Darmasiswa Indonesian Scholarship Program 2020/2021

DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), art and culture in 72 universities in 2020. This program was established in 1974 as part of ASEAN initiative, admitting only students from ASEAN. However, in 1976 this program was extended further to other countries. Until to date, the number of countries participating in this program is more than 185 countries and organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), Republic of Indonesia. Successful applicants will receive settlement allowance, monthly stipend and health insurance throughout the course of the Scholarship Program. They will also be provided with accommodation and transportation during the Orientation Program. 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.

Living and Studying in Lampung

Darmasiswa Scholarship Testimonial

Di sini, rasa makanan banyak yang pedas, biaya hidup masih murah. Di sini, penduduk baik, teman teman Indonesia ramah sering tolong kami sering memimpin kami ke luar jalan jalan. Provinsi Lampung ada banyak tempat wisata, pantai bagus sekali pemandangan indah sekali, saya sudah ke kiluan melihat Ikan lumba-lumba, ke pulau pisang surfing, ke pulau pahawang snorkeling dan lain lain. Lampung adalah tempat bagus.

Zhu Xi

ZhuXi Darmasiswa 2015-2016
Sami jsme tak zkoušeli vyřezávat dřevěné masky, vyrábět indonéskou batiku, vyšívat Tapis (látka charakteristická pro Lampung), hrát na místní verzi indonéského hudebního nástroje Gamelan nebo cvičit lampungský tanec. Netrávili jsme tedy většinu času v učebně, ale měli i možnost navštívit indonéské domácnosti a dílny a vidět, jak žijí různé vrstvy indonéské společnosti. http://io.unila.ac.id/zpoved-studentky-programu-darmasiswa/

Kateřina Bartošová

Kateřina Bartošová
W tym roku była to zmiana w moim życiu. Jem więcej ryżu niż wcześniej, ponieważ w moim kraju ryżu jest bardzo mało. Po 8 miesiącach życia w Indonezji codziennie piłam 4 filiżanki kawy Lampung. Będę tęsknić za Indonezją i wrócę, aby poznać więcej wysp i plemion, zwłaszcza wschodniej Indonezji. http://io.unila.ac.id/bede-tesknil-za-indonezja-i-wroce-tutaj/

Artur Avril

Saya akan ingat Indonesia terutama dengan kopi karena saya  sangat cinta kopi dan Indonesia adalah salah satu penghasil kopi terbesar. Terutama kopi Robusta dari provinsi Lampung yang juga menjadi produsen terbesar di negara ini. Kopi Indonesia sangat enak untuk saya. Saya berharap saya akan kembali lagi ke Indonesia suatu hari nanti. http://io.unila.ac.id/kopi-robusta-dari-lampung-sangat-enak/

Dávid Marko

“ والثقافة الندونيسية حقا انها اجمل سنه في حياتي كلها استمتعت بها حق الستمتعاع لقد اتيت الى هنا ونا لا اعرف عن اللغه والثقافة حتى اندونيسيا لم اكن اعرف عنها اي شي الا في الانترنت وكنت اسمع ان هناك دولة اسلامية تسمى اندونيسيا ” http://io.unila.ac.id/testimony-about-indonesia/


Abed Abdullah Muhammed Saleh Rageh YAMAN
“ ฉันเลือกเรียนที่มหาวิทยาลัยลัมปุง (University of Lampung) จังหวัดลัมปุง ณ ที่แห่งนี้คือจังหวัดหนึ่งที่อยู่ทางตอนใต้ของเกาะสุมาตรา ลักษณะภูมิประเทศชองที่นี่คือติดกับทะเล และเป็นพื้นที่ภูเขา การชีวิตใช้ชีวิตของฉันเป็นไปอย่างราบรื่น ไม่มีข้องขัดแย้ง หรือถูกมองว่าเป็นคนผิดแผก แม้ว่าฉันจะเป็นผู้มาใหม่ ที่แตกต่างไปด้วยเชื้อชาติ ศาสนา วัฒนธรรม และภาษา ผู้คนที่นี่ใจดี มีน้ำใจ และยอมรับเหตุผลของกันและกัน ” http://io.unila.ac.id/%e0%b8%96%e0%b9%89%e0%b8%b2%e0%b8%88%e0%b8%b0%e0%b9%83%e0%b8%ab%e0%b9%89%e0%b8%9e%e0%b8%b9%e0%b8%94%e0%b8%96%e0%b8%b6%e0%b8%87%e0%b8%9b%e0%b8%a3%e0%b8%b0%e0%b9%80%e0%b8%97%e0%b8%a8%e0%b8%97%e0%b8%b5/


Vu Ngoc Thuy Trinh
“I have finished two years per four years of academics, but still, have many people always aks me why I learn the Indonesian language. You know, I just smile and answer that the limits of my language mean the limits of my world (Ludwig Wittgenstein). This means to learn a language, I could learn about a country and understand a person by my heart.”
University of Lampung – Darmasiswa

