Foreign Student


The International Relations Office Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (IRO FKUI) is here to help you, from the enquiry stage right through to graduation.

IRO FKUI is available to help international medicine students as they confront the complexity of living in Indonesia and attending our faculty. We provide information, advice and assistance to international medicine students throughout the application process.

We are very happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have any problems or wish to discuss any issues that pertain to you, such as visas, cultural adjustments, etc. please feel free to contact us at:

International Relations Office
Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia
1st Floor, 6 Salemba Raya
Jakarta 10430 INDONESIA
Phone : +62 21 316 0493
Fax : +62 21 316 0493
Email :
Office Hours :
8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm


The main campus of Universitas Indonesia is located in Depok (West Java). Almost 80 percent academics and researches activities are found in this green campus while our Faculty is located in Central Jakarta near its best national teaching hospital, Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.

Our main campus can be reached in approx. 1 hour, you will enjoy green and fresh-air provided by more than 250 hectares of forest inside UI's campus in Depok.

This capital of the Republic of Indonesia is a sprawling cosmopolitan city that offers more culture, entertainment, shopping and sightseeing than any other places in Indonesia.

Bunderan HI - Jakarta

Being the main gateway to Indonesia, Jakarta has grown into a major industrial, business and trading centre and spreads over an area of more than 650 (410 sq miles). It is also designated as a special territory (DKI), means that it is administered by a governor and enjoys the same status as a province. The population of over nine million is of diverse ethnic and cultural groups from different parts of Indonesia, including Chinese, Arab and Indian descents in some commercial areas.

National Monumen - Jakarta

The people in Indonesia, coming form very diverse ethnic backgrounds are, generally outspoken friendly and easy to get along with. You will find most of them are nice and relatively tolerant of other cultures.

Five religions are recognized by the Indonesian government: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu. Mosques, churches, temples are found throughout the country. Although Indonesia has a predominantly Moslem population, some religious holidays of other religions are also celebrated as national holidays.

Tap Water
Tap water is not safe to drink. Water coming out of taps may contain bacteria and therefore must be boiled or sterilized first before it is consumed. But mineral water is readily  available for sale in warung and grocery store.

Indonesia has a fairly even climate all year round. Jakarta’s climate is quite hot and humid. The average tempertaures range from 26° Celcius at night and early morning to up to 30° Celcius at noon. The rainy season is usually from November to April, with some regional variations. Jakarta has the heaviest rainfall from January to February

You can find foods, drinks and snacks in our campus’ cafetaria  (open daily from 8am till afternoon) or canteens off campus that offer food continuously throughout the course of the day.

Gado-gado (Indonesian Salad)

Sate (Satay)

As the population of Indonesia is predominantly Moslem, pork is usually not served except in Chinese restaurants, non-Moslem and places serving international cuisine.
The most popular Indonesian dishes are sate (skewered kebabs of meat or fish, grilled over a fire and served with spicy peanut sauce), gado-gado (half steamed vegetables salad dressed in a peanut sauce), nasi goreng (fried rice with shreds of meat and vegetables and topped with a fried egg.

Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

The fast busses on a special busway have been operated to accommodate passengers working in busy business areas (Blok M-Kota via Jalan Sudirman). The busway is also well-connected to major railway stations. Just visit the website of Trans Jakarta ( anytime you need information on trans jakarta schedules and ticket fares.

A commuter train (kereta api) runs regularly from Jakarta to Bogor via Depok. It is a cheap transport of the masses.
Trains to other major cities on Java leave from Gambir, Senen and Jatinegara stations. Some trains are bookable in advance. Trains have been a comfortable transportation for inter-city travel with reasonable price. Just visit the website of Indonesian Railways ( anytime you need information on train schedules and ticket fares.

Ojek is more like a rented motorcycle equipped with a driver. The price is quite negotiable starting from Rp 5.000 (to nearest point)

Taxis are the easily found almost everywhere in the streets of Jakarta. At flag fall the meter (argo) starts at Rp6.000 (for regular taxi). It is strongly advised to take Blue Bird Taxi (

There are various reliable options for you to keep in contact with your family or friends at home.

