ISI Padangpanjang is a state university, which is focused on teaching the arts of the Malay and Minangkabau Cultures. Formally established in 1965 as ‘AkademiSeniKarawitan Indonesia'(ASKI) and then’SekolahTinggiSeni Indonesia'(STSI), ISI



It is our hope to make ISI Padangpanjang as the part of universities of international standard that produces competitive, innovative, and productive graduates in international level and has professional lecturers and official staffs. And to create ISI Padangpanjang and to create ISI Padangpanjang as the university of international standard, we have taken a strategic step through the administration of Darmasiswa program of Indonesia.
Darmasiswa is a program that its studies learn and develop particularly about Malay art and culture and Indonesian language. The existence of this program is an embryo for foreign students who will continue their studies in the regular program of ISI Padangpanjang. The enrolment of Darmasiswa students has become the fixed agenda of ISI Padangpanjang in every year.
This activity is aimed at stimulating the growth of international atmosphere in the milieu of academic civitas, especially in the circle of students. Through the graduates or alumni of Darmasiswa of ISI Padangpanjang as fast and comprehensive promotion, ISI Padangpanjang will be known and recognized in international level.
Best Regard
Dr. FebriYulika, S.Ag., M. Hum


  1. Faculty of Performing Arts (Karawitan, Dance, Music, Antrophology, Music Film, Make-Up Education Vocational, Minangkabau Dance, Malay Dance and Theatre)
  2. Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (Traditional Crafts, Fine Arts, Television and Film, Visual Communication Design, Tourism, Product Design, Mode Design,Crafts Education, Animation, Media Production and Photography)
  3. Post Graduate Studies (Arts Creation and Arts Research, Study of Humanity, Arts Education, and Arts Creation for Applied Master)



Padangpanjang is located at an altitude of more than 700 meters above sea level making the air temperature cool. The beauty of Padangpanjang is amplified by the three mountains surrounding the city namely Mt. Merapi, Mt. Singgalang and Mt. Tandikek, making Padangpanjang a great place to study.

Campus facilities include a Performance Building with a capacity
of 800 seats, Theatre Building, Studio, Craft Workshops, Library, Mosque etc. The campus is located on Bahder Johan street, Padangpanjang and is within walking distance to the nearby
markets, bus terminal, post office, bank etc.

With a distance of +60 km from the Airport, ISI Padangpanjang can be reached within a two-hour journey by car or bus. It is only a +30 minute ridefrom the city of Bukittinggi. The local community around campus also provides lodging / boarding houses for students, with a price of IDR. 1.000,000 -1.500,000 / room per month.

Padangpanjang is known as the city of ‘SerambiMekkah’ or ‘Veranda of Mecca’. The Islamic atmosphere can be easily seen in the city, such as the many mosques, reciting of Al Qur’an verses from the mosques, many Pesantren / Islamic Schools, the dominance of Muslim dress such as women wearing veils, and the presence of Arabic calligraphy etc


The Padangpanjang community lives in an atmosphere and environment with strong teachings of Islam. Open dress / exposed genitalia / acting with shame is despised in society. Drinking alcohol and narcotics is also prohibited. Like the rest of West Sumatra, the people of Padangpanjang are friendly and are always welcome to guests. In the daily life of the Minangkabau majority society of Padangpanjang, the people, besides complying with regulations set by the government, also adhere to traditional customs. In some areas of West Sumatra called nagari, which are found around the city of Padangpanjang, strong customary laws are still found and obeyed. If there are people who violate these customs, then the traditional laws will be enforced. These laws have been passed down through the generations of families in each nagari.


During the time of studying at ISI Padangpanjang, Darmasiswa students can choose from two study programs, Performing Arts or Fine Arts and Design.


The Performing Arts Program consists of:

1. Semester One
a. Bahasa IndonesiaPenuturAsing (BIPA)

Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world. And bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia.Therefore, the majority of Indonesian people speak Bahasa Indonesia, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world


b. Silat (Traditional Minangkabau Martial Arts)

Silat or silek (BahasaMinangkabau) is a full-body fighting form of martial arts incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry. Every part of the body is used and subject to attack. Pencaksilat was practiced not only for physical defense but also for psychological ends. Many areas of Indonesia have its own forms of silat, but SilatMinangkabau is among the oldest and well known. As with the music, each area of West Sumatra has its own forms of Silat. Among some of the oldest and most traditional are SilekTuo (Old Silat), SilekHarimau (Tiger Silat), and SilekBuayo(CrocodileSilat).


c. Talempong (Minangkabau Music using small gongs)

Talempong is a traditional music of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra played on kettle gongs. The term can refer to the instrument, the ensemble, or the genre of music and consists of interlocking rhythms. Talempong can be used to play a wide variety of music, traditional and modern, and each area of West Sumatra has its own form, techniques, and sounds.


