Travel

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to, from and between Malaysia and Indonesia. Students are strongly advised not to make travel bookings until you have received official notification from Sydney Law School that you have been accepted into the program.

Students are responsible for organising their own travel insurance. Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all students. Students will not be permitted to participate in the program if proof of valid travel insurance is not provided.

It is recommended that your travel insurance policy provides comprehensive coverage for medical expenses incurred overseas, loss of personal items such as laptops, and personal liability coverage. You should ensure that you are covered for cancellation costs in the unlikely event that the program is cancelled.

Australian citizens are advised to register their travel and contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at https://www.orao.dfat.gov.au prior to leaving Australia.

Getting Around

The Indonesian component is conducted on the campus of Universitas Gadjah Mada, the oldest and largest university in Indonesia. Daily transport between the hotel and the campus is provided. The hotel is conveniently located to many sites of interest. It is easy and cheap to get around by taxi.

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia’s cultural and artistic centres, and hosts more universities than any other Indonesian city. The main tourist drag is Malioboro Street (or Jalan Malioboro in Indonesian). Here you will find lots of souvenir shops and stalls and the Beingharjo market. This is the place to buy batik. Here you can also arrange to see Wayang puppet and Gamelan performances. South of Jalan Malioboro is the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton), the Water Castle (Tama Sari) and the Bird Market (Pasar Ngasem). To the north of the city looms Mount Merapi, an active volcano that erupts every few years.

During the stay in Malaysia, the accomodation is close to the city centre and easily accessible by public transport and taxi. Transport to and from campus will be by metro and/or coach.

Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small Chinese tin mining village to a bustling metropolis where historic temples and mosques sit alongside space-age towers and shopping malls. KL is a bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. This cultural diversity has lead to KL’s justly deserved reputation as a gastronomical paradise and you will have ample opportunity to sample the delicacies on offer. KL boasts some of Southeast Asia’s tallest skyscrapers and you will be able to enjoy the superb panorama the city has to offer from one of the many observation decks.

Visas

Australian citizens do not need a visa to travel to Malaysia. Permanent residents or citizens of other countries studying in Australia, should refer to the Malaysian Embassy website for further details: www.malaysia.org.au/travel5.html.

For Indonesia, students must obtain a Social-Cultural (Sosial Budaya) Visa from their local Indonesian embassy or consulate. Please note that the University of Sydney through Gadjah Mada University, will provide enrolled students with a letter to support your application.

Further information on how to apply for the visa will be provided upon successful application for admission to the course. Students are responsible for obtaining any visas they require and the University of Sydney accepts no responsibility if a student is unable to obtain a visa.

Health and Safety

Students are encouraged to seek their own independent advice about their health and safety in Indonesia and Malaysia. We also require that students visit Smart Traveller and find information about Indonesia and Malaysia there. We require that students visit their doctor before taking this course. There are several matters you should discuss with your doctor, including whether you should be vaccinated. Indonesian cities are generally very polluted, and Yogyakarta is no exception. If you have any respiratory illnesses, please consult your doctor.

What follows are general pointers that have served us well for many years in-country. Dengue fever is a mosquito born disease that you can catch in both Jakarta and KL. You need to bring or buy DEET-based insect repellent and wear it constantly. Some people find wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and socks helpful to prevent being bitten.

Don’t drink water from the tap in Yogyakarta and be careful of food to ensure that it has not been washed in tap water. Most students prefer to buy bottled drinks. If you want to drink tap water, it must be boiled for 10 minutes before consumption.

Students should be aware that diarrhoea is commonly encountered by visitors to Indonesia and Malaysia. The food provided by the hotels and host institutions are very unlikely to make you sick, but you should take care when eating at roadside stalls. It’s always best to buy food that has been recently cooked. Students should consider bringing Imodium or other anti-diarrhoeal medication.

Travel Warnings

The program coordinators will continuously review conditions in Indonesia and Malaysia to be satisfied that it is safe for the Winter School to be conducted. In its assessment, the Winter School will be guided by its local partners, who have extensive knowledge and expertise about local conditions; the travel advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and relevant University of Sydney policies. The Winter School will be cancelled, and all student fees refunded, if it is determined that it is not possible to safely proceed with the Field School. Students are advised, however, that they are ultimately responsible for making their own decisions about participating in the program. In the event of cancellation, the University of Sydney will not be responsible for any travel costs incurred, and it is strongly recommended that you consider this when purchasing your travel insurance and ensuring you have appropriate cover.