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IDB Bali

Institut Desain & Bisnis Bali’s creative campus blends an academic environment with a family atmosphere. It is one of Indonesia’s most popular creative arts educational institutions.

15 Weeks

The fifteen-week program combines lectures and guest lectures with weekly excursions, workshops, leisure activities, and cultural events. All classes are held in English.

6 Subjects

Six subjects lend insight to the unique architecture and interiors in a tropical climate and the topics of indoor and outdoor living, furniture design, green architecture and building with natural materials.

30 Credit Points

You can receive up to 30 ECTS credits within the Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design program. The ECTS credits are transferable to other credit systems such as the US credit system.

Study Abroad
Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design

Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, blessed with a unique blend of artful, traditional architecture, and also modern Western influences. The hotel and villa architecture is characterized by buildings that harmoniously combine eastern and western design concepts to give an adorable outward appearance. The 15-week program “Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design” at the Institut Desain & Bisnis Bali (IDB Bali), formerly known as Sekolah Tinggi Desain & Bisnis Bali (STDBali), is designed exclusively as a semester abroad for international students and graduates. The program offers deep insights into the “indoor-outdoor-living” in the tropics, the art, and craft of furniture design as well as a sustainable building with natural materials. The participants will work on innovative design concepts, and will also discover the unique architecture of Indonesia in lectures, guest lectures, weekly excursions, and workshops.

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Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design

How is the course organized?

The semester is composed of

  • Lectures in English
  • Excursions
  • Workshops
  • Design projects
  • Language course in “Bahasa Indonesia”
  • Selected cultural events

Who can participate?

The program is aimed at international students in the fields of

  • Interior design
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Related subject areas

Master students are also invited to participate. Although the Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design program was originally developed for students, it is also suitable for graduates and professionals. It is also open to anyone who is interested in the subject but has no academic background in the field of architecture & design.

Why study in Bali?

With spending a semester abroad at IDB Bali you will

  • receive detailed knowledge about the exotic and sustainable building culture in the Tropics
  • experience Tropical Living in Bali through workshops and excursions
  • earn up to 30 credit points
  • meet students from around the world
  • gain valuable insights into the cultural diversity of Indonesia

Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design

Summer Class 2025

29.03.2025 – 19.07.2025

Registration deadline 31.12.2024

Welcoming Dinner: 29.03.2025

Orientation Day: 31.03.2025

Classes: 31.03. – 18.07.2025

Semester Break: 26.05.2025 – 06.06.2025 (tentative)

Graduation & Farewell : 19.07.2025

Winter Class 2025

04.10.2025 – 17.01.2026

Registration deadline 01.07.2025

Welcoming Dinner: 04.10.2025

Orientation Day: 06.10.2025

Classes: 06.10.2025 – 16.01.2026

Semester Break: 24.11.2025 – 05.12.2025 (tentative)

Graduation & Farewell : 17.01.2026 (tentative)

Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design

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course fee




  • tuition fee for the 15-week long semester course
  • fees for registration & enrollment
  • lectures and guest lectures conducted in English
  • excursions & workshops
  • support for the application and preparation process



course fee


  • tuition fee for the 15-week long semester course
  • fees for registration & enrollment
  • lectures and guest lectures conducted in English
  • excursions & workshops
  • support for the application and preparation process

Early BirdBe one of the first applicants and save on the course fee

$ 2420

course fee




  • tuition fee for the 15-week long semester course
  • fees for registration & enrollment
  • lectures and guest lectures conducted in English
  • excursions & workshops
  • support for the application and preparation process


$ 2600

course fee


  • tuition fee for the 15-week long semester course
  • fees for registration & enrollment
  • lectures and guest lectures conducted in English
  • excursions & workshops
  • support for the application and preparation process

Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design

You can download the full course description here.

Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design
Excursions & Workshops

  • Bamboo Tour at Factory & Green Village
  • Bamboo Workshop 
  • Basic Water Color for Architecture 
  • 3D & AI in Architecture Workshop
  • Guest Lecture Eco Mantra Bali 
  • Traditional Building Tour
  • Interior Design Project Visit 
  • Visit and guided Tour to Traditional Balinese Village
  • Visit and guided Tour to Resort & Villa
  • Visit to Architecture Studio
  • Visit and guided Tour to Beach Club with the Architect
  • Yoga Class & Surfing Lesson
  • Traditional Workshop and Ceremony
*Please note that our excursion offerings are subject to change and are tailored to provide the best experience for our students each semester. We continuously seek to improve and enrich the educational adventure of studying in Bali.

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Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design


You can apply online, using our online registration form. Have your proof of student status, CV, letter of motivation as well as a high-resolution picture of yours handy.

Fill in the registration form

Fill in the online registration form and upload all required documents. Within 1-3 working days, you will receive an email from us with your registration confirmation.

Confirm Application

Sign the registration confirmation and send it back to us. Your registration is now complete and you will receive all further information regarding study fees, visa, accommodation, etc.

Semester Abroad in Bali

IDB Bali

Institut Desain & Bisnis Bali – Campus of ‘Creative Innovation’

Institut Desain & Bisnis Bali, or IDB Bali for short, is located in Denpasar, the capital city of the island of Bali, widely recognised for its beautiful landscape, strong traditional arts and culture, as well as friendly people. IDB Bali, formerly known as Institut Desain & Bisnis Bali (STDBali) focuses on creating a family style academic environment to remain the preferred creative arts educational institution in Indonesia. With the vision of setting industry standards for education and training with the twin mottos of “empowering people to be creative” and “knowledge is our power” Bali Design School has developed a coordinated process for insuring that learning is relevant to the work place. Offering various domestic and international classes, vocational and short courses in design, architecture, interior, landscape, tourism, art culture, new media, business, graphic & communication design and others, the Creative Campus seeks to help students to become smart, competitive, creative and tough in order to meet the needs of both local and international industry.

Requirements for Participation

  1. Minimum age of 18 years (you must be at least 18 years old at the time of application)
  2. High School diploma or similar qualification at the upper secondary level
  3. No proof of English language skills or an official language test (e.g. TOEFL) is required. However, all applicants are expected to have a good command of English, to follow lessons and to take exams in English.

All programs are open to bachelor and master students as well as graduates. Although the Tropical Architecture, Interior & Green Design program was originally developed for students, it is also suitable for graduates and professionals. It is also open to anyone who is interested in the subject but has no academic background in the field.

You can also participate if

  • you study at a university of applied sciences, private university, polytechnic college, evening school, or adult education center.
  • you already have a university degree or are about to finish your studies.
  • you have already completed an exchange semester or a semester abroad.
  • your current university does not have a partnership with the university in Bali. The programs are free mover programs and can be organized autonomously, independent of exchange or cooperation contracts of your own university.
  • you have no academic background in architecture or related subjects
  • you would like to register in pairs or as a group.

Registration & Enrollment Procedure

Before registration

Prior to registering for our program, please follow these steps:

  1. Thoroughly Explore the Program Page: Take the time to familiarize yourself with the details provided on our program page.
  2. Download and Review Course Description and Terms of Conditions: Download and carefully read our Course Description and the Terms of Condition to understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  3. Check with Your University for Credit Transfer: If necessary, consult your university to confirm if they accept semesters abroad as free movers and whether the credits earned during your time abroad can be applied to your degree program. You can also discuss the possibility of signing a Learning Agreement between your university and IDB Bali.

The application

Fill in the registration form completely and upload the required documents:

    • Letter of motivation
      The letter of motivation should not be longer than one page (DIN A4 format) and describe why you would like to apply for a semester abroad in Bali (motivation), what your expectations are of the program and what significance the semester abroad has for your personal and academic development.
    • Certificate of enrollment
      The certificate of enrollment must be an official document of your university, proving that you are currently enrolled as a student. Graduates can submit proof of your degree, e.g. bachelor’s/master’s or diploma certificate. If you are not a graduate and are not currently enrolled as a student, or if you come from another field of study – but would still like to participate in one of the programs – you can give a short statement explaining your situation under in the registration form.
    • Photo
      Please upload a high-quality portrait photo of yourself. The photo will also be used for the Student Book and Student ID if your enrollment is successful. You should be easy to recognize and it should not be too dark or pixelated.
    • Curriculum Vitae
      Please upload your most recent CV – if possible, it should not be longer than one page (DIN A4 format). You can find an example here.