2. Semester Two

a. Bahasa IndonesiaPenuturAsing (BIPA)

Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world. And bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia.Therefore, the majority of Indonesian people speak Bahasa Indonesia, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

b. Gandang (Minangkabau Drums / Percussion)

Gandang is the generic name of the drum/percussion instruments of Minangkabau. These percussion instruments range in size, shape, and form. Some are traditionally played solo while others are played as an ensemble. A few types of Gandang include, GandangTambua, GandangTasa, and Gandangkatindiak.

c. Randai

Randaiis a folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group which incorporates music, singing, dance, drama and the martial art of Silat. Randai is usually performed for traditional ceremonies and festivals. It is performed as a theater-in-the- round to achieve an equality and unity between audience members and the performers. Randaiperformances are a synthesis of alternating martial arts dances, songs, and acted scenes. Stories are delivered by both the acting and the singing and mostly based upon Minangkabau legends and folktales. Randai originated early in the 20th century out of fusion of local martial arts, story-telling and other performance traditions. Men originally played both the male and female characters in the story, but since the 1960s women have also participated.


The Fine Arts and Craft Program consists of:

1. Semester One
a. Bahasa IndonesiaPenuturAsing (BIPA)

Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world. And bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia.Therefore, the majority of Indonesian people speak Bahasa Indonesia, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

b. Batik

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing traditionally found across Indonesia.Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resistant wax with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artist to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.

c. OrnamenMinangkabau (Motive Design)

Minangkabau ornament is a science that studies ornamental motifs or varieties in Minangkabau Malay culture. These motifs are widely used throughout Minangkabau and Malay cultures and can be found in traditional textiles, clothing, architecture, and in other fields of the Minangkabau people’s daily lives.


2. Semester Two
a. Bahasa IndonesiaPenuturAsing (BIPA)

Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world. And bahasa Indonesia is the national language of Indonesia.Therefore, the majority of Indonesian people speak Bahasa Indonesia, making it one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

b. Ilustration

Illustration forDarmasiswa students is a course with an emphasis on drawing practice activities. Basic drawing exercises in the form of introducing basic techniques using pencils, colored pencils, and pens. Illustrative content related to local cultural introductions, as well as telling experiences while in Indonesia through comics.

c. Ethnic Crafts

Minangkabau Ethnic Crafts is a superior subject at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design with the output of Minangkabau handicrafts consisting of ceramic crafts, textile crafts, wood crafts, metal crafts, and woven crafts.

d. Gastronomy of Minangkabau

Gastronomy of Minangkabau learns about Minangkabau special foods and drinks such as Randang, CancangGulai, ItiakLadoIjau, Niro, Talua Tea, as regional cultural identity in Minangkabau, further students will learn the history of Minangkabau special foods and drinks, cooking preparation, cooking methods food and drink making, presentation, ethics in enjoying food, and its relationship with culture.


• The subjects above are part of a study packet/program
• There will be a minimum of 12 and maximum of 14 meetings within the semester (including exams)
• Results of study will be given in the form of FAIR (55-69), GOOD (70-84), EXCELLENT(85-100)
• First semester of study will start on September until December (subject to change)
• Second semester of study will start February until Augustus (subject to change)
• Darmasiswa Orientation will be attended by all parties of the Darmasiswa program
• Darmasiswa students who join regular academic classes are required to purchase all materials and tools needed individually



The class of Indonesian Language will be a combined class with all Darmasiswa Students from Faculty of Performing Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts and Design
Besides these two programs Darmasiswa students are free to join regular classes with the permission of the Lecturer and International Office. However, any study needs or materials are the responsibility of the students and there are certain requirements that will need to be met.



During your first few days in Padangpanjang there are some things that need to be done before you can start studying. These activities include, but are not limited to:
1. Taking photos for Immigration and Police needs
2. Getting to know Padangpanjang (Tour of the Markets and surrounding area)
3. Reporting to the Police Office
4. Meeting Teachers and Leaders of ISI Padangpanjang
5. Introduction to the International Office
6. Campus Tour
7. Immigration Visit and Process



The processing of immigration documents such as extension of stay, change of visa type, exit and multiple re-entry permits can only be performed at the Class II Bukittinggi Immigration Office located in Baso, Agam district about 40 km from the campus of ISI Padangpanjang. To make sure the immigration process is as efficient as possible it is hoped all students will:
1. Be using a 60-day visa upon arrival in Padangpanjang
2. Prepare passport photos
3. Take the time to fill out forms and take pictures and fingerprints at the Immigration office
4. Be patient. The Immigration process takes time.
In addition to the initial immigration process, all students are required to process their ‘Exit Permit Only’ at the Bukittinggi Immigration office before departing to go home at the end of the program. This is a compulsory requirement for Immigration and if not completed will lead to legal consequences including not being allowed to return to Indonesia again.



1. Dress modestly and don’t wear extreme clothes and accessories
2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs
3. Comply with the rules enforced in the Community, both Government Laws and Traditional laws
4. Do not live with members of the opposite sex outside of marriage
5. Comply with all applicable academic regulations on campus at ISI Padangpanjang
6. Choose a boarding house located around the campus, so that access to communications and activities related to your courses and extra-curricular activities can be followed properly and optimally.
Besides these, there are some Academic and Non-Academic regulations that must be noted.


