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.
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.
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:
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
Increasing number of programs taught in English especially for Master degrees. International programs are also available in most of public and private universities.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Big cities (i.e. Bali, Surabaya, Makassar) per month : €300-€500
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
International students should purchase private health insurance or ensure that their home-country health insurance plan will cover them during their stay in Indonesia.
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.
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