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Things You Should Know

Things You Should Know




  1. Religion is important in Indonesia, where every citizen must officially subscribe to one of six recognized religions, regardless of their actual religious practices.
  2. There are over 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, each with their own customs and traditions. This makes Indonesia extremely culturally diverse.
  3. A little Indonesian language endears you to your audience so make an effort to learn at least some commonly used greetings. English is a second language to most Indonesians, so it is more effective to use plain simple English and to speak slower.
  4. Indonesian Language (Bahasa Indonesia) is the national language of Indonesia, used in schools and other state-run enterprises, as well as in the media. However, Indonesia has over 700 indigenous languages, it means that many Indonesians are bilingual, speaking their indigenous language at home and Indonesian at work or school.
  5. Due to the climate, dress is normally informal in Indonesia. Accepted attire for men is shirt and long pants. Jacket and tie are required for official calls or more formal occasions. Long sleeved batik or hand-woven shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. Shirts, halters or tank tops should only be used at sports facilities or on the beach.
  6. When you were talking with Indonesian people and they are laughing, don’t get it wrong, they are not laughing at you. It’s simply because Indonesian people are love to laugh. Sometimes they laugh because they appreciate and trying to be nice to you. They want to laugh with you, not laughing at you.
  7. Avoid using the left hand to pass or receive anything, including business cards and gifts.


During Class

  1. Should be well dressed and polite, wear collared shirts or T-shirts.
  2. Using shoes (do not use sandals).
  3. Deactivate your mobile phone or turn it into silent mode.
  4. No smoking in the classroom and in smoke-free environment of campus.
  5. Maximum delay of 15 minutes, more than 15 minutes is not allowed to attend, except with specific reasons allowed by the lecturer.
  6. Do not eat and/or drink during class.

During Exam

  1. The exam conducted on schedule.
  2. Students that eligible to participate in exam are students who registered as an active student in the relevant semester and should attend at least 70% of the total lecturer attendance.
  3. Examinees must demonstrate KTM, KRS, and a proof of changing lecturers.
  4. Examinees required to sign DPNA (3 copies), and for those who are not, will be considered as an absence students.
  5. Participants should use collared-shirt and closed shoes.
  6. Examinees are not allowed to make any fraudulent actions or any actions that indicate cheating. Students who cheated will considered to fail all courses in the relevant semester. If there are strong indications and / or evidence of fraud after the exams take place, then sanctions will be determined later by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.
  7. Examinees must not leave the exam room without permission from the supervisor for any reason.
  8. Examinees who come late less than 15 minutes, can take the exam after received a letter of approval from exam coordinators and will not be given extra time. Whereas, for students who are late more than 15 minutes, will not allowed to take exams and will not be given a follow-up examination.
  9. During the exam, examinees are not allowed to bring any communication devices (cell phones, PDAs, pagers and so forth) and not allowed to borrow or lend stationary.
  10. Examinees who commit “perjokian” will be given sanction (suspension and dropping out).
  11. Supervisors have full authority to execute as necessary in accordance with the exam’s rules.
  12. There is no follow-up exam.
  13. Follow-up exams are given only for students who are hospitalized at the time of exam, and proved by showing a certificate from a hospital at maximum three days after the exam period ends.
  14. Other things which are not mentioned in these rules, will be determined and announced later.


  1. Most Indonesians are Muslim, therefore most of them will not eat pork.
  2. Sometimes Indonesian also eat using hand (without eating utilities, for instance: spoon, fork, and knife).
  3. In Indonesia you will find a lot of street vendor that sells food. Please notice that not all of the street vendor sells clean food.
  4. Indonesian people are not common in drinking beer or any other alcoholic beverages.


Reference: http://www.nzte.govt.nz/ http://www.worldette.com