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Study in Indonesia

Made up of thousands of islands, Indonesia (meaning ‘Indian Islands’) has become one of the world's major emerging economies, with the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is a melting pot of contrasts and diversity, with hundreds of distinct ethnic groups, languages and cultures. It’s also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the region, offering a vibrant study abroad experience.

So if you’d like to study in Indonesia, read on to find out more about the top universities and interesting student cities the country has to offer, as well as how you can apply. 

Fast Facts

  • Official name is the Republic of Indonesia.
  • Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands in 1945, although this wasn’t recognized by the Dutch until 1949.
  • Made up of more than 14,000 islands.
  • Population: more than 255 million people.
  • Government is a unitary presidential constitutional republic. The president of Indonesia is currently Joko Widodo.
  • Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, and 87% of the population is Muslim.
  • Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR).
  • More than 700 regional languages are spoken, but the official language is Indonesian. Language is the most popular subject taught at university.
  • The national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" ("Unity in Diversity" literally"many, yet one"), demonstrates the diversity that shapes the country.
  • Java is the world’s most populated island and contains half the population of Indonesia.
  • Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17th August is a national holiday.
  • The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysian Borneo.
  • There are over 150 volcanoes in Indonesia, of which 125 are active.
  • Indonesia straddles both sides of the equator.
  • The country’s diverse wildlife includes komodo dragons.
  • Indonesia has the second-largest biodiversity in the world (after Brazil).
  • 10.41 million people from around the world visited Indonesia in 2015.