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Study Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation in Bali

16 Weeks Semester Program

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15 Weeks Lectures

15 weeks full of of hands-on lectures at Udayana University, field trips all across Bali and cultural activites.

1 Week Introduction

The 15-weeks semester program will be proceeded by an introduction week to get to know Bali and your fellow classmates.

Profound Expertise

Well structured lectures in English, held at Udayana University will provide you with expertise and prepare you for various field trips.

30 Credit Points

During this 16 weeks study program you can achieve up to 30 ECTS credit points awarded by Udayana University in Bali.

Semester Abroad: Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation

Indonesia is well known as being one of the richest countries worldwide in terms of its biodiversity. During this semester abroad in Bali, you will get a deeper insight into the characteristics and peculiarities of the tropical flora and fauna. Be it on campus, on your way home or while exploring Bali: everyday you will be surrounded by typical tropical nature. Several field trips throughout this 16 weeks study program will complete the theoretical lectures given at Udayana University. Biology & Marine Science professors as well as guest lecturers will pass on their expert knowledge in their respective field of expertise.

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Semester Facts

Study fees EUR 2,490

Summer Semester: March to July

Winter Semester: August to December

Application deadline

Winter Semester: 15th of June

Summer Semester: 15th of February

Semester start

Summer Semester: 23rd of March

Winter Semester: 24th of August


Available Modules

Tropical Marine Ecology

This course will introduce and discuss in a general and particular level (i.e.: Indonesia), about the ecology of the main tropical marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. It will include the function of those ecosystems and the interaction between them. Also the interactions and association between organisms and their habitat as well as the interaction with environmental factors which make up the ecological system in tropical oceans.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Marine Pollution

This course concern on some aspects of Marine pollution and marine ecosystems destruction. It therefore aims to study: Oceanography and Water quality (Physical, Chemical and biological), Productivity, Global warming, Destructive fishing (catching and pearl clam culture), Oil pollution, Fish feeding pollution (Cage and pond), Physical destruction (tourism activity), IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture). Field study to: Nusa Dua Lagoon, City Water Installation (Instalasi PDAM) Pemogan and Marine hatchery (Gerokgak).

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS


The main subject of ichthyology is about any aspect of fish, including taxonomy, systematics, and how to identify the fish. Characters of fish will cover meristic and morphometric (scales, fins, total length of body, etc). Another aspect of fish investigated is about reproduction, which includes: oocyte maturation, maturity stages, gonado somatic index (GSI), gonad maturation level, fecundity and gonad anatomy and physiology. Feeding behavior is also a topic covered in this study. It consists of food in relation with environmental aspects of life of fish, i.e dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, pH, temperature, etc, and the culture of fish. Practical work of Ichthyology may include: (1) Identify a number of fish from Kedonganan market fish base on their morphology and meristic characteristics; (2) Determine ovarian development and maturity stages through describing the ovary, gonado somatic index (GSI) and fecundity; (3) Histological examination of the ovary or gonads; (4) Determining Nutrition Value Coefficient (NVC) of fish in Estuary Dam, Denpasar.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS


This Ethnobiology course focuses on the study of animals and plants that are used in the Balinese society. This subject will cover several topics, such as ‘animals that used for food, medicine, as pets and for pleasure’, ‘animals used in Balinese culture and Balinese perspective’ and ‘practices in animal conservation’. The topics focusing on plants include ‘plants and its cultural value’, ‘medicinal plants’, and ‘ethnoecology and Balinese perspective in ethnoecology’. Course learning goals are: 1. To gain an understanding on the cultural value of animals in the Balinese society; 2. To learn more about animals that are used for food, medicine, as pets and pleasure in Balinese society; 3. To understand the animal conservation concepts implemented in the Balinese society; 4. To gain an understanding on the cultural value of particular plants in the Balinese society; 5. To get to know plants that are use for traditional medicine in the Balinese society.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Microbiology and Fish Disease

This course examines mainly on the causes of fish parasites and fish diseases. It discusses both non-pathogenic diseases (environment, feed) and pathogenic diseases (bacterial, fungal and virus). Further comprehension on epidemiology of fish diseases, diagnosis of this diseases and laboratory diagnosis (histopathology examination). Another main topic for this subject is the prevention of fish diseases. Specific knowledge on immunostimulants, anti-bacterial substances from natural bioactive, and chemicals and herbs used for treatment of disease. Students are expected to partake in fish parasites identification practice; which will be conducted by having fish samples from Kedonganan fish market. Student’s task is to identify the prevalence and intensity of the fish infections and to identify the abundance of parasites present in the fish.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Tropical Horticulture

Horticulture is the art and science of the cultivation of plants. This course will focus on tropical environmental and physiology of horticultural crops, propagation, and production system, breeding practice, processing and marketing of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, and also temperate zone crops adapted to grow in the tropics. This course will include practical class and field trip to central production of ornamental plants, vegetable and native fruits in Bali.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Biodiversity Conservation & Ecotourism (Mandatory)

The course is about conservation of biodiversity and ecotourism. The couse will cover: (a) Introduction; (b) Biodiversity: the importance, status, etc ; (c) Biodiversity hotspot; (d) Measuring biodiversity; (e) Conservation of biodiversity; (f) Local wisdom and conservation of biodiversity; (g) Ecotourism (coral transplantation activity, mangrove tour); (h) Field visit, (i) Case study; and (j) Seminar/Presentation. Alternative of practical/field trip such as: Nusa Dua, Mangrove Forest Tahura Ngurah Rai, Sanur.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Bahasa Indonesia (Mandatory)

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language in Indonesia and is spoken from a majority of Indonesians next to a variety of different dialects which vary locally. In this language course you will learn the basics of the Indonesian language, in order to be able to immerse into Bali’s culture and life. This course mostly focuses on teaching the students to interact/communicate in Indonesian. Besides that, the students will also learn some basics of grammatical/structural rules.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Student Project (Mandatory)

Students will be assigned to a specific topic that has a significant role in biology, environmental management and conservation in Indonesia. Three topics (with a short description of background and topic objective) have to be proposed to the subject coordinator. One topic will be approved. The students will have to set up a project plan with target and allocated time for each step. During the implementation of the project the students will be supervised by an appropriate supervisor within the topic’s field. The progress of the project is to be discussed with the supervisor on a weekly basis. Upon the completion of the project a report of minimum 20 pages has to be submitted and after presented on a seminar.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Field Trips

Introduction Week

Before the official start of the semester there will be an introduction week during which you will get to know your fellow classmates, the unique Balinese culture as well as the environment around the campus.

  • The introduction week will kick-off with a cooking class in central Bali on Monday afternoon/evening. Since the next day will also be spent in central Bali, we will spend the night close to Ubud.

  • On Tuesday we will visit a Balinese family in Payangan where you will learn a lot about the Hindu culture and traditions. The main part of this trip will be a 'Canang Workshop' (a typical offering that is used on a daily basis by the Hindu). In the afternoon, we will visit a conservation center for the critically endangered Bali Starling.

  • The following day, we will visit the turtle conservation and education center on Serangan island and you will get the chance to learn more about corals during a coral transplantation workshop in Nusa Dua.

  • As last activity of the welcome week, we will have some fun on the beach during a surf course.

  • On Friday will be the official opening cermenoy at the university where you will meet your lecturers for the very first time.

This schedule is still subject to change.