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Study in Indonesia

Everything you need to know about studying in Indonesia as an international student.

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Why study in Indonesia?

Indonesia is made up of 14,000 islands and sits in Southeast Asia. As a relatively new nation, it’s now one of the world’s fastest growing economies and the biggest in the region.

Indonesia is a really diverse community with hundreds of distinct ethnic groups, cultures and languages. Around 6,000 international students have chosen to study in Indonesia, and it’s also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the Southeast Asia region, making it a perfect place for international students to study.

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What are the best programs in Indonesia?

Indonesia is home to nearly a thousand of higher education institutions, which means there’s a huge choice of programs available to international students.

Universities in Indonesia offer two types of degrees that are equivalent to a bachelor’s degree; the Diploma 4 (D4) or Sarjana sains terapan and the Sarjana 1 (S1) are available to international students. It’s also possible to study at master’s and doctorate levels in Indonesia.

Indonesia also offers schools and universities that specialize in specific subject areas, including business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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What is the cost of studying in Indonesia?

The cost of studying in Indonesia is relatively low, with affordable tuition fees and a low cost of living.

Tuition fees in Indonesia can range from around $3,000 to $6,100 for most programs, however some subjects such as medicine are likely to cost more.

To cover your living costs, it's recommended you have a budget of $8,600 per year to cover everything from travel and books to accommodation. This might cost more depending on your lifestyle, and costs in the capital Jakarta are higher than the rest of the country.

Key facts

  • Rupiah Rp Currency
  • 4.2 million Student population
  • Indonesian, Malay Languages
  • 2,975 Universities

Where can you study in Indonesia?

Indonesia is a large and diverse country made up of thousands of islands, so there’s plenty of options when it comes to choosing where to study. The capital Jakarta is home to some of Indonesia’s biggest universities and offers students a hectic, cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Elsewhere, you could study in Yogyakarta which is regarded as a center of education. It’s much smaller than Jakarta and the other main cities and offers traditional culture and a slower pace of life.

Universities in Indonesia

What are the requirements to study in Indonesia?


As with most university programs across the world, you’ll need to have at completed at least secondary education in your home country to apply to study in Indonesia. Check with the university to see what results they require from your final exams, and find out if there are any other entrance requirements.

English language tests

If you want to study in English in Indonesia, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency by completing a language test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Check with the university to find out which test they require and what score you’ll need.

Indonesia student visa

You’ll need a social/cultural visa to study in Indonesia. You’ll need to apply for this at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country once you’ve been accepted at an Indonesian university.

Make sure you apply in plenty of time before the start of your program, as it can take several weeks to come through. This visa means you can stay in Indonesia for 60 days but will be extended, as your university will act as your sponsor.

How to study in Indonesia

  1. Find a university and program in Indonesia
  2. Fill in an admission form with personal information, academic background, and leadership information
  3. Send the complete admission form and copies of the required documents via email. This may include an English proficiency test, academic transcripts and proof of finances
  4. Send a hard copy of the admission form and hard copies of the required documents in a sealed envelope to the university
  5. Await a decision
  6. Accept your offer and pay any fees necessary to secure your place at the university
  7. Start applying for your Indonesia student visa

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