Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Explore the unique blend of traditional and modern architecture, exotic culture and tropical landscapes.
With lectures, workshops, excursions, a design project, guest lectures and social activities, this 4-weeks program provides an exciting learning process within a short period of time.
5 subjects give an insight into the unique building culture of Southeast Asia – from a simple Balinese house to an exotic villa or a luxury beach resort.
12 Credit Points
Within this program, you can receive up to 12 credit points. All credits are transferable within the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) other credit systems such as the US credit system.
In a 4-week program, the Tropical Architecture Summer School at Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali (STDBali) provides international students and graduates with insights into the architecture of Southeast Asia. In a comprehensive course participants will work together on complex tasks with regard to architecture and urban design, planning and construction, design, landscape architecture, interior design and resort design. In team work and in close cooperation with experts, exciting concepts arise from “East-Meets-West Harmony”.
How is the course organized?
- Lectures in English
- Design projects
- Social activities
- Selected cultural events
Who can participate?
- Interior design
- Landscape architecture
- Related subject areas
Master students and graduates are also invited to participate. Although the program was originally developed for students, it is also suitable for graduates and professionals. It is also open to anyone who is interested in Tropical Architecture but has no academic background in this field.
Why Summer School in Bali?
- you will get expertise about the exotic architecture of Southeast Asia and the tropics within a short period of time
- you will experience the tropical living in Bali at first hand
- you can achieve up to 12 Credit Points
- you will make friends with students from all over the world
- you will gain deep insights into the cultural diversity of Indonesia
Book a room in one of the "Student-Villas" and stay together with the other participants of the Summer School.
- Balinese Architecture & Landscape (2 CP)
- Bali Resort & Hospitality Design (2 CP)
- Interior Design & Amenities (2 CP)
- Natural Materials & Green Design (2 CP)
- Studio Project (4 CP)
Balinese Architecture & Landscape
Bali’s unique architecture and beautiful landscape make it a popular tourist attraction. Balinese architecture is recognizable throughout the world for its traditional yet modern qualities. Architecture in Bali, particularly in the resort and hospitality industry, reflects and embraces the qualities of Bali’s topography. (2 CP)
Bali Resort & Hospitality Design
This course reflects the belief that Bali is one of Asia’s best tourist destinations, notable for its exceptional hospitality and exclusive resorts. Bali Resort and Hospitality Design provides a comprehensive approach to holiday resort architecture and hospitality design by giving students the opportunity to personally experience what sets Bali apart. (2 CP)
Interior Design & Amenities
This module on the elements of interior design provides a basis for studying traditional and ethnic Balinese amenities and features. Upon completion of the course, participants will be familiar with the basic compositional elements of interior design in the context of traditional Balinese amenities, such as decoration and tradition, materials and details, Zen, Ethnicity & Lifestyle. (2 CP)
Natural Materials & Green Design
Students will be exposed to natural materials, textures, colors and the groundwork on how to implement these elements into green design. This course also covers the types of materials that can be used sustainably, as well as green and ecological design principles, methods and materials. Outdoor lectures and a visit to a bamboo workshop will provide contextual understanding of the material. (2 CP)
The topic of the Architecture Studio project is “East-West Harmony”. Participants will have the opportunity to design and propose an architectural project for a boutique holiday resort or villa in Bali. The studio module is meant to challenge the student’s pre-conceptions about design trends in holiday resorts and to enable them to think critically about local Eastern architecture & Western tourism demands. (4 CP)
You can download the full course description here
Excursions & Workshops
- Bamboo Tour at Factory & Green Village
- Bamboo Construction Workshop
- Basic Water Color for Architecture
- Taman Nusa Cultural Park
- Visit to Traditional Balinese Village
- Visit to Resort & Villa
- Batik Painting
- Yoga Class & Surfing Lesson
- Traditional Workshop and Ceremony
- and many more…
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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.
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali – Campus of ‘Creative Innovation’
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali, or STD Bali for short, is located in Denpasar, the capital city of the island of Bali, widely recognised for its beautiful landscape, strong traditional arts and culture, as well as friendly people. STD Bali focuses on creating a family style academic environment to remain the preferred creative arts educational institution in Indonesia. With the vision of setting industry standards for education and training with the twin mottos of “empowering people to be creative” and “knowledge is our power” STD Bali has developed a coordinated process for insuring that learning is relevant to the work place. Offering various domestic and international classes, vocational and short courses in design, architecture, interior, landscape, tourism, art culture and others, the Creative Campus seeks to help students to become smart, competitive, creative and tough in order to meet the needs of both local and international industry.
- Minimum age of 18 years (you must be at least 18 years old at the time of application)
- High School diploma or similar qualification at the upper secondary level
- No proof of English language skills or an official language test (e.g. TOEFL) is required. However, all applicants are expected to have a good command of English, to follow lessons and to take exams in English.
All programs are open to bachelor and master students. Although the program was originally developed for students, it is also suitable for graduates and professionals. It is also open to anyone who is interested in the subject but has no academic background in the field.
You can also participate if
- you study at a university of applied sciences, private university, polytechnic college, evening school, or adult education center.
- you already have a university degree or are about to finish your studies.
- you have already completed a summer school program.
- your current university does not have a partnership with the university in Bali. The programs are free mover programs and can be organized autonomously, independent of exchange or cooperation contracts of your own university.
- you don’t have a background in the field of architecture or design
- you would like to register in pairs or as a group.
- Inform yourself extensively on this program page.
- Download the Course Description and the Terms of Condition and read them.
- If needed: Check with your university whether the summer school is accepted and whether the credits earned abroad can be credited to your degree program. Of course, you can sign a Learning Agreement between your university and Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali.
