Study Abroad in Bali, Easily & Affordably

Study abroad in Bali, Indonesia and spend an unforgettable semester in one of the most beautiful regions of the world! Bali is a touristic hotspot well known for its paradise beaches and rich cultural heritage. It’s no wonder that the island is highly attractive as a study abroad destination as well, drawing hundreds of students from all over the world every year.

Studying abroad in Bali introduces you to the intriguing Balinese culture, the emerging Indonesian economy and its place in the modern, globalized world. A study abroad semester in Bali can serve as a springboard for your further career in the South-East Asian region. Once you visit Bali, you often can’t help but return one day – and in some cases, even stay for a longer time.

You can choose between Warmadewa University and Udayana University, two universities in Bali offering engaging international programs that provide an in-depth introduction to Indonesian language, culture, society, business and much more. Study abroad either during autumn, spring or summer, or go for 2 semesters right away. And if a full semester is not feasible, you can join the 4 week Warmadewa International Summer Exchange program offered by Warmadewa University.

Regardless of which university or program in Bali you choose, applying is always easy. You receive a confirmation of your placement already within a week of applying.

Why study abroad in Bali, Indonesia?

  • The tropical island of Bali provides you a unique setting for your study abroad semester
  • The Bali International Program on Asia Studies (BIPAS) is the biggest and most international study program in Bali.
  • The Warmadewa International Program (WIP) is a fresh addition that offers an intriguing and interdisciplinary range of courses
  • The programs include both Bachelor and Master level courses, workshops, excursions and extracurricular activities
  • Our Bali team assists you to get the most out of your experience
  • Best student feedback

Study in Bali, one of the most beautiful regions of the world

The island of Bali is truly dreamlike. The jungles are lush, the volcanoes high enough to touch clouds, and the warm Indian Ocean surrounds the gorgeous beaches of the island that offer superb conditions both for surfing and other water sports. “The Island of Gods” is by far the most popular travel destination in Indonesia, and one of the most famous islands in the whole world.

Bali charms its visitors with its uniqueness, cultural diversity and abundance of activities. The island is bohemian, friendly and vitalizing for all senses, whether it is finding your spiritual side, experiencing some of the best surfs in the world or eating the most extraordinary things.

Bali can be without a doubt described as a paradise. In addition to the beautiful landscape, the people in Bali are friendly and the lifestyle breezy. The lucky ones are able to stay in Bali for a bit longer and truly absorb the Balinese spirit and might also be better equipped to handle the Western achievement-oriented lifestyle when returning home.

  • Key facts

    Full name: The Republic of Indonesia
    Government: Constitutional Republic
    Population: 3,3 million in Bali; 235 million in Indonesia
    Capital: Jakarta (Denpasar in Bali)
    Area: 5 561 sq km (Bali)
    Major languages: Balinese, Indonesian, English
    Major religions: Hindu (84.5%), Muslim (13.3%), Christian (1.7%), Buddhist (0.5%)
    Life expectancy: 75 years (women), 69 years (men)
    Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
    Main exports: oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber
    GNI per capita: US $8,420 (World Bank, 2011)
    Time Zone: GMT/UCT + 8

  • Bali today

    Despite the increasing globalization and the floods of tourists Bali welcomes every year, Bali has been able to cling on to its priceless cultural heritage and preserves it carefully. Hinduism is the most popular religion in Bali and there is no other characteristic that better defines the Balinese people than their own unique version of the Hindu religion.

    Still, the island itself has, unfortunately, been mostly associated with surfing, fusion kitchen and raves – based on the typical tourist’s experience of Bali. After only a few weeks on the island, though, a visitor will be able to capture the real spirit of Bali and studying abroad in Bali is an excellent way to enjoy the island in its full scope. Up to 80% of the revenues in Bali come from the tourism industry. This is both a good and a bad thing. When things are well, the tourism industry creates wealth and employs people, but when there are fewer visitors, all the people completely dependent on tourism have it rougher.

    The biggest employer at Bali, however, is not tourism but agriculture. Cultivating rice and coffee as well as fishing and other forms of agricultural employment are immensely important indigenous ways to make a living. In addition, the Balinese art that is being exported around the world creates an important portion of the island’s income.

    There are about twenty thousand foreigners living in Bali permanently.

