Indonesia attracts more and more travelers and expatriates each year. While its mesmerizing landscapes and its cultural diversity make it a prime destination for tourism, what is it like to settle in? Before you go to Indonesia, learn more about daily life on-site.
Security in Indonesia
Indonesia presents high risks of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We advise you to stay informed on your Consulate website and to follow their recommendations.
During the rainy season, it is recommended not to travel by car or in the countryside. Indeed, floods and landslides are common on this period.
Otherwise, security is generally adequate. Nonetheless, petty crimes are on the rise on touristic areas (robbery).
We also advise you not to consume drinks offered by strangers, they might be prone to contain drugs. Cases of tourists being robbed after losing consciousness have been notified to foreign authorities.
Credit cards hackings are also multiplying.
Find a housing in Indonesia
If you plan to settle in Indonesia, make sure to determine the areas you want to live in first.
Indonesia is a large country composed of numerous islands. Therefore, it might be more or less difficult to adapt to the local culture depending on the area. Touristic and cosmopolite cities are usually recommended to foreigners planning to live in the country (Jakarta, Bali…). In contrast, it might sometimes get more difficult for an expatriate to adapt in the more conservative district of Aceh (Sumatra).
In Jakarta itself, some neighborhoods are more regularly recommended by expatriates. French people usually enjoy living in Kuningan (French embassy), Cipete (French school) and Cilandak (calm district). Make sure to find a convenient place to settle in, adapted to your job and family life.
In Indonesia, you don’t necessary have to make a deposit for housing. However, rental might be charged for several months in advance. It is thus a common thing to meet landlords asking you to pay 2 months, 1 year, or even 2 years of rental in advance. The lease has to be signed before a notary, notably if you advance cash for a long period of time.
To find your perfect housing in Indonesia, turn to estate agencies. They know the local culture better and are more competent to negotiate prices downward. Be sure to check customers’ reviews on the estate agency beforehand though, some might not be totally honest.
You can also turn to people you meet there, forums of expatriates and social networks, as well as internet.
School system in Indonesia
Indonesian school system is divided into 4 levels of education:
- Elementary schools are usually public schools. They welcome children from 7 to 12 years old and end by a national exam (Ujian Akhir Nasional).
- Middle schools or SMP (Sekolah Menengah Pertama) educate children from 13 to 15 years old. At the end of middle school, students can choose to continue in highschool or to stop school.
- Highschool ends with the obtention of a certificate of achievement.
- Students are admitted to the university once they successfully pass the entrance exam. Four years of study are necessary to get a Bachelor degree, followed by 2 to 3 years for a Master. Students will need to add 3 more years of study in order to obtain a PhD.
Foreign students might access to Universities scholarships.
- Darmasisva scholarship offers a free year of study in an Indonesian university. Provided that this year of study doesn’t lead to the acquisition of a diploma (last year of bachelor, master, Phd). The student will also earn 1 million of roupiah (approximatively 57€) per month on the duration of the scholarship. Moreover, 300 000 rupiah (ap. 17€) per year are added for apparel.
- Darmasisva+ scholarship offers same benefits in exchange of language classes provided by the student in the Indonesian university. These classes are paid 1 million roupiah (ap. 57€) per month and accommodation is provided to the student by school.
International schools exist for all age in Indonesia. Make sure to enquire beforehand (location and fees) on your Consulate website.
In most of the case, students must provide health and repatriation insurance certificates to register to a school. Don’t forget to compare and subscribe an insurance before going to Indonesia.
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