Frequently Asked Questions

Sampoerna University and Lone Star College-Jakarta partnership was created to provide to Indonesian students a US- accredited, international-quality education to meet demands of the countryís growing labor force.  This partnership is designed to; 1) offer low total cost international education in Indonesia, and 2) meet workforce demands by producing employable graduates and job creators. 
Sampoerna University and Lone Star College have formed a strategic alliance to offer a bachelorís degree in 10 areas of specialization.  By attending USBI, you have an opportunity to:

  • Receive an American associate degree, and after completing the first two years of college at USBI, you can transfer to the US to complete your bachelorís degree
  • Transfer to any US university *
  •  Receive an American university associate and an USBI Sarjana degree without leaving Indonesia
  • Take courses taught in English by local and international faculty in Jakarta

*the transfer university reserves the right to accept the student and determine whether course work will be accepted in transfer and counted toward the bachelorís degree.

What is the associate degree?

  • An associate degree is (generally, if you attend full-time) a two-year degree, which requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours. Often these degrees are conferred at community colleges, but some four-year colleges and universities offer associate's degree programs as well. Many people who earn the associate degree go on to complete an additional 60 or more credit hours to earn bachelor's degrees at a four-year college and university.

Are there advantages to completing an associate degree at LSC-Jakarta?

  • Yes.  The associate degree provides the first two years of a bachelorís degree program in an environment that is highly conducive to learning, with smaller classes and more opportunity for individualized attention and academic support.  Students receive high quality instruction from faculty who have educational credentials that meet the requirements of the SACS regional accrediting agency.  
  • It allows graduates to complete all of the core curriculum and general education courses required in the first two years of a bachelorís degree.
  • An associate degree is accepted in transfer at most universities in the US without the loss of college credit, or having to re-take or duplicate coursework.
  •  The lower cost of tuition at LSC-Jakarta. The associateís degree costs less and is a more cost-effective means of completing a bachelorís degree.

What do I need to do if I want to go to college?

  • How do I get started in college?
    • You need to use the phone number and name at the end of this section and make contact with a staff person in this office at USBI to set up an appointment.  You will meet with an advisor who will assist you in taking the necessary steps to begin and complete the process.  Someone will work with you during every step of the process so you are always aware of your status and what to do next.  You can always use the same name and phone number when you wish to talk with someone at USBI about your application status. There will be forms to complete and an entrance test to take, but the person working with you will know exactly what you need to do to complete the process.

What if I do not know how to complete the admissions process and forms?

  • You can contact an USBI admissions advisor via email to get receive assistance on completing the admissions process.  The admissions advisors can help you identify the appropriate forms, who can assist you to complete the forms and answer any questions you might have.  This individual can also provide you with additional information to help you in choosing courses to take. In addition, an academic advisor is also available to answer any questions your parents might have about this process.

Will I need any records or other information to complete the admissions process?

    • Complete the USBI entrance exam
    • Complete the USBI admissions application
    • You will need your high school transcript
    • If you have taken the National Exams, you will need bring those test scores and any other tests (SAT, TOEFL, etc.,) bring those scores also.
What if I am not sure about what degree I want to pursue, or which courses to take?
  • An academic advisor will work with you to answer your questions and provide you more information about major and potential career choices.  There are also assessments you can take with an advisor to help you identify your interests.  Once you have determined what you want to major in while in college, we can help you develop a degree plan which lists the courses you need to take to complete your degree program. 

What can I do with an associate degree?