Practicing ``the Sigeh Penguten Dance``

This traditional dance has a soft dancing movements adopting and reflecting the Lampung society’s real life movements.
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Applying for Darmasiswa 2017/2018 to be placed in University of Lampung, please contact:

International Office of University of Lampung
Rectorate Building, 3rd Floor, University of Lampung, Jl. Sumantri Brojonegoro No. 1 Bandar Lampung,  35145
Tel. (+62 721) 773802 | e-mail : kerjasama.unila@yahoo.co.id


  • Online registration – 2 January 2020 until 2 March 2020
  • Interview at related KBRI/KJRI – 4 March 2020 until 13 March 2020
  • Selection by the University (online) – 15 March 2020 until 3 April 2020
  • Announcement – 20 April 2020
  • Attendance confirmation – 21 April 2020 until 30 April 2020
  • Final Announcement – 6 May 2020
  • Flight itinerary confirmation – 7 May 2020 until 1 August 2020
  • Arrival at Jakarta, Indonesia – 29 August 2020
  • Orientation program at Jakarta, Indonesia – 29 until 30 August 2020

This schedule may change any time


Prospective students are required to register and submit all documents in Darmasiswa RI official website apply.darmasiswa.kemdikbud.go.id. For students who are not in the student’s home country is not allowed to be registered through the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate General in the participating countries (non-citizenship).


Each student has to fulfill these requirements as the follows:

Foreign nationals
Completed secondary education or its equivalent
Minimum age 18 years and Not older than 27 years of age
Able to communicate in English (Proven by English Language Proficiency Certificate : TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS or OTHER CERTIFICATE if applicable)
In good health as proven by Medical Certificate
Have basic knowledge of the field you’re applying
Have good interest to learning about language, art and culture
Not registered as Darmasiswa’s Alumni
Not currently studying in Indonesia
Not currently working in Indonesia


Curriculum vitae/resume
Medical certificate
Passport valid at least 24 months from the time of applying
Recommendation Letter from Education Institution / Professional Institution on official letterhead and signature (in English)
Last academic transcript and certificates (in English)
Language certificate (if applicable)
Other certificates that related to the field you’re applying (if applicable)
Photo passport colour
Writing essay about purpose of study (in English or Bahasa Indonesia maximum 500 words)
The video shows full of body and has a maximum duration of 2 minutes to tell about the motivation to join the program and what will be done after the program, as an ambassador of Indonesian culture. (in English or Indonesian)


  1. Darmasiswa participants are entitled to get an education at selected tertiary institutions which are in accordance with the learning guidelines standards set by the Ministry.
  2. Darmasiswa participants are entitled to get academic and non-academic services during the program.
  3. Darmasiswa participants receive protection for their safety and security while in the campus environment and / or participate in programs organized by tertiary institutions.
  4. Darmasiswa participants are allowed to take part in activities organized by universities or other institutions with the permission of the managing tertiary institution.
  5. Darmasiswa participants receive a scholarship component in the form of living expenses and accommodation assistance costs, with the amount as follows:
    • a. The monthly living allowance is Rp2,000,000 (two million rupiah)
    • b. Boarding assistance of Rp950,000 (nine hundred fifty thousand rupiah) for region 1 and Rp550,000 (five hundred fifty thousand rupiah) for region 2.
    • c. Region 1 consists of: DKI Jakarta, Bogor, Banten, Cikarang, Depok, Batam, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Manado, Makassar, Ambon, Aceh, and Samarinda.
    • d. Region 2 consists of: Medan, Padang, Palembang, Lampung, Purwokerto, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Malang.
  6. Participants get health insurance services through BNI Life providers and BNI Life cards that are distributed to participants at the time of arrival orientation.
  7. Darmasiswa Participants are given accommodation and transportation during the Program Orientation if the arrival of Participants is according to the arrival schedule determined by the Bureau. If the Darmasiswa participants attend outside the specified schedule, the costs will be borne by each participant.
    • a. Darmasiswa participants will receive a settlement allowance of Rp1,000,000.00 (one million rupiah).
    • b. Darmasiswa participants can be assisted by the Managing Higher Education and PKLN Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Culture in administering immigration documents.
  8. Darmasiswa participants are assisted by Managing Universities in finding housing.


  1. Darmasiswa participants are required to sign the Darmasiswa Scholarship Contract from the local RI representative office before departure to Indonesia and the Contract with Universities after arriving at the university.
  2. Darmasiswa participants must be present on the date and time of arrival in Indonesia as determined by the PKLN Bureau.
  3. Darmasiswa participants are advised to have travel insurance.



