GoBali Study Program

About the GoBali Program

GoBali is a one-semester, international study abroad program of the state-run Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia.

GoBali Philosophy

Bringing together students from all over the world for a one-semester study abroad program at the state-run Udayana University of Bali is the aim of GoBali. Being initiated by former students, the philosophy is to ensure that students’ demands as well as international academic standards are met. Participating in the GoBali Program means being surrounded by a student community with similar interests. The perfect balance between study time and spare time in combination with affordable semester payments as well as low costs of living will exceed all expectations and make your stay an unforgettable experience.

To improve intercultural competence, it is necessary to study or work together with people from different cultures. That is why GoBali is always trying to maintain a well-balanced proportion between the nationalities of the participants in order to provide the best possibilities of exchange between different cultures.

GoBali is not one of the countless general study programs – rather, it lets students choose from various disciplines like Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as Tourism Management. Students also can choose different extracurricular courses if interested.


Our studentsʼ capacity for teamwork will be encouraged by projects which last one semester, include weekly meetings and are assigned to the lectures. At the end of each semester they have to present the project planning as well as the results to both the partner and the lecturers.


Contemporary subjects with up to date content and dynamic young lecturers make GoBali the most advanced program on the international campus.


With its unique and special structure, the concentrations and projects, the GoBali program is unique in the Udayana University and Indonesia.


The sophisticated structure of the GoBali program allows a smooth and successful semester abroad. The coordinated content complements to a holistic study result.

Who can participate in GoBali

You are a registered student?
You want to spend your semester abroad in Bali?
Then Apply now!

Most students can participate

The GoBali program targets all students who are interested in exploring and studying in Asia. Every enrolled student worldwide as well as already graduated students at a university or college of higher education can apply for GoBali. It especially targets students of, for example, Economics, Business Administration and fields of study like Media Management, Tourism Management, Medical Management, Textile Management and Sports Management.
Even though the program predominantly caters to students of economy-related fields, every student who is interested in the course offerings can apply.
After all, the main purpose of a semester abroad is to broaden your horizon and to gain experience. You will attain important competences and improve your soft skills for your future working life.


  • Enrolled at a university
  • Permission of your home university
  • Fluent English
  • Interested in the GoBali courses
  • Open to experience a new culture
  • Travel health insurance

Language Requirements

English language skills are necessary because all lectures are given in English. GoBali does not require a certificate of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL test). Anyhow, there will be facultative advanced courses to improve or brush up your English language skills if needed.

Insurance Requirements

Each GoBali student must have a travel medical insurance for the duration of his stay. This is a requirement of Udayana University as the sponsor for the student visa. Upon request, you need to be able to show a proof of your insurance.

Do you meet the requirements? If so, then you can directly fill out your application form!


Program Structure

A simple and organized structure is the key to a successful semester abroad.
Only choose your concentration and everything else will be organized for you.

Academic Calendar

The GoBali Study Abroad Program takes one semester with 16 weeks of study visit. Summer term takes place from April to July, the winter term from September to December. In the middle of each semester there is a two-week holiday break. The last week of the semester is scheduled for final exams.

Course Structure

The course structure of the GoBali program is simple and clear. It is divided into three parts.
You must choose at least three and a maximum of seven courses.

Basic Subjects

The basic subjects are the same for all students. They provide a basic understanding of economic processes in Asia and Indonesia. The Indonesian language is mandatory for all students and can not be dropped.


One of the concentrations must be selected mandatory. Choose the concentration which is most similar to your studies at your home university. Selection of subjects out of different concentrations is not possible.


The projects are an essential part of the GoBali Program. They give you the opportunity to make experiences with projects and work together with fellow students. The groups will be mixed randomly.

All lectures are given in English. 
Classes can take place every day from Monday to Friday. Mostly classes will take place on four days a week.
 Regular classes and project meetings take place on 3 days a week with compulsory attendance, whereas the fourth day is reserved for the project work with no presence at the university required.

GoBali Courses

Interesting courses with modern content and with the ECTS system, the achieved credit points are quite easy to transfer.

Course Guide

The course guide offers you a detailed course descriptions/syllabus and calculation of the workload for all subjects.

Basic Subjects

They form the basis for understanding the local culture and structures. All these subjects are related to Bali , Indonesia or Asia.

Bahasa Indonesia

The simple Indonesian language structure will bring you instant learning results. You will obtain an intensive introduction to the language by experienced lecturers. Apart from theoretical classes, once a week you will be practicing face-to-face dialogues. This helps you to apply the learned skills outside of the classroom.

