Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)

Indonesia’s first university and the main destination for foreign students to learn more about the country. In this article, Asia Options brings shares all the info you need to know about Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).

University Profile

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.

As the oldest and largest state university in Indonesia, 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:


Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) ACICIS Office

– The main in-country office of the Australian Consortium for in Country Immersion Studies (ACICIS).

– ACICIS serves as a facilitator of a range of programs.

– Located to the South of the Economics and Business Faculty (FEB) in the lecturers’ housing area is the ACICIS office.

– Read more about ACICIS in our AO article here.


Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) INCULS

– The Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS) at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Universitas Gadjah Mada, was established in 2000

– Located behind the Cultural Studies Faculty (FIB).

– If you are interested in taking the regular program, you also have to apply for a study permit to the Indonesian Ministry of National Education. The application should be submitted through the nearest Indonesian embassy.


Immersion Courses at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) (Asia Options Pick)

– Students are given the opportunity to immerse in lectures taught partially or even completely in Bahasa Indonesia.

– Courses taught in Bahasa Indonesia offer language immersion and cultural immersion and give students the chance to understand the Indonesian education system rather than a system catering to foreigners.

– Some courses are taught in both Indonesian and English still provide an opportunity to gain partial language and cultural immersion.

– This is organised as an exchange program where students enter directly into classes with a content focus rather than a pure language focus.

– By learning about a subject related to your degree in Indonesian you will be likely to improve your language skills while also gaining credit which can be transferred back to your home university.

– We suggest you contact your universities international office as well as UGM’s international office 

– The international office at UGM provides advice relating to some academic affairs and immigration issues. They may also be able to provide letters required for administrative purposes.

– There have in the past been complaints about the slow response of the international university in the application and immigration process before arrival and also a lack of support after arrival.

– However, these limitations are not limited to UGM. Indeed, such shortcomings are common throughout Indonesia. Despite these shortcomings, relative to other universities, students at UGM may receive more support and a smoother immigration process compared to other universities. This is because the international study pathway has been well established over a long period of time.

– Pathways which are just being opened at other universities may still be in a stage of transition and may not have the connections with immigration and the higher education and research government bodies. – As experienced by AO contributors, studying at an institution off the beaten path may require a longer application and immigration process.

You can download the OIA UGM booklet here.

This is the official booklet from the international office of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)


Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) international cooperation with Australia

  • ACICIS on Lestari Widyastuti Scholarship
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The Australian National University (ANU) Australia
  • The Australian National University (ANU) Australia
  • The Charles Darwin University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Western Sydney
  • The University of Wollongong Australia
  • University of Adelaide Australia
  • University of Canberra Australia
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Murdoch Australia
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney Australia
  • University of Wollongong Australia
  • Victoria University of Ballarat Road, Footscray, Victoria


Academic information

In Indonesia the academic year begins in September and ends in June. The first semester runs from early September to mid-January and the second semester from early February to late-June.

For those interested in applying it is advised you do so via your own home university’s international office or through ACICIS. If you apply on your own you may encounter a number of difficulties. You, ACICIS or your home university can apply to the following contact:


Contact information

Universitas Gadjah Mada, Office of International Affairs (OIA)


UGM Main Building, South Wing 2nd Floor, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta,

Indonesia 55281

Tel +62-274-563974

Fax +62-274-552810

E-mail head-oia@ugm.ac.id / oia@ugm.ac.id

Incoming Contact: Mr. Jemy Partianto

Admission Officer

Email: admission@ugm.ac.id

Mr. Viki Laksono Aji


Application Requirements

Application materials

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Copy of passport

3. Statement of financial support

4. Personal statement (not to work during the study)

5. Recommendation letter from applicants institution

6. Recommendation letter from Indonesian Embassy in applicants’ country

7. Copy of academic record

8. Statement of Good Health

9. 4 passport-sized photograph.(red background)


English requirements

(For native speakers of English this will not be a problem)

Language Requirements TOEFL : 500 (paper-based)

IELTS : no less than 5.5

GPA 3.00/4.00 (minimum)


Application deadline

Odd Semester (September – January) : 31 March

Even Semester (February – July) : 31 August

Important Notes: Please feel free to contact the UGM admission officers if you need further assistance about the enrolment procedures. Please register as early as possible (Asia Options recommends you begin your research and the application a year or at least 8 months before your intended study) so that there will be enough time to prepare your study, study permit and visa.


After you have received the result of your application, UGM OIA will send you Letter of Offer informing you the tuition and the student service fee.


Service Fee (Permits, GMC Insurance)

Paid upon receiving a letter of offer for

  • 6 Months USD 415
  • 12 Months USD 497,5
  • 24 Months USD 860

Tuition fee non-degree USD 600 / Semester (Degree costs may also be subject to faculty)


Tuition fees can and student service fees can be payed at Mandiri Bank;

Account Name : Rector UGM

Account Number :

Bank Name : Mandiri Bank, Branch Magister UGM

Swift Code : BMRIIDJA

Please note that the long holiday break is in July and August, and there will also be a short break in December and January. While another break, usually one or two weeks will be available during major national holidays such as Lebaran (Islamic holiday) which the dates are changing from year to year due to its Lunar calendar calculation. There will be an official statement from the Indonesian Government prior to the days.


Yogyakarta – within a developed province of a developing country – (Ranking: Highly Developed)

The city of Yogyakarta is the second largest tourism destination in Indonesia after Bali.

Due to the demand created by very large tourist, international student and expat community presence, Yogyakarta now has virtually all of the goods, services and activities which would be expected of a city in a westernized country.

Just like any other city, a large tourist, international student and expat presence brings both positives and negatives.


Environmental factors

  • The effects of electricity cuts, floods, earthquakes are rarely felt in the area around the university or even more widely throughout the city.
  • The exceptions to this were the 2010 eruption of the volcanic Mount Merapi. However, those most affected were inhabitants of the rural villages closer to the mountain, rather than in the city itself.
  • Another exception was the earthquake in 2006 which led to some damage in the area of South Yogyakarta.
  • Merapi also erupted in 2006 but with limited impact.
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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.

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