K M Enayet Hossain
18 October, 2022

7 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from Indonesia

Among top Western countries UK offers lowest tuition fees, cheaper living costs, better educational environment, and safer student life – these are top priorities for Indonesian students when choosing study abroad destination.

Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia and 16th largest in the world is home to rapidly growing middle class. The world’s 4th populous country has 50% of its population under the age of 30. Currently, Indonesia has too few quality higher education institutions to meet domestic demand. Only 7% of the workforce currently has a university education and as per the World Bank, the country has to triple this proportion to propel the country’s economic target. Indonesia is recently sending 35% more students abroad than it did a decade ago.

Number of tertiary-level students from Indonesia in the UK was 3,087 in 2022 (Statista) and it was the 5th largest host country for Indonesian students. UK has classified Indonesia as a ‘low risk’ country and UKVI hasdifferential evidence requirement’ arrangements for Indonesian students. Indonesian nationals who apply student visas in Indonesia do not need to provide education certificates or bank statements with their visa applications. The UK-Indonesia Partnership Roadmap & MOU for education collaboration signed in 2022 are likely to increase the number of Indonesian students for Study UK significantly. We, Total Student Care aim to provide help and support to Indonesian students with admission at low cost UK universities and arrange partial scholarship to reduce tuition fees further.

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Study in the UK – Key Information

Academic level
Level 3 to Level 8

Qualification type
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate

Study mode
Full-time, part-time or on-line

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Cost of Studying in the UK for Indonesian Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Indonesian student will spend on commonly studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for Indonesian students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (IDR)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 172838000 to 259257000
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 190121800 to 259257000
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 190121800 to 276540800
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 241973200 to 276540800

Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (IDR)
Accommodation 400 to 500 6913520 to 8641900
Utility bills 30 to 40 518514 to 691352
Travel 100 to 150 1728380 to 2592570
Food 140 to 180 2419732 to 3111084
Mobile phone 10 to 30 172838 to 518514
Entertainment 40 to 100 691352 to 1728380
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 345676 to 864190

Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (IDR)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 6014762
IHS (per year) 470 8123386

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.

For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

Students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning student job (IDR)
Part-time work 460 to 800 7950548 to 13827040
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 27654080 to 34567600

Popular subjects Indonesian Students choose to study in the UK

The most popular subjects Indonesian students choose to study at UK universities include:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Life Science
  • Physics
  • Music
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Computer Science and ICT
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Chemistry
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Health Sciences
  • Art and Design
  • Physical Education
  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Veterinary science
  • Agriculture and related subjects
  • Architecture, building and planning
  • Education
  • Mass communications and documentation
  • Medicine and dentistry

Documents required for admission application

In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:

  • All final official academic certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Passport
  • English Language proficiency certificate i.e. IELTS
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (for MPhil, PhD course)
  • Portfolio of works (for art/design/architecture/film etc. course)
  • ACCA registration confirmation for ACCA course
  • Past visa refusal documents (if applicable)

Why choose to study in the UK from Indonesia?

11 top reasons Indonesian students choose to study in the UK

  • Obtaining top quality degrees with world-class education
  • Learning in multicultural environment
  • Living in communal harmony while practicing own religion
  • Studying in safe campus, residing in peaceful neighbourhood
  • Improving English Language proficiency
  • Accessing world-class health services mostly at no cost
  • Nurturing personal growth among diverse student community
  • Earning during study visa and post study work visa
  • Undertaking internship and work placement to enrich CV
  • Taking personal & professional transferrable skills away to Indonesia
  • Switching to skilled work visa to craft a career in the UK


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q Are halal foods available in the UK?

A UK has large Muslim communities across all cities – there are plenty of superstores, local shops that sell halal foods. You may even find shops by Indonesian shopkeepers here and there and get the taste of Indonesia in the UK.

Q Are there enough mosques in the UK to offer my prayers?

A Almost every locality of UK has at least one mosque if not more for Muslims to offer their daily prayers. Even most of the universities have multi-faith rooms for you to perform prayers while you are in the campus.

Q Is there any racial, religious discrimination for Muslim students?

A No, racial and religious discriminations are not appreciated in the UK and these are punishable crimes by law. You will study at a diverse student population set up in safe educational environment in the university. People in the UK live in communal harmony irrespective of nationality, religion, colour, gender etc.

Q Do UK universities and you provide advice to parents via Parents’ Zone?

A Yes, all UK universities provide information, advice, and guidance to parents. We provide these services too via our Parents’ Zone. Parents can be fully involved from initial queries to decision making stage. With your consent (if you are over 18), we will be glad to provide follow up services to your parents during your study in the UK.

Q Do I need to maintain maintenance funds for UK student visa application from Indonesia?

A If you are a Indonesian Citizen applying for your student visa from Indonesia which is a low risk country, you do not need to submit evidence of maintenance funds but you still need to maintain it as required by UKVI. They may ask to submit it any time after your visa application.

Q Do I need to submit my educational certificates with my student visa application from Indonesia?

A Indonesian students applying from UK student visa from Indonesia do not need to submit educational certificates with their visa application. However, you may need to submit these if UKVI ask for these after your application.

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