The purpose of going to college is to gain an education. A four-year degree will not only prepare you for your future employment field, but degrees are also designed to provide a well-rounded education. All students, regardless of major, are required to take a year or two of general courses such as composition and mathematics. Where you choose to go to college will impact your finances and the actual educational instruction you receive. If you decide to attend college in Bali, not only will you receive your academic education, but you will become culturally immersed in a unique culture. Bali is a province of Indonesia. It is a large island not far from Australia and has several universities. If you’ve chosen a university in Bali, here are some tips to make it the best overall educational experience.
With the number of universities in Bali, you have a vast choice of majors. Just as in the United States, you can study medicine, law, agriculture, accounting, veterinary services, film, engineering, and more. Research the schools on the island and take virtual tours of the campuses. The cost of living is lower in Bali, but you'll still need to figure out how to pay for education and lodging. Apply for scholarships and consider student loans.
Bali is an island and has an island culture. There is a relaxed and laid-back feel to everyday life. The island boasts many spiritual sights, and the evidence of various religions can be seen everywhere. Bali has a Hindu majority, though there are Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists on the island. The culture of Bali is unique and is highly developed in arts, dance, music. Each year Bali hosts the Bali International Film Festival, featuring local and international films. Take time to stray away from campus and become immersed in this beautiful culture.
The foods of Bali make living on the island a culinary delight. Since this is a tropical climate, they have an abundance of unique fruits and vegetables. Most meals consist of rice, vegetables, and meat or fish—all fresh. The foods are typically quite spicy. You are far enough from the mainland, which may make some of your traditional junk foods harder to find. Try and make a point of eating with the locals. You'll probably learn some healthy habits that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Bali is sounded by the Bali Sea. When you choose to go to the beach, you’ll be rewarded with sandy beaches and turquoise waves. Surfing is popular, as is snorkeling, where you’ll see all sorts of tropical fish. You can hike in jungles with exotic animals and birds or explore volcanoes. Grab a guidebook and make a list. While you are there trying to study, don't forget to explore the island.
The climate is hot year-round with temperatures hovering around 80-degrees Fahrenheit. There is a rainy season that runs from November to March. It typically rains a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon during the rainy season. The weather is a bit drier from April through October, though the air is always humid. You might consider packing extremely lightly and bring some essentials and when you arrive on the island, go shopping. Not only will you have climate-appropriate clothing, but you’ll also look like you fit in.
Most Balinese people speak three languages, a form of Balinese, Indonesian, and English. You should have little trouble at the University or out on the street. Try and learn some of the local language.
If you are considering studying in Bali, you still need to review the college course listings and accreditations of the university you are considering just as you would any college in the states. The island and culture of Bali are so beautiful that formal education seems secondary, but that really should be your primary purpose. Once you've got that figured out, enjoy the journey.