Semesters usually run between February to July and September to January. BIPA programs are often held in June / July each year during the Australian winter break.
Fees are likely to be less expensive than Jakarta but this may depend on course length and program. Fees and program details are constantly being updated, so please contact the university for the latest information.
Bali holds a wide variety of opportunities. There are few places as scenic or fun to study in as Bali. Bali also has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. There should be a range of accommodation options ranging from $10-50 per night. However, if you’re in Bali for the long haul look for a kos – boarding house (averaging anywhere between $30AUD- $150AUD per month depending on the facilities you are after). There is a safe buffer between a study environment on campus and the more disruptive and distracting tourist areas.
The BIPA campus is located in the center of Denpasar city, in the most beautiful island on earth, Bali. It is next to Sanglah Public Hospital; It is about 500 meters from Department Stores, Mc. Donald, Post Office, and other public facilities. It is about 25 minutes to Ngurah Rai International Airport, 20 minutes to Kuta, and 15 minutes to Sanur by car.
As a well-known university, Udayana is widely seen as a prestigious institution in Indonesia. Udayana may not be perceived to have the same levels of prestige as the big 3 or many of the universities closer to the center of power in Java. Yet prestige and ranking may not be the most important criterion for those hoping to learn Indonesian.
From the scenic beaches all along Bali’s coastline to the magical ambiance of Hindu temples and rice temples fields, Bali clearly has much to offer in terms of atmosphere. Linguistic and cultural immersion may be elusive in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. However, if you make the effort you should be able to find some.
There are a range of professional opportunities in growing niche areas including eco-tourism, micro-finance, environment, culture and education in Bali. Most international conferences hosted by Indonesia are also held in Bali.
Asia Options Verdict
Universitas Udayana is certainly an option worthy of consideration and few institutions receive as many foreign Indonesian language learners. Most Indonesian teachers in Bali are also experienced and as a result, the courses in Bali are guaranteed to deliver a level of quality.
Diverse range of activities outside of study
Large NGO community / ecotourism and business sectors in Bali
Relatively high quality education programs
More English speakers in Bali than any other part of Indonesia
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