Main Article Content


Islamic Education Study Programs face various problems shaping curriculum innovation for an International Class Program (ICP). This research focused on efforts to innovate the appropriate curriculum for Islamic Education Study Programs at UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya (UINSA), State University of Surabaya (UNESA), and the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya, Indonesia. The research method carried out in this study is developmental research using a qualitative approach and comparative analysis. Data were collected through visits, interviews, and direct observation with full awareness of health protocols, as well as documentation from printed and electronic materials. In addition, data were collected through Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and the Delphi Method, a smaller scale of FGD. The results show that Islamic Education Study Program needs to immediately establish an international class program starting from the takhassus class, the excellent class, and the international class. Based on the findings at UNESA and ITS, the patterns of international classes are different in terms of programs, curriculum, learning, and multimedia application, which makes the position of the Islamic Education Study Program more flexible.


Curriculum Innovation Higher Education Institution International Class Program Islamic Education Study Program

Article Details

How to Cite
Assegaf, A. R., Zainiyah , H. S. ., & Fahmi , M. . (2022). Curriculum Innovation for the Internationalization of Islamic Education Study Program at Higher Education Institutions in Surabaya, Indonesia. Millah: Journal of Religious Studies, 21(3), 671–706.


  1. Abdullah, M. (2020). Exploring academic atmospheres in IAIN Kediri inspiring from state university in Malaysia. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29(3), 5752–5764.

  2. Abou-Dagga, S. (2020). Islamic University of Gaza internationalization endeavors at the level of postgraduate programs. In G. Fassetta, N. Al-Masri, & A. Phipps (Eds.), Multilingual online academic collaborations as resistance (pp. 36–55). Multilingual Matters.

  3. Ainsworth, L. (2014). Rigorous curriculum design: How to create curricular units of study that align standards, instruction, and assessment (1st edition). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  4. Anwar, M. (2021). Development of foreign language teaching material based on higher order thinking skills (HOTS) to increase students’ literacy skills. Eralingua: Jurnal Pendidikan Bahasa Asing Dan Sastra, 5(2), 565–578.

  5. Bogdan, R., & Biklen, S. K. (2006). Qualitative research for education: An introduction to theories and methods (5th edition). Pearson.

  6. Budiyanto, M. (2021, September 20). [Personal Communication].

  7. Carter, C. (2015). Social education for peace: Foundations, teaching, and curriculum for visionary learning. Springer.

  8. Cubukcu, Z. (2012). The effect of hidden curriculum on character education process of primary school students. Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 12(2), 1526–1534.

  9. Faizin, Moh. (2021, September 25). [Personal Communication].

  10. FMIPA UNESA. (2020, July 21). Sosialisasi online program Kelas Unggulan untuk wali mahasiswa Kelas Unggulan 2019 FMIPA Universitas Negeri Surabaya [Online socialization of the Kelas Unggulan program for guardians of students of the 2019 Kelas Unggulan of FMIPA UNESA] [HTML]. FMIPA UNESA.

  11. FMIPA UNESA. (2021, August 2). Online Inaugural Academic MoU [HTML]. FMIPA UNESA. https://fmipa.unesa/

  12. FST UINSA Newsroom. (2018). FST UINSA bangun capacity building menuju kelas internasional [HTML]. FST UINSA.

  13. FST UINSA Newsroom. (2020, October 8). Menuju kelas internasional, Fakultas Saintek UINSA menaggandeng John Robert Powers [Towards an international class, the Faculty of Science and Technology of UINSA collaborates with John Robert Powers] [HTML]. FST UINSA Newsroom.

  14. Hamzah, R. R. (2014). Analisis relevansi kurikulum International Class Program (ICP) Fakultas MIPA Universitas Negeri Makassar dengan kurikulum SMP RSBI di Kota Makassar [Analysis of the relevance of the International Class Program (ICP) curriculum for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Makassar State University with the International Standard School Pilot Middle School Curriculum in Makassar City]. Teknosains: Media Informasi Sains dan Teknologi, 8(1), 77–86.

