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Welcome to Indonesia

Also known as ‘the sleeping giant’ of Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, containing over 18,000 islands, and is also the fourth most populous country in the world. Indonesia has a rich history of cultural tradition that dates before written record; it is a deeply spiritual place and contains the largest Muslim population on the planet. Many of the populated areas in Indonesia stick to their deeply rooted traditions. The origins of many are still a mystery, not to mention that about a third of all the islands remain uninhabited and largely unexplored. A sense of mystery and adventure awaits you around every corner in Indonesia. 
Apart from breathtaking wilderness that is central to the very nature of Indonesia, many locations contain hidden gems. The Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana is a swath of jungle that houses three holy temples inhabited by Balinese macaques. TamanImpian Jaya Ancol is a central location for entertainment for the whole family, which includes familiar establishments like movie theaters and bowling alleys. Indonesian cuisine offers some of the most exotic and delicious food combinations; Indonesian restaurants are among the country’s biggest attractions. 


Indonesia, being a predominantly Muslim country, still offers a variety of nightlife entertainment options, including local pubs, bars and dance clubs. Public drunkenness is strongly frowned upon, and in certain parts of the country the consumption of alcohol is illegal – make sure to pay attention to your surroundings and get advice from the locals. Drug trafficking is a serious problem in Indonesia, and authorities have zero tolerance for disregard of the law. 


 Indonesia’s climate range is composed of two seasons: the wet season, November through March, and the dry season, April through October. The temperature varies gradually depending on the location and elevation. 


University of Indonesia: Being the oldest university in Indonesia, University of Indonesia currently serves over 47,000 students across 14 different faculties, ranging between a wide variety of subjects. University of Indonesia consistently ranks as the top tertiary-level academic institution in Indonesia.

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

For more scholarships, visit Scholarships for Study Abroad in Indonesia

Staying Healthy & Safe in Indonesia

A couple of important links to help you stay healthly and secure while traveling to Indonesia:

Health & Saftey Information fof Travel to Indonesia

Indonesia Safety & Security Overview

For Alumni

If you have studied abroad in Indonesia, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website. Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

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Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in work opportunities in Indonesia. 

Teach Abroad in Indonesia
Intern Abroad in Indonesia
Volunteer Abroad in Indonesia

Diversity Guide to Indonesia

  • Tips for LGBTQ Students

    90% of Indonesians identify as Muslim, meaning that  homosexuality is widely unaccepted or publicly acknowledged. While it's not punishable by law, it's not uncommon for police to use 'public indecency' laws to unfairly arrest gay or transgendered people. Students who identify as LGBTQ should be mindful of this when choosing to study abroad in Indonesia.

  • Diversity

    Javanese 40.6%, Sundanese 15%, Madurese 3.3%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Betawi 2.4%, Bugis 2.4%, Banten 2%, Banjar 1.7%, other or unspecified 29.9% 

Have Tips about Study or Travel to Indonesia?

Indonesia is home to people from diverse religions, cultures and languages. This unique blend of people is also reflected in the sights and flavors. From temples and beaches, to foods that are part Chinese, part Malaysian and part Indian, Indonesia is a great location in Asia for students interested in studying religion or tourism. 

Indonesia is home to some beautiful temples, each that reflect the diverse religions of the Indonesian people. Spend time at Buddhist temple Borobudur, or Hindu temple Prambanan. If you'd rather hit the beach, Bali is one of the most visited destinations in the world.

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