Registration confirmation and tuition fees

  1. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email within 1-3 working days. Please sign and return the registration confirmation using our digital signature system.
  2. Once we receive the signed registration confirmation, you will receive a checklist for planning your semester and a list of enrollment documents required for the university.
  3. If we have reached the minimum requirement of 10 participants, you will also receive a payment request for the course fees. The course fee consists of an Enrollment Fee and a Tuition Fee. The Enrollment Fee, a one-time charge confirming your enrollment, is due within 30 days of receiving the invoice. The Tuition Fee must be paid at least 8 weeks before the program start date.
  4. If the minimum participant requirement has not been met, we will collect all registrations and send payment requests once the minimum number is reached.

Enrollment, Visa Documents, and Semester Start

Upon receipt of your full tuition fee and enrollment documents, we will apply for the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) and the Sponsor Letter/Invitation Letter (LoI) at IDB Bali. These documents are essential for your visa application.

Approximately 4 weeks before the semester begins, you will receive an email containing details about the Welcome Event & Orientation Day, the Time Table, Academic Calendar, Study Guide, and more.

If you have any more questions or need further assistance regarding the application process or any other aspect of studying at IDB Bali, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Structure & Course of the program

The 15-week program at IDB Bali is designed exclusively as a semester abroad for international students. All courses are held in English. As this is an international program, the curriculum and academic calendar are independent of the local Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programs.

The course duration is 15 weeks, divided into 11 weeks of effective course, 2 weeks semester break, 1 week final exam, and 1 week revision.

  • Welcome Dinner
    Before the semester starts officially, there will be a Welcoming Dinner for all participants. The dinner will take place in a relaxed atmosphere on the Saturday before the start of the semester. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange initial information. Participation is not compulsory.
  • Orientation Day
    The Orientation Day will take place on the first Monday in the first week of study at the IDB Bali Campus in Denpasar. On Orientation Day you will get all the important information about the study program and living on Bali. You will also get to know your course coordinators and sign up for the courses you want to take.
  • Lectures & Excursions
    The lectures usually take place from Monday through Wednesday mornings, Thursdays are days for excursions & workshops. Excursions & workshops are part of the curriculum and included in the workload of each module.
  • Semester Break
    During the 15-week program, there is a two-week semester break where no lectures, excursions, or other events are held. The semester break usually takes place in weeks 8 & 9. Detailed information comes at the beginning of the semester.
  • Final Examinations
    During the week of the final exams, the performance of all modules will be assessed in writing, orally, or in the form of a submission. You will receive the results at the latest at the graduation.
  • Graduation
    The graduation is the last official event of the summer school. In a festive setting, you will receive your certificates. Participation is not compulsory.


At the end of the program, students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates as follows:

  • A certificate stating that the student has attended the semester abroad program.
  • An Academic Transcript showing the student’s performance in the program. The grades in the transcript are the final marks.
  • A Certificate stating that the student has participated in the workshop or certain academic excursions (on request).

Credit Points

All programs are designed to comply with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This system is based on workload, measured in hours and includes lectures, exams, self-study, research, subject-related excursions, etc. One semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits. ECTS enables the measurement, comparison, and transfer of academic achievements between universities. If the semester is completed successfully, the credits achieved can be credited with the help of ECTS. So you can return to your home university without any loss of time or credit points. The ECTS system is transferable to other credit systems such as the US credit system and similar systems.

If you want to have the subjects credited at your home university, we suggest having the course pre-approved by the home institution’s exchange coordinator, academic advisor, or a professor; whoever is in charge of credit transfer and sign a “Learning Agreement”, in order to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the study period abroad and to ensure that you will receive recognition for the educational components successfully completed abroad.

Course Selection

All modules listed in the program description are offered every semester. It is not necessary to register for certain modules before the start of the course. It is up to you to decide which of the offered modules you want to take.

