International Teachers College

Welcome to the ITC.

The ITC is a dynamic international living and learning community, made up of students from 20 countries on five continents. Students are exposed to many different cultures and educational systems, while studying in English, and living in a safe and comfortable environment.

The Christian residential community helps students grow in their faith while participating in discipleship and recreational activities with other Christian students. ITC Students are encouraged to develop a “missionary mindset” as they prepare themselves for service as educators who “teach Christianly” in schools around the world.

Vision & Mission.

The International Teachers College (ITC) is a ministry of Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) and aims to equip future teachers with international-standard content alongside research-based best practices within a distinctively Reformed theological framework. Our goal is to produce students who contribute effectively to the educational development and enterprise in their local countries, to the glory of God and as a blessing to the nations through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is the ITC?

Christian Foundation & Curriculum

  • The goal of the ITC is to equip Christian teachers for service in schools around the world. Our Christ-centered curriculum, excellent professors, and world-class residential learning community work together to develop active and reflective Christian educators who are able to teach and lead from a Biblical perspective in a wide variety of school settings.


Student Life

  • Classes, residence halls, recreation, and intramural sports all offer great opportunities to explore your interests and develop meaningful relationships. You will grow close to your new community of friends, based on a common faith and desire to glorify Christ with your minds, hearts, and hands as you pursue your passion to learn to teach Christianly.

A Christian Community

  • The ITC is a vibrant Christian community that integrates life, learning, and faith. You’ll discover an engaging learning environment in which we encourage tough questions and strive to answer them through study, prayer, and thoughtful consideration. The ITC is a place where life and learning intersect as you share earnest discussions in class and make lasting relationships with professors who are passionate about helping students develop a Christian worldview.

What We Offer.

Program The Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed.) in Primary Education is designed to prepare students to be teachers from pre-kindergarten to middle school.

In addition to education courses, both majors include liberal arts coursework, such as history, math, psychology, communication, and theology. The education courses cover areas of instruction, curriculum development, classroom management, as well as major-specific content. Students participate in field experiences in area schools each year, culminating in a semester-long student teaching practicum
Length of Study 3-year program plus 1-semester internship
Program The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Secondary English Education is designed to prepare students as English teachers for middle school and high school.

In addition to education courses, both majors include liberal arts coursework, such as history, math, psychology, communication, and theology. The education courses cover areas of instruction, curriculum development, classroom management, as well as major-specific content. Students participate in field experiences in area schools each year, culminating in a semester-long student teaching practicum
Length of Study 3-year program plus 1-semester internship

Committed, Faithful Mentors.

Our professors are more than scholars; they are passionate about teaching and sharing their faith in a setting that sharpens the intellect and encourages increased awe of our sovereign God. All faculty members subscribe to UPH Statement of Faith, and you will often find them staying after class or relaxing with students around campus to flesh out class material, discuss the Lord's calling on a student's life, or simply talk and build relationships.

Curtis Taylor

Dr. Curtis J. Taylor moved to Indonesia in June 2015 and currently serves as both Dean and Director of Admissions for the International Teachers College (ITC). In May 2017 he was also appointed as Vice President for Student Development & Spiritual Formation for Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH).

Prior to coming to Indonesia, Dr. Taylor served Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa (USA) for 23 years in various administrative roles, including Dean for Global Education, Special Assistant to the President, Vice President for Student Services, and Director of Residence Life. While in Iowa, Dr. Taylor also served as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s College, as Vice President of the Sioux Center Christian School Board, and as President of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his time in Iowa, Dr. Taylor held administrative positions at the University of Washington and Michigan State University.

Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Calvin University, a master's degree in college and university administration from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University. He has been married to Sheryl Sheeres Taylor for 32 years. Mrs. Taylor is a professional library director who is currently serving as Coordinator of Library Services for the Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan (YPPH) in Jakarta. The Taylor’s have three children: Ian Curtis-24, who is married to Elli Elizabeth Krosschell and teaches with her at Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) in Jakarta; Willem Levi-20, who is majoring in History and Classics with a minor in archeology, at Calvin University; and Mia Soo-Jee-16, an 11th grade student at SPH—Lippo Village.

In his spare time, Dr. Taylor enjoys bicycling and traveling with his family.

