UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Global Immersion Elective Programs

Southeast Asia: Indonesia (Jakarta and Telunas) and Singapore

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    This immersion program to South East Asia offers participants the opportunity to have a firsthand look at developed and developing parts of the region. Through visits to a wide variety of industries and cultural experiences in Jakarta, Telunas Center in Riau Islands, and Singapore, students will develop an understanding of the different pathways to economic growth and they will need to critically analyze why there is variation in the speed of development. China’s economic and political influence on the region will be one of the significant topics explored.

    Through this program, students will develop an astute understanding of cross-cultural differences which they should then be able to apply globally. Jakarta is one of the fastest growing cities in the ASEAN region and by some accounts is growing faster than Beijing and Bangkok. The city is known as a melting pot of communities and cultures and greater than 80% of the population is Muslim. Singapore offers the opportunity to experience a real estate and financial hub of a region with global economic impact.

    Students will visit companies, meet with university students and learn about life in different educational systems, and they will spend time immersed in a local village (Telunas Center) in rural Indonesia.

    This program will begin in Chapel Hill, where you will learn the economy, political life, and culture of the region through your classes scheduled in mod 3 and 4. Selected participants will be expected to actively contribute and engage in this class from the first session through to the end of the program in Singapore.

    You can view a draft itinerary to get a sense of the in-country program in Indonesia and Singapore.

    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.25 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): None
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: No 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    The program begins with a series of classes in mod 4, in Chapel Hill, on the economy, political life, and culture of the region where you will be traveling in May. Full attendance and participation are required at these classes.

    All Round 1 applicants are required to attend a GIE session on December 4, 2018 from 5-6pm to discuss the academic expectations of the program, flight plans, and to ask any questions prior to enrolling in the program. All Round 2 applicants are required to attend the January 22, 2019 session.

    This class meets in the McColl Building from 5:00pm-7:30pm on the following dates:
    March 6, 2019
    March 20, 2019
    April 3, 2019
    April 17, 2019
    April 24, 2019

    The on-the-ground program (May 12-27, 2019) consists of 10-12 hour days filled with company visits, academic sessions, debriefs, and some cultural exploration.

    Application Dates

    Application opens: November 1, 2018

    Round 1 Applicants:
    • Round 1 application deadline for Summer 2019: November 15, 2018
    • Notification for Round 1 applicants begins: December 14, 2018

    Round 2 Applicants:
    • Round 2 application deadline for Summer 2019: January 17, 2019
    • Notification for Round 2 applicants begins: February 1, 2019
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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Participants will be enrolled in a 3.0 credit hour course, earning UNC business elective credit, satisfying the requirements for Experiential Education and earning points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Students must successfully complete the mod 4 coursework (Feb - April) and the on the ground immersion (May 12-27, 2018) in order to receive credit for this course. On the ground in Jakarta, Telunas, and Singapore, you will have full program days with sessions and visits from early morning until late afternoon, and group dinners on some evenings.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    Students will stay in hotels, in double occupancy rooms, in Jakarta and Singapore. At the Telunas Learning Center, students will stay in dorm like accommodations with 4 students per room.« PrevNext »
  • Student Life

    This program exposes participants to issues of business and community in South East Asia. The goal is to begin to understand, from a firsthand perspective, the complexity of global business.

    This program aims to give you an opportunity to engage with a local community in remote Indonesia. While you will get to experience bustling cities such as Jakarta and Singapore, you will also be spending 3-4 days in a rural Indonesian village guided by educational specialists from the Telunas Learning Center. As part of the Telunas experience, participants will be fully engaged with a local community – interacting with local village residents in their daily work and implementing the responsibility for the delivery of a service project for the village as a way of giving back. This immersion will be deeply experiential and only participants who want to be fully engaged in all aspects of this program – from company visits to project work should apply.

    You will have full program days in country, with visits and program activities scheduled from early morning until late afternoon, group dinners on some evenings, and travel between 3 locations.

    Students are required to participate in all Chapel Hill portions of the program and all in country activities.« PrevNext »
  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:
    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

      Tuition & Program Fees1

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit
    $0 (US Citizens)

    Passport Application Renewal
      International Cell Phone Plan2 $70
      Personal Expenses3
                Meals Not Provided by Program $100
                Travel Insurance $100
                Local Transportation Not Provided by Program
                Hotel Incidentals (ex. Laundry, Phone) $25
                Shopping/Souvenirs $100
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: $6,613

    1Includes accommodations (including breakfast daily and wireless internet), ground transportation, transportation between Indonesia and Singapore, venue rental if required, airport transfers, lunches, and cultural activities as outlined on the itinerary, gratuities for guides and study abroad administrative fee ($700).
    2Cost of plan varies depending on individual cell phone provider. The program expects participants to purchase an international phone plan for emergency purposes. Wifi available at the hotel.
    3Includes meals not included above, local transportation for evenings out on your own, shopping/souvenirs, incidentals in the hotel (e.g. phone, laundry, room service, minibar, etc.), cell phone charges, personal travel insurance, etc.
    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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