  • Geography and areas

    Southern Bali – The Holy Grail of Tourism

    Kuta and its surrounding areas are by far the most diverse, lively and international holiday spots on Bali. Kuta, originally a little fishing village, started growing when an American couple opened an Inn there in 1936. The airport was completed in 1969, propelling the development of the area further. Today, Kuta is the largest and most happening place in Bali and the right choice for those wanting to live in a place where there are no off days. The nightlife, as well as the day time fun, is always bubbly.

    Kuta also features excellent shopping opportunities. There is everything from extensive shopping malls to little street stalls. The best finds from Bali are hidden in Kuta; whether you are craving clothes, music, handicrafts or souvenirs. There are also plenty to choose from food wise. You can find American chain restaurants as well as local, excellent but cheap cafes, restaurants and bars in Kuta. There are also plenty of clubs and pubs with live music and dancing. There is a wide selection of hotels at Kuta that cover different budgetary constrains well, from luxury resorts to home stay accommodation.

    Kuta is also famous for its three kilometer long Kuta Beach which is both a superb hang out and an excellent spot for surfing, especially in the autumn. There are different surf schools there, too, and the beach gets good enough waves for both beginners and more experienced surfers.

    The norther part of the Kuta area is called Seminyak which is especially famous for its luxurious paradise hide-aways and absolutely delicious food in some of the fanciest restaurants in Bali that alone convince you to spend breakfast, lunch and dinner there.

    Canggu is a newer built tourism area starting just after Seminyak when heading west. Often called “the hipster area” of Bali, Canggu is a home to modern holiday villas, beach bars, and coffee shops of all sorts – all nestled among local houses and beautiful rice fields. Canggu area attracts many students too thanks to its beaches suitable for surfing, yoga and health retreats, several dining and going out options, and the ever-growing amount of hip travellers from all around the world.

    Denpasar is the capital city of Bali as well as the most concentrated inhabited area on the island. Denpasar doesn’t attract very many tourists due to its land locked location but there are services there not found elsewhere in Bali. Denpasar is worth seeing precisely since it is not one of the tourist beehives and you can easily observe the true local life and street style on its less crowded streets. One of Udayana University’s campuses is located in Denpasar.

    Jimbaran, just south from Kuta, is a pilgrimage for fish food fans at night when the catch from the morning is on the grill. Many flock to one of the many seafood restaurants on Jimbaran’s beaches where you can sample the freshest fish and seafood dishes. There are more than 50 different seafood restaurants in Jimbaran, making the selection of venues and dishes absolutely mind boggling. Often you even get to pick which fish you want from the fish tanks at the restaurant. Add the delicious food to a beautiful sunset, cold drinks and live music and you have a night out that is difficult to top. This is a far cry from cup noodles and tuna, and luckily, since Udayana University’s other campus is in Jimbaran, students get to enjoy Jimbaran’s nutritious dishes, filled with those good oils that help you study, throughout their exchange semesters.

    Central Bali – Ubud and other villages

    One of the most sacred places in Bali is located in Uluwatu. The Pura Luhur Ulawatu temple in the most south west corner of the Bukit peninsula has been built on tall cliffs and is an architectural marvel. The monkeys at the temple are intelligent little pick-pocketers when it comes to unaware tourists bringing snacks to the temple. In addition to the building itself, there is plenty of pro surfers and beautiful sunsets for you to look at. Padang Padang is the nearest beach to Uluwatu and is, dare we say, the perfect beach.

    Nusa Dua, in contrast, is Bali’s most high class hotel resort area and entertains its wealthy customers with a large shopping center as well. The beach there is elite, too, and has plenty of water sport activities available for try outs. Dreamland has beautiful golden sand and big waves, as well as some excellent views. All of the above places are about a half an hour scooter ride away from Kuta.

    The cultural capital in Bali is the village of Ubud. Even though the village has spread its tentacles to cover a larger area now, it has completely retained its artsy and charming vibe. There are rice fields, local arts and crafts, birds singing in gardens, as well as enchanting little dance performances by the locals. In Ubud, it is also possible to stay at someone’s home for a very modest charge; and the experience is not unlike going on your own homey summer cottage for a weekend.

    You can also learn to paint batik clothes, cook Balinese food or try out one of the other traditional islander skills at one of the village’s workshops. There are also different ceremonies taking place quite regularly, including somber funeral parades, on the streets and temples all around the village. In addition to artists’ workshops, art galleries and temples, there are plenty of gorgeous views that overlook the nearby rice terraces. A walk trailing the edges of the rice fields is a must.