Jeffrey Spanogle

Department Chair
Dr. Jeffrey Spanogle joined the International Teachers College in July 2016 as an Education and Theology lecturer. He has taught a variety of subjects from his varied educational background. He experienced teaching several years in the Mississippi public school system as a high school math teacher and seven years in higher education both overseas (Teachers Training College in Paksé, Laos) and in several American Universities (Dominican University, Trinity International University, and Trinity Christian College in the greater Chicago area). He served as a lecturer for several years at ITC before taking on an administrative role of directing the program under Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Spanogle has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College (USA), a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi (USA), a master of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (USA), a TESOL certificate from Wheaton College (USA), and a Ph.D. from Trinity International University (USA). His wife Heather, who has a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College (USA), also teaches at the ITC and has helped support academic English development from her background in TESOL and literacy programs through World Relief. Their three children—Lydia, Elias, and Titus—are enjoying their early childhood in Indonesia and running through the halls at ITC.

Dr. Spanogle's areas of teaching usually include Theology and Education and include interests in Technology, Science, Math, Culture, and Philosophy. His research on Leviticus and Holiness continues to be an area of study alongside its intersection with education.

Ivonne Soutan

Administration Manager
In 2015 after visiting UPH, Ms. Ivonne joined Universitas Pelita Harapan. She has been managing the administration of Business School and moved to International Teachers College. After that, she has managed the administration and operational for International Tecahers College.

Ms. Ivonne was graduated from University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia. Prior to coming to UPH, she served in various administrative roles such as HR & GA, and Corporate Social Responsibility in Power Plant Toyota Tsusho Corporation

She firmly believes that UPH Vision and Mission plays a major role for the advancement of Indonesian education through a holistic christian education.

Rachel Kumendong

Administration Staff
Rachel serves as the admission and administration staff for International Teachers College UPH. Before coming to ITC, she has been actively involved in campus organization particularly with Campus Ministry, Discipleship, and Leadership Development.

Ms. Rachel has earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, majoring in ASEAN studies, from Universitas Pelita Harapan Karawaci, Indonesia. During her study, Ms. Rachel has been exposed to international community by joining several Model United Nations (MUN) Conferences, National Assembly of International Relations Students, and having experience of conducting internship abroad at Indonesian Embassy in Manila, Philippines. Her area of interests is related with international politics and security, study of terrorism and counter terrorism, and international development.

In her spare time, Ms. Rachel enjoys singing, watching movies, and volunteering for social events.

Christina Bailey

Ms. Christina Bailey joined the International Teachers College (ITC) at Universitas Pelita Harapan in October 2019 as a full-time lecturer. In this capacity, her focus is on enhancing the English curriculum and providing students with help in their writing skills. She is also working on the development of a program to reinforce the English skills of current and incoming students. In America, she presented on topics relating to English pronunciation and explicit English teaching at the International TESOL Convention.

Prior to coming to ITC, Ms. Chris worked for ELS Language Services in La Verne, California, USA as a full-time instructor for eight years. Her work at this company involved teaching, assessing, and mentoring students in their intensive English studies. During her time with ELS, she also worked at Kindai University in Osaka, Japan for 5 months as well as at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan for one month in 2017. Her time in these positions allowed her to experience more cultural diversity and awareness. Before her time at ELS, Ms. Chris worked in the public-school system in California. She worked mostly in elementary schools but did some work in middle and secondary schools as well.

Ms. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, USA in 1995. When she moved to California, she obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an Education Specialist Credential for Mild/Moderate Disabilities from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, USA in 2004 and 2011, respectively. In 2014, she procured her master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, USA.

Ms. Chris is single and enjoys traveling and exploring new places with friends or on her own. She has spent time in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and Indonesia discovering beautiful places and watching people in their own cultures. She believes that Matthew 28:19-20 are her life calling specifically because God has placed this desire in her.

Joshua Rice

Dr. Joshua Michael Rice joined the International Teachers College at Universitas Pelita Harapan in August 2019 as a Professor of General Education. He bolsters ITC's worldview curricula and teaches a wide range of courses as students' needs demand.

