Posted by: Hendra Siry | 3 January, 2008

Darmasiswa Scholarship Program

DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries with which Indonesia has friendly relations, to study Indonesian language, arts, music and crafts as well as other courses at any Universities in Indonesia. The main purpose of the Darmasiswa program is to arouse and foster interest in the language and culture of Indonesia among citizens of friendly countries. It has also been designed to reciprocate scholarship programs provided by other countries for Indonesian citizens and provide stronger cultural links with these nations.

Target of Darmasiswa RI Program will be increased each year as detailed as follows:
1. Year of 2007 = 500 students
2. Year of 2008 = 750 students
3. Year of 2009 = 1000 students
4. Year of 2010 = 2000 students
5. Year of 2011 = 3000 students
6. Year of 2012 = 4000 students
7. Year of 2013 = 5000 students
8. Year of 2014 = 7500 students
9. Year of 2015 = 10000 students

There are 5 schemes of Darmasiswa RI Program, i.e :

Program Darmasiswa RI is a one-year scholarship program offered to foreign students to study Bahasa, traditional music, traditional dance and Indonesian crafts.

Darmasiswa RI Program Short Course consists of 2 schemes i.e :

Darmasiswa RI – 6 (six) Months Regular Program is a 6 (six) months scholarship program offered to foreign students to study Bahasa.

Darmasiswa RI – Short Course for Degree Program Preparation is a Degree Program preparation to up-grade the ability of Bahasa for foreign students who study Degree-program and Post-graduate by their own fee

Darmasiswa RI-Plus Program offered to foreign students from friendly countries to study Bahasa, traditional music, traditional dance and Indonesian crafts in selected Indonesian Higher Education Institutions, and have an obligation to teach foreign language for 10 hours/week in Junior High School (SMP), Senior High School (SMA), Vocational High School (SMK) or in Indonesian Higher Education Institutions where he/she study within a year..

Darmasiswa RI Program offered to foreign students from friendly countries to study other courses for 4 credits in addition to their study of Bahasa and Art, recognized by their Higher Education Institutions to pursue the double-degree.

Darmasiswa RI Program offered to foreign students from friendly countries to study Bahasa in pursuing the Degree program within 1 (one) – 1.5 years as well as 2 (Two) years-Master Program. 

The Scholarship Covers

– Exemption on tuition fee.
– Allowance on living cost of Rp 1.000.000,00 (one milion rupiah) per month.
– Clothing allowance; a once a year payment of Rp 300.000,00 (three hundred thousands rupiah).

Qaulifications of Participants (Darmasiswa RI Short Course Programs)

The applicants shall:

Fill in and submit application form
Submit copy of academic transcript
Submit recommendation on health condition from the local physician
Submit photo sized 4 x 6 cm (5 pieces)
Submit copy of passport valid for at least 18 months at the minimum
have the ability of English (to communicate)

Documents of Applicants

The applicants are allowed to apply for more than one Higher Education Institutions and submit their complete application forms and other documents to the Embassy or Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia where the applicants reside.

The documents of applicants who have been selected by the Indonesian Embassy will be submitted to the Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of National Education or the Directorate of Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, addressed:

Head, Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation
Secretariat General
Ministry of National Education
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman,
Telp./Fax. (62-21) 5724707, 5738181, 5709445/46
and mail to :
Director of Public Diplomacy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jalan Taman Pejambon No. 6
Telp. (62-21) 3813480,
Fax. (62-21) 3858035

Airfare Ticket

The Government of Republic of Indonesia does not provide the airfare ticket of the participants except for the participants from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and several countries of Latin America and other regions which are recommended and proposed by the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate General and will be given limited International ticket. (For ASEAN region needs 100 participants, however outside ASEAN region needs 150 participants. Ticket cost US $ 100 – US $ 300)

Health Insurance

The Ministry of National Education will provide health limited insurance; therefore the participants are expected to have the international insurance since the organizing committee does not provide it.

For more details information about all of our programs, you can visit our Website on the link below:


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