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on 8 Apr 2020

What are the methods to complete school education in Indonesia, other than attending regular school?

Anonymous (not verified) on 9 Apr 2020 - 07:44

Good day,

There are various options for education and learning in Indonesia. This also depends on what you mean by regular schooling, do you mean public schools or schools in general? There are options for public, private and international schools in Indonesia. 

We have a fairly comprehensive guide on education and schools in Indonesia and in Jakarta. Where are you moving to in Indonesia? 

Public schools are administered by the local government and the teaching language is also in the local language, so this option is not commonly selected by expat parents. Private schools may offer a combination of the Indoneisian curriculum as well as an international curriculum such as IB, while international schools are the most commonly selected option for schooling in Indonesia. We have a great list of international schools in Jakarta for more info.

Another alternative to schooling in an institution altogether is homeschooling. Homeschooling is legal in Indonesia and this may give your family a more flexible curriculum and pace to learn at. Would this be an option you may consider? Parents can also find private tutors for their children and there are companies to connect with tutors.

I hope this information helps?

All the best,


Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Apr 2020 - 14:14

Hi Claire!

and yes of course, this information was really helpful. Thanks a lot! and In response to your questions asked in the above comment, I want to tell you that I actually meant all the private and International schools and yes, I am moving in Jakarta only but you can tell me from the perspective of covering the other parts of Indonesia as well because I really want to explore all the alternatives so that I can choose the best among those and yes, I might consider homeschooling too. 

Thanks for taking out your time and write to me. I really appreciate that!

Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Apr 2020 - 07:49

Good day,

It's a pleasure, happy to be of help! Choosing which schooling option works best for you and your family can be tricky, fortunately, there are many options available in Jakarta. And if you have any other concerns about the move, feel free to ask. Do have a look at our Moving to Jakarta page, you'll find some useful tips on various issues like healthcare and accommodation.

All the best,


annesasiswanto on 16 Apr 2020 - 14:18

With the fast growth of IT Infrastructure in Indonesia, online education is becoming really popular and a promising education solution these days. The main objective of providing online high school programs and diploma from an accredited institution is to stop teenagers from dropping out of Indonesia’s high school system due to constraints like financial problems, long distance between school and home or if a student is a slow learner. Online Schooling is also the first choice of majority of expats living in Indonesia.

Why is there a higher demand for online learning?

  • One of the best advantages of pursuing online education is that you can save hundreds of dollars to get your degree.
  • Accessibility: As students are less bound by time and location.
  • Flexibility: Students are not constrained by a fixed schedule and can continue with their other obligations like part time jobs.
  • Student has a wide variety of courses to choose from and he/she can also earn college course credits and get them transferred while applying for higher education.
  • There are multiple ways to communicate with the professor that is via email, live chat and telephone conversations.
  • Students can join virtual study groups where they can swap ideas about classroom assignments, get questions answered about things they are stuck on and can share screens, present documents etc.
  • Online schools provide many benefits for specially gifted students to fill the gap in learning opportunities for them.
  • Feedback in online schools is faster and more frequent.



Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Apr 2020 - 13:47

Hi Annesa,

Thank you, this is interesting. Is this an option many expats pursue in Indonesia? It seems that teaching English online is quite common around the world. Is online education more of a job opportunity for expats or can expat children also receive an education online? And for those children who are learning online, what about the social element of schooling and the pros and cons of this option?



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