Prior to coming to ITC, Dr. Rice served as an Assistant Professor of History at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He spent three years teaching both undergraduate surveys and advanced courses and seminars for Corban's robust history major. Before that, he taught at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, which prepared him (somewhat) for the heat of Indonesia. Dr. Rice completed his graduate work at the University of Missouri, where he received a PhD in History. While living in Columbia, Missouri, he converted pizza, beer, and coffee into a dissertation examining Native American and missionary relationships in the pre-Civil War American West. Dr. Rice first got interested in the topic as a Masters' student at the University of Nebraska, when he read the journal of nineteenth-century missionary.

Dr. Rice met and married his high school sweetheart, Laura, in south Seattle, and the couple spent a decade of graduate school traipsing around the Midwest. They have long felt a call to serve the Lord internationally and are grateful to be working and living in a context like ITC. They have been blessed with two children, Lukas and Abigail.

Dr. Rice's areas of teaching includes History, Education, Philosophy, and Technology. He continues his research on American history, religion, and missionaries.

Keren Watulingas

Ms. Keren Watulingas has a role as a lecturer in International Teacher College, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia. She is also the placement coordinator for practicum and student teaching program. She trained initially as a primary teacher and worked in Sekolah Pelita Harapan for a number of years. She joined ITC in 2018.  Ms. Keren graduated from Universitas Pelita Harapan with a Master of Education degree majoring in Educational Technology. Her thesis was focus on analyzing the needs of reflective teaching practice in inclusive class setting. Keren's interest mainly related with the fields of “Inclusive Education” including on how to equip student teachers in order to establish an effective inclusive class and accommodate the needs of students.

In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, solo travelling and reading novels

Marlyn Feliciano

Ms. Marlyn S. Feliciano is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts, Major in English, Minor in Education from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and acquired her teaching license right after; however, she didn’t join any academe to teach right away, having jobs in the Customer Service and Business Process Outsourcing Industry, wherein her English-speaking ability and people skills were enhanced. While working, she wanted to be equipped more in her church ministries; hence, entered Kingsway Bible Baptist Seminary and graduated as the Most Outstanding Student of Biblical Studies.

After years of being outside the education realm, she decided to pursue her calling in teaching and thus, decided to enhance her knowledge by taking up Master of Arts in Education, Major in English at National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines. She has a five-year-teaching experience in teaching English and Literature Subjects to tertiary students in different private colleges in the Philippines such as World Citi Colleges, Systems Technology Institute and Global Reciprocal Colleges.

The LORD led her to Indonesia when she got accepted as an SMA English teacher in Kharisma Bangsa, School of Global Education in Tangerang, Selatan. Her prayer to be able to teach in a Christian school in Indonesia was answered by the LORD when she was given the chance to join International Teachers College at Universitas Pelita Harapan in August of 2018 as a Literature lecturer.

Pravin Dongardive

Mr. Pravin Dongardive has been part of the International Teachers College (ITC) at Universitas Pelita Harapan since August 2017. He is a professor of Theology and Bible at ITC. He currently teaches Theology, New Testament Survey, Acts and Early Church History and Teaching and Learning Old Testament.

Before joining ITC, Mr. Pravin has served God for eighteen years in various Christian schools in Indonesia. He has experience of working as a Biblical study, Character, Humanities, Theory of knowledge, Global Perspective and ESL teacher, in IBO and Cambridge authorized schools. He has served as a principal and IB Diploma Coordinator for nine years in two different IB schools.

Mr. Pravin has earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. He has two masters degrees from International Theological Seminary, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Mr. Pravin is married to his wife Yogi Tjiptosari for 22 years. Mrs. Yogi Tjiptosari is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum Development in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesian University of Education) in the city of Bandung. She is actively involved in serving God through a local congregation of Gereja Santapan Rohani Indonesia and teaching in STT IMAN Bible college. Mr. Pravin’s son Timothy is pursuing his medical science degree at the faculty of Medicine at the University of Pelita Harapan.

Financial Aid Information.

While the price of tuition, fees, lodging, food, and uniforms for the International Teachers College is only a fraction of the cost of a comparable education in Australia, Canada, or the USA, it is possible that some students may not be able to afford these costs. For this reason, there are two types of financial aid for students.

