What is meant by Indonesian Consortium for Inter-Religious (ICRS)?
ICRS is sponsored by three universities;  Gadjah Mada University (UGM), the State Islamic University, Sunan Kalijaga (UIN) and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW).  These three universities have formed the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) and cooperate with partner institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

What is the ICRS program's area of focus?
The primary strength of ICRS is the study of Asian religions, especially Indonesian Islam.  Indonesia includes the largest and most dynamic Muslim population in the world.    ICRS  also  has  strong  resources  for  the  study  of  Indonesian  and Asian  Christianity,  and  can  facilitate  study  of  Balinese  Hinduism,  Indonesian Buddhism,  Indonesian  Chinese  religions  and  local  religious  communities  connected with  specific  ethnic  groups  such  as  Javanese  mysticism. Indonesia has hundreds of unique tribal religions, some of whose practices may date back thousands of years.

Which universities will award the Ph.D. Degree?  
The Diploma of the Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) Degree is signed by the three Rector of all three universities: Gadjah Mada University (UGM), the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga (UIN) and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW).
Who is eligible to apply for this program?
To ensure academic quality, ICRSwill limit enrollment and only accept the best students. The admission committee will strive for balance based on religions, gender, ethnic diversity and are of interest. ICRS especially encourages application from minority religious and ethnic groups and from women.

What is Sandwich Program?
The Sandwich Program is a customized four-month program designed to provide students pursuing doctoral degrees at ICRS with access to current resources in the foreign universities. The program goal is to improve the quality of the students' dissertation research.

What is the average duration of the program?
Actual time to earn a degree varies due to program requirements and differences among students. The average time to earn a doctoral degree is approximately 4-5 years.

First year: Coursework – Doctoral students take 20 graduate credits for the first year. Students who do not complete 20 credits by  the  end  of  their  second  semester  may  take further  courses  during  the summer or  in their second year.

Second year: First Semester & Second Semester:  Comprehensive Examinations
Students  spend  their  fourth  semester preparing for their Comprehensive Examination under the supervision of their Primary Academic Supervisor.

Third yearDuring  their  third  year,  students  who  have  passed  their  Comprehensive  Examinations should either doing their fieldwork research. They may stay in Yogyakarta, or go to a place that offers outstanding library or other resources for their research.  

Fourth yearStudents devote full time to writing a dissertation and propose (if they haven't already) and defend their dissertation. Most importantly they should meet frequently with their Primary Promoter  to discuss  their dissertation  as  they  are completed.

What portion of graduate students are international? Are there any special considerations or requirements for international applications?
A significant portion, usually about half, of admitted students are international. No, there are no special considerations or requirements for those applications

How important are my English- language skills?
All of academic doctoral program activities, such as lecture, thesis, dissertation, examinations seminar, and workshop are held entirely in English.  ICRS provides native speaking English teachers who will help students improve their English proficiency.

Is your program or the Faculty affiliated with any research facilities available to students?
ICRS has a large diversity of research center and institutes. Research centers of particular interest to inter religious studies students are listed on our Partnership page. Interested students may contact individual centers to learn about research opportunities.

Can I join the Ph.D. Program in distance?
No. The program is a full-time program and takes about five years to complete. The ICRS Ph.D. program requires four years of full time study including at least two years resident in Yogyakarta. Students must be live in Yogyakarta at least until they pass their Comprehensive Exam.

If I plan on visiting your program before I apply, is there someone that I should contact? With whom should I meet during my visit?
Prior to your visit, please contact our Foreign Scholar Host, David Akbar at He will be happy to help you plan a productive visit and to meet with you to discuss the application process and degree structure.