  15. Handoyo, E., Wijayanti, T., & Permatasari, I. (2017). The implementation of international class in Semarang State University and Indonesia Universty. The Turkish Online Journal of Design, Art and Communication, 17(Special Edition), 1275–1287.

  16. Hardiman, R., Jackson, B., & Griffin, P. (2007). Conceptual foundations for social justice education. In Teaching for diversity and social justice, 2nd ed (pp. 35–66). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

  17. Hill, I. (2012). An international model of world-class education: The International Baccalaureate. PROSPECTS, 42(3), 341–359.

  18. Hilmy, M. (2022, January). [Personal Communication].

  19. Holland, N., & Vasquez de Velasco, G. (1998). The internationalization of undergraduate programs: A model program using reciprocal distance education, traditional study abroad programs and international internships. FIE ’98. 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference. Moving from “Teacher-Centered” to “Learner-Centered” Education. Conference Proceedings (Cat. No.98CH36214), 2, 595–599 vol.2.

  20. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. (2022). Facts and history [HTML]. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember.

  21. Jakarta Intercultural School. (2022). About [HTML]. Jakarta Intercultural School.

  22. Lalor, A. D. M. (2016). Ensuring high-quality curriculum: How to design, revise, or adopt curriculum aligned to student success. ASCD.

  23. Littlewood, W., & Yu, B. (2011). First language and target language in the foreign language classroom. Language Teaching, 44(1), 64–77.

  24. Maykut, P., & Morehouse, R. (1994). Beginning qualitative research: A philosophical and practical guide. Routledge.

  25. McConnell, C., Conrad, B., Uhrmacher, P. B., & Brooks, J. G. (2020). Lesson planning with purpose: Five approaches to curriculum design. Teachers College Press.

  26. Miles, M. B., Huberman, A. M., & Saldana, J. (2018). Qualitative data analysis: A methods sourcebook (4th edition). SAGE Publications, Inc.

  27. Munadi, M. (2020). Systematizing internationalization policy of higher education in state Islamic universities. International Journal of Higher Education, 9(6), 96–106.

  28. Olifant School. (2022). About us [HTML]. Olifant School.

  29. Ordorika, I., & Lloyd, M. (2015). International rankings and the contest for university hegemony. Journal of Education Policy, 30(3), 385–405.

  30. Prabajati, A. D., & Permatahati, M. I. (2019). International class program as an implementation of ESP: The case of Geography International Class of Universitas Negeri Semarang. UNNES-TEFLIN National Seminar, 6–10.

  31. Santone, S. (2018). Reframing the curriculum: Design for social justice and sustainability (1st edition). Routledge.

  32. Sari, D. A. P. (2021, September 20). [Personal Communication].

  33. Stern, J., Ferraro, K., Duncan, K., & Aleo, T. (2021). Learning that transfers: Designing curriculum for a changing world (1st edition). Corwin.

  34. Stratemeyer, F. B., Forkner, H. L., & McKim, M. G. (1947). Developing a curriculum for modern living. Teachers College, Columbia University.

  35. Syafi’i, I., Izzi, M. N. L. A., Billah, M. F., Rahmawati, H. O., Septiansyhah, M. A. L., & Mustofa, A. (2022). Kurikulum integratif multidisipliner model twin-towers sebagai pijakan internasionalisasi Program Studi Pendidikan Agama Islam dan terwujudnya world class university [Multidisciplinary integrative twin-towers model curriculum as a basis for the internationalization of the Islamic Education Study Program and the realization of a world class university]. Formosa Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 1(3), 593–614.

  36. Universitas Negeri Surabaya. (2020). Visi dan misi [Vision and mission]. Universitas Negeri Surabaya. //

  37. Vieira, R. C., & Lima, M. C. (2015). Academic ranking—From its genesis to its international expansion. Higher Education Studies, 5(1), 63–72.

  38. Zulfah, & Mudzakkir, Moh. (2015). Rasionalitas orang tua memilih International Class Program (ICP) bagi siswa SD Khadijah II Surabaya. Paradigma, 3(2), 1–8.