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Universitas Gadjah Mada

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


Established under Dutch rule in 1949, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is one of Indonesia’s oldest and largest higher education institutions. It is also known as one of the best in the country. As a national science and cultural center, the university upholds five pillars as represented by the symbol of the sun with five rays: science, reality, loftiness, righteousness, and spirituality. Through these pillars, students will learn about Indonesian culture and daily life, while bringing their own interests and experiences to their studies. Students can design and propose their own projects and work in an interdisciplinary setting.

This public research university is based in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, on the island of Java. Often called Jogja, it is one of the smallest provinces in Indonesia (population: 511,000) and is widely recognized as the center of Javanese culture and heritage. Students and lecturers alike will experience enrichment through the cultural exchanges, not to mention the nearby historical sites, including the world famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples and the palace of Yogyakarta. (Source: Times Higher Education)

Academic Details:

There are international programs in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Cultural Sciences, Social and Political Sciences, Law, Economics and Business, and Computer Science. The language of instruction at UGM is mainly Bahasa Indonesian. However, there are courses taught in English offered in various academic areas.

Housing Details:

UGM provides rooms in shared-room boarding houses around campus. There are also many affordable private boarding houses nearby if you wish to live off-campus. (Source: Universitas Gadjah Mada Fact Sheet 2018/2019)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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