Study abroad in Bali at Udayana University – Bali International Program on Asian Studies

Join Udayana University’s highly popular BIPAS Program for one or two semesters. Apply now and get confirmation of your study placement as quickly as within a day.

Find out more about courses in the program, semester dates, application deadlines, fees as well as application instructions on this page.

Semester dates and application deadlines


Spring Autumn
Semester dates January 25th – May 24th September 6th – December 20th
Orientation (Obligatory) January 25th – 26th September 6th – 7th
Application deadline October 15th, 2017 May 31st, 2018
Holiday March 19th – April 1st October 26th – November 4th


Spring Autumn
Semester dates January 31st – May 16th September 5th – December 19th
Orientation (Obligatory) January 31st – February 1st September 5th – September 6th
Application deadline September 30th, 2018 April 30th, 2019
Holiday March 21st – March 31st October 24th – November 3rd

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Key facts about Udayana University

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. Find out more about the university.


Udayana University
Kampus Bukit Jimbaran
Jl. Kampus Udayana
Bali – Indonesia

University’s website
Unud Center for International Programs (CIP)

University’s contact person

I Made Rajeg (BIPAS program)

Studying abroad at Udayana University

International students can join Udayana University’s popular Bali International Program on Asian Studies (BIPAS). You can join BIPAS either in the autumn (September–December) or spring (January–May). You can also participate in the program for two semesters.

BIPAS – The most international study abroad program in Bali

BIPAS is an international, interdisciplinary study abroad program taught in English. It covers topics ranging from Indonesian language and culture to international business, marketing, tourism, law and environmental management.

As a participant in the program, you’ll gain a solid introduction to modern Indonesia and South East Asia as well as ancient Balinese traditions. The program also includes many workshops and excursions, which provide you with hands-on experience on the course topics.

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The program includes workshops which introduce you to aspects of Balinese culture, such as traditional Balinese dance.

The interdisciplinary program will encourage you to think in more flexible and complex ways. You’ll become a more creative thinker and problem solver, which will benefit your future career in whatever field.

Outside the classroom, you’ll also be getting to know a new culture and interact with both international and local students. This will allow you to build an international network of friends and improve your intercultural communication skills. These are great career assets that are highly valued by employers today.

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Students in the BIPAS program. The participating students typically come from 15+ countries each semester.

Who is this program for?

If you’re interested in Indonesia or South East Asia and want to study abroad in a very unique and highly international environment, this program is for you.

You can apply to the program regardless of your major. The participants in the program typically major in many different fields, including business, economics, tourism, media, communication, engineering, health sciences, education, history and law.

For many students, participating in the program is an opportunity to try something different and complement their degree with subjects outside of their field. You’ll likely gain new intriguing perspectives to whatever subject you’re majoring in.

Find out about courses, credits, different free time activities and more below.

  • Studies

    Courses in the BIPAS program

    Udayana University is responsible for the teaching and the transcript of records. You can pick 4 – 7 courses per semester. The course Indonesian Language and Cross-Cultural Communication are included in this and are mandatory for everyone.

    You can choose both Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses regardless of whether you are a Bachelor’s or Master’s level student.

    Mandatory courses:

    • Cross-Cultural Communication BIP1024 (Syllabus)
    • Indonesian Language BIP1015-6EL (6ECTS) (Syllabus)
      or Indonesian Language BIP1015-3EL (3ECTS) (Syllabus)*
      or Intermediate Indonesian BIP1015-6IN (6 ECTS) (Syllabus)**

    * The Indonesian Language course is offered at two different scopes: 6 ECTS and 3 ECTS. The 6 ECTS course has two classes per week and the 3 ECTS course one class per week.

    ** Students with already some knowledge of Indonesian may enroll for the Intermediate Indonesian course. Enrollment takes place at the destination.

    Bachelor’s level courses

    • Economy and Business of South East Asia BIP1013 (Syllabus)
    • Indonesian History, Ethnology, Culture and Customs BIP1012 (Syllabus)
    • International Tourism Management BIP1011 (Syllabus)
    • Business Law and Legal Tradition on Trade and Investment BIP1014 (Syllabus)
    • International Entrepreneurship BIP1017 (Syllabus)
    • International Business BIP1018 (Syllabus) Limited enrollment
    • Global Marketing BIP1019 (Syllabus)

    Master’s level courses

    • International Relations and Communication BIP1021 (Syllabus)
    • International Accounting and Finance BIP1022 (SyllabusLimited enrollment
    • Environmental Management and Sustainability BIP1023 (Syllabus)

    Making your course selections

    Course selections are made a few months before the semester starts by submitting an electronic course selection form. The course selections are binding and cannot be changed at the destination, unless you have failed to enroll for a certain course that is required by your home university and you are able to provide written proof of this requirement.