  1. Students must dress courteously and with decency during their study in classroom and on campus (sleeveless tops, shorts and sandals are prohibited).
  2. Cell phones are to be turned off during study in the classroom.
  3. The allowable maximum lateness is 15 minutes.
  4. Provider must be informed about the absence (sickness, family matters, etc.).


  1. The minimum class attendance is 75% of the total class sessions per month.
  2. The final exam / study completion can only be followed by participants if the total number of attendees in the class is at least 75% of the total number of meetings during the semester.
  3. Permission for nor attending a class session are given to the DRI participants only for the following conditions:
    • Illness (a doctor’s written statement must be presented).
    • Parents/Family visit (allowable maximum class absence is 1 week).
    • Immigration matters.
    • On duties assigned by the Host University.


  1. Altering the selected field of study or host university is not permitted.
  2. Participants overdue arrival to the University at least 1 month after program started at the University.
  3. Travelling out of Indonesia during academic period of study is not permitted, except for emergency, such as: unexpected death or severe illness of parents and completion of study/graduation ceremony in the origin country.
  4. Travelling out of Indonesia is only permitted for 1 (one) time, namely during an academic holiday with written notification to the University, unless the parent is seriously ill or dies, completing studies in the country of origin, taking medication, as long as the truth is justified.
  5. DRI participants must submit a written final report to the Host University and Ministry of Education and Culture upon their completion of study in Indonesia.
  6. Universities are obliged to report written evaluation of study results and reports of payment of tuition allowances, operational costs, living expenses, and accommodation assistance to the Ministry at the end of odd and even semester after the lecture period ends.

Only participants who meet the academic requirements and take the study completion test can get a certificate of study results or a certificate of success and study completeness from the Higher Education Organizers.

DRI participants are subject to imposition of sanctions under the following conditions:

  1. Any participants who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 75% of the total class sessions in 1 semester are not eligible to sit for an achievement test and/or receive a certificate.
  2. Any participants who commit a violation against the other academic regulations (exclusive of classroom attendance) for the first time will be given a spoken reprimand by the authority of the Host University. Upon the second violation, the participants will be given a Letter of Reprimand 1 (SP1). Upon the third violation, the participants will be given a Letter of Reprimand 2 (SP2). Upon another violation, the participants will be given a Letter of Reprimand 3 (SP3). Upon issuance of Letter of Reprimand 3 (SP3), the scholarship is terminated and the participants are not eligible to sit for the achievement test of the study and deportation.



  1. Must comply with the prevailing laws and regulations of the Republic of Indonesia.
  2. Must comply with the existing regulations of the Host University.
  3. Must not work/earn a living while studying in Indonesia.
  4. Must not engage in political activities.
  5. Must not engage in criminal activities.
  6. Not spreading the ideology contrary to Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.
  7. Must not get involved with drug trafficking (either as a drug abuser or trafficker).


  1. Must not bring along any family members even if it is at their own expense during the study.
  2. Must not perform immoral acts.
  3. Must be able to adapt and interact with the surrounding people and culture.
  4. Must not perform any activities related to certain indoctrination.
  5. Not allowed to get married in Indonesia while participating in the Darmasiswa program..
  6. Do not violate social norms in the environment where participants learn


  1. Any participants who commit a violation against the prevailing laws and regulation of the Republic of Indonesia are subject to imposition of sanctions in accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations of the Republic of Indonesia.
  2. Any participants who commit a violation against the existing regulations of the Host University are subject to imposition of sanctions in accordance with the prevailing regulations of the Host University and/or Letter of Reprimand issued by the authority. Host University with the approval from BPKLN may repatriate any participants for their commission of a violation.
  3. If the participants violating points 1 and / or 2 do not heed the sanctions given at points 1 and / or 2, the Darmasiswa participants will be dismissed from the program and returned to the country of origin concerned at their own expense.


  1. The scholarship granted to the participants conforms with the maximum 12 month of study program (according to each universities regulation).
  2. Any participants who intend to terminate their term of study before the program in the university ends are only entitled to the allowance for the month, they are to leave for their origin country.
  3. DRI participants receive their monthly allowance in the first week of each month.
  4. Participants with an attendance of less than 75% in 1 month are penalized:
    • A. 25% deduction of living cost benefits on first offense;
    • B. 50% deduction from living cost benefits for the second offense;
    • C. 75% deduction from living cost benefits for the third offense;
    • D. 100% deduction from living cost benefits for the fourth and subsequent violations.
  5. DRI participants will receive their monthly allowance providing that they remain in Indonesia during their academic period of study and academic holidays.
  6. The scholarship will be paid in 2 (two) stages, at the beginning of arrival and the second semester of the following year. The second stage of payment is paid after an evaluation of the number of active students in the second semester, and financial evaluation.
  7. The second stage of payment takes into account the balance of funds in the first phase, and the shortfall in semester 2 needs.
  8. Universities are required to return funds if there are excess funds because there are participants who: resign, leave early, and do not meet the number of attendances per month.