Asian Economies

The student will be given an overview and a deeper understanding of the national economies of Asia. Agriculture, Industry, Finance, and the Services Sector. The role of government, development and economic changes, regional and international economic relations, and present economic trends.

Money Management

This course will show how to interface with accounting and finance departments, and helps to understand how firms meet their financial objectives utilizing financial decision-making. 
The course will also explain financial tools and techniques, which can be used to help firms maximize value by improving decisions relating to capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.


You should choose the concentration that comes closest to your studies or interests you most. Click on the “+” to view the subjects’ descriptions.



Good leaders have always been expected to be able to solve problems, capitalize on new opportunities and navigate through the ever-changing landscape of business. Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. The leadership attributes – belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills – are all traits, which can be learned. This course provides the basis for understanding what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful.


The purpose of this course is to prepare a ground where the students view entrepreneurship as a desirable and feasible career option. In particular the course seeks to build the necessary competencies and motivation for a career in entrepreneurship. Practical examples are being used in order to illustrate the topic and arouse students’ interest.

Cross Culture Competence

As an interdisciplinary human resources field, Cross-Cultural Competence Management aims to improve communication, management and interaction of people from different cultures. Increased globalization of the economy, global relocations and cross-border ventures, managing cultural differences can be a key factor in obtaining companies’ objectives.


Logistics and SCM

Students develop the ability to conceptualize, design, and implement supply chains aligned with product, market, and customer characteristics. They assess how internet technologies, dynamic markets, and globalization are impacting supply chain strategies and practices, including logistics, digital coordination of decisions and resources, inventory and risk management, procurement and supply contracting, product and process design, and revenue management.

Instruments for Logistics and SCM

This Supply Chain, Inventory Control and Operations Management program is designed to provide a higher level of competency, confidence and competitiveness in the fields of operations and logistics management. The course covers all organizational and hierarchal responsibilities with an emphasis on planning and control as well as accepted and proven management techniques to provide the highest level of customer service and satisfaction to clients and meaningful return on investment of stakeholders.

Logistics Controlling

Students will learn the importance of logistics as a driving force for process improvements to reduce costs and increase profitability. The course teaches the tools to design logistics processes result-oriented. The methods of value stream analysis and process design will be practiced in case studies. The procedure is made clear by concrete examples and practical exercises on self-selected processes from the circle of participants.

Marketing (starting SS 2017)

International Marketing

Because of advances in technology, increasing international trade, growing global income levels, and a convergence of consumer tastes, companies worldwide must examine their business strategies and tactics with a global perspective. This course introduces a broad array of fundamental concepts and strategies that will enable students to understand these dynamic changes in the global marketing environment.

Brands and Brand Equity

“Brands and Brand Equity” provides a comprehensive review of the fundamental concepts and theories in branding and introduces key concepts, issues and terminology related to creating, nurturing, managing, leveraging, and defending strong brands. Students will learn the many components that make up a brand, the value that brands provide for consumers and firms, how firms create brand equity, and the key decisions that brand managers must make and the challenges they face. This course also combines theory and practice by summarizing and integrating the latest theories and models in branding research and illustrating them with examples from diverse industries, including success and failure of well-known brands.

Developing and Managing Channels of Distribution

This course explores the multi-faceted nature of channels of distribution. The course provides guidelines for how producers of goods and services should cultivate, execute, and manage their go-to-market strategies. They can achieve success by implementing the notion of channel stewardship, and by applying its three main disciplines: mapping the industry channels, building & updating the channel value chain, and aligning & influencing the channel value chain. Managers are guided on whether to pursue direct and/or indirect channels of distribution. The lecturer presents a seven-step framework for building the channel value chain. In aligning & influencing the channel system, students discover the importance of aligning the network of suppliers and intermediaries to address customer needs, and how participating members should be rewarded commensurate with their efforts. Hard and soft power as key influential levers are discussed, and students are also introduced to a four-step alignment process for programming a high-performance channel system. This discipline also involves managing horizontal channel conflict. The course closes with an eCommerce supplement, which discusses how online channel capabilities have caused varying degrees of disruption among certain product categories.
The course contains two interactive illustrations: “Channel Margins,” which provides students with an overview of the effect of markups and margins that are added as the product or service winds its way through the distribution-channel system; and “Channel Profiles,” which enables students to apply the seven-step value chain framework to build a sample distribution system, and to explore three different financial scenarios of a hypothetical company case example.


