Studying at Gadjah Mada University
Gadjah Mada University (known as "UGM" for short), located in the college city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is the country's largest and oldest institute of higher learning. The huge 882 acre campus accommodates over 150,000 students.
The Faculty of Medicine at UGM has a specially designed 6-year International Program well-suited for foreign students. UGM is listed on IMED FAIMER, that means the MD degree is recognized in many countries including the United States. Students graduating from Gadjah Mada can directly write the USMLE exams and apply for residency in the United States. (Complete career pathway).
The total program length is 6 years. Out of that, 3.5 years are the theory years, and 2.5 years are for clerkships (clinical rotations). You get a Bachelor of Medicine degree at the end of the 3.5 years and an MD degree when you complete the entire 6 years. The entire program is in the English language but keep in mind that basic knowledge of the Indonesian language will be necessary when dealing with patients. The Indonesian language is easy to learn and written in the English alphabet. It is a good idea to take a week or so of Indonesian language classes in Yogyakarta some time after admission and before the start of classes, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Like most modern med schools, UGM uses a mix of PBL-based tutorials, lectures, hands-on clinical skills labs, field trips, and other labs (such as Anatomy, Pharmacology, etc.) A block-based system is used. Each block is 6 weeks in length and there are 6 blocks a year. Instead of a final exam at the end of the semester, there is a block final at the end of every 6 week block. This ensures that things move quickly but stay organized at the same time. There is an OSCE at the end of every year for the first three years.
Applying to UGM
Applications are open on UGM's website usually from February to May. There is an admission test in Kuala Lumpur however MCAT or undergrad is not required (high school is sufficient). Full requirements for admission.
Life in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta feels like a medium-sized city. There are some malls and several decent cinemas. There isn't a whole lot in terms of nightlife but there is an endless supply (a few thousand probably) of restaurants of various types. The climate is tropical with many warm sunny days and tropical showers that follow a wet and dry season for about half a year each. Very few people speak English.