International Students’ Experience of Studying at Indonesian Universities

A Systematic Review


  • Restuning Widiasih
  • Yanti Hermayanti
  • Ermiati



Culture, Education system, Experience, International Students, Health Services, Language


This article reports a systematic review of articles published between 2009 and 2019 focusing specifically on the experiences of international students studying at Indonesian universities. We used such international databases as PubMed and CINAHL, and a national database, SINTA. The articles abstracted in such databases were screened out using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. The analysis of the six selected articles found that international students studying in Indonesia encountered such challenges as cultural adaptations, language problems, and differences in the educational system. The international students also experienced health care systems different from those of their home country. This empirical evidence suggests that prospective international students who plan to study in Indonesia should be well-informed of both academic and non-academic matters that they may encounter or they may have to anticipate.

Author Biographies

Restuning Widiasih

Restuning Widiasih (penulis korespondensi) adalah dosen senior dan peneliti di Departemen Keperawatan Maternitas, Fakultas Keperawatan, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Bidang penelitian penulis meliputi pendidikan, pendidikan keperawatan, keperawatan dan inovasi kesehatan, kesehatan perempuan dan keperawatan maternitas. Email:

Restuning Widiasih (corresponding author) is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Maternity Nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Her research interests include adult education, nursing education, nursing and health innovations, women’s health, and maternity nursing. Email:

Yanti Hermayanti

Yanti Hermayanti adalah dosen senior di Departemen Keperawatan Maternitas, Fakultas Keperawatan, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Fokus penelitian penulis meliputi pendidikan, kesehatan perempuan terutama di bidang kanker dan keperawatan maternitas. Email:

Yanti Hermayanti is a senior lecturer in the Department of Maternity Nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Her research interests lie in education, women’s health (cancer), and maternity nursing. Email:


Ermiati adalah dosen senior dan peneliti di Departemen Keperawatan Maternitas, Fakultas Keperawatan, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. Fokus kajian penulis mencakup pendidikan keperawatan, kesehatan reproduksi remaja dan keperawatan maternitas. Email:

Ermiati is a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Maternity Nursing at Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. She is interested in researching nursing education, adolescent reproductive health, and maternity nursing. Email:


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How to Cite

Widiasih, R., Hermayanti, Y., & Ermiati. (2020). International Students’ Experience of Studying at Indonesian Universities: A Systematic Review. Journal of International Students, 10(S3), 24–43.