    There is also a fairy tale like forest in Ubud where hundreds of wild monkeys live and lounge under the forest’s ancient trees. There are two temples in the forest, too, the Sacred Fountain temple and the smaller Pura Prajapati that is inhabited by both real monkeys as well as moss covered statues of monkeys. There is a modest entry charge for the forest area as well as the opportunity to feed bananas to the monkeys.

    The shopping opportunities in Ubud are surprisingly plentiful. The artists at Ubud sell their own work, everything from wood carvings to paintings and a multitude of other beautiful little things to decorate your home with. The village is dominated by the central market, a two story building that has fruit, household supplies as well as plenty of souvenirs on offer.

    Northern and Eastern Bali – Volcanoes and islands

    Northern Bali as an area is drier than the rest of the island. It is known for being the harbor area that was, back in the day, frequented by merchants from Arabia, China and the Netherlands. You can still spot signs of the colonial past in the architecture; many of the building have recognizable Dutch hues. Singraja is the largest town in the North. Lovina is a beach holiday destination where you can witness dolphins taking their morning stroll in the clear blue waters, backlit by the rising sun. There is also the Pura Pula temple in the North as well as the Menjangan Island, one of the best places to explore the underwater world of Bali.

    The most popular travel destination in the North-East of the island is the city of Amed, only recently discovered by tourists and the quickest growing area in Bali. Amed is especially desirable for its stunning landscape and nature. Also the beaches around Amed are much quieter than, for example, the beaches at Kuta or Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. There are also plenty of excellent snorkeling and diving at Amed.

    Probably the most famous temple in all of Bali is the Pura Tahah Lot temple. The temple is perched on top of a steep rock that rises straight out of the ocean. The temple is only about twenty kilometers from the capital of Denpasar but absolutely stunning with regards to the solitary views. Check it out during a sunset while sipping a cocktail in the restaurant that provides panoramic views to the whole glory.

    Gunung Batur is the most active of the volcanoes in Bali; though ‘active’ is still a strong word for the sleepy giant. The view from the edge of the crater, overlooking the lake in the crater, is magnificent. You can join a guided tour to the mountain, easily purchased in Kuta, or hike there on your own. Pack a pan and some eggs with you; when else can you make a scramble using the steam rising through the cracks of a volcano! There are also some charming villages around the mountain, for example the Kintaman village, resting at the edge of the crater, and Toya Bungkah a bit lower, bordering the crater lake.

    Gunung Agung is a holy volcano for the Balinese and rises up to three kilometers in height. Even the beds in Bali are aimed to point at this spiritual landmark. It is very important to understand how to behave at Agung and, thus, it is recommendable to only go on a guided tour there. You can also admire the volcano from the sea if you’re on your way to the Gili Islands.

    The small and peaceful island of Nusa Lembongan is only a hop and a skip from Bali. It is the perfect spot for exploring an even deeper level of relaxation. The paradise island is only eight square kilometers but offers accommodation options at every price range. There are white sandy beaches, astonishingly clear blue waters, awesome waves for surfers, as well as some of the best diving in Bali. Cars are not allowed on the island; mopeds take care of the transportation needs. Lembongan is located off the coast of eastern Bali and, thus, offers some spectacular views of the Agung volcano as well. There are three types of boats that travel to Lembongan multiple times a day and the prices range from 5€ – 30€ depending on the speed of your vehicle.

  • The best of Bali


    Bali is famous for fantastic year round surfing. It is indeed considered to be one of the best places in the world to surf and is frequented by pro surfers. With over forty different excellent surfing spots at Bali, the waves will cater for every level of talent. You don’t need to wear a wet suit here either, the temperature of the ocean hovers steadily around 26-30 C ° degrees. The tallest waves hit the beaches from July to September and that’s when you need to know how not to steal someone else’s wave and wait nicely in the queue. If you’re interested in combining your studies with surfing, you can check out our Surf and Study page. You can also read our former exchange student’s surfing tips here.

