Current international students can find advice on a range of issues that relate to living in Indonesia. We also support students who may be looking to engage in more extra-curricular activities, and can give you information on various opportunities including study Sundanese language, culture, and traditional music. In addition, the team here organises a social programme each term; sightseeing tours of Indonesia, especially West Jave, and trips to other parts of Indonesia. Check out the links below for the most up to date version.
(link of the newest program).
Also have a look at this link below to guide you for more things to do.
National Health Service
If your course lasts for six months or more, you will need to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of your visa application. Full details on the health surcharge is available on the UNPAD website. You will then be eligible for healthcare under the National Health Service (NHS)/Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS) Kesehatan. This covers consultations with doctors (also known as general practitioners or GPs), and hospital treatment for conditions that arise while you are in Indonesia. You will have to pay a charge for any medicines prescribed by a doctor.
You are not covered by the NHS until you have registered as a student with the University. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please bring an English-language summary of your medical record with you, including diagnosis and treatment details.
Registering with a doctor (GP)
When you arrive in Bandung or Jatinangor you will need to register with a doctor. Most students register with the Students’ Health Service if their accommodation is within the practice area. Otherwise you may register with a local doctor of your choice.
Out-of-hours medical treatment
If you need medical treatment when your doctor’s practice is closed, contact Clinic of Universitas Padjadjaran.
In Bandung: Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 46 Bandung, Tel: (022) 2512497 and (022) 2534509
In Jatinangor: Jalan Raya Bandung – Sumedang Km 21 Jatinangor, Tel: (022) 7781900
You must pay for dental treatment in Indonesia. All dentists accept private patients. Some dentists accept patients whose treatment is subsidised by the NHS/BPJS, but as these are difficult to find, you should be prepared to pay to the full cost of dental treatment.
Eye tests are available from ophthalmic opticians who operate from shop premises. You will have to pay for an eye test unless you qualify for free NHS/BPJS treatment Glasses and contact lenses vary in price.
2. Money matters
Before you arrive
If you are only staying in Bandung or Jatinangor for a short time, you may not wish to open an Indonesian bank account. In this case, you should consider bringing your money in travellers’ cheques or using a credit card or cash card that gives you access to your home bank account.
There is no limit on the amount of money you can bring into Indonesia, but you may have to comply with exchange requirements in your home country. We strongly advise you not to travel with large amounts of cash because of the security risks.
You cannot open an Indonesian bank account before you arrive here. However, your home bank may have links with an Indonesian institution, and be able to offer advice. Your home bank can also advise you on how to transfer money to an Indonesian bank account.
It takes several days to open a bank account in Indonesia. You should bring sufficient money in the form of travellers’ cheques or banker’s draft to tide you over until you can access your new account.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in Indoensian shops, restaurants and other retail outlets. You can also use a credit card to withdraw money from most cash machines in Indoensia. Check with your home bank to make sure that your credit card is readily accepted in Indonesia.
Opening a bank account
You should set up your bank account as soon as possible after you arrive. Bank services and charges vary, so we recommend that you consider more than one bank. If possible, ask around to see what other people advise. To open an account, you will need to complete an application form from your chosen bank and provide the following documents:
- Your passport
- A letter from the University, confirming your international and Indonesia addresses.
Most banks will issue you with a combined cash and debit card when you open your account.
- Cash card
Allows you to withdraw money from a cash machine (also known as cash point, autobank, hole in the wall or ATM). There may be a small charge for using a cash machine that is not owned by your bank. You will be told at the beginning of the transaction if this is the case.
- Debit card (also known as Visa/Maestro card)
- Allows you to pay directly for goods and services. Many outlets allow you to use your debit card to get cash at the same time as making a purchases (known as ‘cash back’). There may be a charge for this service
- Allows you to withdraw cash at cash machines
- Credit card
- you may also apply for a credit card
- you will get a bill every month and have to pay a part of the balance
- if you do not pay the full amount interest builds up on the amount you have not paid, the interest rate is generally quite high
Postal services are provided at PT Pos Indonesia. Post office counters can also sometimes be found in local shops (e.g., Circle K)
All study bedrooms in University accommodation have free internet access.
Many companies offer low-cost, pre-paid mobile phonecards. You can buy them at phonecards center and some shops.
4. Driving in Indonesia
Before you drive a motor vehicle in Indonesia, you must:
- be licensed to drive
- have valid insurance cover
- display a valid Indonesia road tax disc on your car
- register the car if in Indonesia for 6 months or more
- The Driver and Vehicle Licensing
5. Improving your Indonesian language skills
The Centre for Indonesian Language and Foundation Studies offers a variety of courses that will help you improve your Indonesian language and ethnic languages. Staff will also be able to recommend ways to practise the language, and suggest resources to help you.
6. Extracurricular activities
The Students’ Union (Badan Eksekutif Mahasiswa/BEM) co-ordinates a wide range of activities to interest you outside of your studies. There are more than 20 student groups to choose from, including sports clubs, a student media team, fundraising groups, and societies for culture, causes, music, dance, politics, religion, arts, food and drink, business and culture, and much more. You can find out more by visiting the Students’ Union website.
There are also opportunities for volunteering in your free time, whether you want to make a difference to the local community, obtain work experience relevant to your degree, improve your employment prospects, learn new skills, meet new people or just have fun.