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Preparation Before Leaving

Below are the lists of things that you may need to take account before you plan to study abroad.

1. Passport
Make sure you have a passport that valid up until the day you finish your study. If you have not a passport yet, you can apply for one at the immigration office. You mat apply at their offices, which are normally based on the region of your domicile, for example: if you stay in the North part of Jakarta you should apply at the North Jakarta Immigration office. This fact applies for other cities as well.

Documents that you need to bring:

  • Family Residency Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • ID card (KTP)
  • Passport Size Pictures (2- 4)

Below is the list of addresses of the immigration office in Jakarta

  • Jakarta Pusat
    Jl. Merpati II, Kemayoran Jakarta Pusat3909744 (L), 3909971, 3909966, 8500569 (R), 6541210 (F)
  • Jakarta Barat
    Jl. Pos Kota No.1 Jakarta Kota 112306904845 (L), 6930544 (F), 6904795, 5841928
  • Jakarta Timur
    Jl. Cipinang Pemasyarakatan No.28509105 (L) , 8509104, 8460044 (R)
  • Jakarta Selatan
    Jl. Warung Buncit Raya No. 207 Jakarta Selatan 7996334(L), 79192883(F) 7996340, 7900928, 7900928, 7418656 (R)
  • Jakarta Utara
    Jl. Melati 124A Tanjung Priok Jakarta 14230494909 (L), 4352253 (F), 7270312 (R)

For further information about passport processing time, the addresses of the immigration offices in other cities you can click on to

When you already received your new passport, it is best to make a copy of several pages that has all your identification information, and keep it separately. This will ease the process of a new passport in case it is stolen.

2. Visa
Normally, for Indonesian you require visa to go to mostly any countries. However for some cases visa might not needed and our counsellors can advice you about this. When you require visa to go and does not have the time to do it yourself, we can help you. Since processing time varies widely it is advised to apply early.

You need to remember, if you wish to do any traveling beyond the country where you are studying at the time, you need to check the visa requirements for all the countries you plan to visit by contacting the nearest consulate for that country. You may require to show any evidence that you are a student at the country you are applying visa from, such documents are something like the acceptance letter or your Student ID card.

3. Student ID Card (ISIC)
This card is an additional identification card that you can get from a youth travel agency. Discounts for flight fares or other transportation, youth admissions, and other great discounts are one of the benefits for owning this card. You may gain from the travel insurance, which cover minimal accident, health, repatriation, and medical evacuation insurance that the ISIC covers.

4. Insurance
You may need to get additional comprehensive travel insurance, for example medical insurance. Usually the college that you are applying to offers this option. Gaining your insurance from your college might be better since your medical expenses will be covered by the insurance, and if you need medical attention abroad there might be a case that the foreign physician or hospital not be able to process medical bills through your home insurance company. If you already insured by your home insurance and failed to use it, it is advisable to have sufficient cash in hand, make sure to obtain the receipt so that you can claim for reimbursement upon your return to your home country.

5. Health Check
In order to get a medical insurance you may go through health check that may be done by your private doctor or any recommended doctor. This health check also sometimes is required by the embassy to obtain your student visa.

While you are abroad the coordinator of you program should be able to help you to contact the appropriate physician or other medical authority when attention is required. For some cases normally the school has their own private doctors that you may approach for free since your health expenses is already covered.

It is better to inform your school for any pre-existing medical condition and if you concern about health facilities in your future school you must spare your time to find out about the health care that they offer.

6. Getting to know your destination
It is sensible to get to know your place of destination before you leave. This is done in order to anticipate any shocks or just to get familiar with a new place so that you can have realistic expectations. This may be done through reading or browsing on the Internet or probably asking a former student.

7. Packing
Selective is the key to this. You do not need to pack all belongings you have at home and take them abroad. Therefore it is important to check your destination in advance so that you now what kind of items you must bring and not what you think you need to bring. Sometimes the items that you need are sold cheaper abroad therefore do further research on it.

8. Creating list
Make couple of lists of all the things that you need to do and bring before you go, while you are on your way and when you reach your destination, all of these lists can help you to organize your trip and reduce the risk of forgetting things.

Travel Guides

Do not carry to much money with you while you are traveling. It is a scary thought to think that you may run out of money while you are alone abroad. However, transferring money is easy these days. You just need to bring sufficient money for your travel and probably for several days that you are there until you open your bank account. If you really need to bring a lot of money, these can be arranged in travelerís cheque or other substitutes.

Onward Travel

It is best for you to learn in advance on how to proceed to the place of destination from the airport. Usually there are several means of transportation such as the bus, train or taxi. If you found this too troublesome you can ask for the option of airport pick- up service from the school.