Program Title:
Community Nutrition Elective in Indonesia – anaemia, malnutrition and iodine deficiency disorders

Program Location:
University of Gadjah Mada, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview:
Students spend three or four weeks hosted by the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia, participating in an elective course on Community Nutrition. The syllabus comprises a range of learning activities designed to expose students to the Indonesian health care system, and to common nutritional public health problems in Indonesia, including paediatric malnutrition, iodine deficiency disorders and anaemia. These are nutritional problems rarely seen in Australia, and this is a unique opportunity for students to experience assessment and management of these conditions first-hand. The syllabus includes field visits to local hospitals, Puskesmas (village health centres), a therapeutic feeding centre and an iodine deficiency research centre. Students will be ‘buddied’ with local Indonesian Nutrition students and complete projects with the community. Students will also receive culture and language training in-country.

Program Dates:
February 2019

Places Available:
Up to 6 funded places available with the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant in 2019, and up to 8 in 2020

Open To:

  • Year 3 Bachelor of Human Nutrition; Year 4 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Students should have room in their study plan to enrol into one of the following independent studies topics:
    • NUTD 3110 - Bachelor of Human Nutrition
    • NUTD 4106 – Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Application Deadline:
19 November 2019. See how to apply.


  • Australian citizens
  • Undergraduate students
  • Students will be required to attend compulsory workshops in the Non-semester period 1 2019 prior to departure (first week in Feb).

On successful completion of the project, students will be eligible to receive 4.5 units of credit.

Up to 14 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grants are available to support eligible participants. Students may also be eligible to apply for an OS Help Loan. Students are eligible to register for Flinders travel insurance, which is provided free of charge.

The approximate cost for the trip is $2500 and includes;

  • Program fees, including transport
  • Accommodation (student hostel and possibly homestay)
  • Return airfares between Adelaide and Indonesia
  • Language classes

Students are responsible for additional expenses such as an application for a passport, visa, vaccinations, meals, extra activities and personal expenses.

How to Apply:
Students should submit an online enquiry via Ask Flinders (click “Request Support”) and have their study plan checked by the College for program eligibility before applying.

Please ask the following question in your enquiry:

  • Do I have 4.5 units of elective space to participate in the NCP program ‘
  • Am I able to enrol into NUTD 3110 or NUTD 4106 and receive credit of 4.5 units toward my degree?

Once you confirm that you have elective space in your program, submit an Expression of Interest to by the application deadline.

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • Your full name, Flinders student number
  • Unofficial transcript (download one from the Student Systems)
  • A short (no more than 500 word) statement in response to the following three questions:
  1. Why do you want to be involved in this overseas project?
  2. What are some of the learning outcomes you expect from this experience?
  3. What might be some of the likely challenges for you in undertaking the overseas placement?
  4. How will the experience develop your knowledge and skills as a health professional?

Further Information:
Ms Louisa Matwiejczyk
Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Phone: 7221 8848

Read more on the ‘Nutrition and Dietetics general Information’ page on FLO. Scroll down to find information, videos by previous students and more.

Read more on our Nutrition and Dietetics blog “Student exchange to Indonesia a success

Read more about the students who completed the exchange in 2016 on the Learning Without Borders website.

Gadjah Mada University Department of Nutrition Website.

Child Malnutrition Video Introduction

In Indonesia more than 1 in 3 children are chronically malnourished or stunted (UNICEF, 2014). This video was filmed in Yogyakarta Indonesia. It describes the problem of malnutrition specifically under nutrition, as well as some current nutrition interventions in Yogyakarta. This video features the roles of local Puskesmas & Posyandus, Yogyakarta Therapeutic Feeding Centre and Jetis fathers support group in the prevention of child malnutrition.

Specific special thanks to UGM Nutrition faculty, academic staff and students for supporting my learning of child malnutrition in Indonesia. And expert advisor Louisa & peers for providing excellent feedback during the video editing process.

Watch this video for an overview of the feeding program.