Study in Indonesia

Discover the biggest archipelago in the world!

The biggest country in Southeast Asia and the 4th in the world, Indonesia provides one of the most important economy growth these past 15 years in Asia and the world. 

The country’s development has put priorities on urban-planning, tourism, maritime, and also on higher education sectors.  

Indonesia offers a vibrant, multi-cultural environment for international students. There are about 6,000 international students currently study in Indonesia and the number continue to increase.

Higher Education System

Indonesia uses the LMD system, similar to the French University scheme
Attention, different duration of studies : 
  • Licence/Bachelor  : 4 years (Bac +4)
  • Master                       : 2 years (Bac +6)
  • Doctorate                 : 4 years (Bac +9)


Admission into a public university is very competitive, with 20 percent of students taking the national entrance exam being accepted (about 7-8% of acceptance rate for the top universities). Private institutions and some public ones have their own admission tests.
Although nearly 3,000 public and private institutions of higher education exist in Indonesia, only about 3 percent are private. There are four types of higher education institutions including universities, institutes, academies and polytechnics.


Tuition and Program Duration      

Tuition at most Indonesian universities is paid up-front for the entire program of study. Although tuition at public universities is very low, tuition at private institutions though quite high is still affordable.

The tuition fee for a public university is around €125 - €800 per semester (depending on program). Private universities charge around €4000 but could reach up to €15 000 depending on university and program. 


More Indonesian universities offer programs taught all or partly in English, and International programs. These institutions are mostly to be found in the Jakarta and Surabaya regions.

Other options for studying in Indonesia include cultural exchange programs, language programs and student exchange programs. These are available through local and international education organisations.

Scholarships are available for International students from some host universities. 


General information

  • General requirement : Good level of English (TOEFL 500, IELTS 5). All International programs are dispensed in English. Indonesian language & civilization courses are commonly included.

  • Most of the regular/non-International programs are dispensed in Indonesian language. However, some universities particularly privates are already dispensed in English.
  • For specific requirements : read directly the program/university's website


Academic Calendar

The academic year at most universities has two semesters, begins in early September and finishes in June. Below is the general calendar for regular (non-International) programs in public universities, and some private universities:

  • Admission : February - March
  • National entrance exam : June
  • Selection-Result: July
  • Entrance : mid-August/September
For non-degree or International programs, the academic calendar would varies but most commonly divided into two periods :
  • First semester : September-January
  • Second semester : February-July
Application deadline
  • First semester : June
  • Second semester : December
! Some Universities may have customized programs. Students could propose a particular calendar based on their own availability

Contacts :

For all questions/informations on non-degree and International programs 
  • International Relations Office of each host university in Indonesia
  • UFTMP Representation Office Jakarta : Ananda Mackulau (+62) 21 71 79 46 52



Six reasons to study in Indonesia

  • Very affordable living cost

The general living cost in Indonesia is low compared to France, in addition to the fact that the exchange rate for euros is profitable (€1 = IDR15 000). Read the expenses detail on Practical Information

  • Courses in English

Increasing number of programs taught in English especially for Master degrees. International programs are also available in most of public and private universities.

  • Opportunities after study for foreign workers

Indonesia especially Jakarta offer divers opportunities for foreign workers with great numbers of Indonesian and international companies available. Offers as language teachers are also available. 

  • Culture richness

With more than 17 000 islands, Indonesia offer infinite discovery. Mountains, beaches, Orang Outan and Komodo Dragon islands, Borobudur temple, are only few of them. Traditional arts and handcrafts, dances, “Wayang” puppets, culinary from each region… Indonesia is a gem for adventurous people

  • Friendly locals

Indonesians are known by their openness toward other cultures  because they are themselves multicultural people by nature. And because they have regional and national language, they are born at least bilingual. Particularly in big cities, English is spoken largely and regarded as the principal foreign language.   

