UI’s Academic Year begins in early September and ends in June. It is divided into two semesters: Even and Odd. The academic calendar is published every year. If you do not obtain the copy, you are advised to search in the university’s website. Note that the Odd and Even semesters are each sixteen weeks long and each followed by an examination period.
You may find the Indonesian classroom more relaxed than in your country. Most of professors who give lectures provide time for questions and discussion. In some classes a part of your grade may be based on your participation in meaningful discussion. Read the syllabus to find out for sure what percentage of your grade is based on in all components. Always arrive before time for the class to begin. If occasionally you have to arrive late, slip in quietly and be seated. Offer an explanation to the professor after class. If you must be absent for illness or other reasons, try to secure a letter from medical doctor and ask your classmate to deliver it to your professor when possible. To ensure that you will not miss the lesson taught on the day you were absent, ask a classmate to share his/her notes with you.
A syllabus is an outline of or a statement concerning a course of study. For each class you take at UI, you will receive a syllabus from the professor. Read your syllabi carefully, and do not lose them! Syllabi are important since they list classroom policies, meeting place and time, examination dates, required texts, etc.
Indonesian universities are on semester systems with each semester lasting for about sixteen weeks. To give an example of credit: in a semester system a student normally enrolls in 18 to 24 credit hours per semester. Usually you will be allowed to take 24 credits in one semester if you have achieved a minimum grade of 3.0 (of 4.0 scale) for the previous semester.
Grading System and Grade Point Average (GPA)
UI uses the letter grades A, B, C, D, and F to show degrees of success and failure in courses. We also use the symbols + and – to indicate high and low degrees of those letter grades. See the “Grading Policies” section of the Faculty Catalog for more details. No credit is awarded for the grade of F.
|*Not Counted in GPA Calculation
** Scu Only Counted
*** No SCUs
Many courses will have a comprehensive final exam. In some courses this exam may be a very high percentage of the final grade. Read the course syllabus carefully. In the Odd and Even semesters a special period and schedule are set aside for Final Exams-do not make plans to leave the country on a date before this week has ended.
Toward the end of the second year and before the student is registering for the third year, the student must declare a major. This means that the student has selected a particular discipline as an area in which to complete deeper study. Some programs even set major from the first year. Many departments also offer the option for a designated minor.
A transcript is an official copy of record of the academic activities of a student while at UI. If you should choose to transfer, you would need a transcript. Upon graduation when you seek employment or admission to graduate school, you will need a transcript. Direktorat Pendidikan (Registrar Office) issues transcripts.