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Movies are among the most beloved forms of entertainment and constitute one of the largest industries worldwide. Many iconic films have been shot on campuses across the USA. As Hollywood leads the film industry, it's no wonder that numerous movies have chosen educational institutions as their backdrop. Here are some notable examples:


 Legally Blonde: University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

In this beloved comedy, despite the storyline centering around Harvard Law School, much of the filming actually occurred at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Interestingly, the exterior shots of Harvard depicted in this movie were filmed at USC instead of Harvard.


Pitch Perfect: Louisiana State University (LSU)

This musical comedy took the world by storm, bringing acapella music to newfound popularity. Shot mainly at Louisiana State University (LSU), it has become a cherished favorite among audiences.


The Social Network: Harvard University

Given that the movie revolves around Mark Zuckerberg, who attended Harvard, it's unsurprising that parts of this true-life drama about Facebook's beginnings were filmed at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Good Will Hunting (1997): Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

This well-regarded drama follows the story of a janitor with extraordinary math skills, starring Matt Damon and the late Robin Williams. Filming took place at various locations on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


With the numerous universities in the USA boasting beautiful campuses and expansive areas, campuses will always be a great option for movie shootings. And if you study in the USA, you might also experience campuses just like your favorite characters in the movies did. For those considering studying in the USA, our American Degree program offers an enticing opportunity. Spend up to three years in Jakarta and complete your final year in the USA. It's a smart choice to save both time and money on your education.

Dear JIC Family,

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our newest talent ambassador, Callista Arum. Currently enrolled in the WMU program at Jakarta International College (JIC), Callista is a student who exemplifies extraordinary dedication and versatility. Alongside her academic pursuits, Callista is making significant strides in the world of acting. In this exclusive interview, Callista shares insights into her journey of managing both her academic and professional aspirations.


In addition to her studies, Callista is deeply passionate about acting. She finds the profession exhilarating because it offers a diverse array of challenges and experiences, making each day in the acting world unique and exciting.

We understand the challenges Callista faces in balancing her university commitments with her acting career. Callista explains that careful planning is key to managing her time effectively. She often has to decline project offers, particularly movies, when she has ongoing TV series commitments to honour her obligations to her current production house.

Beyond her acting pursuits, Callista has achieved remarkable success in both non-educational and educational competitions. Notably, she has earned gold and silver medals in international gymnastics meets, as well as multiple gold medals in speech and news anchor competitions at the city level.

Despite the initial culture shock of transitioning to an international-based school, studying at JIC has been an enriching experience for Callista. She values the supportive environment created by her friends and teachers, which has helped her navigate the challenges of academic and personal growth.

Looking ahead, Callista plans to continue her education at WMU after graduating from JIC while pursuing her acting career. She also dreams of venturing into entrepreneurship, leveraging the connections she has cultivated during her university journey.

For students considering studying abroad, Callista offers words of encouragement. She advises them to pursue their dreams with dedication, emphasizing the importance of remaining optimistic about the future.

Callista Arum's story serves as a testament to the power of dedication and passion in achieving success. As she continues her journey, Callista inspires others to pursue their passions and embrace the opportunities that come their way.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Callista for sharing her story with us, and we wish her continued success in both her academic and professional endeavors. We have no doubt that she will reach even greater heights in the future.

Warm regards,

We all know that some universities are really tough to get into. The USA, with its renowned education system and prestigious colleges, is home to some of the hardest universities to gain admission to. Let's take a look at a few of them:


1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Also known as Caltech, this university is considered one of the best in the USA. It's also famous as the university where the TV show "The Big Bang Theory" character Sheldon Cooper attended. In Fall 2022, Caltech received 16,626 applications but only admitted 448 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 3%.


2. Harvard University

As the first Ivy League university on our list, Harvard consistently ranks among the top 10 universities globally. In Fall 2022, Harvard received a whopping 61,221 applications but admitted only 1,984 students, giving it an average acceptance rate of 3%.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is renowned as one of the world's best universities, often ranking as the number one best university in the world. It's known for attracting some of the brightest minds and has produced notable alumni like Kofi Annan and Buzz Aldrin. In Fall 2022, MIT received 33,767 applicants and admitted 1,337 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 4%.

4. Stanford University

Consistently ranked in the top 10 globally, Stanford is highly regarded for its research contributions, boasting over 68 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. In Fall 2022, Stanford received 56,378 applications and admitted 2,075 students, with an average acceptance rate of 4%.

5. Brown University

The second Ivy League university on our list, Brown University is known for its exceptional liberal arts program and has produced many award-winning writers. In Fall 2022, Brown received 50,649 applications and admitted 2,562 students, resulting in an average acceptance rate of 5%.


These universities have very competitive admission processes, and only a small number of applicants are successful in securing a spot. However, there are many other universities in the USA that offer excellent education and learning opportunities for all students. Choosing to study in the USA is undoubtedly one of the best decisions you can make, as the knowledge and experience gained are invaluable.

If you're interested in attending universities in the USA, you can start by considering our American Degree Program. With this program, you can study for up to three academic years at JIC before transferring to a university in the USA for your final year and graduation.

Thank you, and stay tuned for the next update.


Source: USNEWS (DEC, 2023)


Introducing JIC Sports Leader

Dear JIC Family,

We are excited to inform you about the sports activities facilitated for students at JIC. Our aim is to continuously nurture their potential and help them achieve remarkable feats in the field of sports. This is made possible through the JIC Sports Committee, a platform that brings together students who share a passion for sports. The JIC Sports Committee encompasses various sports branches, many of which participated in the JIC Cup Eternals 2023 held earlier in August. The sports featured in the event included basketball, football, badminton, and table tennis.

Within each of these sports, a dedicated leader takes charge, assisting JIC in organizing weekly training sessions and coordinating matches with other schools. Without further ado, let us introduce you to the heads of the JIC Sports Committee:

  • Cyril Benedict Lie: Leader of the JIC Sports Committee
  • Nathaniel Iskandar: Leader of JIC Basketball
  • Welsens Christiano Handoko: Leader of JIC Soccer
  • Hagen Yovando: Leader of JIC Table Tennis
  • Muhammad Naufal Ikhsan: Leader of JIC Badminton

We are alo thrilled to share a recent exciting achievement – Welsens Handoko successfully led his team to victory in the JIC Cup against Bunda Mulia School on August 11, 2023.

With this accomplishment in mind, we want to extend an invitation: are any of you interested in taking up the role of chairman for these sports branches in the upcoming term?



Best regards,