    Snorkeling and diving

    Bali is also a splendid spot for both snorkeling and diving due to the turquoise waters and very rich underwater culture with plenty of colorful fish and corals; if you’re lucky a turtle or two, too. Snorkeling is easy and everyone can do it, granted they know how to swim. With diving, though, it is recommended you complete a four day course before hopping in on your own. Best snorkeling and diving spots are around Amed as well as on the islands of Nusa Lembongan and the Gilis where spotting giant sea turtles is the easiest. The southwestern island of Menjangan is worth a visit with your goggles, too. There are two different types of snorkeling spots there, one with packs of fish and the other one with blasting Technicolor coral forests. You need to visit the island with one of the park rangers.

    The northeastern fishermen’s village of Tulamben has an especially intriguing diving spot. There is a shipwreck of an American USAT Liberty lying at the bottom of the seabed, still only at 30 meters deep and not more than 50 meters from the shore. Getting into the water is challenging, though, since the shore is covered by a black, stony floor. If it is a calm day, you can see the shipwreck even when snorkeling, though, since parts of it are only about 5 meters from the surface.


    Trending in Bali, as in much of Asia, are spas. Though by ’spas’ we don’t mean those kid friendly, few heated pools and a steam room -spas but complete serenity, luxury and relaxation. All the high end hotels have their own spas but there are also Day Spas scattered around Bali into which you can pop in for a day of pampering and noticeably smaller pores. The treatments vary from an hour to four hours and it’s always guaranteed me time. There are also very inexpensive options at different beauty salons; mani-pedis and haircuts that won’t leave a gap in your budget, even hour long massages for a few euros!


    In addition to the original Balinese art work, wood carvings and other beautiful souvenirs, Bali has great clothe shopping. A Balinese sarong, a type of wrap around skirt is an essential: you can cover yourself up when visiting temples and use it as a beach towel. Go to the little galleries and street vendors for art shopping; the larger art galleries where tourist groups are taken have gorgeous pieces but are often a bit overpriced.

    There are also large, modern, air-conditioned shopping malls in Bali. Kartika Discovery Mall in Kuta and Bali Gallery Mal on the Sunset Road are among the best and feature stores by Guess, Prada and Gucci, along with many other international brand boutiques. The center of Kuta is also an excellent shopping spot for books, clothes – pretty much anything, really.


    Nightlife in Bali will not disappoint you, even if you’re used to some quality clubbing. There are different options from surfer and beach parties to nice cocktails and girls in heels. Legian, the high street in Kuta, has the most clubs and pubs – and people. There are also fun spots at Seminyak, both classy bars and chilled out and cheap pubs. There is live music at almost every venue at some point of the day/night. The La Plancha beach party is organized once a month and definitely worth your time if you are in the area. There are also different kind of theme nights in some of the bars, e.g. Ladies Night where a female can drink as much as she wants for the night after purchasing a bracelet at the door.

  • Transportation and getting around

    The traffic at Bali can seem a bit chaotic at first and it is impossible to avoid occasional traffic jams. Getting around Bali is the easiest if you have your own wheels under you, whether it is you or a driver doing the steering. The public transportation in Bali is very cheap but getting from A to B might take quite a long time because of the wiggly routes.

    Cars and motorbikes

    You can rent a scooter or a motorbike from one of the various rental places around Bali, either for a day or even for several months. One day’s rental costs about five euros and you can fill up a tank for a euro. Wearing a helmet is mandatory and the police is especially keen on fining tourists driving around without one. In addition, tourists need to have an international driver’s license which is easy to get from your local police station at home.

    There are also cars for rent, both at the airport and at rental shops around the island. A car will protect you from the weather, is safer and also won’t get too much police scrutiny. On the other hand, driving a car is more difficult in the busy traffic than being on a lighter scooter. A popular way to see the island is to rent a car with a driver. These mini buses are very affordable, and the drivers are friendly and happy to show you around the best bits of Bali.


    The distances in Bali are never too long so taking a bus is a bit unnecessary unless you’re traveling across the entire island or to another island. Also, the buses usually go through one of the bigger cities and your ride could end up being really time consuming. Furthermore, the buses wait at the station till they are full enough and significant delays from the schedule are not uncommon. ‘Bemoes’ are smaller buses that drive between Kuta and Denpasar areas; they are quicker and a fun chance to meet some locals on the road.


    Taking a boat from Bali to the neighboring island of Lombok is easier than flying there. Depending on the boat or ferry, the trip takes from three to five hours. Some of the ferries are in not so good condition so pick one that looks responsible enough. There are several different companies providing transportation from Bali to the Gili Islands; taking a speedboat is the fastest way to get somewhere. Perama –boat company has connections between Pendangbai and Sengigi, as well as between Sengigi and the Gilis.