Fill in the registration form completely and upload the required documents:
- Letter of motivation
The letter of motivation should not be longer than one page (DIN A4 format) and describe why you would like to apply for the summer school in Bali (motivation), what your expectations are of the program and what significance the summer school has for your personal and academic development.
- Certificate of enrollment
The certificate of enrollment must be an official document of your university, proving that you are currently enrolled as a student. Graduates can submit proof of your degree, e.g. bachelor’s/master’s or diploma certificate. If you are not a graduate and are not currently enrolled as a student, or if you come from another field of study – but would still like to participate in one of the programs – you can give a short statement explaining your situation under in the registration form.
Please upload a high-quality portrait photo of yourself. The photo will also be used for the Student Book and Student ID if your enrollment is successful. You should be easy to recognize and it should not be too dark or pixelated.
- Curriculum Vitae
Please upload your most recent CV – if possible, it should not be longer than one page (DIN A4 format). You can find an example here.
- Letter of motivation
Registration confirmation and tuition fees
- Within 1-3 working days, you will receive a confirmation of registration by e-mail.
- The registration confirmation must be signed and returned to us within the period stated in the e-mail (scanned, by e-mail)
- Once the signed registration confirmation has been received, you will get the Letter of Acceptance from STDBali and a checklist for the planning of the summer school.
- If the minimum number of 10 participants has already been reached, you will also receive a payment request for the tuition fees. The tuition fee must be transferred within 30 days. Exceptions can be agreed on individually. If the minimum number of 10 participants has not yet been reached, all registrations will only be collected and the payment request will only be sent after the minimum number of participants has been reached.
Enrolment, visa documents, information on the start of the summer school
- Once the tuition fee has been received in full, you will get the Certificate of Enrolment (LoE) and the sponsor Letter/Invitation Letter (LoI) from STDBali. You will need these documents to apply for a visa (Visa Sosial Budaya).
- About 4 weeks before the program starts you will receive an e-mail with all the information about the Welcome Event & Orientation Day, Time Table, Academic Calendar, Study Guide, and much more…
Before the summer school starts officially, we organize a Welcome Dinner for all participants. The dinner will take place in a relaxed atmosphere on the Saturday before the start of the program. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange initial information. Participation is not compulsory. You will receive detailed information about the time and location in the info e-mail, which will be sent about 4 weeks before the beginning of the summer school.
The Orientation Day will take place on the first Monday in the first week of study at the campus of Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali in Denpasar unless otherwise stated. On Orientation Day you will get all the important information about the study program. You will also get to know your course coordinators. The exact information about time and place for the orientation event can be found in the info e-mail at the beginning of the program.
Lectures, Workshops & Excursions
Each week of the summer school focuses on one of the offered modules: Balinese Architecture & Landscape, Resort & Hospitality Design, Natural Materials & Green Design, Tropical Interior & Amenities. The lectures are all held in English and usually take place on Monday and Tuesday mornings on the STDBali campus. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be excursions & workshops – some are compulsory, some are optional. The mandatory excursions & workshops are part of the curriculum and included in the workload of each module.
In total there is a compulsory attendance of at least 80% to receive the full amount of credit points. You will receive the final timetable on Orientation Day, a preliminary schedule is available in the info e-mail which will be sent at the beginning of the summer school.
The presentations of the design project will take place in the middle of the last week of the Summer School. After the presentations, you will have 1-2 days at your free disposal, since this is where the grades are made and the certificates are issued.
Farewell Dinner & Graduation
The graduation is the last official event of the summer school. In a festive setting, you will receive your certificates. Participation is not compulsory.
At the end of the program, students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates as follows:
- Certificate stating that the student has attended the summer school 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 the workshop or certain 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. The summer school corresponds to 12 ECTS credits. ECTS enables the measurement, comparison, and transfer of academic achievements between universities. If the summer school 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.
All modules listed in the program description are offered every year. It is not necessary to register for certain modules before the start of the course. It is up to you to decide which of the offered modules you want to take.
Can I combine modules of different SIB programs?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to combine modules of different programs since the SIB courses are spread over several universities in Bali.
What happens if I don‘t pass a course?
If you do not pass a course, you will not get a grade or credit points for the module.
For the four-week summer course in Bali, you will require a valid visa that allows you to attend a short course.
According to visa regulations, anyone wishing to study at an Indonesian university is required to hold a valid visa. The visa must be applied for at the Indonesian Embassy in the home country or another country outside Indonesia prior to the stay abroad.
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.
The traffic on Bali’s roads is impressive and very different from 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.
During the Summer School, you can live with the other participants in one of the “Student Villas”. The “Villas” are located in Umalas, in the south-west of Bali. There are many cafes and restaurants and it is only a 10 minutes ride by scooter to the beach. To STD Bali campus it takes about 20-30 minutes – depending on traffic. The room rates are between 330 – 490 euros for the entire 4 weeks. The rooms can be shared, of course.
If you want to find a place to stay by yourself, we recommend the areas around Kerobokan, Umalas, Seminyak or Canggu – for those who like it more quiet we suggest Sanur.
The tuition fee for the 4-weeks program includes:
» Registration and enrollment
» Lectures at the STDBali
» Workshops and Excursions
» Welcoming & Farewell event
» Selected student services
not included in the tuition fee:
» Visa Fees & Extension Fees
» Travel Health Insurance
» Living costs
» Accommodation can be booked additionally
The cost of living is relatively low in Bali. However, it is difficult to say how much money you will need for the 4 weeks, as it strongly depends on the individual lifestyle.
Here you can find a list of general living costs.