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

Find more about studies, semester dates, fees and application deadlines at Udayana University as well as information on how to apply to study abroad in Udayana University’s Bali International Program on Asian Studies.

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 period ended October 15th, 2017 open now until April 30th, 2018
Holiday March 19th – April 1st October 26th – November 4th

2019 (all dates still tentative)

Spring Autumn
Semester dates January 21st – May 22nd September 4th – December 19th
Orientation (Obligatory) January 21st– 22nd September 4th – September 5th
Application period open now until October 15th, 2018 open now until April 30th, 2019
Holiday March 18th – 31st TBA

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 highly 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 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 you gain a solid introduction into both modern Indonesia and South East Asia as well as ancient Balinese traditions. The program also includes many workshops and excursions, which give you hands-on experience on the course topics.

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 be helpful for your future career in whatever field.

Outside the classroom you’ll also be getting to know a new culture and interacting 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.

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 come from many different fields, including business, economics, tourism, media, communication, engineering, health sciences, education, history and law. For many students it’s 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 your major is.

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

    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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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.


“I can say, with great certainty, that nothing has taught me as much about myself and what I want from life than my exchange period in Bali, and I dare to say nothing ever will. I love to break free and explore outside my comfort zone, this being said I want to believe I possess the experience to help you out in any matter necessary!” 

Janni, Finland (


“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.”

Dijana, Slovenia (

Student testimonials

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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.

Check the blog

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.

Check the blog

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.


Videos from Udayana University

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Want to read more student experiences?

More blogs from Bali

Student Interviews from Bali

Study Abroad Reports from Bali

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 some 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.
  • You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement already within a week. 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.

You can find detailed application instructions below, including information about fees and cancellation. Below you can also find a link to the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before you apply.

  • Who can apply?

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years
    • If you apply for Autumn semester: You have to be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar)
    • If you apply for Spring semester: You only need 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 IndonesiaIf 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.

Udayana University Application Form

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.


Quick facts

 Semester duration:
4 months

Max. Credits:

Tuition fee:
1990 EUR / semester

Application fee:
50 EUR

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