  • Climate, nature and wildlife

    Bali is located near the equator, making the climate there tropical and warm year round. There is a rainy season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. The temperatures stay around 30 C ° degrees on the coast but the temperatures are wonderfully balanced by the cooler winds that blow over Bali at nights. Even during the rainy season the days are mostly sunny and always warm so you shouldn’t factor in the weather too much when deciding when to leave on exchange. If it does rain during the rainy season, the rain only usually lasts for an hour and most of the showers occur during evenings and nights, too.

    Due to the tropical climate, the volcanic nature of the island, the rain and the heat, the biodiversity in Bali is remarkable. The rain forests are lush monsoon climate forests but there are also coniferous trees on the mountains. Bamboo trees and coconut palm trees produce edible harvest. Flowers exist in every imaginable color and shade and play an important role in people’s gardens, as well as the various ceremonies in the temples. The Batur Mountain has especially fertile ground and the crater there produces most of the vegetables for the island. The most popular thing to cultivate is rice which has been grown on the island for thousands of years.

    The wild life in Bali has suffered due to the growing human population so, unfortunately, the rarest species can live only at the national parks there. There are different kinds of monkey communities in Bali, of which many are semi tame. The most famous monkey area is the Ubud forest but there are many other spots and temple areas inhabited by quite large monkey populations. There are also giant squirrels, ‘barking’ deers, wild boars, lizards and exotic birds at the national parks in Bali. One of the most extraordinary creatures on the island is the cat like Asian palm civet (Luwak). The cat is used at the coffee farms to produce the famous Kopi Luwak coffee. The Asian palm civet eats coffee beans and then defecates them after which the beans are dried and grounded to make coffee. Abroad, a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee costs as much as twenty euros but in Bali, you can try it out for much less.


  • Food

    The food culture in Bali, like its culture in general, is rich and interesting in its variety. Fresh vegetables, different meats and fish are combined with spices and fresh herbs to create absolutely delicious dishes. Indonesian food in general sometimes gets a bad rep for not being sophisticated enough but Balinese kitchen, in contrast, is world famous. Balinese food includes pork, too, which is different from the rest of Indonesia which is mostly Muslim.

    The food in Bali is very affordable. A delicious, versatile meal won’t set you back more than a few euros, including the drinks. The small local places are even cheaper; a fulfilling meal is priced only at 10 000 Rupiahs, or about 0,60 euros. There is also Western food in Bali, all the biggest fast food chains as well as restaurants with both pizza, pasta, stake, hamburgers and Indonesian food. The prices there vary but are normally not too expensive (5 to 10 EUR).

    Trying out new, local flavours should not be passed up. There are lots of food trucks on the streets, too, as well as small “warung” restaurants that serve rice with side dishes. Many are afraid of getting food poisoning from places too out of the way but usually these are the safest ones. Pay attention to where locals eat, they know it the best. Popular Balinese dishes are, for example, nasi goreng (fried rice with veggies, meat and fried egg), mie goreng (fried noodles with veggies, meat and fried egg), bakso (meat ball soup) and gado-gado (vegetarian dish).

  • Culture

    Tourism has taken over parts of Bali but it doesn’t mean there isn’t authentic, robust Balinese traditions alive and well on the island, too. Spiritualism and religion play an important role at Bali and there are temples everywhere: some of them spectacular in size, and some of them smaller, fitting into people’s private gardens – even hotels have little temple areas. Religion and honoring it is showcased throughout the everyday lives of Balinese people; for example by leaving little flower baskets made by palm leaves in front of buildings, along streets and on shop counters.

    In addition, there are several holidays in which religion is an essential component. Many things from birthdays to taking out your wisdom teeth are celebrated elaborately in Bali; even funerals are a cause for a proper festivity – after all, it is the time when the spirit of the deceased is bid farewell to. It takes days to prepare for one of the merriments and often the whole village, including visiting strangers, is welcome to join in. The biggest annual festivals are the Galungan and Kuningan. The Balinese believe that the spirits return home during Galungan and return back to heaven during Kuningan, ten days later.

