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Indonesia is a beautiful country located in Southeast Asia, and is the world’s largest island country, situated between the Pacific and Indian oceans. It is home to around 260 million people, which makes it the fourth largest country in the world.

Why study in Indonesia?

Studying in Indonesia is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only do you receive a quality education, you will be acclimated with the culture around you on a daily basis. The environment surrounding you is stunning, and there are many places to travel and see while you are studying. Indonesia has about 2000 institutions of higher education, including around 120 state universities, which provides students a wide variety of universities to choose from.

More about Indonesia

Indonesia is culturally diverse and there are over 300 ethnic groups that call Indonesia home. On top of that, many different languages are spoken and many different religions are practised, making it a truly unique and diverse country.

Indonesia is a beautiful place full of vast opportunity. Even though Indonesia has a vast population and populated regions, it also contains vast areas of wilderness, of which supports a high level of biodiversity, second only to Brazil! It is rich in natural resources like oil and natural gas.

Cost of studying and living in Indonesia

Generally, education fees differ between each university in Indonesia, with fees starting at around $3000 USD and rising to above $6000 USD. Living expenses may or may not be covered by the university as each university has different rules and requirements. Public universities will be cheaper than private universities. It will also depend on what you are studying and what degree you are looking at obtaining; an undergraduate degree is less expensive than a master’s degree. It is advisable for the student to contact the university directly to discuss specific financial matters and see if they can receive any government supplemented grants.

Working while studying

If you would like to pick up a part time or even full time job while you are studying in Indonesia, please make sure to check with the government on how you can reach your goals. Different situations require different visas. This would be a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the local people, while also receive a top notch education.

Visas

There are a number of types of visa, and if your main purpose is to study in Indonesia, you would want to apply for a student visa. It is suggested that students apply for their visa at least 14 days before leaving for Indonesia. Many students apply for their visa immediately after receiving their acceptance letter from their university. The cost is around 45USD, but may change depending on the university or the country you are applying from. It is best to apply for a visa in your home country before travelling, so you don’t hit any unexpected issues. As each student will have different circumstances, it is important to make sure you are applying for the correct visa and have the correct information for your specific case. For more information about the required documents and embassy letter that are required, click this link: www.asiaexchange.org/information/visa-asia/indonesia-visa/.

Languages

Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but there are over 700 other indigenous languages that are spoken in Indonesia. Many people speak both Bahasa Indonesia and the dialect they grew up around, making them bilingual. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Indonesia, perhaps even picking up the national language. When you are at university, there will be students and professors that can speak English, as well.

Cities

Bali

Bali is the most famous island in Indonesia, and relies heavily on tourism. It is home to Udayana University, which was founded in 1962. Many students choose to study at Udayana University from all over the world, including Japan, China, and the United States. It is also easy to apply and you will hear back quickly. They are home to two active volcanoes and the world’s most expensive coffee, two things that are a must see if you plan on studying in Bali.

Jakarta

Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia, with a population of over 10 million people. This metropolitan city is also the capital of Indonesia, with many universities to choose from, such as BINUS International University and the School of Business and Management. It is also home to one of the campuses of Universitas Indonesia (UI), the oldest university in Indonesia. UI is also home to the largest library in Southeast Asia, which provides students with many resources to complete their studies diligently.

Surabaya

Surabaya has a population of about 6 million people, and students have many options to further their education. The mix of modern skyscrapers and cultural traditions found in the city makes for a very diverse place, perfect for a student to live and learn in. It is an important trading post, as well as a huge city for business. Business students can learn a lot just by being immersed in the culture. It is home to Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), which is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in all of Indonesia.

Bandung

Another large city in Indonesia, it is home to the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which ranks highly worldwide for their mechanical engineering program. About 20,000 students are enrolled every year, and its campus sprawls over 770,000 square meters. It’s huge! This city is surrounded by volcanic mountains and lies on a river basin. There are many attractions around the city, like golf courses, the zoo, and outlet malls. Many people from the city of Jakarta go to Bandung for the weekend to have a fun getaway.

Yogyakarta

Although a smaller city, Yogyakarta has earned its name as one of the major centers of education because it is home to another prestigious university, Gadjah Mada (UGM). This is by far the largest university in the entire country of Indonesia, having about 50,000 students enrol every year.


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