Phone connections are readily available in urban areas today. Though much convenient, long distance or international phone call is still relatively expensive.
Phone cards for local calls are generally sold in the post office, at phone center (Wartel), etc. There is also pre-paid phone cards for international calls. It is more convenient if you have a monthly-paid phone card where local and international calls can be charged to the card number.

Cellular Phone

Cellular phone systems in Indonesia are operated by different private companies. They have different brand names for each product. Here are some cellular phone operators in Indonesia. It is advisable to consult your friend before choosing an operator for your mobile phone.

There are two types of phone cards:

  • Pre-paid Card:User can obtain subscriber's calling number and account by purchasing starter package, which the price may contain the card and initial voucher with certain value. By inserting the Card into the handset, the user will have the access to operator's network. The card may cover a limited area, all of Indonesia or even international roaming. Reloading voucher : Reload card with security strip and password number that printed on it. This number allows the user to credit their Pre Paid Card's account with the value shown on the voucher. Users can choose a credit reload to suit their budget. Each pre paid card has different time and cost limit.

  • Post-paid card is based on an abonement, or basic monthly charge, plus the usage and all relevant taxes which are billed to your billing address and payable monthly. Requirements for these types of cards have tightened considerably as the incidence of delinquent subscribers has increased during the monetary crisis.

Internet Connectivity
There is no such thing as communication today without accessing the internet. It is for this reason why many telecommunication companies keep improving and diversifying their services for internet access. There are so many internet service providers especially in Jakarta, and other developed regions in Indonesia. They charge a relatively small fee for the initial registration, then a monthly fee which is based on usage. You can send and receive email or even join the on-line chat rooms.

The internet service is formed in two categories ; wired and wireless services. Wired services usually used by big company. To be able to offer lower cost of this wired services, some companies also provide internet services using the existing wired network ; telephone network called dial-up service with the limited performance (56 Kbps theoretically). This has been done by the telkom company. We need to have a modem in our computer and telephone connection. Then dial the number 080989999, entering 'telkomnet@instan' as username and 'telkom' as the password.

Notice that the above internet service usually accessed via static place, in example at home or internet café. To make it mobile, providers have also combined the mobility of cellular phone with the accessibility of the internet. Now we can use our mobile phone as a modem for laptop computer using, for example, their infrared connectivity. As the technology called GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) widely introduced, some mobile phones are functioned as a modem as well. Some SIM cards issued by certain cell phone service providers have supported this technology.

Things to remember in Jakarta
1.    It is advisable to wear modest/polite clothing (particularly for women)
2.    Don’t expose your precious belongings
3.    Standing with your hands on your hips while talking particularly with older people are considered
4.    Pointing directly at someone with index finger should also be avoided
5.    Indonesian usually eat with a fork and a spoon rather than a knife and fork. For certain dishes,
       they even use right hand instead of spoon
6.    avoid offering alcoholic drinks to Indonesians or ensure that there are other options
7.    take off your shoes when entering a mosque or temple

•    Before leaving home
•    Have a through medical and dental check-up
•    Make photocopies of your passport visa and any other important documents. Leave a set at home
     and put another set in your luggage
•    It is important to confirm your accommodation at least your temporary accommodation
•    Open a credit card account. Credit cards are not usually issued to overseas students.
•    Pay your tuition fees

Money and Financial Arrangements

Bring enough money with you to cover initial expenses for the first month, such as accommodation (rent bond, utilities and furnishings), study materials, personal effects, food and transport, of at least 5 millions rupiahs in cash.
When you settle, you may wish to open account with the university official bank, Bank BNI or other banks near the campus or your accommodation
International credit cards, such as MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted in Indonesia

Checklist of what to bring
1.    Enough Money
2.    Document
       •    A valid passport
       •    Your student visa and entry permit
       •    Your letter of acceptance from FM UI
       •    The receipt of your tuition payment
       •    Certified copies of your academics qualification
       •    Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your study, for example a scholarship

                    offer or bank statement.
       •    Some form of identification such a driver’s license,  certified copies of your birth
            certificate or ID card
       •    Prescriptions of any regular medication

Off-campus (private) Dormitories
The following tables provide students with information on off-campus accommodation options in Jakarta areas for students
Located on the Central Jakarta area, the off-campus accommodation offers an easy access to the campus, city and other facilities.
Our International Relations Officer will assist new students to find a suitable accommodation upon request.