Can I combine modules of different SIB programs?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to combine modules of different programs since the SIB courses are spread over several universities in Bali.

What happens if I don‘t pass a course?

If you do not pass a course, you will not get a grade or credit points for the module.


Visa Options for International Students at IDB Bali

Indonesia offers various types of visas for different purposes. However, for international students planning to enroll at IDB Bali, the Visit Visa B211A stands as the recommended choice. It’s crucial to understand that this visa is one of only two types designated for educational purposes. Please note that studying in Indonesia on a Visa on Arrival, or any other non-study-specific visa, is not permitted.

The Role of Local Sponsors in Your eVisa Application

A key part of the eVisa application process involves securing a local sponsor. For those choosing to study at IDB Bali, the university itself will serve as your local sponsor. Moreover, the entire application procedure will be coordinated and managed by IDB Bali’s Visa Agency, simplifying the process for you.

The Integrated Visa Application and Enrollment Process

The visa application process is closely tied to your enrollment at IDB Bali. Once you have successfully submitted all the required documents for registration and enrollment, the university will generate both a Letter of Acceptance and a Sponsor Letter for you. These documents are immediately forwarded to the designated Visa Agency. You don’t need to initiate the visa application independently; the Visa Agency will proactively contact you following successful registration and enrollment. All further formalities, including payment procedures and other related matters, will be coordinated directly between you and the Visa Agency, making the entire process streamlined and hassle-free.

Here’s a summary of the information you need to know about the B211A visa:

  • Type of Visa: Visit
  • Stay Index of Visa: B211A
  • Purpose of Visit: Training and Short Course
  • Validity of Visa: 90 days from the date of issue (number of days you have to enter the country after the visa has been issued)
  • Stay: 60 days (from the arrival date)
  • Extendable: 2 times (each extension is for 60 days)
  • Total Stay: 180 days, including 2 extensions
  • Entry Permit: Single Entry (cannot be used after leaving the country)
  • Sponsorship: By University, IDB Bali
  • Price (as of October 2023, tentative): IDR 6,000,000 (≈ $ 400) for 120 days; IDR 8,800,000 for 180 days.


The traffic on Bali’s roads is impressive and very different from that found in Western countries. It can seem pretty chaotic in the beginning. Traffic jams are a part of everyday life. The traffic flows according to its own rules. Time, patience, and serenity are important at peak times in this respect. Many students choose to ride a scooter. It´s the fastest and easiest way to get around. They drive on the left side of the road, but one gets used to that relatively quickly.

An international driver’s license is mandatory. You can apply for one in your home country.


Accommodation is an important aspect to consider when planning your trip to Bali. To ensure a stress-free experience, we recommend making upfront reservations for accommodations with flexible cancellation policies and low non-refundable deposits.

Many of our participants prefer to stay together in groups and book a house or villa with a pool. To find roommates and exchange ideas, we encourage you to join our Facebook group.

When it comes to booking accommodation, it’s a matter of personal preference. Booking in advance can be a good option for those who want to have everything arranged before arriving in Bali. However, it’s also possible to search for accommodation on-site, which allows you to choose the best option for you and potentially save on agent fees. Keep in mind that on-site searches can be time-consuming and should be done at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Our campus is located in Denpasar, and we recommend staying in Kerobokan, Umalas, Petitenget, Seminyak or Canggu on the southwest coast. These areas are about 25-30 minutes away from the university and offer a variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Canggu is currently experiencing high levels of traffic, particularly during peak hours, which may result in an extended commute time to the university.We advise against staying in Denpasar itself or in Kuta or Bukit (South Bali).

Additional Costs

The tuition fee for the 15-weeks program includes:

» Registration and enrollment
» Lectures at the IDB Bali
» Workshops and Excursions
» Welcoming & Farewell event
» Selected student services

not included in the tuition fee:

» Flight and accommodation
» Visa Fees & Extension Fees
» Travel Health Insurance
» Transport
» Living costs

The cost of living is relatively low in Bali. However, it is difficult to say how much money you will need for the 15 weeks, as it strongly depends on the individual lifestyle.

Here you can find a list of general living costs.