Study in Indonesia to discover the endless wonders this vibrant country has to offer!
The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia straddles the equator and is home to nearly 250 million people and over 300 languages. Its low costs, high quality and fun, friendly society are drawing increasing numbers of students from overseas. Universities are prepared to help international students adjust: if you need help assimilating into Indonesian life, your university will assign a pendamping, or an English-speaking guide who will help you navigate your new surroundings. Indonesia’s climate is sure to contribute to your distinctive experience, as it only has two seasons: dry and wet!
Indonesia is known for excellence in the region of Southeast Asia: its capital city Jakarta is the largest in the region, and its universities are some of the most renowned and well-known.
Indonesia’s high degree of ethnic diversity originates from its unique and layered history, from its past as a Dutch colony to the many migrant workers that bring aspects of their own culture to the country. Comprised of over 1,400 islands, Indonesia contains myriad fascinating cultures that are sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
Student visa for Indonesia
All foreign students accepted to study in an Indonesian university need to get a student visa. There are two types of student visas available:
- Social visit visa – single-entry, best for exchange students.
- Limited stay visa – for long-term studies only.
At some Indonesian embassies (e.g. Finland, Austria) it has been possible to apply for the Visa Type 211 (Tourist Visa). This visa can be converted into a sponsored Social Visit Visa upon arriving in Indonesia. Inquire at your local Indonesian embassy for the possibility of applying for this visa.
It is best to apply for the visa at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country. The Indonesian Immigration department now also allows for an online visa application through their website.
Required documents for a student visa to Indonesia include your passport with at least one empty page for the visa (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after leaving Indonesia), a copy of your airline ticket or an electronic ticket, the official acceptance letter from the host university, and an Embassy Letter. Embassy Letters, prepared by the host university, confirm that a certain student is in need of a Social Visit visa. An Embassy Letter is always addressed to the Indonesian embassy or consulate of a certain country: by default this will be the student’s home country.
It is recommended to apply for a student visa at least 14 days before leaving for Indonesia. It is best to apply for a visa immediately after receiving the official acceptance letter.
You must arrive in Indonesia within 90 days from the day the visa was issued on.
The maximum length of a stay in Indonesia with a Social Visit visa is 60 days, and the visa must be extended at the destination in accordance with the instructions given by the host university. The visa can be extended for one month at a time.
The Limited stay visa is valid for 5 years and needs a renewal every 1 year.
In terms of cost, Indonesia is one of the more affordable places to travel and study abroad. Bali is a cheap place to study abroad, but as a major tourist destination you can easily blow your budget if you’re not careful. Try to avoid spending too much time in the tourist areas and instead eat local, shop local, and live local. Not only will this help your budget, but it also lets you try out your awesome new language skills.
Accommodation in Bali is also cheap and with plenty of options. If you really want to immerse yourself in the Balinese culture consider a homestay where you live with a local family. If you want your own space, consider a ‘kost’ a boarding house style set up where you rent a room. Here your neighbors will also be locals so you can have all the benefits of cultural immersion but while having a bit more personal space.
Culture shock and support system
A common practice in Indonesia is for the host university to provide a pendamping or ‘buddy’ for an international student. Your buddy will open up a whole new world you didn’t know existed and will show you all of the best places to get a cheap coffee. It will also open up an immediate social circle as Indonesians love to make new friends.
Bali is a well known tourist destination, but if you travel to one of the villages or to the outer islands be prepared for lots of curious stares. Try not to feel to uncomfortable, for some people it may be the first time they have ever seen a foreigner. Making sure you cover your knees, shoulders and chest when going into rural areas is a sign of respect and should be adhered to.
Where to Live
Kuta is the main tourist destination for people traveling to Bali to party, so if you are looking for a wild night out it’s the place to go. For this reason, it is not the best place to live. Instead, try Ubud or Sanur for a more laidback and relaxed living atmosphere.
The only way to get around Bali is to have your own transportation. If you plan to stay for a long time consider investing in buying a jeep or a motorbike. Make sure you have an international license as police often pull foreigners over to check. If you have not ridden a scooter or motorbike before take some lessons before you arrive. The helmets they sell in Bali do not normally meet international safety standards so consider bringing one from home.
Health and Safety
The security situation can change rapidly in Indonesia and Bali, make sure you register your travel with your embassy. Avoid demonstrations and if an atmosphere starts to build in the streets try to leave as soon as possible.
To stay healthy, make sure you get all required vaccines before departure. Once there, always drink clean, bottled water and be careful when eating out at the start as your stomach gets used to new food. Refilling your water bottles is a cheap way to keep up with this habit.
To study in Indonesia you will need a sosial/budaya (social/cultural) visa. These can be obtained by most nationalities if you have a sponsor (usually your university or educational institution). Sosial/budaya visas are generally valid for three months and are extendable. They must be obtained from an Indonesian embassy or consulate before you travel. It’s always worth checking the current visa regulations because they can change without notice.
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