The Darmasiswa Program is a moderately competitive sponsorship program which is provided by the Indonesia Government for incoming students from all over the world.

From our experience, while the funding of the Darmasiswa Program itself is modest (around $110 a month), depending on your location, this can serve as a useful motivator and supplement to your (Indonesian) living costs. More importantly, the scholarship covers all your tuition fees which can add up depending on the duration of your program. Importantly, the application process itself is not too cumbersome compared to most processes involving government procedures.

For those Asia Options followers keen to apply for the program we recommend the following steps:

  1. Follow the three links below and read through the concise documents
  2. Choose a participating university for the program (unfortunately, the program is not nationwide)
  3. Choose a study program: (eg. language, culture or art)
  4. Apply directly to your nearest Indonesian Embassy / Consulate.

Download here: Further Information, Application Form, List of participating Universities

We have also provided the official outline of the program below. Stay tuned for a follow-up article on insiders’ tips and experiences in the Darmasiswa Program.


Official information

The Darmasiswa Program is part of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC)’s efforts to promote Indonesian arts, culture and language internationally by providing a scholarship for foreign students to study in Indonesia.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) the Darmasiswa Program was started in 1974 as part of an ASEAN initiative. However, since then it has expanded and now accepts students from all over the world.

The Darmasiswa Scholarship provides a monthly stipend for foreign students studying within one of the following areas:
• Language
• Arts and crafts
• Music
• Dance

Essentially a non-degree program which runs for a minimum of 6 or a maximum of 12 months: the Darmasiswa Program is broken up into three categories.
• Darmasiswa RI Regular Program – 1 year
• Darmasiswa RI Plus Program – 1 year
• Darmasiswa RI Short Course Program – 6 months
The Darmasiswa program is run at 44 different universities throughout Indonesia. As a result, students have a wealth of options to choose from.
Application requirements:
• Applicants must be Australian Citizens, aged 35 years or less.
• Applicants must have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
• Applicants should have a basic knowledge of the proposed field of study.


How to apply for the scholarship?

Applicants should fill up the application form and submit to their nearest Indonesian consulate or embassy.
1. Fill out the application form
2. Provide a copy of academic transcript
5. Provide a Medical Certificate as evidence of good health
6. Provide passport size colour photographs (5 copies)
7. Full-page copy of passport valid for at least 18 months from the time of arrival in Indonesia
8. Proven ability to communicate in English and have a basic knowledge of the field they are applying for.


Visa information

The Darmasiswa participant is required to have a Social Visit Visa (VKSB) for 60 days issued by the Indonesian Embassy in the participant’s country of residence. Upon arrival in Indonesia, the Darmasiswa participant’s passport has to be submitted to the Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Culture, for necessary arrangements in obtaining recommendations of the State Secretariat and the Directorate General of Immigration, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

The participants are prohibited to apply for Tourist Visa or On-Arrival Visa for study purpose.



The Ministry of Education and Cultural doesn’t provide the accommodation for participants.


Coverage of scholarship

Monthly allowance will be received by the participant is Rp 2.000.000,00 (two million rupiah).
a. Living Cost: Rp. 1.200.000
b. Book Allowances: Rp. 200.000
c. Local Transport: Rp. 200.000
d. Medical/Health Care: Rp. 200.000
e. Pocket Money: Rp. 200.000

The participant is advised to bring enough money in US dollar for unexpected additional expenses in Indonesia.



The applicant should register through the following procedures:
Prospective participants are required to register at the Embassy / Consulate General in the country of origin of participants, and for participants who are not in the participant’s home country is not allowed to be registered through the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate General in the participating countries (non-citizenship)


Requirements / Qualifications of participants

Each participant has to fulfil these requirements as the follows:
a. Not more than 35 years of age.
b. Completed secondary education or its equivalent
c. In good health as proved by Medical Certificate
d. Able to communicate in English and additional Bahasa Indonesia is required
e. Have basic knowledge of the field you’re applying for.


Application procedure

To apply for the Darmasiswa scholarship program, the participant must submit a
complete application package to the IE/CG that includes all the following items:
a. Completed admission application form
b. Copy of academic transcript and certificates
c. Copy passport valid at least 18 months from time of arrival in Indonesia.
d. Curriculum vitae/resume
e. Passport size colour photograph (5 pieces)


Arrival in Indonesia

The Ministry of Education and Culture does not provide the return International airfare to Indonesia. We only provide the transportation from Jakarta to place of study; therefore the transportation from the place of study to Jakarta will be carried out by participants.


Health insurance

The Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) will not provide health insurance; therefore the participants are expected to have their own international travel insurance.


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Nick Metherall

Indonesia Country Coordinator
Nick is a student at La Trobe University. He is currently conducting field work in rural and remote parts of Eastern Indonesia.