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.
Kampus Bukit Jimbaran
Jl. Kampus Udayana
Bali – Indonesia
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, entrepreneurship, 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 offers interesting workshops and excursions, which provide you with a deeper insight into the rich Balinese culture.
The interdisciplinary program will encourage you to think in a more global and flexible way. You’ll improve your creative thinking and problem-solving skills, which will benefit your future career in whatever field.
Outside the classroom, you’ll get 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 also great career assets that are highly valued in today’s job market.
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 is the program 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, communication, engineering, social and health sciences, education, history and law.
For many students, participating in the BIPAS program is an opportunity to try something different and complement their degree with subjects outside of their field. You’ll gain new intriguing perspectives to whatever subject you’re majoring in.
Find out about courses, credits, different free time activities and more below.
Udayana University is responsible for the teaching. organizing of workshops and excursions and the transcript of records. You can pick 4 – 7 courses per semester. The courses 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.
International Relations and Communication BIP1021 (Syllabus)
International Accounting and Finance BIP1022 (Syllabus)
Environmental Management and Sustainability BIP1023 (Syllabus)
Managing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies BIP1025 (syllabus coming soon)
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 in a certain course that is required by your home university and you are able to provide written proof in English of this requirement.
The course International Business BIP1018 has 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.
You are required to complete all the courses you 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 and excursions
The program offers various workshops and excursions. Some of the workshops/excursions are mandatory.
At the beginning of the semester you will have a chance to visit the Seeds of Hope children’s home which Asia Exchange supports through its charity activities.
During the semester you also get the chance to participate in exciting activities and events organized by Asia Exchange’s partners.
Course and semester dates
Semesters last 16 weeks. 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 orientation days where Asia Exchange is also present. The orientation days are mandatory and absence is allowed only for compelling reasons. The orientation week ends in a Semester Kick-Off Party.
The teaching and lectures take place on the Jimbaran international campus of Udayana University. The mandatory workshop and, e.g. the orientation days take place on the Denpasar campus of Udayana University. Lectures and teaching happen from Monday to Wednesday. Workshops and excursions usually take place on Thursdays or Fridays.
You can apply all year around. Make sure to apply to the semester of your choice before the application deadline.
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).
Udayana University also organizes non-mandatory 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.
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 receive the required documents from Udayana University.
Mandatory visa related fee: 50 EUR. The mandatory visa related fee (Telex fee) applies to all international students studying in Indonesia from September 2019 onwards. The telex fee will be invoiced together with the application fee.
You are free to choose your preferred type of accommodation.
There are plenty of accommodation options both near the campus and in popular tourist areas. The prices vary depending on the location and the facilities. Most of the students prefer renting a private room in a homestay or a large villa with swimming 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 best 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 your fellow students and find roommates.
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!.”
“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!”
“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.”
I'm back for another semester in Bali! Asia Exchange has been really helpful and have helped me with any questions I've had. To live in Bali is awesome, the people are great, the food is delicious and the parties are fun!
"You will have experiences and memories you will cherish for the rest of your life!"
I had the best time of my life exploring Asia with new friends around the world. I highly recommend Asia Exchange and especially Bali if you want to study abroad! You will have experiences and memories you will cherish for the rest of your life!
"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!
"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!
"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!
"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!
"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!
"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!
"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.
"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. 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.
"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
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.
"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.
Valentin is a student at MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria. In autumn 2017 he studied at Udayana University in Bali. In his bilingual blog he writes about his adventures in Bali and the surrounding islands.
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.
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 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.
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 within 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.
You’ll receive the electronic official acceptance letter latest one month before the semester starts.
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 the initial confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the tuition fee invoice about 2.5 months before the semester starts and it will be due 1 month 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]asiaexchange.org. 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.
You are required to have a valid accident and health travel insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate at the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.