  • Currency

    You can exchange your local currency to Indonesian Rupiah (Rp.) at banks, money exchange offices and large hotels. Most often it is most expensive to exchange money at hotels and at the airport. One euro is approximately 14,000 Rupiahs.

    You can withdraw cash from the ATM’s with your credit card. ATM’s are common in larger cities. Pay attention to the currency rates, though. Sometimes when the Rupiah is cheaper it is better to exchange money at an exchange office.

    Paying with a credit card is safe at the larger shopping centers and hotels but be cautious in smaller places because credit cards can sometimes be copied. Small stores and taxis only accept cash.

  • Vaccinations

    Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and Tetanus-diphtheria are should be kept up-to-date. Hepatitis A is recommended. Malaria prevention medication may be recommended to some travelers, but this can be bought after arriving in Indonesia. Some travelers may also be advised to take vaccinations for Japanese encephalitis, Hepatitis B, cholera and typhoid fever.

  • Safety

    Generally speaking, traveling in Indonesia is safe. Beware of pick-pockets and keep an eye on your luggage.

    Even though Indonesia is a seismically active area, Bali is located far away from the boundaries of the tectonic plates. Still, natural disasters cannot always be predicted. Earthquakes or tsunamis caused by an earthquake are, though, extremely unlikely in Bali. When thinking about security, it is good to keep in mind that getting into a traffic accident anywhere in the world is always much more likely than being the victim of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

Take part in the most international study abroad programs in Bali

In recent years, Bali has become a popular destination for study abroad semesters. Students have praised Bali as a superb study abroad destination and described their experience as one of the highlights of their lives. Studying abroad in Bali is one of the best ways to familiarize yourself deeply with life and culture in Bali.

The largest and most distinguished university on the island is the Udayana University, hosting as many as a thousand international exchange students every year. Since 2009, hundreds of students from countries all over the world have participated in the international and interdisciplinary Bali International Program on Asian Studies (BIPAS).

Running since summer 2017, Warmadewa University‘s Warmadewa International Program (WIP) provides yet another opportunity for you to immerse yourself in Indonesian language, culture and society while increasing your knowledge in a variety of other subjects as well. The program runs during the summer months as well, which makes it better suited for some students’ semester schedules.

Who can apply?

You can apply to the programs regardless of your study background. The number of courses taught in English is constantly growing, ranging from economics, business, management and tourism to language, culture, political science and environmental management. Studying abroad can be an excellent opportunity to explore fields outside of your major as well.

Are you not currently enrolled in any university? You can still apply to either program. Please see the exceptions and the general requirements for applying here.

Study for one or two semesters, or join a summer school session

You can join the BIPAS and WIP programs for either one or two semesters. You can also choose to spend two semesters in a row in both programs, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. The second semester doesn’t have to be in Bali, either, but can be any other of our destinations, such as Lombok. When applying for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR (120 USD) discount on the price of the second semester. You can decide to continue for a second semester later on as well.

If you feel you don’t have the time for a full-length study abroad semester, you can also join the 4 week Warmadewa International Summer Exchange program running in August.

Find out more about the universities and programs below.

Warmadewa University


Universitas Warmadewa was founded in 1984. Currently the university has 7 faculties, 19 study programs and a bit over 10 000 students. It’s the biggest and most appreciated private university in Eastern Indonesia with the power to grant degrees both for Bachelor’s and Master’s level in several areas of study.

Warmadewa University continuously strives to become more international and to expand its global partner network. The study program is open for both local and international students who get to experience the best parts of both the Balinese culture and the international atmosphere.

The ideally located campus offers students the double advantage of both exploiting the bustling city life with its many amenities and enjoying the beautiful nature and the various outdoor activities.

  • Warmadewa University in brief

    Universitas Warmadewa is a private university that was founded on 17 July 1984. Its name was proposed by the Governor of Bali, Ida Bagus Mantra to honor a former king of Bali, Sri Kesari Warmadewa. The big and modern campus area and its several faculties accommodate students from all around the world.

    Warmadewa University is centrally located in Renon, one of the nicest districts of Denpasar, the bustling capital city of Bali where international students are able to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and lifestyle. It takes only a few minutes to reach the city center by public transport, and most students live in close proximity. The location provides also an easy access to the harbour and from there to the neighboring islands.

