Tips for Passing IISMA 

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The Indonesia International Student Mobility Award (IISMA) seeks future young leaders and students who are competent and able to be part of global change. Their real contribution is the key point to getting into this prestigious scholarship.

In a relaxed talk show, an event held regularly by the International Program of Communication Department, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), discussing IISMA issues by inviting Dr. rer. nat. Dian sari Utami. He is the Director of the Partnership of International Affairs. The teatime entitled “Lest Find out IISMA” was held on March 5, 2022.

The Indonesian International Student Mobility Award (IISMA) is a program from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. In collaboration with the Education Fund Management Institution (LPDP), this program is part of the Merdeka Campus program, namely Merdeka Belajar. This scholarship is given specifically for Indonesian students, “only for Indonesian students, not for foreign students studying in Indonesia, but specifically for Indonesian students,” said Dian.

Dian divulged a little about what kind of students are sought at IISMA. Apart from meeting the minimum requirements such as completeness of files, English language skills, and student GPA, one more thing that students at IISMA most want.

In the interview test, an important point is always asked, which influences the contribution to society and Indonesia after attending IISMA. “In the interview test, you will definitely be asked something like, ‘We have paid for this course. So, what will your contribution be?’” Dian said, imitating the interviewer.

“On average those who have been accepted can tell a lot about their current activities, more about the social work they do outside the campus. They will also study there, and take courses that support their current activities. Well, later they will come back and develop their social work. So it’s relatable and sustainable.” added Dian.