Scholarship Program


DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relations with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), art and culture in 72 universities in 2018. This program was established in 1974 as part of ASEAN initiative, admitting only students from ASEAN countries. However, in 1976 this program was extended further to other countries. Today, the number of countries participating in this program is more than 121 countries and it is organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture with the cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

The main purpose of DARMASISWA program is to promote and increase the interest in the language, art and culture of Indonesia among youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries.


  1. Online Registration (18 December 2017 - 18 February 2018)
  2. Interview at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (19 February - 9 March 2018)
  3. First Option Academic Selection (12 - 19 March 2018)
  4. Second Option Academic Selection (20 - 24 March 2018)
  5. Announcement of the Selection Results (16 April 2018)
  6. Confirmation of Participant (16 April - 16 May 2018)
  7. Submission of Flight Itinerary (16 April - 1 August 2018)
  8. Orientation Program (at the end of August 2018)
  9. Commencement of Studies (early September 2018)


To study in Indonesia, the Darmasiswa participant is required to have a social visit visa 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 National Education, for necessary arrangements in obtaining recommendations of the State Secretariat and the Directorate General of Immigration, Departement of Law and Human Rights. The participants are prohibited to apply for tourist visa for study purposes.


  1. The Ministry of National Education doesn't provide the accommodation for participants. 
  2. The participants have to find their own accommodation assisted by the higher education institution during their study. 
  3. The participants may rent a house/room in accordance with their preference and financial capacity.

  1. Tuition fee 
  2. Living Cost: Rp. 2.950.000 (Area 1: Batam, Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, Manado & Samarinda); Rp. 2.550.000 (Area 2: Aceh, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Purwokerto, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surakarta & Malang)
  3. Participants will be provided with accomodation and transportation during the Orientation Program if the arrival time is within the schedule from the Ministry of Education and Culture
  4. Participants will get settlement allowance when attending the Orientation Program
  5. Participant's legal permit arrangement with the help of the Host University will be supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture
  6. Participants may seek assistance from the Host University in finding a house/room to rent which is included in the monthly stipend
  7. Participants are advised to bring enough money in US Dollar for an unexpected additional expenses in Indonesia 


The applicant should register through the following procedures:
Prospective students are required to register online via the website: and must be in the country of origin of the students.


Each student has to fulfill these requirements as the follows: 

a. Preferably Student​​​

b. Completed secondary education or its equivalent

c. Minimum age 17 years and not older than 35 years

d. Unmarried

e. Able to comunicate in English and additional Bahasa Indonesia is required (proven by an English Language Proficiency Certificate such as TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS or other certififacates if applicable)

f. In good health proven by medical certificate

g. Have basic knowledge of the field you're applying


Student must submit a complete application package that includes all the following items:

a. Register the online application form (​)

b. Curriculum vitae/resume 

c. Medical Certificate​

d. Passport valid at least 18 months from time of arrival in Indonesia 

e. Recommendation Letter from Educational Institution / Professional Institution on official letterhead and signature (in English)

f. Last academic transcript and certificates (in English)

g. Language certificate

h. Other certificates that are related to the field of study you are applying

i. Writing essay about the purpose of study (in English or Bahasa Indonesia maximum 500 words)


The Government of the Republic of Indonesia, in this term is Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation, The Ministry of Education and Culture does not provide airfare tickets. The Ministry of Education and Culture will provide travel expenses for participant from Jakarta to the place of study, while the travel expenses from the place of study to Jakarta is not provided.


The Ministry of Education and Culture will not provide any health insurance, therefore the participants are expected to have the International insurance.​

Darmasiswa Scholarship Secretariat

Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation

Ministry of Education and Culture

C Building, 6-7th Floor
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Jakarta 10270

Tel. (+62 21) 5724707 ext. 2616