Academic and Non-Academic Regulations for Darmasiswa Students
Institute Seni Indonesia Padangpanjang

Academic Regulations
1. Campus Conduct:
a. Clothing:

• Enclosed shoes must be worn
in class
• No sleeveless tops
• Neat and tidy wear (Collared Shirts, Long Pants. No shorts, no short skirts etc).
• Phones must be turned off or on silent in class.

2. Attendance:

a. Failure to attend 75% or more classes in a month will result in scholarship not being given in the following month.
b. Certificate will only be awarded with attendance of 75% or more classes during the semester.
c. All tasks and work must be completed before the end of semester.
d. Allowed reasons for absence:
– Sickness (with a doctors letter)
– Visit from Parents or Family (maximum 1 week)
– Other valid reason with permission of International Office

3. Study Process:

a. Not permitted to change course of study or place of study
b. Not permitted to leave Indonesia during study period
c. Allowed to leave Indonesia 1 (one) time only during academic holiday
d. In addition to compulsory subjects, participants may join regular classes with the permission of the lecturer. However, all materials and needs for the class are the responsibility of the participant.
e. All participants must perform their learned material/exhibit their work at the end of each semester.
f. Participants studying in Faculty of Performing Arts may borrow needed costume from campus for a period of one month. Thereafter a costume must be purchased for use for practice in and outside of class.
g. Participants studying in Faculty of Fine Arts and Design will be provided tools and materials for use of completing work. However, all work will remain the property of ISI Padangpanjang unless materials are purchased individually.

4. Sanctions:

Upon an academic violation, the participant will be warned of the offence. If the offending participant repeats a violation, he/she will receive an official warning in writing (SP1). Upon a third violation the participant will receive a second letter (SP2) resulting in the scholarship being stopped and not allowed to take exams/assessments.


Non-academic Regulations
1. Law:

a. Obey the regulations and laws of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
b. Obey the regulations and provisions of the University
c. Not permitted to work/search for a living while studying in Indonesia
d. Not involved in any political or criminal activities
e. Not involved in any activities involving the use/ buying/ selling of drugs

2. Social

a. Not allowed to bring family while studying even at your own expenses
b. No immoral actions
c. Cannot be pregnant during the program
d. Must be able to adapt and interact well with the local environment
e. Not permitted to do activities that involve indoctrination of peoples beliefs or values
f. Must live within 1,5kilometres of ISI Padangpanjang.
g. Not allowed to live with members of the opposite sex.
h. Must be active on campus, and join campus activities and events

3. Sanction:

A violation of these legal and social regulations will result in an official warning letter (SP1). Any further violations will result in a second warning letter (SP2) and deportation.


Financial Regulations

1. Scholarship will be given to the participant for a maximum of 12 months (for 12 month program). The issue of the scholarship is counted from first arrival of the participant in Indonesia until the end of the study program.
2. The scholarship will be given to the participant at the beginning of each month.
3. The scholarship will only be given while the participant is in Indonesia.
4. The scholarship will not be given in the following month, if attendance of study in the previous month is less than 75%.



Arrival. Pick up from Airport (BIM).
Padang to Padangpanjang
• Photo for Immigration/Police Needs
• Orientation: Markets and surrounding areas
• Free Time
• (Finding Accommodation)
• Welcome, Introduction to University Management, Lecturers, Students
• Orientation: Regulations, Subjects, and Schedule
• Free Time
• (Find Accommodation)
Check Out and move to New
Accommodation (kosan)
• Meeting with Police
• Meeting with Immigration
• Lunch
• Orientation: Campus
• (Faculty and Performance and Exhibition Building)
• Orientation: Campus
• (Departments and Classes)
• Subject Registration and
• Final Paperwork
• Free Time



After almost four years of studying and working in different regions of Indonesia, I was really excited to get the opportunity to live in and study the culture of West Sumatra. The Minangkabau people and culture has had an important and strong role in the history of Indonesia with many great early leaders of the nation coming from West Sumatra. It was with great excitement that I came to study at ISI Padangpanjang. I was looking to deepen my understanding of Indonesia and its many different ethnic groups, and I definitely was able to do that during my time here.
I soon realized that the best way to make the most of my time at ISI was to live as locally as I possibly could. With a little bit of effort to learn both Indonesian and Minangkabau languages, making friends from diverse local groups and involving myself in activities on and off campus, I was able to experience a lot of things I never have in other parts of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Java, and Kalimantan.
By being active on campus, not only participating in our Darmasiswa classes, but attending and involving my self in events, and even participating in exams and extra curricular performances I became great friends with students and lecturers from all departments across the campus. Out side campus I was also able to be involved in local events as well as exploring the many differing traditions of the other cities and villages surrounding Padangpanjang.
This would be my advice to any future Darmasiswa student at ISI Padangpanjang. Be involved, be active, and be local. You will be rewarded with experiences that are far beyond those of other students and tourist that come to Indonesia for holidays and short visits.