Information for students from Indonesia

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Here’s our guide to studying at Goldsmiths for students from Indonesia. You'll be able to find everything from completing your application to adjusting to life in the UK. We currently have 14 Indonesian students at Goldsmiths.

How to apply

Undergraduate

You make your application through UCAS, an online application system. The system allows you to choose up to five different universities and apply with one application.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 15 January, but some courses will accept applications until 30 June. You are advised to apply as early as possible as courses have limited places.

You should refer to individual programme pages to see whether your course has any additional application requirements. Applications are usually assessed within two months and can be managed online via UCAS.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video:

Postgraduate

For the majority of postgraduate programmes you can apply via our website. Simply click the ‘apply now’ button on your chosen programme page. Some programmes have different application procedures, so always check the programme page before making your application.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video: 

What to include in your application

As well as information about your education history, and the course you’re choosing, you’ll also need to provide a personal statement as part of your application. This is your chance to explain how your academic experience is relevant to the course you want to study. You’ll also have an opportunity to tell us about relevant extracurricular activities you’ve taken part in and how they make you stand out.

Find out more about what to include in your personal statement at undergraduate and postgraduate level:

 

Entry requirements

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Undergraduate

For direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes you’ll need A-levels, an International Baccalaureate or a recognised Access or Foundation course. Applicants with STTB – SMA or SMU3/Sikolah Menegah qualifications will need to take a recognised foundation programme, such as our International Foundation Certificate, for entry to Goldsmiths.

When we consider your application we’ll assess your test scores and academic grades alongside your personal statement, reference letter and extracurricular activities.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate taught
For entry to postgraduate programmes you will normally need a Bachelors degree in relevant subject. Refer to individual course pages to see whether there are any additional application requirements.

Research degrees
You will normally need to have completed a Masters degree in a subject relevant to your proposed postgraduate study. There may also be other specific entrance requirements. You can refer to individual course pages to find out what these are.

Programmes for international students

We offer courses that have been specifically designed for international students. You may want to consider these if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These will help you with your English language and academic skills and are run by our English Language Centre.

Find out more about the courses we offer.

Study Abroad

Normally, you will need to have been attending university for at least 1 year. Find out more about the programme on our Study Abroad pages.

Fees and funding

Fees

Find out more about our fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

Goldsmiths has a series of scholarships for international students applying for postgraduate and research programmes.  If you’re an alumni you may also be eligible for discounted fees. For further information, please see our International Scholarships pages.

External funding sources

Visit our external funding sources page for information about other organisations that offer funding to international students.

Visas

Find out more about applying for a visa.

Visiting your country

The International team visits Indonesia regularly to take part in higher education events, deliver presentations, interview potential applicants and catch up with local alumni. If you’re unable to visit Goldsmiths in person then these events are your chance to meet us in your home country. See our list of international events for more details.

Can’t make these dates? We also run regular online events, including webinars, virtual tours and chat sessions.

Agents in Indonesia

We work with several agents in Indonesia who can give you information about studying at Goldsmiths and help you with the application process. See our list of international representatives for more details.

Adjusting to life in the UK

Generally international students find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support. This includes PAL (our student led mentor scheme), and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer.

Take a look at how some of our students have adjusted to life in the UK:

Healthcare

You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Feeling homesick?

Food and drink
Basic Indonesian ingredients can be bought in the larger UK supermarkets but if you’re after something specialist then there are a number of Asian grocery shops in London including several in Deptford, a ten minute walk from campus.

Fancy eating out? There are a large number of Indonesian restaurants in London including Bali Bali and Nusa Dua in Shaftesbury Avenue, Central London.

South Asian Society
Goldsmiths has a South Asian society that promotes South Asian culture through events, parties, film screenings and performances. Anyone is welcome to join but it’s a great place to meet fellow Indonesian students.

Alumni

Visit our Indonesia alumni page for information on the country's Goldsmiths alumni network. 

Robert Mulyarahardja

Photo of Robert Mulyarahardja
I believe the rigorous academic environment at Goldsmiths is beneficial for me to develop an intellectual basis for my entrepreneurial endeavour. Its rich network allows me to exchange practical experiences with other entrepreneurs in my programme.

I heard about Goldsmiths from a colleague in Jakarta who had graduated from Goldsmiths’ MA in Arts Administration programme. I was looking to take a graduate-level course in entrepreneurship that could help me develop a business plan, explicitly addressing the problem of precarity in the music business. Goldsmiths is one of the very few universities that offers a course in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship with a pathway in Music, which is why I made it as my first option.

I have worked in South East Asia for eight years, focusing on live performance, music production, and music education. My current project, Duara, is an alternative pop duo that has garnered critical acclaim in Indonesia, and has seen steady growth in digital sales since its debut in September 2018. Previously, I have produced seven award nominated-albums, led three curriculum design projects for prominent music schools in Jakarta, co-initiated the “Anthology of Indonesian Jazz and Pop Music” - a compilation book of Indonesian jazz and pop music manuscripts, and given music workshops across Indonesia and Thailand.

I believe the rigorous academic environment at Goldsmiths is beneficial for me to develop an intellectual basis for my entrepreneurial endeavour. Its rich network allows me to exchange practical experiences with other entrepreneurs in my programme, and meet with leading practitioners in London’s creative industry. I am also able to draw many inspirations as a musician from London’s vibrant and diverse art scene.

After graduation, I hope to establish Duara as a sustainable enterprise so that we would be able to bring our value proposition - to provide an alternative flight of imagination through its music - to many listeners around the world. I am also interested in contributing to Indonesia’s effort to build its creative industry sector in the future.

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