General Information

UNS Language Center offers Indonesian Language Course for Foreigners (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing/BIPA) which gives access for anyone who is interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia. The curriculum is designed for basic levels that provide greater chances for foreigners who are eager to study the language even without any previous knowledge about Bahasa Indonesia.

The BIPA program is divided into 4 (four) Basic levels and 2 (two) Academic levels. Basic levels will give students an understanding of language skills of Indonesian language including speaking, listening, reading and grammar as well as the distinctive and various cultures of Indonesia. Academic levels will prepare the students to practice the Indonesian language for academic purposes.

The duration of the BIPA program is approximately 10 (ten) months. The classes generally start in September and finish in June of the following year. Upon completion, successful students will receive certificates from UNS to certify their competence in mastering the Indonesian language. The certificate can be used to apply for any degree program in UNS.

How to Apply

Complete and send us the following application requirements:

  1. Application Form (download here)
  2. Financial statement (download here)
  3. Personal statement (download here)
  4. A copy of the most recent diploma/certificate/proof of graduation in English/Indonesian language
  5. A copy of the most recent academic transcript in English/Indonesian language
  6. Curriculum Vitae or resume
  7. A medical statement in English/Indonesian language
  8. Color scan of passport: identity page and cover page
  9. A recent formal photograph with red background

In addition, to process your telex visa, please provide bank account statement with a minimum balance of USD 1,500 or equivalent.

The documents must be submitted electronically via e-mail to attached as PDF files and the photograph as JPEG file.



VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas/Limited Stay Permit Visa/C316)

Recommended for programs lasting more than 6 months.

Procedure for obtaining VITAS:

  1. UNS International Office will submit an online visa application and pay the telex fee on behalf of the incoming student. The telex fee is IDR 200,000 and the student must pay this fee to the International Office upon arrival.
  2. After a Visa Approval Letter is obtained, UNS International Office will send one copy to the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate at the student’s home country.
  3. The student must go to the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate to get his/her visa issued and make a payment for the visa fee. A 6-month VITAS costs USD 55, a one-year VITAS costs USD 105, and a two-year VITAS costs USD 180.
  4. Upon arrival, the student must report to UNS International Office and submit their passport in order to convert the VITAS into ITAS (Limited Stay Permit) for the duration based on the VITAS. Converting VITAS into a 6-month and one-year stay permit will cost IDR 1,750,000 and IDR 2,650,000, respectively. This procedure has to be completed within 30 (thirty) days after the arrival date.
  5. After the payment for the Limited Stay Permit is made, the student has to visit the Immigration Office in Solo to have his/her biometrics captured.
  6. After the student’s biometrics have been captured, a Limited Stay Permit Card will be issued by the Immigration Office. The card is held by the student and becomes his/her legitimate stay permit in Indonesia.

Please note that VITAS holders can only enter Indonesia through Jakarta as the port of entry.

Upon completion of the exchange program, students holding a VITAS who wish to return to their home country are required to apply for an EPO/Exit Permit Only. It is advisable to leave within 7 days after EPO issuance. You are not obliged to leave after finishing your study as long as your stay permit is still valid.

Immigration Rules

  • You must report to the immigration section of UNS International Office as soon as you arrive. You are required to have your passport scanned by our immigration officer and to fill a form of your personal data for our database. We will check your visa and inform the important things you have to understand related to your visa and immigration status.
  • Failure to report on time will be considered as an illegal stay. If this happens, you need to go through an investigation process at the immigration office.
  • If you continue to stay in Indonesia after your visa expires, this is considered as overstaying, which is subject to fines and consequences. You will be fined IDR 1,000,000 (approximately USD 70) for each day of overstay (starting from May 3, 2019).



Before making travel plans, it is very important to be aware of the date you are expected to be on campus so you can register for courses on time. This date is usually mentioned on your official admission letter.

As soon as you have decided on your arrival date, please complete the Arrival Information Form.


Additional Notes:
  • UNS is not responsible for the sponsorship of the family/dependent of students; students holding a limited stay permit (VITAS) can be the sponsor of their own family/dependent.
  • The tourist visa is not applicable to international students. Students arriving with tourist visa should consult with the International Office to process a valid visa.
  • Students should be aware of all Indonesian immigration procedures after arrival including the rights and obligations of foreign nationals studying in UNS, Solo.
  • Further questions and inquiries can be addressed to UNS International Office:


Important Dates:

April 1st – Application opens
June 30th – Deadline for application submission
Early July – Application processing and review
Mid-July – Notification of missing documents
End of July – Admission notification

Students are expected to arrive in Indonesia by the end of August