BIPA and Darmasiswa Program of FBA UNMAS DENPASAR
(Faculty of Foreign Languages Mahasaraswati Denpasar University)

The BIPA and Darmasiswa program in FBA UNMAS Denpasar is a dynamic, immersive Indonesian language and cultural learning opportunity for foreign students. It is situated on the vibrant island of Bali, Indonesia. The first BIPA program began in 2018 with thirteen foreign students from Europe and the USA.

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--- Dipesh, from India 2019 ---

“Studying at FBA UNMAS gives me the perfect blend of learning and having fun. The lively campus is an extra advantage to practice Bahasa Indonesia anytime and with anyone.”

The popularity of the 2018 program resulted in another successful student enrolment in 2019. Students came from various countries from three continents: Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Intensive and fun Indonesian class with native speaking teachers.

The Program begins the moment the students arrive in the capital city of Jakarta on the island of Java. Arriving from all over the world, at the opening ceremony, each participant is personally welcomed by the BIPA team. For the first three days, they are introduced to the program and Indonesian culture in Jakarta. The students then travel to their respective host universities in various regions of Indonesia. The BIPA students then fly together to Ngurah Rai International airport on the beautiful island of Bali. There the coordinator and BIPA team welcomes the students at the airport, make necessary arrangements and assist the students in finding accommodation as needed during the time they are studying on the course.

After the students settle for several days, they were invited to join the campus orientation, intercultural exchange day and begin to experience religious tours to famous temples around Bali.

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Campus orientation for BIPA students. Each BIPA student is assigned one local native speaker as their buddy and interact with them. They provide support and encouragement for the Indonesian language learning and cultural acquisition for the foreign student.

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Intercultural Exchange Day- Local Students of Mahasaraswati Denpasar University in collaboration with Fukuyama University students, Setsunan University students, JTS Nagoya students and BIPA students.

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Religious tour to the Besakih Mother Temple, Bali

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Experiencing purifying rituals at the Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

--- Ladizlav, from Slovakia 2018 ---

“I feel really thankful for oportunity to study in Bali. Bali was my dream, and I can not imagine something better than been chosen for one year and study. I was lucky because my University is perfect. They really care! They taught us a much! They were always here for us, and every class was original. Our coordinator and teachers also we're our friends, teachers and family.”

The Indonesian classroom fun extends into the market places, shops and cultural hot-spots with games and interactive activities in the great Balinese outdoors. These activities are related to the various topics taught in the Indonesian program training syllabus.

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BIPA students go to one of the local markets shopping for everyday objects. They can practice their Indonesian skills and can begin to master the art of bargaining. This is one of many popular activities as part of learning Indonesian in the local context.

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Learning Balinese History is included in the context of visiting a local museum.

--- Tamara, from Serbia 2019 ---

“Darmasiswa is a great opportunity to spend a year in paradise and learn so much. I have a chance to study and practice language, plus I get to enjoy experiencing Indonesia’s rich and diverse culture. I’d recommended this to all the young people from around the world.”

Besides Indoor and outdoor activities, BIPA students do cultural activities as the part of our program. These include yoga and traditional dancing classes, music and cultural festivals.

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Yoga class at the Park

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Dancing class with local instructor

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Witnessing Balinese Cremation Ceremony

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BIPA students of FBA UNMAS Denpasar trying Balinese music instruments

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BIPA learn how to make Balinese offerings

BIPA Students of FBA UNMAS DENPASAR also make field trips and mingled with the locals. The fieldtrip is a reward for finishing each level.

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Field trip to Pasraman in Bali

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Field trip in SD 3 Saraswati Denpasar (Interact with the local elementary students)

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Field trip to Jatiluwih rice field terraces and mingle with locals

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White water rafting in the Ayung River, Gianyar

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Field trip to Tabanan- cooking Balinese food with locals in a traditional Balinese house.

The Faculty of Foreign Language Mahasaraswati Denpasar University has many activities run by the local students, such as Clean Up Bali, HIMAPALHI, Artez, SEC, Japanese Club, any of which the BIPA students of FBA UNMAS DENPASAR are welcomed to participate in.

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BIPA students took part in river cleaning with Clean Up Bali Environmental-Club

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BIPA students joined in hiking and camping on Batur Mountain with the HIMAPALHI Club.

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BIPA student as a model for Body Painting Competition at ITDC Nusa Dua, Bali

Contact Person

Ni Made Verayanti Utami, S.S., M.Hum

(Coordinator of Darmasiswa and BIPA Program)

Email : [email protected]

Phone/Whatsapp : 08113891112

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