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BINUS University


Program Snapshot

As a leading university in Indonesia with over 30 years of educational experience and impact, BINUS University is proud to be at the forefront of the rapidly transforming higher education landscape of this resilient economy and democracy. Courses in Business, Communication/Film, Computer Science/Information Systems, Hospitality/Tourism, Fashion Design/Management, and Graphic Design are taught entirely in English.

Get ready to explore Indonesia and see the wonders of Jakarta! As the capital and largest city of the Republic of Indonesia and the twelfth-largest city in the world, Jakarta is the bustling economic, cultural and political center. Jakarta has its own special Betawi culture, although the city has been influenced by various other cultures that have reached its shores over the centuries. Indonesia is home to breathtaking biodiversity and Jakarta is a gastronomic paradise for gourmets, with international and local cuisines galore.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
Good chance of placement on ISEP Exchange.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for US Applications / Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to July
Semester 1: September to February
Semester 2: February to July

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

Fast Facts
Jakarta, Indonesia (pop. 9,580,000)
Student Enrollment: 23,000
Language of instruction: English, Indonesian
University Home Page
International Office
Undergraduate Courses
International Student Handbook
BINUS Square Housing

BINUS University offers programs in Indonesian (with some particular courses in English). For fluent Indonesian speakers, BINUS University offers programs in Business Management, Computer Science, Information Systems, Design, Economics and Communication, Engineering, and Humanities.

Courses taught in English
BINUS University International offers programs entirely in English. The following fields are available at BINUS University International: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Business Management, Marketing, Hospitality, Tourism, Computer Science, Information Systems, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Management, Film, and Communication.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
BINUS’ postgraduate program, BINUS Business School (BBS), classes are taught by leading industry professionals in Indonesia, including top CFOs. Due to the university’s close industry ties, CEOs, industry and international speakers are often incorporated into academic programs. Unique Indonesian BBS produced case studies are used for various classes.

Masters Level Study Information
Postgraduate students are recommended to take 12 SCU (System Credit Unit) per term.

Academic Notes
BINUS is known for its top Computer Studies and Information Technology programs in Indonesia. BINUS has hosted the ACM-ICPC (Association for Computing Machinery - International Collegiate Programming Contest), allowing students to compete against students at other top international institutions. The university also hosted the first ever Google Developer’s Festival in Indonesia. Occasionally, students also have opportunities to take specialized IT certification courses by local industry partners, such as training for Cognos (Business Intelligence and Performance Management Software), owned by IBM.

Exchange students are allowed to take min 12 and max 24 credits per semester. One semester runs for 13 Lecture weeks, 2 weeks of Mid-tem Exam period and 2 weeks of Final Exam period. To attain a good grade, students are expected to gain 50 minutes per week classroom attendance for each credit (1 SCU), and at least one or two hours of self learning (explore, discuss and present the material etc).

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Semester 1 transcripts are issued in March; Semester 2 transcripts are issued in August; Full Year transcripts are issued in August.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: For courses taught in Indonesian, fluency is required.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 79 iBT/ 550 PBT/ 213 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: TOIEC
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
At BINUS University, some courses can be arranged to be taught in English with prior arrangement. However, courses with heavy loads of legal materials, such as tax policies, may not be taught in English. ISEP students can take courses either at BINUS International or BINUS University, but not at both.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
In addition to the ISEP application, students are required to complete a BINUS application. This can be done after placement to BINUS. The University will send details regarding this additional application.

Hints for Researching Courses
  1. From the main website (http://binus.ac.id), choose Programs. Select and explore the field you are interested in to view a list of courses typically offered.
  2. From http://curriculum.binus.ac.id: select and explore the field you are interested in to view a list of courses typically offered.
  3. From http://io.binus.ac.id, choose International Students | Programs and Admissions |Academic Information, then choose Undergraduate or Graduate. Scroll down to section "Courses Offered" and download the course list.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students live in BINUS Square. BINUS Square looks like and is operated like a hotel, but it is only available to students and guests of BINUS. There are separate towers for male and female students. There is a large lobby area and several lounges where students can mingle, study, and hang out. There is also a pool, a gym, a cafeteria, a coffee shop, and a recreation room. Read the BINUS Square Fact Sheet for more information!

ISEP Direct students receive single rooms and ISEP Exchange students receive shared rooms. Exchange students can stay in single rooms for an extra cost. Married student housing is not available. BINUS Square is located 45-60 minutes from the BINUS International campus, depending on traffic. Free shuttle service is available between the two.

Take a virtual tour of BINUS Square!

ISEP students receive a monthly cash stipend which can be used to prepare meals and/or purchase meals in the cafeteria and restaurants on campus. BINUS Square also has multiple dining areas that serve Indonesian, Chinese, and Western cuisine. Given Jakarta’s large Muslim student population, BINUS can usually accommodate students with dietary restrictions.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: USD$200-300.

The BINUS International Office provides a thorough orientation upon arrival for all international students. Topics covered include campuses and their surroundings, facilities on each campus, what to do in the neighborhood, guidelines for safety, and guidelines for living in Jakarta. Best of all, each international student is paired up with an International Buddy (iBuddy) for the semester!

Airport pickup is offered. Please contact the ISEP Coordinator at BINUS for more information.

Student Activities
BINUS offers more than 30 student activity clubs in various fields (language, interests, hobbies, sport, media and spirituality). There are several special events throughout the year, including the Regional Youth Leadership Conference (RYLC), the International Photo Competition (IPC), and the BINUS International Debating Championship (BIND). Excursions/day trips in relation with cultural activities or industry visits are also offered for an additional fee (e.g. transportation, entrance ticket, accommodation – if it includes an overnight stay).

BINUS also offers the iBuddy Program for incoming international students. Local students are selected to be an iBuddy (international buddy) to support international students and help them adapt to both the academic and non academic environments.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Several academic departments offer opportunities for internships with local industry partners. These internships may provide an allowance but students will not receive a salary. Usually these are not credit-bearing, except for Hospitality students who are placed in course-related internships.

Students can participate as volunteers in the Teach for Indonesia (TFI) program. Volunteers will participate in various education-related activities, such as computer and language training for school teachers, education for children at an orphanage, or psychology therapy for victims of disaster. Also, from time to time, the university’s links with NGOs give students the opportunity to serve in their community service activities, such as translators for neighborhood medical projects.

Please download the international student handbook as your reference during your study at BINUS UNIVERSITY.

Laily Alfa Citra is the International Office Manager at BINUS UNIVERSITY. She is also an alumnus of BINUS UNIVERSITY. She received her bachelor degree with double majors, Management & Information Systems, and continued to complete her master degree in the same majors. Laily has witnessed the great strides BINUS University has made, first as a student and teaching assistant, all the way to her previous post as manager of BINUS Collaboration Center. She has facilitated over a hundred Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on behalf of BINUS with industry and academic partners nationally and internationally. She is passionate about hosting and engaging our international partners and looks forward to bringing the world closer to BINUS and Indonesia and vice versa.