Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Bahasa Language Program

Review

As the oldest and largest state university in Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) currently has 18 faculties, 69 undergraduate programs, 25 diploma programs and a Graduate School. Within Universitas Gadjah Mada there are a number of study options and facilities tailored towards assisting and providing activities and courses for international students.

 

Program Schedule

The UGM Bahasa Language Program usually runs between February to July and September to January.

 

Affordability

In terms of costs, this will be dependent on the program. Within an ACICIS or INCULS (Indonesian language program) you can expect to pay fixed rates. The Tuition Fee for the Indonesian language Regular Program is US $ 800/semester. This tuition fee covers the academic fees including course books and exercise books. This would be considered mid-upper range to expensive. However, this is a top institution, providing quality tutelage with teachers who have years of experience teaching foreign students.

In general, a student exchange will usually transfer credits to your home university which means that you will be paying the fees (HECS / HELP fees or the equivalent) for the subjects you have completed at your home university in Australia. As a result, the costs should directly reflect your degree and the subject costs at your home university. A student exchange will usually transfer credits to your home university which means that you will be paying the fees (HECS / HELP fees or the equivalent) for the subjects you have completed at your home university in Australia. As a result, the costs should directly reflect your degree and the subject costs at your home university.

 

Location

The university is located in North Yogyakarta in Central Java. There are many accommodation options within walking distance of campus and even more within motorbike travel distance. If you ask the university about on-campus accommodation, you may get lucky. However, Asia Options has not yet interviewed anyone who has been able to get accommodation on campus. Don’t expect much help with the university in finding a boarding house. They get a lot of international students so they have little time to help each individual student with tasks outside of the bare essentials (i.e. enrollment). In terms of Yogyakarta (and Indonesia in general), Asia Options recommends befriending locals and asking for their advice when it comes to issues like accommodation and transportation.

The university campus itself is large but with buildings relatively easy to locate and close together. It has a green leafy atmosphere and is often full of students hanging out, playing music, riding bicycles or being involved in some form of extracurricular.

 

Reputation

By far the most popular study destination for international students coming to Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) has international exchange agreements with universities all over the world. These formal agreements or Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) provide a range of opportunities for both incoming and outgoing exchange students as well as various other international study programs. Among elitist circles, UGM is also often considered as one of the top three universities of Indonesia. Indeed, as one of the oldest universities, it makes sense that UGM should be an authoritative academic institution. It is likely that UGM has more international cooperation, in the form of Memorandum of Understandings, scholarships and formal student exchange agreements.

The reputation of the language program itself is largely carried by the brand of the university and ACICIS. However, the reputation of the INCULS program has also been built over the years through the sheer volume of students who have joined the program. This program has developed a solid curriculum which has been tested with hundreds / thousands of foreign student enrollments.

 

Atmosphere

You will find more international students and researchers in Yogyakarta than anywhere else in Indonesia. Indeed, Yogyakarta is the second largest tourism destination in Indonesia after Bali. There are a lot of student organisations, research centres, recreational activities, travel and study groups, art and music collectives, expat circles and more communities, to become involved in. It should not be difficult to make new friends, both local and international.

Despite growing traffic jams, malls culture and pollution, Yogyakarta retains much of its charm. There are still many beautiful and serene places to be found in the once peaceful city. However, this may not be the case for long. Yogyakarta should be seen and experienced sooner than later. It is slowly becoming more and more like the big suffocating cities of Java (Surabaya, Jakarta etc…). But this is an inevitable part of urbanization and Java’s overpopulation.

 

Opportunities

There are many opportunities to be found in Yogyakarta. Furthermore, these opportunities are more readily accessible due to a relatively receptive and experienced provincial immigration office used to dealing with foreigners. However, the downside is that there are so many foreigners and such a large population which leads to greater (supply and demand) or competition for opportunities, including internships, work and other programs. Due to the demand created by very large tourist, international student and expat community presence, Yogyakarta is both highly developed and has virtually all of the goods, services and activities which would be expected of a city in a westernized country. It also escapes much of the disadvantage and lack of access which affects the more marginalized provinces of Indonesia.

UGM also offers the opportunity to become involved in community service projects. It also has a wide range of faculties and study programs. Perhaps one of the widest range of choices in Indonesia.

 

Asia Options Verdict

The UGM Bahasa language course is definitely a top option, especially for people new to Indonesia and those who are learning Bahasa Indonesia. There are also many opportunities for the more experienced. UGM also has many different faculties and disciplines to choose from. We highly recommend immersion classes in your own discipline which allow you to learn about familiar material from a different cultural perspective. This is definitely a worthwhile experience and arguably one of the best opportunities to gain unique insights through a student exchange program. With lots of options for recreation and a large international community it should not be hard to have fun while also keeping your eyes open for study, work and leadership options.

 

Universitas Gadjah Mada
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Pros

Beautiful old school campus, the first university in Indonesia
A wide range of faculties from almost all disciplines

Top-tier reputation / prestige

More international students than any other city / party atmosphere etc...

Cons

Oversaturation of foreigners means more competition for various expat opportunities

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