  • Tropical climate

It’s mostly always sunny in Indonesia, except for rainy season in November-February. Although even in this period still average about 23-28’C.


Post-Graduate Opportunities                            

The unemployment rate in Indonesia is low and there are many opportunities for both Indonesian and foreign workers after they have obtained their Master’s and even Bachelor’s degree. Major multi-national industries include petroleum and gas, clothing and footwear, mining, fertilizers and tourism. Nearly half of the Indonesian workforce is currently in the services sector. Most of the private sector

s require English proficiency for both Indonesian and foreign workers.

The majority of foreign workers in Indonesia are employed by foreign countries or in the export sector; foreign workers proficient in English also may find employment in teaching English. Students planning to work in Indonesia need to find employment before they graduate so the potential employer can help to obtain a work visa.


International programs

There are an increasing number of programs dedicated for International students, lecturers and researchers. Here below are programs offered by some of our partner universities. You can also apply to other programs that are not on our list/partner.

General contacts :

For all questions/informations on International programs 
  • International Relations Office of each host university (scroll down for websites)
  • UFTMP Representation Office Jakarta :ananda [dot] mackulauatuniv-toulouse [dot] fr ( Ananda Mackulau) (+62) 21 71 79 46 52

You are :

International Students

Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) offers Internship program : 

ITS provides opportunities for students to have an internship experience at ITS laboratories (lab-based) or industries (industrial-based) which have a partnership with ITS within 1 up to 4 months.

Contact : internationalatits [dot] ac [dot] id or int_offatits [dot] ac [dot] id


Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) offers Student mobility program :

INDONESIAN DIVERSITY @ AIRLANGGA 2017 (INDIAIR 2017) is open for international students who are interested to learn the cultures and diversities of Indonesia. INDIAIR 2017 also offers the participants to experience the pluralism value in Indonesia

  • Program duration: 2 weeks, from November 27th - December 9th, 2017
  • Accommodation fee : USD 350
  • FREE cultural trip to Mount Bromo, Madakaripura Waterfall
  • Credit transferable or earnable (depends on the chosen course)
  • Application is due on September 30th, 2017.
  • For more information, click HERE

Contact : amertaatiop [dot] unair [dot] ac [dot] id or summeratiop [dot] unair [dot] ac [dot] id


Universitas Indonesia (UI) offers Short program :

                SCHOLAR SUMMIT 2017 on 10-11 October 2017

Scholars of their partner universities including all over the world (including UFTMP) are brought together to share their thoughts with their scholars in dedicating the theme of "Shaping the Better World".

  • Broad theme is divided into three sub themes : health, science, & technology, and social science & humanities.
  • Submit your abstract to be presented at the Summit through this link  
  • University offers  4 nights hotel accommodation and local transportation during the event.

Further details on website or contact Scholar Summit secretariat team : scholarsummitatui [dot] ac [dot] id. Tel : +6221 786 7222 ext.100520


List of UFTMP Partner Universities

University of Gadjah Mada (UGM)  
Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB)
Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)  
University of Indonesia (UI)  
University of Airlangga (UNAIR)  
University of Udayana (UNUD)  
University of Tanjungpura (UNTAN)  



Practical information

Living cost

The cost of living in Indonesia is very low. The most expensive city is Jakarta, however it is still cheaper than most of the capitals in the world. 


Living cost in the capital Jakarta, minimum per month : €500-€700

  • Housing : €150-€500
  • Transport : €35-€100
  • Communication : mobile €7-€30, Internet €30
  • Food : €100-€200
  • Miscellaneous (sport, clothing, entertainment, etc.) : €150

Big cities (i.e. Bali, Surabaya, Makassar) per month : €300-€500

  • Housing : €100-€300
  • Transport : €35-€100
  • Communication : mobile €7-€30, Internet €30
  • Food : €100
  • Miscellaneous : €80

! The living cost is even less expensive in smaller cities (under €100 to €300 per month)