    The campus is also only a short walk away from the beautiful central park as well as the white beaches of Sanur and its attractive surfing spots. The town of Ubud, the art and culture center of Bali, is a popular day-trip destination not far from Renon. Ubud is famous for its museums, art galleries, rice fields, traditional Hindu temples and a monkey forest sanctuary.

    Currently the university has 7 faculties and a bit over 10 000 students. Warmadewa University is an accredited university with the power to grant degrees both for Bachelor’s and Master’s level in several areas of study. Asia Exchange students study at the Faculty of Letters (Fakultas Sastra) together with local students. The university simultaneously promotes Balinese and Indonesian cultures and strives for internationalization by offering an intercultural study program and continuously expanding its global network.

    Warmadewa University provides several modern and spacious academic and non-academic facilities of European standards and services to students. All paperwork and documents are processed and provided to students in a promptly and flexible manner, thus ensuring a smooth study abroad experience for an affordable price.

    Find out more about studying at Warmadewa University and how to apply.

  • Courses and studying

    The Warmadewa International Program (WIP) at Warmadewa University is aimed towards students who want to gain an introduction to Indonesian language, culture and society and deepen their knowledge in a variety of topics. The interdisciplinary program is aimed for both international and local students from many different backgrounds wishing to expand their major studies with diverse and interesting subjects. The class sizes are kept moderate, which allows students to benefit from closer and more personal contact with the teachers and their classmates.

    Find out more about Warmadewa International Program and how to apply.

    The Warmadewa International Summer Exchange (WISE) program is meant for students who want to study abroad but don’t have the time for a full length study abroad semester. The program introduces you Indonesian language, culture, tourism and business. Like WIP, the program features many interesting workshops and excursions as well.

    Find out more about WISE and how to apply.

  • Semesters and application periods

    There are two semesters at Warmadewa University, in autumn and summer.

    Autumn: September–December
    Application deadline: Middle of June

    Summer: April–July
    Application deadline: End of December

    Summer School: August
    Application deadline: End of May

    See the exact semester dates and application deadlines here for Warmadewa International Program and here for Warmadewa International Summer Exchange.

  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1790 EUR / semester (WIP) or 990 EUR (International Summer Exchange)

    Application fee: 50 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about the fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation within one week
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when you apply for two semesters.
  • Accommodation

    You are free to choose your preferred accommodation among the available options.

    There are plenty of accommodation options both near the campus and at popular tourist areas. The prices vary depending on the location and the amenities. Most of the students prefer renting a private villa with a pool as a group.

    If you participate in the International Summer Exchange program, you can choose to have your accommodation arranged by Asia Exchange.

    Find out more about accommodation.


Find out more & apply

Udayana University


Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world and has approximately 2000 institutions of higher education. Udayana University is among the top 20 of them.

Udayana University is the largest and most renowned university in Bali. Founded in 1962 by the Ministry of Education, the university sports 13 faculties and teaches 22,000 students. Most of the international students come to study in Bali from China, Japan, Malaysia, German-speaking countries, Nordic countries, the Netherlands and the United States.

Udayana University has a comprehensive international network and its different faculties have overseas partner universities in all continents.

  • Udayana University in brief

    Originally established as a cultural think tank in 1962, Udayana University has become one of the foremost higher education institutions in Indonesia. Udayana University is the largest and most respected university in Bali and has a total of 12 faculties.

    The university has approximately 22,000 students attending 12 undergraduate and 12 postgraduate degree programs. The campuses are located in Jimbaran and the capital city Denpasar. Most of the international students come from China, Japan, German-speaking countries, Nordic countries and the United States.

    In both its teaching and research, the university has strong links with local and international institutions, including government bodies, businesses, industries, and professional organizations. Udayna University also undertakes innovative research projects in biotechnology and biosciences, medical sciences and social sciences. The university regularly achieves Indonesian top awards for individual teachers.

    The university strives to be a local, national and an international platform for transparent discourse. The university hosts national political debates and international seminars at regular intervals. Udayana University is an internationally recognized university and its different faculties have overseas partner universities in all continents.

    Udayana University is also playing a crucial role in developing sustainable development solutions for Bali. Serving the immediate community is an important value and mission at Udayana. For example, Udayana University has worked with the provincial and regional administrations, religious leaders, informal chiefs of the desa adat (traditional villages) and other scholars, to correctly promote the Hindu religion and traditional customs to the younger generation.

