Bali International Program on Asian Studies
Study Abroad in Bali at
Udayana University for 1 or 2 Semesters
Study at Udayana University’s only truly international study program, the Bali International Program on Asian Studies (BIPAS)! Meet people from 16+ countries and expand your knowledge with courses from many different fields. Apply easily and get a confirmation of your study placement as quickly as in a day.
You may apply for semesters in the upcoming years already.
*) Dates still tentative
- Learn more about Indonesia, its culture and economy, and discover the unique Balinese culture
- Expand your knowledge with a range of interesting courses from many different study fields
- Meet people from all over the world and build an international network
- Improve your English, learn the basics of Indonesian and develop your intercultural communication skills
- Explore the famous paradise island of Bali and the neighboring islands in your free time
Studying in the Bali International Program on Asian Studies (BIPAS)
BIPAS is an interdisciplinary study abroad program taught in English introducing you to Indonesian language and culture, international business, marketing, tourism, law and environmental management. You’ll also learn about modern Indonesia, gain insight into South-East Asia and discover fascinating Balinese traditions.
Who is the program for?
- You’re a university student (or similar)
- You’re interested in Indonesia and South-East Asia
- You want to study abroad in a unique and exotic environment
- You want to expand your knowledge with a variety of topics
- You want to get to know people from all over the world
Courses in the BIPAS program
You can pick 3 – 7 courses per semester. The course Indonesian Language is included in this and is mandatory for everyone. You can choose both Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses regardless of whether you are a Bachelor’s or Master’s level student.
- Indonesian Language BIP1015-6EL (6ECTS) (Syllabus) or Indonesian Language BIP1015-3EL (3ECTS) (Syllabus)*
* The Indonesian Language course is offered at two different scopes: 6 ECTS and 3 ECTS. The 6 ECTS course has two classes per week and the 3 ECTS course one class per week.
Bachelor’s level courses
- International Tourism Management BIP1011 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Comparative Regional Studies in Indonesia BIP1012 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Economy and Business of South East Asia BIP1013 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- International Business Law BIP1014 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- International Entrepreneurship BIP1017 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- International Business BIP1018 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Global Marketing BIP1019 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Cross-Cultural Communication BIP1024 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
Master’s level courses
- International Relations and Communication BIP1021 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Environmental Management and Sustainability BIP1023 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Managing Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies BIP1025 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
- Globalization and Social Change BIP1026 (5 ECTS) (Syllabus)
Making your course selections
Course selections are made after the application deadline by submitting an electronic course selection form. The course selections are binding and cannot be changed, unless you have failed to enroll in a certain course that is required by your home university and you are able to provide written proof of this requirement. We will send your course selections to Udayana University approximately 1 month after the application deadline. All your course selections are confirmed unless there’s an overlap in course schedules, in which case we will notify you about it. Dropping out of a course is possible until the second week of the semester as long as you still have a minimum of 4 courses left.
You are required to complete all your chosen courses. There is a 75 % obligatory attendance. Failure to adhere to this requirement may lead to failing the course. Indonesian Language course is mandatory and must be acceptably completed.
Workshops and excursions
BIPAS program also includes various cultural workshops and excursions. Workshop topics include traditional Balinese costume, Palm leaf ornaments, Traditional healing and Balinese cooking. Excursions are organized to Balinese compounds and temples. A few of the workshops and excursions are mandatory and the rest are optional.
Course and semester dates
Semesters last 4 months. The autumn semester runs from September to December and the spring semester from January to May. The semester starts with a traditional Balinese welcome ceremony and orientation days where Asia Exchange is also present. The orientation week ends in a Semester Kick-Off Party. The teaching and lectures take place on the Jimbaran campus of Udayana University. Some workshops and, e.g., the orientation take place on the Denpasar campus. Lectures and teaching happen from Monday to Wednesday. Workshops take place usually on Wednesdays after lectures or on Thursdays and excursions take place either on Thursdays or Fridays. You can apply all year around. Please apply before the application deadline to the semester of your choice.
