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Study In Indonesia - International Students

Study in Indonesia, and find the best universities in Indonesia.

Indonesia is an ‘island paradise’ made up of 14,000 islands and sits in Southeast Asia. As a relatively new nation (only gaining independence in 1945) it is now one of the world’s fastest growing economies and the biggest in the region.

Hundreds of distinct ethnic groups, cultures and languages means that Indonesia is a really diverse community that is perfect for international students to study in. In fact the country’s national motto is “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” which translates as “Unity in Diversity”.

It is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the Southeast Asia region.

Currently around 6,000 international students have chosen to study in Indonesia.

Study in Indonesia is a great study abroad option for international students. Read our guide to discover more about the types of degrees, tuition fees and living in Indonesia as an international student.

Tuition Fees in Indonesia

Explore tuition fees in Indonesia for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate study in Indonesia has grown at a huge pace. In 1950 there were just 10 universities in the country, and today there are over 2,000. The majority of universities are private institutions with many public universities also available to international students.

All education is supervised by the Ministry for National Education.

Universities in Indonesia offer two types of degrees that are equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in English-speaking countries the Diploma 4 (D4) or Sarjana sains terapan and the Sarjana 1 (S1) that international students can study.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Indonesia

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Indonesia.

The cost of living in Indonesia is relatively low. The Universitas Indonesia recommends a budget of US$8,600 per year to cover everything from travel and books to accommodation. This might cost more depending on your lifestyle, and costs in the capital Jakarta are higher than the rest of the country.

Accommodation costs in Indonesia vary depending on where you want to live and the standard of accommodation you choose. As it is the capital, it is generally more expensive to live in Jakarta than elsewhere.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence, which are normally on campus
• Private accommodation – house and flat rental

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Indonesia. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is the Indonesia?

Indonesia is a safe country for international students to study in but like all countries there are some things to consider to keep safe.

Petty theft can be problem in major tourist centres and beach resorts, but in general, violent crime against students and foreigners is rare.

One issue international students should be aware of is the likelihood of credit card theft. Keep your card in sight while using it and be careful with your wallet or purse.

Indonesia is a predominantly Islamic country, where allow homosexuality is not punishable by national law it is a taboo subject that is actively condemned by religious leaders (not just Islamic) and is not viewed favourably in wider society.

There are severe penalties for drug possession.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money.
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone.
• Not making valuables obvious.
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis.
• Being wary of strangers.
• Being careful of traffic.


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month.

Here are a few tips if your child opts to study an undergraduate degree in Indonesia:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Indonesia

Apply to Study in Indonesia and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Indonesia.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

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