Tourism Product

As the recipient of tourism, the destination is a key element of the tourism system and provides the focal point for tourism activity and the study of tourism. This course will examine the key issues that must be considered to effectively market the tourism destination. More specifically, the course evaluates:

  • The factors that influence tourists’ destination choices
  • The role that branding, image and promotion play in destination marketing
  • The auditing and management of tourism destinations
  • Marketing tourism destinations in crisis
  • The growing importance of the Internet as a communications and market development tool

Tourism Marketing and Sales

Marketing of Tourism Destinations examines the guidelines for formulating destination-oriented marketing goals and strategies; covers the trend issues and challenges influencing tourism destination marketing and the elements that combine to create an integrated destination marketing system. Further, this course analyzes marketing strategy, sales techniques, promotional tools, and research for hospitality and tourism development.

Sustainability and Tourism

This course is designed to familiarize students with the concept of sustainable tourism and the integration of sustainable business practices into tourism and hotel operations. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate the impacts tourism creates and provide some solutions to mitigate those. Different types of sustainable tourism, including eco tourism will be discussed.

The theoretical knowledge will be illustrated through a variety of case studies from around the world. Field trips will allow students to gain a rare insight into successful business practices.

Grading System / ECTS

The accreditation of courses completed with GoBali is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), facilitating the recognition of study periods abroad. Students can build up their own credit portfolio. ECTS grants that the accomplishments of students at colleges and universities are comparable and transferable. In the GoBali program, 35 ECTS credit points can be earned at most. Accreditation issues should be considered and talked over with your home university well before going abroad.


An attendance of at least 75% is a prerequisite for admission to the exams. The reasons of absence are not important. Compulsory attendance applies to all students from the first day of orientation week. An absence of more than 3 weeks at a time leads to de-registration.

Final Exams

The final exams take place in the last week of studies. An attendance rate of at least 75% is required in order to qualify for the final exams. Basic and concentration subjects will be tested by 60-minute written exams. For the project each group has to hand in a final report and present the outcomes. The results of the exams will be certificated and delivered by international standards.


Students will receive their official certificates from Udayana University in digital form (PDF) approximately 6-8 weeks after the final exams to the email addresses stated in the application. On request, the original certificates can be delivered via DHL Express to the student. This will bring along additional costs, which the students have to bear. The recipient’s address has to be confirmed before the documents are sent.

Exemplary Timetable

This is a sample timetable. The final timetable, depending on the capacities of the university, can be different from this.


9.00 – 10.30

10.45 – 12.15

12.45 – 14.15

14.30 – 16.00


9.00 – 10.30
Bahasa Indonesia

10.45 – 12.15
Asian Economies

12.45 – 14.15

14.30 – 16.00


9.00 – 10.30

10.45 – 12.15
Bahasa Indonesia

12.45 – 14.15
Money Management

14.30 – 16.00
Project Meeting


9.00 – 10.30
Case Studies

10.45 – 12.15

12.45 – 14.15
Bahasa Indonesia

14.30 – 16.00

GoBali Projects

The projects are an essential part of the GoBali program. You can practically apply the theoretically learned.
You get important soft skills and experiences.

What is it about?

GoBali projects offer to students the great opportunity to develop their own business idea and later possibly realize it. The idea must be related to the current environment of the students, which is Bali. As a booming region in Indonesia, Bali offers students numerous opportunities for promising ideas, which may come from students themselves, project partners or professors.

The students work in small groups to develop a holistic business concept from their idea. A business concept consists of complex and interdisciplinary tasks that are to be processed result-oriented and self-responsibly during the semester. Methodologies in the areas of project management and management science have to be learned and applied.

In weekly meetings the students have to present their progress and can get feedback from their supervisor. At the final presentation the students have to present their concept and business plan in order to convince the audience from their idea.

Recent Partners

Surf Yogis
Club Mate
Project Pangia
S2S Crossfit
Bali Recycling
Magic Wave
Bali Green Surf

Advantages of project work

Project work can help students to develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the professional world. Positive group experiences, moreover, have been shown to contribute to learning, retention and overall university success.

Organisational skills

Break complex tasks into parts and steps.

Time management

Plan and manage time.

Comprehension skills

Refine understanding through discussion.

Capacity for teamwork

Give and receive feedback on performance.


Challenge assumptions.

Communication skills

Develop stronger communication skills.

Crosscultural skills

Share diverse perspectives.

Decision making

Visualizing and decision making.

Only a limited number of participants are admitted to the project!