More detailed budget



Hostel dorm — €8-12 / night
Hostel private room (ensuite) — €20 / night
Mid-range hotel — €35-€70 / night
1 bedroom budget apartment – €350 / month

Food & Drink

Bread, street food — €1
Inexpensive restaurant meal — €2-4
Fast-food meal — €4
Mid-range restaurant three course meal — €5-7
High-end restaurant — €10-€20
Coffee at cafes — €0.50-€4
Bottle of water (0.50 lt) — €0.50
Soft drinks — €0.50-0.75


Internet (cable or DSL, unlimited data) — €30 / month
Phone SIM — €2.50
Prepaid cell phone usage — €0.10 / minute
SMS text message — €0.01
Data plan 1.5G — €15
TV subscription — €25-35 / month


Bus one-way ticket — €0.20
Bus monthly pass — €10
Taxi (per km) — €0.20
Scooter rental — €5-10 / day
Car rental (depending on car) – €20-€50 / day
Cost of gasoline — €0.60 / liter


Visa for Foreign Students

Type of visa differs from each study program.
Consult the host university’s International Office to know which visa you need.
In general, International students have two options :
  • Visit visa : for short courses/short programs between 2-6 months
  • Limited Stay visa : for long-period of study (more than 6 months)
  • Please be advised that the process to obtain visas may take considerable length of time to be processed. Please plan well in advance
  • Do not book or pay for any travel tickets etc. until you have been granted a visa.
  • If the student's studies/ training have not yet finished but the Visa/ Stay Permit has already expires or will shortly be expiring, then the student can get an extension. A student can submit his/ her application for an extension at the Regional/ Local Immigration Office where he/ she is studying.
  • You should always consult your Supervisor and/or the Student Administration Office at your University in Indonesia, not only for academic matters but also for other matters involving the Immigration Office and in connection with your stay in Indonesia.

Health Insurance

International students should purchase private health insurance or ensure that their home-country health insurance plan will cover them during their stay in Indonesia.


About Indonesia

Quick facts 

  • capital : Jakarta                            
  • population : > 230 million people  
  • n° of island : > 17 000 islands
  • official language : Indonesian
  • currency : Rupiah (Rp), (IDR)
  • government: Republic
  • time zone: (UTC+7 to +9)


Useful links 


Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of more than 17,000 islands and straddling the equator. 

The largest islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), the Nusa Tenggara islands, the Moluccas Islands, and Irian Jaya, the western part of New Guinea.

Indonesia has a mixed economy in which both the private sector and government play significant roles. The country is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and a member of the G-20 major economies.

The country is rich in natural resources and famous for its volcanoes, which are among the most active in the world and attract international volcanologists for study. The country is also strategically located along major sea lanes from the Indian to Pacific Oceans, making it a crossroads in the ocean. With nearly 250 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world.



Indonesia has a tropical climate and temperatures remain relatively constant year round. The climate is generally warm and very humid. The coastal regions usually average about 28’C, lower mountain regions average about 26 degrees C and higher mountain regions average about 23’C. Due to the country’s proximity to the equator, there is very little variation is length of days as well. The driest time is from June to October and the monsoon season occurs during January and February.



Indonesian art and culture are heavily influenced by both religion and traditions of both eastern and western origin. There are hundreds of ethnic groups within Indonesia, and the culture fuses aspects from the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The six official religions are Islam, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Buddha and Confucianism. Music and dance in Indonesia have very distinctive styles and many theatre performances are based on traditional culture or mythological events. Indonesian cuisine is generally spicy and reflects the multi-ethnic culture of the country. Common ingredients in many dishes are rice, fish, soy and fruit. Popular sports include badminton, soccer and martial arts.



Representation Office Jakarta

ananda [dot] mackulauatuniv-toulouse [dot] fr (Ananda MACKULAU) | (+62) 21 71 79 46 52

Graha Kapital, Floor 4. Kemang Raya 4. Jakarta 12730. INDONESIA