The Republic of Indonesia has close to 3000 higher education institutions. Both public and private institutions are open to international students. As of 2016, there are 5700 international students in Indonesia. Higher education institutions in Indonesia are organized by the Ministry of Research and Technology/National Research and Innovation Agency (Indonesia), the website of this ministry: https://ristekdikti.go.id. According to QS World University Rankings 2020, in Indonesia, Universitas Indonesia is at the highest ranking of 296 followed by Gadjah Mada University at 320th place. The Bandung Institute of Technology is ranked 331. All three universities are public-owned.
Most institutions offer their courses in Indonesian language and English language is also used as a medium of instruction, only several universities deliver courses in English. Local students use national entrance exam (SNMPTN and SBMPTN) to enter higher education. International students can enter universities without that exam but will require other certifications as proof. English proficiency test is required when applying for courses in English whereas proficiency for Indonesian is required when applying for courses in Indonesian. Indonesia has 7 different types of degrees. They are each labelled with a code. Diploma degrees (D1-D3) are equivalent to an associate degree, they take around 1 year. D4 and S1 represent Bachelor’s degrees that takes 4 years. S2 are Master’s degrees that takes around 2 years. And lastly, S3 is for Doctoral degree. In Indonesia, every institution has its own application and admission process. You will need to submit applications to institutions directly.
Tuition fees are 3000 to 6100 USD a year, they vary with courses and locations. The cost of living per person in Indonesia is approximately 8600 USD a year.
Information for International Students
A social/cultural visa that allows a 60 days stay has to be applied at an Indonesian embassy. This process begins after accepting the offer from the institution. After arriving in Indonesia with social visa, application for a student visa will begin. Documents usually needed are copies of academic qualifications, passport photos, acceptance letters from the institution, proof of good health and finance. Health insurance should be secured before leaving for Indonesia.