    The courses International Business BIP1018 and International Accounting and Finance BIP1022 have limited space for enrollment. Students will be accepted to the courses on a first come first served basis. Depending on course choices, all the students who have applied during the latter half of the application period may not be accepted to all the courses they initially choose.

    In addition to the above course list, Udayana University offers a selection of other courses to international students. The teaching language for these courses is typically Bahasa Indonesia and the courses are held by different faculties for a separate fee. You can ask about taking additional courses after arriving in Indonesia.

    Course requirements

    You are required to complete all the courses they have selected beforehand. There is a 75 % obligatory attendance. Failure to adhere to this requirement may lead to failing the course. Some of the courses are mandatory.

    Workshops, excursions and volunteering

    The program also includes various workshops and excursions. Workshop topics include traditional Balinese costume, Balinese dance, traditional healing and Balinese music. Excursions have been organized to temples, companies, factories, hotels and other tourism related businesses. The program in general has a strong cultural focus.

    You can volunteer at the Seeds of Hope children’s home which Asia Exchange supports through its charity activities. We make a donation every semester based on the number of students taking part in the BIPAS program. Read more about our charity work here.

    Course and semester dates

    Semesters last 4 months. The autumn semester runs from September to December and the spring semester from January to May. The semester starts with a traditional Balinese welcome ceremony and an orientation day where Asia Exchange is also present. The orientation is compulsory and absence is allowed only for compelling reasons. The orientation week ends in an Ice Breaking Party.

    The public holidays are determined and confirmed by the government, and the exact dates vary every year. Usually, if Thursday, for example, is a public holiday, Friday is also free. There are several free Balinese calendar apps.

    The teaching and lectures take place on the Jimbaran campus of Udayana University. Some workshops and, e.g., the orientation takes place on the Denpasar campus. Lectures and teaching happen from Monday to Thursday. Workshops take place usually on Wednesdays after lectures and excursions take place either on Thursdays after lectures or during spare time (independent excursions conducted by the students themselves).

    You can apply all year around. Please apply before the application deadline to the semester of your choice.

  • Credits & Grading

    Credits are granted in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points and can easily be transferred to your degree. Each course is worth 5 ECTS credits, with the exception of the courses Indonesian Language (3–6 ECTS, depending on scope) and Cross-Cultural Communication (3 ECTS).

    Ask your home university about credit transfer.

    Course grading

  • Activities outside class

    Exchange students are more than welcome to participate in different kinds of activities such as drama, dance and sports clubs. Students can teach English and play with children at the children’s homes Seeds of Hope and YKPA during the semester.

    Udayana University also organizes cultural workshops, such as Balinese cooking and traditional healing, as well as different kind of excursions such as temple visits. Students also like to form their own football, tennis and beach volley clubs.

    Many students are also interested in surfing. Find out more about surfcamps organized by Kimasurf here.

  • Student visa

    All students accepted to study abroad at Udayana University need to get a student visa. We recommend all students to start the application process for the visa as soon as they get the required documents.

    Read more about the Visa application process here.

  • Udayana University Accreditation
    • Ministry of Education in Indonesia
    • International Association of Universities (IAU)
    • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
    • ASEAN-European University Network (ASEA UNINET)
  • Fees

    Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester

    Application fee: 50 EUR.

    Mandatory visa related fee: 50 EUR. The mandatory visa related fee (Telex fee) applies to all international students studying in Indonesia from 2019 onwards. The telex fee will be invoiced together with the application fee.

    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 as quickly as within one day
    • 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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Student Experiences

Ask Former Students

Ask our former students for practical hints and tips about living abroad and travel arrangements, what the everyday life at the study destination was like.

“The decision to go to study in Bali has been the best decision in my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the memories I made will last forever. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about studying or life in Bali!.”

Malin, Sweden


“Hey everyone! I’m the crazy Mexican that decided to change my life and went studying to Bali, and trust me it has been among the best decisions of my life. Please feel free to be curious and send me an email regarding any doubt you may have!”

Guillermo, Mexico City (


“I learned a lot about living in Asia, about Indonesian culture and their everyday life. I also learned about human rights and legal traditions of South East Asia. My way of traveling is always meeting locals, stay in local houses, eat where locals do, travel as they do. So if you have any questions don`t feel shy to send me an e-mail.”

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Student Testimonials

Kim Qvick

"Highly recommended choice!"

