Cost of Studying and Living in Indonesia
Indonesia uses the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) as its currency.
Tuition fees in Indonesia will vary depending on the institution and level of study. International students should on average expect to pay between £2,300/$3,000 and £4,600/$6,100 per year. If you choose to study a medical degree, you can expect your tuition fees to be higher than this. Check with your chosen institution for the costs of your specific course.
Living costs in Indonesia will depend on the location of your studies. For example, if you choose to study in a big city such as Jakarta, you will likely have higher living costs than in the smaller cities. On average, annual living costs are around £6,500/$8,600 for students.
Another cost that international students should consider is health insurance. You should purchase health insurance before starting your studies. If you already have health insurance, you should ensure that your current policy is valid for your stay in Indonesia.
If you are going to study in Indonesia, you will need to apply for a student visa (KITAS). This can be done at the Indonesian embassy in your home country. You should first apply for a social visit visa, and apply for a student visa when you arrive in the country. The student visa is valid for one year, and can be renewed each year up to four times. To apply for the social visit visa, you will need to provide a copy of your passport, a copy of your most recent transcript and diploma/qualification, colour passport photos, proof of financial means, proof of good health and health insurance and acceptance and sponsor letters from your chosen institution. If you require more information about this, contact your university.
The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesian. Across the islands however, there are over 700 recognised languages.
Whilst English is spoken in the bigger cities, and is used as a teaching language at institutions, you will not find an advanced level of English outside of these major cities. Before you move to Indonesia, it is worth learning some basic phrases so that you can get around in your first few weeks. When you have spent some time in the country, you will find that you have picked up more of the language than you expected to, make sure to utilise that skill and communicate with the locals and other international students.
Whether you choose to study a course in English, Indonesian or any other offered languages, you will probably have to prove your language proficiency. It is common for institutions to offer language courses for international students who do not meet the language requirements. For more information about the required standards of your course and details of language courses, contact your institution.