The DARMASISWA program was started in 1974 as part of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) initiative, admitting only students from ASEAN. However, in 1976 this program was extended to include students from other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and USA. In early 90’s, this program was extended further to include all countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia. Until to date, the number of countries participating in this program is more than 80 countries.

The main purpose of the DARMASISWA program is to promote and increase the interest in the language and culture of Indonesia among the youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries.


  1. Online registration – 9 December 2016 until 25 February 2017
  2. Interview at related KBRI/KJRI – 27 February 2017 until 10 March 2017
  3. Selection by the University (online) – 13 March 2017 until 28 March 2017
  4. Final announcement – 14 April 2017
  5. Joining Darmasiswa confirmation – 14 April until 14 May 2017
  6. Flight itinerary confirmation – 14 April until 1 August 2017
  7. Estimated arrival and orientation at Indonesia – Late August 2017

This schedule may change any time


Each student has to fulfill these requirements as the follows:

  1. Preferably Student
  2. Completed secondary education or its equivalent
  3. Minimum age 17 years and Not older than 35 years of age
  4. Able to communicate in English and additional Bahasa Indonesia, Proven by English Language Proficiency Certificate : TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS or OTHER CERTIFICATE if applicable (Language certificate is not a mandatory)
  5. In good health as proven by Medical Certificate (medical checkup result)
  6. Passport size photo
  7. Have basic knowledge of the field you’re applying


  1. Curriculum vitae/resume
  2. Medical certificate
  3. A valid passport
  4. Recommendation Letter From Education Institution / Professional Institution on official letterhead and signature (in English)
  5. Last academic transcript and certificates (in English)
  6. Language certificate (if applicable)
  7. Other certificates that related to the field you’re applying (if applicable)
  8. Writing essay about purpose of study (in english or bahasa Indonesia maximum 500 words)

See the regulation : Click here

See the university list : Click here


Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation
Ministry of Education and Culture
The Republic of Indonesia
C Building, 6th floor
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan 10270 Jakarta

Phone: (+62-21) 571 1144 ext:2616 / (+62-21) 572 4707

Email: darmasiswa@kemdikbud.go.id