Credits are granted in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) points and can easily be transferred to your degree. Each course is worth 5 ECTS credits, with the exception of the course Indonesian Language (3–6 ECTS, depending on scope). Ask your home university about credit transfer.
Tuition fee: 1990 EUR / semester
Application fee: 50 EUR.
See what’s included in the fees.
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Benefits when applying via Asia Exchange
- Confirmation as quickly as within one day
- Access to Asia Exchange Student portal and Student Guides with lots of information about studies, visas, accommodation and other tips
- Orientation days and organized activities/events
- No English proficiency test required
- 100 EUR / 120 USD discount when you apply for two semesters.
- A minimum age of 18 years
- A high school diploma or similar certificate.
- To follow the instruction, you should have sufficient English skills (B2 level). No language test is required.
See the additional requirements.
- An official transcript of records of all your semesters in English (signed and stamped by your home institution or alternatively verified by electronic signature or a barcode) or, if you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your high school diploma (or similar document) in English. Click the link above for an example transcript of records. The format may vary from university to university.
- A copy of the identification page of your passport. Please note that your passport needs to be valid for 12 months after the end of the semester (one-semester students) or 18 months after the end of the semester (two-semester students). If your passport expires earlier, please apply for a new passport early. Please note that applications sent without a valid passport are not processed at all.
- An official passport photo in colour and the size of 4×3 cm. The picture should be taken without glasses and both ears must be visible. The picture should be in JPG-format.
- Medical Statement (can be obtained upon arrival)
Apply to study abroad at Udayana University
Fill out and submit the online application form together with the required documents
- Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancellation at no extra cost up to 1 month before the semester starts.
- When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR / 120 USD discount on the second semester
- Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply.
- Scan all the required attachments to your computer in PDF format.
- Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.
Uploading and submitting the attachments
- Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
- If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. We won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
- All attachments must be sent to us by the application deadline at the very latest.
- You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
- There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.
Confirmation, official acceptance letter and visa
You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement within 1 week of submitting your application. You’ll receive the electronic Official Acceptance Letter from Udayana University latest 1 month before the semester starts. You need to print the official acceptance letter for your student visa application.
The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee about 2.5 months before the semester starts.
If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at]asiaexchange.org. Cancellations done via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation. We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.
You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate at the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.
Key facts about Udayana University
Originally established as a cultural think tank in 1962, Udayana University has become one of the foremost higher education institutions in Indonesia. Udayana University is the largest and most respected university in Bali and has a total of 13 faculties. Find out more about the university.
Udayana University Kampus Bukit Jimbaran Jl. Kampus Udayana 80361 Bali – Indonesia
University’s website https://www.unud.ac.id/ Unud Center for International Programs (CIP)
University’s contact person
Prof. Dr. I Made Rajeg (Coordinator of BIPAS program)
- Ministry of Education in Indonesia
- Indonesian National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN-PT)
- International Association of Universities (IAU)
- Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
- ASEAN-European University Network (ASEA UNINET)
Exchange students are more than welcome to participate in different kinds of activities such as drama, dance, and sports clubs. Students can teach English and play with children at the children’s homes Seeds of Hope and YKPA during the semester. Students also like to form their own football, tennis, and beach volley clubs. Many students are also interested in surfing. Find out more about.
Q: Can I take Master level courses even if I’m a Bachelor level student?
A: Yes, you can. Bachelor level students can choose Master level courses and vice versa. Please confirm with your home institution which courses are accepted for credit transfer.
Q: Are there mandatory courses?
A: Yes, Indonesian Language course is mandatory for all students attending BIPAS Program. You can choose it in a scope of 3 ECTS or 6 ECTS. In the 3 ECTS course you will have one lecture per week and in the 6 ECTS course you will have 2 lectures per week.
Q: When are my course selections confirmed?
A: We will send your course selections to Udayana University approximately 1 month after the application deadline. Unless you’re notified that there is overlapping with your course selections, all your course selections are confirmed.
Q: Can I drop out of a course or add a course after making the course selections?
A: Dropping out of a course is still possible until the second week of the semester as long as you still have a minimum of 4 courses left. If you wish to add a course, you are required to send proof from your home university that they require an additional course to firstname.lastname@example.org. The maximum number of courses you can choose is 7.
