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INDONESIA - ISEP Udayana University

If you are looking to dive into a tropical experience while learning about the rich and diverse Balinese and Hindu culture, the BIPAS program at Udayana is the university for you. 

Bali is the most popular destination in Indonesia, and there is a good reason why. Bali has beaches, surfing, yoga, diving and more, but you can find this in many places around the world. In Bali, almost everything has a spiritual meaning - you’ll see exquisite flower-petal offerings everywhere you look, stand in awe of beauty of fully garbed locals, and stand still when major roads are shut down as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies.

At Udayana, students will have the opportunity to learn about Balinese culture both in the classroom and through multiple organized excursions offered throughout the semester. 


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have sophomore status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


Indonesia is a land of rich cultural diversity, with many peoples, customs, foods, artworks, etc. Indonesia consists of at least 300 ethnic groups, the majority being Javanese, spread throughout the 6,000 inhabited islands. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of the country, with English, Dutch and local dialects widely spoken. 

Indonesian cuisine is quite diverse given that the country occupies over 6,000 islands. Rice is a national staple and corn is also very commonly used in eastern Indonesia. Indonesian food is usually hot and spicy; red chili paste and spicy peanut sauce are commonly used condiments. Soy and tempe are found in many dishes, which makes Indonesian food very vegetarian-friendly. A wide range of fruit can be found throughout the country, including durian, star fruit, mango and papaya. 

Some traditional dishes include sate (meat roasted on a skewer), krupuk (friend shrimp or fish-flavored chips), gado gado (cold vegetable salad) and nasi goring (fried rice).

The Jimbaran Campus is a beautiful green campus located at the top of a hill overlooking Southern Bali, five minutes from the beach and about 45 minutes from Bali’s tourist areas.




A variety of courses will be available to you, depending on your institution and program of study, and may include topics in economics, international business, the arts, Indonesian culture and international relations. The language of instruction is English, though you may have the opportunity to enroll in Indonesian language courses as well.  


Course enrollment processes vary, be sure to check with your host institution to see if there is anything you need to prepare ahead of time. You may select classes online ahead of time, or not enroll until a registration period after arrival on campus.  

Course Load 

To be considered a full-time student at BINUS, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 SCU (system credit unit) and a maximum of 25 SCU. The credits at Udayana University are granted directly as ECTS credits.  In both cases, you will be enrolled in four to six classes per term, spending between 12 and 18 hours in class per week. A semester runs approximately 13 weeks long, with an additional two weeks for midterms and two weeks for final exams.  

Exams & Grading 

The teaching style in Indonesian universities is teacher-centric. Courses will mostly be lecture-style. The student’s progress is assessed through assignments, mid-terms, and final exams. 

BINUS University uses an evaluation system of scores ranging from 100 to 0 with corresponding letter grades of A through F. A score of 91-100 corresponds with an A (excellent), while a score of 50 or lower corresponds with an E (fail). A score of zero, or non-attendance, equates to an F. Course credits are referred to as Semester Credit Units (SCUs). One SCU is a minimum construct of 50 minutes lecture contact, and a minimum requirement of 50 minutes of self-study. 


Your host institution will send all transcripts to the ISEP Global Office in Arlington, VA. Keep in mind that this could take up to four months to process and send, and you should check with your host coordinator to make sure they have everything they need to send your transcript to ISEP. If there are no outstanding issues or dues, ISEP will forward the transcript to your home university.


Students learn economics, business, trade, culture, language and tourism, all with a focus on Asia. You will have opportunities to interact both with local and international students and learn from lecturers with years of educational experience in international settings.

Students at Udayana will take four to seven courses per semester.

Program Website

3 ECTS Beginner6 ECTS Beginner, or 6 ECTS Intermediate Indonesian Language course, as well as a Cross-Cultural Communication course are both mandatory.

In addition, students can take any of the following Bachelor’s or Master’s degree courses, regardless of their home level of study:

Bachelor’s level courses:

  • Economy and Business of South East Asia BIP1013 (Syllabus)
    ·        Indonesian History, Ethnology, Culture and Customs BIP1012 (Syllabus)
    ·International Tourism Management BIP1011 (Syllabus)
    ·        Business Law and Legal Tradition on Trade and Investment BIP1014 (Syllabus)
    ·        International Entrepreneurship BIP1017 (Syllabus
    ·        International Business BIP1018 (Syllabus) Limited enrollment
    ·        Global Marketing BIP1019 (Syllabus)

Students are required to complete all the courses they have selected beforehand. There is a 75% obligatory attendance. Failure to adhere to this requirement may lead to failing the course. Some of the courses are mandatory. 

Student Life

The main form of transportation in Bali is a scooter. Everything students need is either on-campus or nearby, including well-known fast food chains, local shops, and a recently built on-campus hospital.

Housing and Meals

Students live in a student-arranged apartment with other international, and local, students. Meals are not provided and are the responsibility of the student.


Asia Exchange will arrange accommodation for students for the first month of the semester. Please note that a certain type of accommodation cannot be guaranteed in advance but it will be subject to availability. The total amount of the accommodation stipend is 1200 USD (first paid by the student to ISEP). The rent for the first month (300 USD) will be deducted directly from the stipend. Students will be given the rest of the stipend (900 USD) and may use it as they see fit. Students may choose to stay in the arranged accommodation for the rest of the semester or find another accommodation independently after the first month. In the latter case, student themselves will be responsible for all housing costs that exceed the amount left in the stipend.

Refundable housing deposit (usually two month’s rent) is paid by the student on arrival. Amenities, facilities and the availability of bed linen, blankets and towels depend on the type of housing. Additional charges may apply. Generally, laundry facilities are located outside the accommodation and are not included in the benefits.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee includes orientation, ISEP coordinator, college fees and housing. 

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world. Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance. However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP




Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of August 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change. 

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office