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Indonesia has captivated students from across the sea to expand their insights for its diverse languages, cultures, and tourisms. This opportunity encourages the government to constantly promote Indonesia throughout education. Hence, Indonesia begins to be the referral college to continue study in higher education to hold bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Furthermore, universities and schools in Indonesia strive to hold international programs, events and activities to incite international participants to join in.

Universitas Negeri Malang (UM), as one of the pioneers of ex-teacher training college, gradually improves its quality both in academic and non-academic. By adding elements of language and cultures in every line of education, UM endeavours to achieve its goal to be one of the leading universities and a reputable college, nationally and internationally. The growing number of its international students each year and its local students winning many international competitions and awards, UM proves itself to contribute to global education continuously.

However, current emergency global conditions caused by COVID-19 pandemic are unpredictable. It imposes on Indonesia and almost all countries in the world to limit our moves and activities, even ban domestic and international travels. This situation forces us to do most things online to obey the physical distancing obligations for everyone’s health and safety.

In provision for spreading its wings worldwide, virtual and/or physical, UM through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers various degree and non-degree programs. Successfully held some international non-degree programs such as UM iCamp, OALS (presently REALS), and other international flagship programs, UM this year is to launch a new international program, namely Universitas Negeri Malang International Festival (UM iFest), to introduce and elevate knowledge about Indonesian languages, cultures, and tourisms through international virtual workshop and creativity festival, as a substitute for the annual UM iCamp event.


In order to enhance global education at international level in a virtual and/or practical approach in the contribution of widely promoting Indonesian cultures and tourisms, especially Malang, UM through the Office of International Affairs offers UM iFest program. UM iFest is an online competition and workshop program for overseas students. The program is instituted to provide an online competition and workshops to expose Indonesian languages, cultures, and tourisms, particularly Malang.

UM iFest consists of online workshops and competitions. Some topics of online workshops are projected to be the program courses. Moreover, there are several online competitions to be hosted: vlog about Indonesian language and cultures (dancing, singing original/ cover, poetry, etc.), short-story writing (all the masterpieces will be compiled in a UM iFest book), Instagram TV, and Indonesian song video clip.

Designed to globally unmask the wonderful of Indonesian language, cultures, and tourisms, especially Malang, UM iFest presents the tagline “Broaden Your Vistas, Embrace Cultural Diversity” to excite overseas students to bear witness to Indonesia, the homeland of diverse languages, cultures, and tourisms.


  • To introduce Indonesian cultures, especially Malang, to international;
  • To give excellent and memorable services that could inspire the overseas students as a candidate agent to promote Indonesia;
  • To broaden the international exposure activities in Universitas Negeri Malang;
  • To advance the reciprocity of international partnership initiation
  • To endorse the potential tourism of Malang City
  • To promote the education quality of Indonesia, especially Universitas Negeri Malang, to students from across the globe.


For each category will receive a prize:

1st place: $250

2nd place: $200

3rd place: $150


Short Video - VLOG

Make a YouTube VLOG about “Language, Culture and Culinary of Indonesia”

Click here for further information.

Short Story Writing (Only for UM iCamp alumni)

Write a short story about Language & Culture, or Tourism in Indonesia

Click here for further information.

Instagram TV (IG TV)

Create your IG TV about UM iFest 2020

Click here for further information.

Indonesian Song Video Clip

Sing Indonesian song, unleash your creativity.

Click here for further information.

Competition Registration

Important Dates.

Registration: 10 August – 5 October 2020

Project submission deadline : 10 October 2020

Project submission link:

Announcement : 15 October 2020
18 October 2020(DIES NATALIS UM)

Workshop Registration

Important Dates.

Registration: 10 August – 17 September 2020

Workshops: 21 – 25 September 2020

Online Workshops

Indonesia 1O1

Indonesia is the homeland of diverse cultures, traditions, and languages. Each region has its own local tradition and language. To unite the nations, Bahasa Indonesia is chosen to be the official and national language of Indonesia.

Tourism in Indonesia - Hidden Tourism Objects in Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest Archipelago in the world. So far, Bali is known as the most famous destination to foreign tourists. Nevertheless, Indonesia is not only about Bali. There are still other fascinating hidden tourism objects in Indonesia. Let’s find the treasures in the workshop!

Indonesian Culinary

In Indonesia, particularly Malang, Indonesian traditional street foods are easy to find. Exploring various of Indonesian traditional street foods will be fun! In this workshop, you will not only watch and see, but also try to make one in your kitchen.

Indonesian Traditional Songs and Musics

Exploring songs and music from other countries with different languages is not something new in this era. Even so, have you ever thought about exploring the traditional ones? They are really fascinating yet full of meaning.

Indonesian Traditional Dance

Indonesia has a number of traditional dances in every corner of Indonesia. In this workshop, you will see some dancers performing their movements. Together with you, we will practice it while learning. Enjoy the dance!

Workshops Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

What is UM iFest?

UM iFest is an online competition program and workshop for overseas students.

What is the aim of this program?

The program aims to provide overseas fellows to learn Indonesian language, cultures, and tourisms.

Who can join UM iFest?

All non-Indonesian citizenship from any country are eligible to join.

How to apply to this event?

Applicants fill the registration form in (for the workshop). Then, they will get an email of acceptance.

When is the registration deadline?

The registration will be closed on 5 October 2020.

Is this program free?

Yes, this program is free since all of the programs will be online-based.

Is one participant allowed to join more than one competition?

No, he is not. One participant can only join one competition.

Are participants who do not join the workshops allowed to join the competition?

Yes, they are allowed.

I am not a student. Am I allowed to participate?

Yes, you can. This event is open for all non-Indonesian.

I am an Indonesian. Can I apply for UM iFest?

No, you cannot. UM iFest is only for non-Indonesian citizenship.

Can we make a team to join the competition or it must be individual?

All competitions should be individual, except for Video Clip Indonesian Song.

I was a participant of UM iCamp 2017/2018/2019. Can I apply for UM iFest?

Answer: Yes, you can. The alumni of UM iCamp 2016/2017/2018/2019 CAN join UM iFest

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