Pre-departure Preparation

Pre-departure Information

You may need to check the following items before you leave your home country.

  • Have a thorough medical and dental check-up include the vaccine certificate of covid-19, and PCR Test.
  • Make photocopies of your passport, visa and any other important documents. Leave a set at home and put another set in your luggage.
  • It is important to confirm your accommodation, at least your temporary accommodation
  • Open a credit card account. Credit cards are not usually issued to overseas students in Indonesia

Financial Security
Communication Device
Self Quarantine
Financial Security

  1. Personal Account for Cash
    Bring enough money with you to cover initial expenses for the first month, such as accommodation (rent, bond, utilities, and furnishings), study materials, personal effects, food and transport, of at least 5 million rupiah (US $400-$500) in cash. It will take a few days before you are financially settled after your arrival in Indonesia. On the other hand, you will definitely need an easy access to your financial source for immediate expense when you abroad. It would be more convenient if you have relevant international account from your country or bank account corresponding to banks in Indonesia. Ensure that cash access is easy, for example from ATMs or money transfer. There are quite a number of banks with international network available in Indonesia. Major International credit card are accepted in Indonesia.You may need to seek information as much as possible before deciding which bank you can trust to manage your cash abroad. If you have limited knowledge about it, you can obtain advice from your current bank.
  2. Corresponding Accounts to Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya (Polsri)
    In addition, we also recommend that you open an account at one of the banks that has cooperated with Polsri. Polsri has partnered with them to facilitate students in paying their academic fees. Because payments are made in a host-to-host (online) system, having an account at one of the banks will give you comfort whenever you need to pay academic fees every semester. However, opening an account at a local Indonesian bank may take time. You need to provide a copy of your KITAS (Limited Stay Permit) and a copy of your passport. The minimum amount of money you need to deposit to your account can vary. Please note that if you do not have an account at one of the banks suitable for the university, you must pay academic fees in cash. Paying academic fees with a bank concept cannot be accepted.


Having insurance is recommended before you leave your home country. However, you need to ensure that the insurance covers services worldwide. There are quite a number of reputable international insurance companies available in Indonesia.

Communication Device

Communication Device As you are arrived in Indonesia, you may need to let your family or friends know that you have arrived safely. You will also probably need to make a contact with people in your home country for emergency. You will need to bring communication device that allows you to keep in touch with them. Most cellular device providers operate globally. Should you have any problem with it, you can find the service center without any difficulties.

Self Quarantine

In the interest of public health, any person arriving from outside of Indonesia must take a COVID-19 test at their port of entry and after arrival. After arrival all foreign students will be also required to complete their 14 days of self-isolation whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. Polsri will pay 50% for the cost of self isolation and the rest is charged to the person concerned.

You may use International Office as a temporary forwarding address for mail or until you find a permanent accommodation. The address is:
(Your Name)
C/- International Office, Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya
Jl. Raya Srijaya Negara Bukit Besar, Palembang Sumatera Selatan 30138, INDONESIA

Email :

Personal Belongings

Document To Bring

Students usually dress informally to go to campus. Most of the time, they wear jeans or trousers with casual shirts with collars, Polo-shirts or blouses and sneakers. However, shorts and sandals are usually avoided. During rainy season, a  jumper/sweater/pullover or sweat shirt will be sufficient.Men suit and appropriate dress or suit for women is commonly worn in formal functions like graduation ceremony. Yet, you do not have to bring too many personal items for your necessities in Indonesia. Polsri is located near by malls and shopping centers that provide customers with daily needs, clothing and electronics equipment. Indonesia has only tropical season which is usually rainy from October to March and sunny from April to September. So, you do not have to bring too many seasonal clothings.

Document To Bring

As an international student, you will need to bring documents such as important legal personal identification, records relevant to your education, documents related to your admission to Polsri, and financial documents. However, you should have your own checklist of documents that you consider important according to your needs.

Sample Checklist of What to Bring
  • Enough money
    A valid passport
    Entry Permit : Student Visa
    Your letter of acceptance from Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya
    The receipt of your tuition payment (if applicable)
    Certified copies of your academic qualifications
    Evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your study, for example a scholarship offer or bank statement
    Some form of identification such as driver’s license, certified copies of your birth certificate or ID card
    Prescriptions for any regular medication
    Pack light and manageable bags and suitcases
    Clothing and personal items