The Merdeka Student Exchange Program (PMM) is part of the self-funded program run by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek). The purpose of this program is to strengthen and broaden the competencies of Indonesian students by participating in learning processes outside their home areas. In addition, through this activity, students are expected to increase their national awareness in the areas where they are doing the exchange. This program has been implemented since 2021 and has been carried out for one semester by students who are guaranteed to have their grades converted to the equivalent of 20 credits. To date, PMM is still sought after by students due to the satisfactory testimonials given by students who have previously participated in the program. With a fairly large number of applicants, it should be noted that this program has requirements that consist of:
- Being a third, fifth, or seventh semester student from a non-vocational program Please note that participants in the Merdeka student exchange program can only be taken by students in the semesters mentioned and coming from non-vocational programs, both from state and private universities in Indonesia.
- Having a GPA of at least 2.75 Students with a GPA below 2.75 are not allowed to participate in this program. However, the program can still be taken by providing evidence of non-academic achievement at the local/national/international level.
- Being able to open up opportunities to develop reasoning, insight, and integrity creatively and innovatively With the implementation of learning processes outside the home area, students will adapt to the surrounding environment, gain new insights, and implement them into creative and innovative ideas to be carried out.
- Participants who apply must not have a red list or have never been sanctioned academically and non-academically in the original university. To participate in this program, it is expected that students who apply do not have any recorded bad behaviors in order to prevent the repetition of bad behaviors that might occur when implementing the Merdeka Student Exchange Program.
- Willing and able to comply with all rules and regulations To create the smooth running of the PMM program, students must follow the written rules and regulations in the POB (Student Exchange Program Book) and regulations from the host university.
- Having the ability to adapt and communicate well in the host country To ensure smooth communication and adaptation in the host country, it is expected that students have good language skills, both oral and written, in the language used in the host country.