Q: How does the weekly schedule look like?
A: In general, you will have contact lectures from Monday to Wednesday. It’s possible from time to time that the teaching staff is unable to show up for lectures for some reason. In this case, the lecture will be moved to another day or you will receive a replacement assignment. Thursdays are reserved for independent work on case studies or other assignments, no attendance on campus is required. There will be one mandatory workshop and excursion for all students and one mandatory workshop for Comparative Regional Studies in Indonesia course. These will most likely take place on a Thursday or Friday.
Q: What is the required minimum attendance?
A: You must attend a minimum of 75 % of lectures and all mandatory workshops/excursions. You must also pass the mid-term and final exams to receive your grades. In case of sickness, you can discuss with the program staff regarding excused absence.
Q: When do the exams take place?
A: All exams will take place inside the official semester dates. Mid-term exams take usually place the week before mid-term holiday and final exams the last week of the semester. The exams are usually scheduled for the same weekdays and times as your normal classes.
Q: What kind of costs are there regarding study materials?
A: There are no book fees at BIPAS Program. Most of the study materials will be uploaded to a student folder in Dropbox. Some assignments must be submitted as printed documents. There are printing shops outside the campus and printing is extremely cheap in Bali.
Dresscode: You should always cover your shoulders, belly, knees and toes when on campus. Please bring enough proper, lightweight clothes with you from home as it can be difficult to find especially bigger size clothes or shoes in Bali.
Q: What is the correct type of visa for studying at Udayana University?
A: Socio-Cultural Visa / Short Visit Visa. Exceptions apply to 2-semester students and some nationalities.
Q: When can I apply for my visa?
A: As soon as you receive the official acceptance letter from Udayana University. We will send this to you latest 1 month before the semester starts. You cannot apply for your visa with the initial acceptance letter from Asia Exchange.
Q: Can I travel inside of Indonesia during the semester even if my passport is at immigration for extension?
A: Former students have been able to travel with a scanned copy of their passport’s ID page and student card from Udayana University. You can find general information about Indonesian student visas here.
Q: Should I book accommodation in advance or after arriving in Bali?
A: It is completely up to you. During the autumn many of the cheapest places get booked in advance but most students still prefer checking the accommodation options in person after arrival.
Q: Do I need an International Driver’s License for driving a scooter in Bali?
A: Yes, you do. If you don’t yet have one, please order it from your national car union’s website. Bear in mind that driving a scooter in Bali requires a motorbike license. Without one, you might have problems with your insurance company in case of an accident.
Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take?
A: We recommend MMR, Tetanus-diphteria and hepatitis A and B. You can ask your doctor for possible other recommendations in case you wish to travel to more rural areas. Bali is not a malaria-endemic zone, so most likely you will not need to purchase anti-malaria medication.
Q: Can I bring prescription medicines to Bali?
A: That shouldn’t be a problem as long as you bring the doctor’s prescription with the medicine. Some medicines can be very hard or impossible to find in Bali even though there are plenty of pharmacies in the more touristy areas of Bali.
Q: How are the hospitals in Bali?
A: There are many international standard hospitals in Bali, for example BIMC, Siloam and Kasih Ibu. Please ask your insurance company for their partner hospital in Bali, as most insurances have one which they prefer. With minor worries you can usually visit the smaller clinics that can be found everywhere.
Q: Do I need to have a travel insurance? You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate at the beginning of the semester.
Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for? In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation and other living costs. There are no book fees in the BIPAS Program, as most of the study materials will be uploaded to a student folder in Dropbox The cost of living is relatively low in Bali. The actual costs depend on your individual lifestyle. Find a list of general living costs here. Read more about budgeting your study abroad semester.
Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
A: Please fill out the document and send it to email@example.com and we will forward it to Udayana University for signing.
Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter? The electronic official acceptance letter will be sent to you by email latest 1 month before the semester starts.
Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records usually within 2-3 months after the end of the semester
Q: Which other essential items should I bring with me from home?
A: Sunscreen, contact lenses, tampons, underwear, power bank, USB stick and dry shampoo.