  1. Indonesian Students – Indonesian students who are accepted to the ITC are eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships from UPH to cover a portion of the cost of their tuition and fees. Scholarships are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and do not cover the entire cost of the educational expenses. The UPH Admissions Office can provide additional information about scholarships. Just click here for additional information.
  2. All Students – Due to the significant financial commitment of the Pelita Harapan Foundation (YPPH), an ITC University-to-Work Program is available to qualified students from any country to cover the cost of academic fees, living accommodations and meals, textbooks, and uniforms for those students who are willing to complete a three-year term of paid teaching service after graduation. Participants in the ITC University-to-Work program must complete a separate application and agreement that commits them to a period of three (3) years of reciprocal service at a Christian school assigned by the YPPH following the completion of their ITC degree. The ITC University-to-Work Program application may be downloaded from here.

Admission Requirement.

Applications for the ITC must be completed by 1 April 2021, but students who apply earlier may be eligible for additional scholarships. The ITC uses the standard UPH Admissions form that can be found on the right side of this page, but several additional items will be required. For assistance in completing the application, please contact [email protected].

Documents Required

Your completed application will include:

  • Application
  • Academic Reference
  • Church Reference
  • Personal Christian Faith Essay
  • High School & University Transcript
  • Health Information Form
  • Proof of English Proficiency and College Readiness
  • Birth Certificate
  • Photographs
  • Passport (foreign students)

International Student Visa.

Each non-Indonesian citizen student must apply for a student visa called ITAS (Limited Stay Permit). The student visa application must start 2-3 months before your arrival in Indonesia (for students from calling visa countries, the process must start 7 months before arrival). The UPH International Office, working with a third-party visa agent, assists all international students in acquiring the Study Permit and ITAS acquisition process. For more information on the requirements, please visit the

After your arrival on campus, the ITC will hold your passport in ITC office for safety. If you need to access your passport for business or travel purposes, you may obtain it from ITC office and return it after you have completed your transaction or travel.

There are many intricacies involved with obtaining, maintaining, renewing, and surrendering the student visa and ITAS, as well as with leaving Indonesia for a holiday during the period of study. Please consult with the UPH International Office about any questions you may have so that you do not incur any unnecessary costs.


ITC Dormitory.

The ITC Residence Hall is safe and comfortable place within the campus area for ITC students to live. For further information, download the ITC-MYC handbook at


UPH Clinic is located in Building B (1st floor), providing students and staffs with healthcare and aids when there is an emergency medical situation.

Basketball Court.

Basketball court is located next to the Food Junction and in front of UPH College building.

• Monday-Friday: 7AM-9PM
• Saturday: 8AM-10AM for Eagles Academy members
• Saturday: 10AM-6PM for all alumni, students, staffs, and MYC residence
• Sunday: 1PM-6PM

Futsal Court.

You can play futsal at Multi Sports Venue which is located behind the soccer field tribune.

• Monday-Friday: 9AM-9PM
• Saturday: 8AM-10AM for Eagles Academy
• Saturday: 10AM-2PM for all UPH members

Badminton Court.

You can play badminton at Multi Sports Venue which is located behind the soccer field tribune.

• Monday-Friday: 9AM-9PM
• Saturday: 8AM-10AM for Eagles Academy
• Saturday: 10AM-2PM for all UPH members

Soccer Field.

The soccer field is located behind Building D.

• Monday-Friday: 7AM-6PM
• Saturday: 8AM-10AM for Eagles Academy
• Saturday: 10AM-6PM for all UPH member
• Sunday: 1PM-6PM, only on the side of the soccer field / jogging track

Swimming Pool.

Our Swimming Pool is an olympic-sized swimming pool, located behind the gym & beside Building D.

• Monday-Friday: 6AM-8AM, and 2PM-8PM
• Saturday: 10AM-2PM
• Sunday: 1PM-6PM.

Gym/Fitness Center.

Gym/Fitness Center is located between swimming pool and basketball court.

• Monday-Friday: 9AM-9PM
• Saturday: 8AM-2PM.

Pool Tables.

Pool tables are available at MYC Lounge, located next to MYC dorm, right above the food junction.


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International Teachers College at UPH