    Udayana University was the first university in Indonesia to establish a Ph.D. program for tourism. The program’s aim is to bring about ‘wise tourism’, i.e. more environmentally and economically sustainable tourism everywhere in the world. The program designs concrete policy solutions for more ecological ways of conducting businesses and incorporates the input of international, regional and local experts, as well as the business community and the public, for as wide a discourse as possible.

    Find out more about studying at Udayana University and how to apply.

  • Courses and studying

    As an Asia Exchange student you take part in the BIPAS program, an international and interdisciplinary study program taught in English. The program is ideal for anyone interested in combining academics with unforgettable experiences in an exotic environment. The program includes courses in business, economics, marketing, law, tourism, culture and languages. The courses include workshops and excursions.

    The program introduces you to topics in economics, business, trade, culture, language, and tourism, with Asia as the focal point. You will also be able to interact with local and fellow international students. Many of the lecturers have an international background and years of experience in teaching in an international setting.

    Find out more about studying at Udayana University and how to apply.

  • Semesters and application periods

    There are two semesters at Udayana University, in autumn and spring.

    Autumn: September – December
    Application deadline: End of April

    Spring: January – May
    Application deadline: End of October

    See the exact semester dates and application deadlines here on the Udayana University page.


  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 50 EUR.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about the fees.

    Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange

    • Confirmation within one week
    • Asia Exchange Guide with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
    • Orientation days
    • No English proficiency test required
    • 100 EUR discount when you apply for two semesters.
  • Accommodation

    You are free to choose your preferred type of accommodation.

    There are plenty of accommodation options both near the campus and at popular tourist areas. The prices vary depending on the location and the amenities. Most of the students prefer renting a private villa with a pool as a group.

    In the Asian business culture, it’s common to do business face-to-face and arranging accommodation in advance by email or phone may be difficult. This is nothing to worry about, though, because taking care of housing arrangements once you are on location at the destination is straightforward. This is also when the details of the rental agreement and the final price are agreed upon.

    It’s recommended to stay at a hostel/hotel for a few days after arriving in Indonesia and compare different housing options. This also allows you to meet the fellow students and find roommates.

    Find out more about accommodation in Bali.


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What students have said about studying in Bali

Here’s what some former Asia Exchange students have said about studying abroad in Bali:

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"People have said that they felt taken care of during the program"

I first got to know about Asia Exchange from a friend who did an exchange semester in Bali in a different program. His friends were in the BIPAS program and told very positive things about it, which made me interested. The courses not only teach a lot about Indonesia and its culture, but also offer a multicultural perspective into tourism and economics. People have also said that they felt taken care of during the program. The exchange program offers a lot even for people who aren’t currently enrolled at an institution and want to gain valuable experiences between their degree studies.

Frieda Schifner, Germany

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"This was the best time of my life!"

Studying abroad made me dive deeper into the local culture and customs, learn such an exotic language as Bahasa Indonesia and build up a contact network. Thanks for everything – this was the best time of my life!

Literary major from Norway

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"Very interesting"

I’ve been surprised by the quality of the teaching, even though different lecturers have very different teaching methods. I believe the courses will be beneficial for me in the future. The workshops and excursions have also been very interesting.

Henrietta, Finland

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"I love this place from the bottom of my heart"

We’ve been here in Bali for 4 days now and I can already say that I love this place from the bottom of my heart. We’re staying at a luxurious villa and the monthly rent is not bad at all when shared with four people. Cleaning services, water, electricity and wireless Internet are all included in the rent.

Katriina Kerttula, Finland

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Blogs from Bali

Valle Goes Bali

Valentin is a student at MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria. In autumn 2017 he studies at the Udayana University in Bali. In his bilingual blog he writes about his adventures in Bali.

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Reflections by Karina Amalie

Karina is a student from Denmark. She spends the autumn semester 2017 at Udayana University. In her blog you find pictures and thoughts of everyday life in Bali.

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Henkka’s Adventure in Bali

Study abroad in Bali, Indonesia - Henkka Warmadewa University
Henri is a 24 year old student from Finland. In summer 2017 he took a leap to a completely new world as he went to study abroad at Warmadewa University and explore the wonders of Indonesia for four months.

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Become a blogger

Do you want to write a blog during your study abroad semester? We’re always on the lookout for good bloggers. If you’d like to write a blog and have us link to it from this page, let us know! Check out our hints and tips for bloggers.

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