Do’s and Don’ts
In Campus Life
- Please queue patiently in order to be served by our campus staffs. The staffs have to serve a lot of people and you will be helped as soon as possible.
- Office hours are from 7.15 am to 4 pm. However, when students need some assistance, they should come between 9am to 1 pm. This gives the staffs time to handle other routine tasks.
- Kindly dress semi formally to attend lectures or to visit offices.
- kindly dress formalli if you are invited for events held in campus.
- Be sure to smile when you meet people you know. Javanese people appreciate a ‘polite smile’.
- Bending down a bit when passing a group of older people is considered polite.
- In Indonesia, when you address some one, it would considered more polite if you use these specific terms before mentioning the name : Bapak (Pak) for Mr, Ibu (Bu) for Mrs, Mas for young man, and Mbak for Miss/ young woman.
- Ask a taxi driver to use argo meter before getting in. Some drivers will give you a specific tariff for the ride without using argo meter. you can then bargaing
- Give some tips for any special services. Tipping is not a normal practice in Indonesia but is often expected for any special services. Someone who carries yor bag or guides you arround a tourist attraction will axpect a tip. Taxi drivers expect you to round the fare up to the next thousand rupiahs. Hotel porters expect a few thousand rupiahs per bag.
- Many daily purchases normally require bargaining but considering the current economic turmoil it might be kind not to take this bargaining too far.
- Start to bargain at one third of offered price. you might then arrive at a reasonable/fair price.
- Separate your rupiah into a few stacks instead of having to taking out the whole stock when paying your bill in restaurants, discos, shops, etc.
- Always keep your spare and extra $ with the hotel reseption or safety box.
- Only use credit cards in hotels, restaurants and shops, but not for daily expenses.
In Campus Life
- Don’t smoke in classrooms, offices, and public places.
- Don’t be involved in political activities
- Don’t work. Your purpose here is to study.
- Don’t wear non-sleeve shirts, T-shirts, short pants, and sandals in classrooms and offices.
- Don’t put your hands on your hips during conversation with Indonesians since this is considered impolite/insulting.
- Don’t demonstrate affection in public.
- Don’t do impolite things in sacred places.
- Don’t put your feet up on tables or chairs, or use them to point with.
- Don’t be angry when someone on the same sex holds your hands or walks arm to arm, it’s the Indonesian way of showing a friendly relationship.
- Don’t hesitate to reject the merchants trying to sell things to you. You might refuse by saying “saya tidak perlu.” (I don’t need it) or just said “tidak” (No).
- Don’t be offended when people ask you personal questions. It’s just the way they show friendliness and you don’t have to answer the question if you don’t want to.