Indonesian teens motivated to study abroad
A new study by AFS Intercultural Programs has shown that Indonesian teens are highly motivated to study abroad, but concerns remain over security and affordability.

Focusing on the 13-to-18 age bracket, Mapping Generation Z in Indonesia showed that 81 per cent of respondents have considered studying abroad.


Nevertheless, concerns remain over security and affordability; 45 per cent of respondents indicated that they wouldn't be able to afford an exchange abroad without receiving a full scholarship, whilst 47 per cent noted security as a personal concern.  


The research was conducted via an anonymous online survey, with data collected from 5,502 respondents between March and April 2017.


In terms of their motivations, 56 per cent of participants noted the potential for academic advancement as their primary focus, while cultural exploration was more important for 44 per cent of the Indonesian teens surveyed.


Programme aspects such as the reputation of the host country (84 per cent) and the host school (71 per cent), as well as English as the language of instruction (78 per cent), were highly impactful for a student's decision to go abroad.


Daniel Obst, President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, said, "It is great to see the strong interest in study abroad from a country like Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, where nearly half of the citizens are under the age of 30."


The report found that the UK was the most favourable destination, followed closely by the USA and Germany. France, Italy and Australia also performed well in that respect.


Audrie Sanova, Programme Manager at British Council Indonesia, said, "English-speaking countries such as the USA, U.K. and Australia are still the most popular destinations for Indonesian students, although [interest in] other Asian countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore is also growing." 


Indonesian students on a Tier 4 visa in the UK reached 3,237 in the year ending June 2017, Audrie told StudyTravel Magazine, a 19 per cent increase from the previous year.


Such trends were prefaced in a StudyTravel Magazine survey of Indonesian agents in 2016, with the UK showing growth due to the numbers of scholarships available, and Asian destinations such as Singapore and Malaysia taking a fair share of the market.


The country's developing outbound market was also highlighted in that survey, with agent contributors noting an average 14 per cent increase in business from the previous year.


Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with more than 260 million people, and nearly half of them under 30. The middle class is expected to double in size (from 74 million to 141 million) by 2020, making it an emerging market for international education.


In other AFS news, Sentio Global Education Network, a not-for-profit subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, has entered into a three-year partnership with Purdue University.


The university will promote Sentio's Global Competence Certificate, designed to prepare students to work effectively with individuals and organisations from different cultural backgrounds.


By Jared Tinslay
Editorial Assistant