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The upskill approach

This semester abroad will be an intense experience, you are able to share with other young researchers and soon-to-be scientists from all over the world. We believe that knowledge exchange is key to the future of the marine ecosystems. This study program will provide an exciting, while safe opportunity for you to share your knowledge with people working and living in the field, find your purpose in the world of science and make the right connections that will help you to grow as a scientist, activist or researcher.

The future is in the hands of those who explore… and from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love.

– Jacques Cousteau

Study in the tropics

For a total of 15 weeks you will study at the Udayana University in Bali, one of Indonesia’s most promising universities. Various field studies will give you the chance to immerse into the unique Balinese culture and research in remote communities.

Choose your preferred study orientation

Study in Bali in your preferred field of study. No matter in which course you decide to participate, you will always have to attend an Indonesian language course and a project work. In total you can achieve up to 30 ECTS. For the programs that offer more than 4 additional courses, students have to select courses a few weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Compulsory Courses

Bahasa Indonesia (5 ECTS)

Student Project (5 ECTS)

Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation

  • Biodiversity Conservation & Ecotourism (mandatory) (5 ECTS)

  • Tropical Marine Ecology (5 ECTS)

  • Marine Pollution (5 ECTS)

  • Tropical Horticultre (5 ECTS)

  • Ethnobiology (5 ECTS)

  • Ichthyology (5 ECTS)

  • Microbiology & Fish Disease (5 ECTS)

Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation

Sustainability & Ecotourism

  • Biodiversity Conservation & Ecotourism (5 ECTS)

  • Community Based Conservation (5 ECTS)

  • Green Hotels/Eco Lodge Implementation (5 ECTS)

  • Nature and Eco-Tour Guiding (5 ECTS)

  • Sustainable Development based on the Balinese Life Philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana (THK) (5 ECTS)

Sustainability & Ecotourism

Get Prepared

Detailed Course Content

Our study program handout provides all the important information about each modules: Topics, learning objectives, lectures and references.

Download Course Content

What it is like…

Studying in Bali raises questions about what it is like and which important things need to be considered when you prepare for your semester abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa Requirements

Applying for the Social Visa for your study program in Bali is a crucial part of your preparations. As visa regulations change regularly, please always double check with the Indonesian embassy in your home country.

Visa Application

Health and Safety Systems

During the course of this semester the classroom will move outdoors, where you will support the local community in various research and conservation tasks. Being in a tropical environment and sometimes in remote areas you are exposed to factors that call for a good risk management plan. Our team of local and international lecturers and supervisors follows a structured risk management plan that enables us to respond to any planned or unplanned risk in a fast and efficient way.

Communication standards

All student accommodations and field programs have access to mobile connection and internet.

Trained staff

Lecturers and project supervisors are briefed about all risks involved in the program and how to react fast and properly.

Student briefing

During the introduction phase of every semester and before every field trip every student will receive a proper briefing on risks and hazards involved.

Emergency Action Plans

With 8 years of experience of guiding international students through their stay abroad in Bali, we have documented guidelines concerning emergency plans and lists of nearby hospitals, that we share with each student during their briefing.

24 hours reachable

During lectures at the university the student will always have direct access to emergency support. During field excursions a supervisor will be there in case of any emergencies. If the students are off program we provide a 24 hours emergency number, where they will receive assistance and support as far as possible.

Accommodation standards

During the lectures at Udayana University, as well as during field trips students will only be placed in safe accommodations that have been inspected by our team. If students choose to search independently, we provide a list of trusted accommodations.