Most popular language schools in Indonesia
IALF was opened in 1989 in the country's capital, Jakarta. Now, there are also branches in Surabaya and Bali. The school offers a variety of courses — General and Academic English, international language exam preparation, and practical training for teachers. You can also take a trial IELTS exam and receive detailed feedback from a real examiner.
The average course cost at IALF is 98 USD per week.
SIB School of Language
SIB School of Language is located in Jakarta and offers courses in English, Indonesian, and Mandarin Chinese. General courses, Business English programs, and IELTS preparation are available. Also, the school regularly hosts seminars and workshops where students learn about the history and culture of Indonesia.
Best cities to learn English in Indonesia
- Rich history. The Dutch founded modern Jakarta in 1612 as a sea fort. Subsequently, a city grew around it, making it the center of the Dutch East Indies.
- Vivid and unusual culture. In Indonesia, different religions — Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, ancient paganism — are closely intertwined with the cultural heritage of the Netherlands, India, and China. Together, this forms an incredibly vivid and authentic picture. Painting, literature, holidays, festivals, national costumes, and even cuisine — everything is saturated with traditions, beliefs, and legends.
- City of contrasts. In Jakarta, glass skyscrapers and bustling avenues harmoniously coexist with the Thousand Islands District, a national park where nothing comes close to the metropolis’ hustle and bustle.
|Population||10.5 million people|
|Monthly expenses||478 USD|
|Attractions||Merdeka Palace, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Thousand Islands, Monas Monument, Istiqlal Mosque, Old City, National Museum of Indonesia, Jin De Yuan Temple, Taman Suropati Park|
- Shark and crocodile. The city’s name consists of two words in the local dialect: "sura", which means shark, and "baya" — crocodile. Historical events dictated the name choice — the city was founded on the victory day of the local army over Mongol invaders. The Mongols were associated with the shark, and the locals with the crocodile. Both of these animals are considered symbols of the city and adorn its coat of arms.
- Gastronomic capital. In the restaurants of Surabaya, you can find the best examples of national cuisine: soup with chicken, noodles, and cabbage, seasoned with turmeric and other spices; fried chicken — "ayam bakar" and fish — "guram bakar".
- Dutch heritage. In Surabaya, Dutch influence is especially felt. Modern skyscrapers rise above the canals, and you can find many monuments of colonial buildings in the "old town" — for example, House of Sampoerna, which now boasts a museum, art gallery, and many souvenir shops.
|Population||3 million people|
|Monthly expenses||416 USD|
|Attractions||Giray Kelahiran Church, House of Sampoerna, Masjid Al Akbar Surabaya Mosque, Pasar Ampel Market, Zoo, Suramadu Cable Bridge, Shark and Crocodile Monument, Tugu Pahlawan Heroes Monument|
- Island of the gods. Legend has it that the gods created Bali exclusively for themselves, and then gave it to people. Shiva, the supreme god of Hinduism, lives on top of the Gunung Agung volcano.
- Beaches. Bali beaches are known all over the world. White sand and clear seas annually attract thousands of tourists to the paradise island.
- Sacred buildings. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, Hinduism is practiced in Bali. There are many religious temples and sacred places concentrated on the island. Tanah Lot rises on a sheer cliff, the Besakih is revered by the Balinese as the “Mother of Temples”, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan resembles Chinese pagodas, and Pura Tirta Empul has a source of miraculous water.
- Holidays and carnivals. New Year in Bali is usually spent in silence and prayer, but the rest of the time on the island is full of life. In June-July, Bali hosts a spectacular art festival with fairs, exhibitions, theatrical shows, and colorful processions.
|Population||3.8 million people|
|Monthly expenses||497 USD|
|Attractions||Besakih Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, Gunung Kawi, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Pura Tirta Empul Springs, Luhur Lempuyang Temple, Elephant Cave|
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