Pre-Arrival Preparation

Visa, Permit, and Regulation

As mentioned in Indonesia’s laws and regulations, visa and stay permit are two different things, meaning that once you get visa does not mean that you are eligible to stay in Indonesia. For example, a person gets a Student Visa. When he/she reaches Indonesia has only 30 days to change the visa into a temporary stay permit. This information will be explained more in the stay permit section below. Meanwhile, Indonesia has only 4 types of visas, which are:

  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Service Visa
  • Limited Stay Visa, and
  • Visit Visa

International Students who plan to study (6-month student exchange, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral) must obtain a Limited Stay Visa for Education Purposes or shortly called Student Visa (Indexed C316). This type of visa allows you to stay in Indonesia for 3 months to 2 years (per period). International Students who are using other types of visas are prohibited.

Student Visa

International Students are only endorsed to use Student Visa (Index C316) to enter Indonesian territory. This type of Visa is electronic form. Before International students apply for this Visa, they have to get Study Permit from MECRT. International Office will assist student to apply Student Visa. The Visa will be sent through email to students and university email address by the Directorate Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia. 

Once the Visa is received, the students can manage their departure to Indonesia.


  • Letter of study permit
  • Scanned cover of passport
  • Scanned identity page of passport
  • Bank statement (balance: minimum USD 2,000)
  • Health Certificate
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (minimum 2nd dose)

Notes: all documents should be in JPG /image format from 70-250 KB


IDR 200.000 for Visa approval

USD 150 for one year Visa

Life Insurance

We recommend that you take an insurance policy before you leave your home country. However, you need to ensure that the insurance covers services worldwide. There are quite a number of reputable international insurance companies available in Indonesia.

Personal Belongings

You do not have to bring too many personal items for your necessities in Indonesia. USM is located not far from malls and shopping centers that provide customers with daily requirements, clothing and electronic equipment. Indonesia is a country with a tropical season and is usually rainy from October to March and sunny from April to September. So, you do not need to bring too much seasonal clothing.


The International Office staff will help international students to find good and affordable accommodation for their stay.