    • You may choose to continue pursuing your Sarjana degree in Jakarta at USBI
    • You may choose to continue your Bachelorís degree at universities within the United States
    • Those who complete their associate degree in Jakarta at USBI, then transfer abroad  to complete a bachelorís degree may also complete the USBI Capstone project upon return to Indonesia to also receive a USBI Sarjana degree. This initiative referred to as the Return Pathway, includes internships and employment opportunities with USBIís and Putera Sampoerna Foundation industry partners upon graduation.
    • You may choose to transfer to another university in Indonesia to complete your Sarjana degree.
    • You may transfer your associate degree credits to universities within Texas as the first two years of the Bachelorís degree, and,
    • If you maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) sufficient to qualify for an academic scholarship, and you transfer to one of the designated partner Texas universities, you will be eligible to pay ďin-stateĒ tuition as long as the requisite GPA is maintained.
    • Associate degrees are of two types; some associate degrees (A.A. and A.S.) are designed to transfer to a university to serve as the first two years of a 4-year (bachelorís degree) while other associate degrees (A.A.S. and A.A.T.) are designed to prepare recipients for a particular job after two years of study.  
Is there an advantage to obtaining three degrees in four years?
  • There are two main advantages for students completing an associateís, bachelorís and Sarjana degree in four year.  Upon completing the 4-year degree abroad and returning to Indonesia, you can complete a capstone experience designed to help you move directly into employment in a desired career field. This capstone experience, when completed, leads to the award of the third degree, in four years of study and provides the student an extensive educational experience studying in the U.S. and Indonesia.
  • The second advantage is that students will gain an international experience in the U.S. that will allow them to practice and use the English language extensively.  By becoming proficient in English, students will prepare themselves for job opportunities with international companies in Indonesia.
Will the third degree give me an advantage over other bachelorís degree graduates who do not possess the third degree?
    • Yes, this third degree will allow you to be better prepared for moving into the workforce with job specific skills acquired during the capstone experience that are directly related to your career choice.
How does completing classes at LSC-Jakarta and USBI cut the cost of the degree by 50%?
  • The real cost savings is realized because you will complete the less costly associate degree in Indonesia at LSC-Jakarta, then if you transfer to an overseas university to complete your degree, you save in the following ways:
    • You avoid having to pay four years of high cost room and board at an overseas university.
    • You avoid having to pay the high cost tuition and fees that international students have to pay for at least four years because you will pay the less costly tuition for two years while completing the associate degree at USBI.
    • You avoid having to pay the high cost of international travel for the first two years you attend classes at USBI. If you choose to transfer overseas to attend the last two years, your travel expenses are cut in half.   
What is the advantage in obtaining a US associateís degree?
  • The advantage is that if you wish to complete your bachelorís degree in the US, the US associate degree will be accepted in transfer to universities in the US.  The associate degree fulfills the course requirements for the first two years of most university bachelorís degrees.
  • All instruction is delivered in English; therefore, you have an opportunity to strengthen your English language skills. Should you transfer to the US to complete your bachelorís degree, you will have an advantage during the transfer-admissions process that can enhance your chances of acceptance, especially when completing the essay portion of the TOEFL examination.  The advantage goes to those students who have strong skills in English language usage (reading, writing, grammar, comprehension).
How can I pay for college?
  • There are a number of ways to pay for college.  For example, you can:
    • Seek loan opportunities through Koperasi Siswa Bangsa (KSB),
    •  Obtain a private loan
    •  Work part time to make money to help pay for some of your college costs.
    • Seek out sponsors in your community who will assist you financially while you are attending college.
Can I take LSC classes at USBI before transferring even if USBI does not have my desired major?
  • Yes, you can take LSC classes at USBI before transferring.  The courses you can take even if USBI does not have your desired major are known as general education courses.  Courses in general education introduce students to the basic content and methodology of the principle areas of knowledge, such as in humanities and the fine arts, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics
  • Because general education is common to nearly all U.S. universities (and the degree programs in those universities), it is possible to study these courses for 1-2 years at one institution and then transfer to your target U.S. or Indonesia university to complete your degree program Ė usually in a total of four years, just as if you had entered your target university directly.  For a list of Lone Star College general education classes that fulfill core requirements for an associateís degree click here.
Will the general education courses still count if I take them without having a major?
    • Yes, all bachelorís degrees require completion of general education courses, therefore, by taking these courses at USBI before transferring, you will have completed most of the first two years of college courses required for your 4-year degree.  Because general education is nearly identical for all types of degree programs including Engineering, Business, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences, students are able to transfer into the degree program of their choice*
    • Taking this pathway offers tremendous benefits over directly entering U.S. universities, including huge financial savings, smaller class sizes, and better preparation for advanced university coursework. After successfully completing their general education coursework students will have many options to complete a 4 year degree.

*Transfer admissions are at the discretion of the ďtargetĒ university and typically are based on GPA, test scores, English ability, and other factors.


How do I know the LSC classes I take at USBI will transfer to a U.S. University?

    • Graduates who complete the associate degree at LSC transfer each year to over 1200 institutions (colleges and universities) within the U.S. More information on transferring to a U.S. university from LSC-Jakarta can be found here.
    • LSC has also developed transfer agreements, called articulation agreements, with other universities in Texas and throughout the US. These agreements stipulate that the coursework completed at LSC will transfer to these universities without the loss of credit. More information about transferring to a Texas university can be found here.

Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


Is there anyone at USBI that will help my student to complete the transfer process to a U.S. institution?

  • Yes.  A Transfer Office has been established for that specific purpose, and is staffed with individuals who have expert knowledge about the transfer process. The staff will be able to describe the steps that need to be completed, the type of paperwork required, and how to make contact with someone in the transfer office at the university to which your student wishes to transfer. For more assistance you can email Pak Dimas Samudra, the USBI transfer advisor. 
  • What type of universities will my student be able to attend if she/he transfers to an overseas university?
    • USBI and its partner colleges and universities (LSC and LSU), have agreements with some of the top tier, well-known universities in the United States and in other countries, where our students are accepted in transfer.  One of our partners, Lone Star College System has students who successfully transfer each year to top universities such as:

Columbia                                            Stanford University                        Boston College
Princeton                                            Harvard,                                              Stanford
Rice University                                Michigan                                             UCLA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute                                                              Bryn Mawr
Vassar                                                   Harvard                                                Yale
Baylor                                                   Wellesley College                          Texas A&M
University of Texas                         Alabama State                                  Rice
Texas Tech University                   University of Houston                   Cornell

    • USBI students have been accepted, and will continue to be accepted to transfer to some of the top universities in Indonesia and the U.S.    


Will USBI help my student find a job once he/she comes back from studying in the US?

  • Yes.  USBI will take an active role in helping your student find a job once he/she returns from the US.  Also, your student will have an opportunity to work with the USBI Career Center to learn how to interview and how to best make a positive impression during the interview. 
  • Some degree programs require that students complete an on the job Internship in a real-world work setting.  This allows the student to get on the job training to become familiar with the job requirements, but also gives the student an advantage if he/she chooses to apply for a job with the organization where the internship was completed. 


 Are there any scholarships available for my student if they study at USBI for 2 years and transfer to a U.S. University?

  • Yes, there are scholarships available, both at USBI and when you transfer to the US. If you achieve, and maintain a certain GPA, you can apply for and receive a scholarship.  In addition, USBI has partnerships with some US universities that, upon transfer, will grant an academic scholarship based the student maintaining a certain qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA).  This means that the student will be eligible to pay ďin-stateĒ tuition as long as the required GPA is maintained.  A USBI Transfer Advisor will assist each student to seek out all scholarship opportunities available to them at their transfer institution.  For more assistance you can email USBI transfer advisor Pak Dimas Samudra. 

Will my child have to own a computer to attend college?

a. It is not a requirement that your child own a computer to attend college; however, it is advantageous for your child to own a computer because many of the class assignments will require this type of technology.  Computers will be available in the Library and computer labs throughout campus, but these will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Having ready access to a laptop when needed can help your child to succeed in college.  
b. Owning a computer will make it possible for your student to use it whenever needed according to his/her schedule rather than having to wait until a computer becomes available in the library or learning lab.  The USBI campus is equipped with Wi-Fi and all students are able to access it on their laptops and tablets.

Where will my student live while attending college?  Will the living arrangement be safe?

a. USBI does not provide dormitories for student housing.  Nor does USBI endorse any of the boarding houses where students typically live while taking classes.  There are a number of boarding houses within easy access to the campus where students live. For more information on student housing options click here
b. Security officers are available at the entrance to campus, and throughout the campus in various buildings.  Because USBI does not own dormitories nor provide housing for students, USBI is not able to guarantee the safety of the living quarters; however, students are provided safety information during their orientation to college, and ongoing attention is given to ensuring that the campus is safe for all students. 

Why did USBI partner with a US institution?

a. USBI sought out Lone Star College because the Lone Star College System (LSCS) is one of the most innovative, fastest growing colleges in the US.  LSCS has top quality instructional and student support resources, and has a long history of helping students to obtain their degrees and transfer to top universities in the US.
b. USBI is partnering with Lone Star College to take advantage of, and use the strengths of, both institutions to bring the very highest quality education to students here in Jakarta.  Both institutions have strengths and resources that when used together, make the degrees obtained, highly desirable and sought after.  Students who complete these degrees will have an advantage when they seek to transfer to a U.S. university or seek employment.
c. USBI was looking for an institution that had strengths in areas that had strong educational programs that complement the degrees offered at USBI.  A student who completes an associateís degree with LSC-Jakarta, then completes a USBI Sarjana degree, has the benefit of getting two degrees from outstanding higher education institutions.