Sekolah Tinggi Desain (STD Bali)’s creative campus blends an academic environment with a family atmosphere. It is one of Indonesia’s most popular creative arts educational institutions.

15 Weeks

The fifteen-week program combines lectures and guest lectures with weekly excursions, workshops, leisure activities, and cultural events. All classes are held in English.

6 Subjects

Six subjects lend insight to the unique architecture and interiors in a tropical climate and the topics of indoor and outdoor living, furniture design, green architecture and building with natural materials.

30 Credit Points

You can receive up to 30 ECTS credits within the Tropical Interior & Green Architecture program. The ECTS credits are transferable to other credit systems such as the US credit system.

Study Abroad
Tropical Interior & Green Architecture

Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, blessed with a unique blend of artful, traditional architecture, and also modern Western influences. The hotel and villa architecture is characterized by buildings that harmoniously combine eastern and western design concepts to give an adorable outward appearance. The 15-week program “Tropical Interior & Green Architecture” at the Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali (STDBali) is designed exclusively as a semester abroad for international students and graduates. The program offers deep insights into the “indoor-outdoor-living” in the tropics, the art, and craft of furniture design as well as a sustainable building with natural materials. The participants will work on innovative design concepts, and will also discover the unique architecture of Indonesia in lectures, guest lectures, weekly excursions, and workshops.

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Tropical Interior & Green Architecture

How is the course organized?

The semester is composed of

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

Who can participate?

The program is aimed at international students in the fields of

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

Master students are also invited to participate. Although the Tropical Interior & Green Architecture 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 of architecture & design.

Why study in Bali?

With spending a semester abroad at STDBali you will

  • receive detailed knowledge about the exotic and sustainable building culture 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

Tropical Interior & Green Architecture

Winter Class 2021

25.10.2021 – 05.02.2022 (ONLINE)

Registration Deadline EXTENDED! 15.10.2021

Orientation Day: 25.10.2021

Classes: 05.10.2021 – 21.01.2022

Semester Break: 20.12.2021 – 02.01.2022

Graduation & Farewell : 05.02.2022

Summer Class 2021

02.04.2022 – 16.07.2022

Registration Deadline 15.01.2022

Welcoming Dinner: 02.04.2022

Orientation Day: 04.04.2022

Classes: 05.04. – 13.07.2022

Semester Break: 19.05.2022 – 05.06.2022

Graduation & Farewell : 16.07.2022

Tropical Interior & Green Architecture


-25% Online Discount for Winter Class 2021

Online Session

The winter course 2021 „Tropical Interior & Green Architecture“ at IDB Bali will be delivered via Zoom in a mix of lectures, guest lectures, webinars, live sessions, online workshops, and live excursions.

€ 1,950 

tuition fee for the entire semester course
(15 weeks)


Lectures and guest lectures in English

Excursions & workshops

Assistance with application and preparation

Enrolment & administration

Tropical Interior & Green Architecture

You can download the full course description here.

Tropical Interior & Green Architecture
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
  • uvm

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Tropical Interior & Green Architecture


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.

Semester Abroad in Bali


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.

Requirements for Participation

  1. Minimum age of 18 years (you must be at least 18 years old at the time of application)
  2. High School diploma or similar qualification at the upper secondary level
  3. 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 as well as graduates. Although the Tropical Interior & Green Architecture 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 an exchange semester or a semester abroad.
  • 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 have no academic background in architecture or related subjects
  • you would like to register in pairs or as a group.

Registration & Enrollment Procedure

Before registration

  1. Inform yourself extensively on this program page.
  2. Download the Course Description and the Terms of Condition and read them.
  3. If needed: Check with your university whether semesters abroad are accepted as free movers 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.

The application

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 a semester abroad in Bali (motivation), what your expectations are of the program and what significance the semester abroad 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.
    • Photo
      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.

Registration confirmation and tuition fees

  1. Within 1-3 working days, you will receive a confirmation of registration by e-mail.
  2. The registration confirmation must be signed and returned to us within the period stated in the e-mail (scanned, by e-mail)
  3. 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 semester.
  4. 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 semester

  1. 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).
  2. About 4 weeks before the semester 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…

Structure & Course of the program

The 15-week program at Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali is designed exclusively as a semester abroad for international students. All courses are held in English. As this is an international program, the curriculum and academic calendar are independent of the local Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programs.

The course duration is 15 weeks, divided into 11 weeks of effective course, 2 weeks semester break, 1 week final exam, and 1 week revision.

  • Welcome Dinner
    Before the semester starts officially, there will be a Welcoming Dinner for all participants. The dinner will take place in a relaxed atmosphere on the Saturday before the start of the semester. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange initial information. Participation is not compulsory.
  • Orientation Day
    The Orientation Day will take place on the first Monday in the first week of study at the STDBali Campus in Denpasar. On Orientation Day you will get all the important information about the study program and living on Bali. You will also get to know your course coordinators and sign up for the courses you want to take.
  • Lectures & Excursions
    The lectures usually take place from Monday through Wednesday mornings, Thursdays are days for excursions & workshops. Excursions & workshops are part of the curriculum and included in the workload of each module.
  • Semester Break
    During the 15-week program, there is a two-week semester break where no lectures, excursions, or other events are held. The semester break usually takes place in weeks 8 & 9. Detailed information comes at the beginning of the semester.
  • Final Examinations
    During the week of the final exams, the performance of all modules will be assessed in writing, orally, or in the form of a submission. You will receive the results at the latest at the graduation.
  • 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:

  • A certificate stating that the student has attended the semester abroad 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).

Credit Points

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.

Course Selection

All modules listed in the program description are offered every semester. 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.


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 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.


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 tuition fee for the 15-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:

» Flight and accommodation
» Visa Fees & Extension Fees
» Travel Health Insurance
» Transport
» Living 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.