I was already familiar with Bali before studying abroad but during the semester I got much deeper into the culture. I joined 6 courses: 3 of them in business, 1 tourism, 1 law and 1 Indonesian language/culture course. The most valuable course was the law one. Great memories, parties, trips and activities. Asia Exchange organised most of them but we also had a lot of free time to discover Indonesia and neighboring countries.

Highly recommended choice!

Kim, Finland

Maren Fink

"Very good organisation"

Very good organisation, nearly everything go as planned, kind employees, everyone is so nice and they’re helping as much as they can! Thanks for that!

Maren, Germany


"Thank you for this wonderful time!"

I studied with Asia Exchange in Bali and it was absolutely amazing! Not only the island is the perfect place to pass 4 wonderful months, but the team of Asia Exchange was super nice. They managed every single thing we needed and were always available, including weekends. Thank you for this wonderful time in Bali!

Cornelia, Germany

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"The experience was awesome altogether"

I did my studies at Udayana University in Bali back in 2011. The experience was awesome altogether. Perfect combination of studies in an exotic environment, great trips in Indonesia and beach life. One of the best experiences of my life!

Toni, Finland


"Great and helpful staff and really fun student life!"

My choice to do an exchange semester in Bali is the best decision I have ever made. Loving every moment of it. Asia Exchange and the BIPAS program is really awesome. Great and helpful staff and really fun student life here!

Daria, Sweden


"I really had the best time of my life"

I really had the best time of my life with AE in Bali! They helped me with everything and looked after us very well. I really recommend everyone to do a study semester with AE overseas!

Ineke, Netherlands

Frieda (1)

"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, Germany


"10 points out of 10"

Asia Exchange: Absolutely ten points out of ten. I was an exchange student in Bali, Indonesia for the spring semester of 2015. There were no issues, we were taken care of and everything went as it was supposed at least for me. Props also for all of the curricular activity. The organization offers great support, infrastructure and is a trustworthy safety-net and provider for its students. I highly recommend Asia Exchange as an exchange agent/provider.

Kare, Finland

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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, 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 spent the autumn semester 2017 at Udayana University. In her blog you find pictures and thoughts of everyday life in Bali.

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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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<< Courses and studying

Applying to study abroad at Udayana University

  • Applying to study abroad at Udayana University is easy and quick. You only have to fill out and submit the online application form below together with a few attachments.
  • You can also apply for two semesters right away. You can study for two semesters at either Udayana University or combine any two destinations, as long as the semesters don’t overlap. When you apply for two semesters, you get a 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the tuition fee of the second semester. It’s also possible to combine a full-length semester with a summer school program.
  • Your study placement will be within 1-7 days. After this you can already start planning your semester abroad.
  • You’ll also get a comprehensive Asia Exchange Guide for your destination. This Guide contains lots of useful information and helpful tips for your study abroad semester.
  • We’ll later invite you to a pre-departure webinar. There you’ll get further guidance and tips from our experienced staff, some of whom live in Bali. Udayana University will also organize an orientation event in the first week of the semester.

Find the application instructions and the application form below. Please read the instructions carefully before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Who can apply?

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • A high school diploma or similar certificate.
    • To follow the instruction, you should have sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required attachments
    • An official transcript of records of all your semesters in English (stamped by your home institution) or, if you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your high school diploma (or similar document) in English. Click the link above for an example transcript of records. The format may vary from university to university.
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after leaving Indonesia. For those who are applying for 2019 semester, the passport needs to be valid for 18 months after the start of the semester (one-semester students) or 24 months after the start of the semester (two-semester students). If your passport expires earlier, please apply for a new passport early.
    • A color picture of 4×3 cm. The picture should be taken without glasses and both ears must be visible. The picture should be in JPG-format.
    • Signature Page (See an example of a filled out signature page)
  • Application instructions
    • Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
    • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. We won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa

    You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You’ll receive the official acceptance letter 1.5 months before the semester starts at the latest. We’ll send it to the street address you have provided in your application. Please let us know if this address changes at any point.

    You need the official acceptance letter to apply for a student visa.


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations done via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

Note! After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page and will receive a confirmation email. Check your inbox for the mail and if you don’t find it there, check your spam folder. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, please contact us immediately.

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<< Courses and studying

Quick facts

 Fields of study
Business, economics, marketing, law, tourism, culture and languages

 Next application deadline
September 30, 2018

 Semester duration
4 months

Max. credits
ca. 21 US credits

Tuition fee: 1990 EUR
Application fee: 50 EUR
Visa fee (Telex): 50 EUR

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