BIPA Programs

(Bahasa Indonesia for Non-Native Speakers)

Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia



Indonesian for Non-native Speakers Program (BIPA Program) is designed to train international students to actively communicate in both written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia. In order to achieve this objective, BIPA provides three levels of study with individual curriculum and goals.



The elementary level aims at giving basic competence to use Bahasa Indonesia with an emphasis on conversational skills, both formal and informal. Cultural awareness also be given to enhance the communication skills.


At the intermediate level, participants learn to employ different styles of spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia, as well as to study Indonesia's state, administrative, and citizenship systems.


At this level, participants learn to participate in discussion, write essay in Indonesian, and study topics related to Indonesian society and culture (e.g. history, religion, tradition, etc).



Every year, BIPA Program is divided into two programs, which are:


The Regular Program takes four months, and held from January to May and August to December. Classes are scheduled five days a week: Monday to Friday, from 9.00-12.30 WIB. The language skills taught cover speaking, reading, listening, writing, vocabulary building, and grammar using BIPA's unique materials.


Additionally BIPA provides extracurricular activities such as gamelan music, batik panting, Arumba, traditional dances, and singing. Exciting short visits to local areas are also arranges to familiarize participants with daily life of Indonesian Society.



The Inter-Semester Program runs from May to July. Classes are scheduled five days a week, Monday to Friday from 08.30 -- 13.00 WIB. Participants take the same curriculum and materials as those in Regular Program. The Inter-Semester Program is an intensive program, so the forthcoming participants must at least master Basic Bahasa Indonesia for daily use.


Apart from Regular and Inter-Semester Program, BIPA also offers Special Program which is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of an individual or groups. Among the services are report writing, reading skills, and business communication.



Instructors are qualified and experienced lecturers of Faculty of Humanities. Most of them hold Masters and Ph. D in different fields of study, such as Linguistics, Literature, and other Cultural Sciences. They have years of experience in teaching Bahasa Indonesia for students of different nationalities.



A. Basic Requirement for Applicant

To be qualified to attend BIPA Program, the applicant must graduate from High School level or equivalent, shown by their Diploma.


B. Application Procedures:

1. International Students Living Abroad

To study at BIPA Program, the applicant needs a Socio Cultural Visa or Student Visa.

1.1. Socio Cultural Visa

This visa is valid for one or two months stay and can be extended once in a month, up to four times; at the nearby Immigration Offices in Indonesia.

To apply for this visa, the applicant must send a full copy of their passport (the whole book) to BIPA Office via email or post. BIPA Office will arrange a telex letter (cable visa) for applicant to obtain a socio cultural visa.

One copy of this letter will be sent directly to the Indonesian Embassy in the applicant's country, and the other copy will be sent to the applicant via email, fax or post.

With this letter, Applicant can apply Socio Cultural visit visa at the Indonesian Embassy.


1.2. Student Visa

This visa is given to the applicant who is willing to learn at BIPA Program for 3 semesters (1 year).

To apply for this visa, the applicant must send these following documents to BIPA Office via post or email 4 (four) months before the program starts:

  • Application letter
  • Applicant's Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Photocopy of the applicant's Diploma, Transcript, and Academic Certificate
  • Photocopy of applicant's valid Passport (the whole book) (minimum valid date 18 months when the applicant is applying for Student Visa)
  • One recent passport photograph (3x4 cm)
  • Statement from Hospital or physician stating that the applicant is physically and mentally healthy
  • A letter from Indonesian Embassy in applicant's country or from applicant's embassy in Indonesia stating the applicant's nationality and willingness to learn at BIPA Program, Universitas Indonesia.
  • A letter from the applicant's sponsor or guarantor which stated their responsibilities to finance all the Applicant's expenses while studying at BIPA Program.
  • A letter which stated the applicant's willingness to obey the Indonesian rules.
  • A letter which stated the applicant's willingness to obey the regulation in BIPA Program.


BIPA Office will forward the application to the Indonesian Ministry of Education. After the Ministry of Education issue a Study Permit Letter, BIPA Office will arrange the telex letter (cable visa) to the immigration. With the study permit letter and the telex letter (cable visa), the applicant can apply the Student Visa at the Indonesian Embassy.

Within 7 days of applicant's arrival in Indonesia, the applicant must report to BIPA Office. BIPA Office will issue a recommendation letter for the applicant to apply KITAS and report to the local police.

BIPA Office can cancel the application if the applicant fails to get study permit letter from the Indonesian Ministry of Education.


2. International Students Living in Indonesia

KITAS holder or Socio Cultural Visa holder can apply directly to BIPA Program by bringing a copy of their KITAS or Passport and fill the application form.



Registration fee ...................................................... Rp. 750,000,-
Placement Test fee ................................................  Rp. 500,000,-
Tuition fee:                    Regular Program                  US$ 1,400 per semester
Inter-Semester program                                            US$ 1,200 per semester
Fee for telex letter (cable visa) ..............................    Rp. 650,000;


Payment for Registration, Placement Test and Telex can be made by:

1. Cash at BIPA Office, or
2. Transfer to: Account : LBI FIB UI
Account Number          : 0138 303 894
BNI Bank Branch UI Campus Depok


Payment for Tuition Fees can be transfered to :

Account                    : LBI-FIB DOLLAR
Account Number        : 000 6637 141
BNI Bank Branch UI Campus Depok

Please note that the transfers fee both the transmitted and beneficiary bank should be paid by the applicant. BIPA Program does not take cheque.



Faculty of Humanities, Building 10, 1st Floor, UI Campus Depok
Monday-Friday from 08.00-16.30 WIB

Phone  : (021) - 7864075, 788849082
Fax      : (021) - 78849085
eMail   :
web     :

Note: Registration is closed when all available classes are full. Tuition fee are non-refundable under any circumstances.