Universitas Udayana

The tropical environment of the “Island Paradise” Bali as well as the strong international orientation of Udayana University attract hundreds of students annually and make Bali a unique place to study abroad.

15 Weeks

This fifteen-week program combines English lectures and guest presentations, weekly excursions and workshops, leisure activities, and cultural events.

6 Subjects

Six modules lend insight to the unique culture of Southeast Asia and the tropics, from traditional layout principles, indoor and outdoor living, green design, and luxurious hotel architecture.

30 Credit Points

You can receive up to 30 ECTS credits within the Southeast Asian Architecture program. The ECTS credits are transferable to other credit systems such as the US credit system.

Semester Abroad
Southeast Asian Architecture

Are you looking for inspiration? Discover the unique building culture of Southeast Asia and the tropics, from simple Balinese dwellings to exotic villa and luxurious beach resorts. This fifteen-week program at the Udayana University in Bali, Southeast Asian Architecture, is geared towards exchange and international students. Through its lectures, excursions, and workshops, it demonstrates how traditional forms, natural materials, and western approaches work together in harmony. The goal of this course is to forge a comparison between western and tropical building styles and to use innovative connections to initiate new styles of harmony in modern architecture. Apart from practical work for blueprint projects, theoretical courses in English will be carried out in the university. These mainly involve the fields of interior architecture, hotel architecture, and the building history of Southeast Asia. Given numerous intensive excursions and workshops, you will learn about the architecture of Southeast Asia and Tropical Living in Bali.

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How is the course organized?

The semester is composed of

  • Lectures in English
  • Excursions
  • Workshops
  • Language course in “Bahasa Indonesia”
  • Selected cultural events

Who can participate?

The program is aimed at international students in the fields of

  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Related subject areas

Master students and graduates are also invited to participate.

Why study in Bali?

With spending a semester abroad in Bali you will

  • receive detailed knowledge about construction in the Tropics
  • experience Tropical Living in Bali through workshops and excursions
  • earn up to 30 credit points
  • meet students from around the world
  • gain valuable insights into the cultural diversity of Indonesia

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Winter Class 2020

29.08.2020 – 18.12.2020

Application deadline 15.06.2020

Welcoming Dinner: 29.08.2020

Orientation Day: 31.08.2020

Classes: 31.08.2020 – 18.12.2020

Graduation: TBA

Summer Class 2021

03.04.2021 – 31.07.2021

Application deadline 15.01.2021

Welcoming Dinner: 03.04.2021

Orientation Day: 05.04.2021

Classes: 05.04.2021 – 16.07.2021

Graduation: TBA

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Lectures and guest lectures in English

Excursions & workshops

Assistance with application and preparation

Enrolment & administration

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Excursions & Workshops

  • Denpasar City Tour
  • Sketching/Watercolor Workshop
  • Surfing at Bali Green Surf School
  • Traditional Balinese Village
  • Taman Nusa Cultural Park
  • Yoga Class at Pranava Yoga
  • Bamboo Tour & Model Making 
  • Ceremonial Workshop
  • Visit to Studio Architect Popo Danes
  • Visit to Resort, Villa & Beach Club

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You can apply online, using our online registration form. Have your proof of student status, CV, letter of motivation as well as a high-resolution picture of yours handy.

Fill in the registration form

Fill in the online registration form and upload all required documents. Within 1-3 working days you will receive an email from us with your registration confirmation.

Confirm Application

Sign the registration confirmation and send it back to us. Your registration is now complete and you will receive all further information regarding study fees, visa, accommodation, etc.

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Udayana University


Udayana as a government university is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the International Association of Universities (IAU). Worldwide partner Universities and international orientation attract hundreds of students annually. The amazing tropical environment in Bali, the excellent network and the international orientation make Udayana Univerity a unique place to study abroad.

The main campus of Udayana is located in Bali’s capital of Denpasar. More than 1,600 lecturers teach at a total of 9 faculties: architecture and engineering, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, economics, agronomy, literature, mathematics, social and political sciences. This made Udayana University one of the top 10 Universities in Indonesia.

Entitled by the Indonesian Ministry of Education, the Udayana University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Class Rules

  1. Students must wear appropriate clothes at all times on campus and on excursions. For men, this means long pants and a shirt or Tshirt. Singlet tops and shorts are not appropriate. For women, tops that cover shoulders and long pants are preferred. Shorts, mini-skirts, singlet and tank tops are not appropriate.
  2. Physical attendance has to be at least 75% from all classes, excursions & workshops.
  3. In case of illness, the student has to inform the secretariat (for more than 2 days of sickness, a doctor certificate must be enclosed)
  4. There is a possibility that teaching staff is not able to come for some reasons. In this case, the lecture will be adjourned to another day based on an agreement between the students and lecturer.


At the end of the program, students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates as follows:

  • A Certificate stating that the student has attended the program.
  • An Academic Transcript showing the student’s performance in the program. The grades in the transcript are the final marks.
  • A Certificate stating that the student has participated in workshops and academic excursions (on request).


All programs are designed to comply with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This system is based on workload, measured in hours and includes lectures, exams, self-study, research, subject-related excursions, etc. One semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits. ECTS enables the measurement, comparison, and transfer of academic achievements between universities. If the semester is completed successfully, the credits achieved can be credited with the help of ECTS. So you can return to your home university without any loss of time or credit points. The ECTS system is transferable to other credit systems such as the US credit system and similar systems.

If you want to have the subjects credited at your home university, we suggest having the course pre-approved by the home institution’s exchange coordinator, academic advisor, or a professor; whoever is in charge of credit transfer and sign a “Learning Agreement”, in order to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the study period abroad and to ensure that you will receive recognition for the educational components successfully completed abroad.


According to visa regulations, anyone wishing to study at an Indonesian university is required to hold a valid Visa Sosial Budaya. The visa must be applied for at the Indonesian Embassy in the home country or another country outside Indonesia prior to the stay abroad. It is not possible to apply for the visa locally in Bali.

The Sosial Budaya Visa (Type B21-A Visa Kunjungan Sosial Budaya – Socio Culture Visa) is a subcategory of the Visit Visa. It is issued to travelers who wish to visit Indonesia for lectures, study programs, internship programs, short courses, meetings, volunteer programs, family visits, and other related social activities. The Visa grants an initial stay of 60 days, followed by 4 possible extensions of 30 days each so that the total stay is a maximum of 180 days.


The traffic on Bali’s roads is impressive and very different to that found in Western countries. It can seem pretty chaotic in the beginning. Traffic jams are a part of everyday life. The traffic flows according to its own rules. Time, patience, and serenity are important at peak times in this respect. Many students choose to ride a scooter. It´s the fastest and easiest way to get around. They drive on the left side of the road, but one gets used to that relatively quickly.

An international driver’s license is mandatory. You can apply for one in your home country.


Usually, participants form groups and rent a house or a villa (house with pool) together. We have a Facebook group for each semester, where the students can meet the other participants. For those who would like to book accommodation beforehand, we recommend the website of Zaheva Bali, offering accommodation with student prizes.

Additional Costs

The cost of living is relatively low in Bali. However, it is difficult to say how much money you will need for the 15 weeks, as it strongly depends on the individual lifestyle.

Here you can find a list of general living costs.

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