of Education, Instructional Technology, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Literacy Education, School Business Management, Special Education, Sport Management.
  • College of Engineering and Engineering Technology: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Education, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Industrial Management, Mechanical Engineering.
  • College of Health and Human Sciences: Applied Family and Child Studies, Audiology, Communicative Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Education, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Therapy, Public Health.
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Anthropology, Applied Probability and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, Geoscience Education, History, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics Education, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Art Education, Music, Theatre Arts.

Facilities for Sandwich Scholars:

  • Access to the NIU library’s reference materials, databases and the Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection
  • Research mentorships with an NIU professor
  • Free seminars on campus
  • On-campus housing, which includes a meal plan with some amenities
  • O’Hare International Airport pick-up and return

Program Fees and Expenses:

  • Sandwich scholars are responsible for covering their own travel and expenses while in the United States and for program fees. Successful applicants are encouraged to apply to DIKTI to cover these costs.

How to apply?

  • Please submit a letter of application along with your research plan (research or journal abstract) and curriculum vitae to Professor Judy Ledgerwood, Director, NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies, at:  
  • Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance (LoA) indicating when they could start the sandwich-like program.

More Information

If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Northern Illinois University
520 College View Court
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Phone: (+1) (815) 753-1771
Fax: (+1) (815) 753-1776