Bali is the most well-known island of Indonesia, mainly because it has luscious beaches, beautiful green plants and trees, breath-taking volcanoes, and lots of wildlife. The island is in the Indian Ocean, nearest to Java and Lombok.

Indonesia is often called the “Islands of the gods,” and Bali is the favorite child of the gods. It’s one of the most popular vacation destinations and has been for a long time. The scenery is nice, but what really makes Bali unique are the Balinese people — they’re some of the nicest and most welcoming people.

Bali is a very spiritual place, thanks to the heavy influence of the Buddhist and Hindu religions. It makes its way into every facet of lift — art, sculptures, pop culture, dances, and most public areas.

Placement overview

Elective International in Indonesia has partnered with elements of the local healthcare system to provide you with the option of doing your elective placement at a government provincial level hospital. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the most commonly accessed tiers of the Indonesian healthcare system and experience firsthand the challenges faced by local healthcare providers.


The EI presence in Indonesia is set up to provide mentors for each of our elective programs in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, and dentistry. EI mentors are carefully selected. They have extensive knowledge in their respective fields and we encourage you to take advantage of this. The setting is generally affable. We believe this bridges a gap and fosters optimal learning. Enthusiasm and a pro-active approach to your elective get you the most out of your mentors.

Health Care Overview

The Indonesian health system has marked regional inequalities. 55% of Indonesia's 240 million people live in rural areas spread across 6,000 islands. Healthcare is most developed on the main island of Java, home to roughly 50% of the population. Budgetary pressures mean the government concentrates on providing primary care and basic hospital services. Management of health services has devolved to regional governments lacking experience and proper funding. As a stopgap measure, the central government is actively promoting the growth of private healthcare at secondary and tertiary levels. Average life expectancy in Indonesia is almost 71 years (2009) and is low compared with that in developed nations and is also below that in neighboring countries. The country has faced polio and measles outbreaks among children. It is also battling an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. A 2008 UN report on the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Asia identified Indonesia as the country with the fastest-growing rate of infection. Indonesia has recorded 134 human deaths from avian influenza, which is more than any other country. Other diseases, such as chikungunya also pose challenges. Smoking-related diseases are a problem. In 2005 the World Health Organization reported an estimated 30% of the adult population as habitual smokers. Lifestyle diseases associated with rising incomes remain a secondary concern.


Top ten causes of morbidity and mortality in Indonesia


Coronary heart diseases

Influenza & pneumonia


Lung disease


Diabetes Mellitus

Road Traffic accidents


Lung Cancer

Low birth weight

Residence,food and staff


On arrival, we will be there at the airport to pick you up and take you to your housing facilities. Followed by a small refreshment time we will take you through an orientation session to help acquaint you with the people, culture, and life in the town.


The EI residences in Bali are safe, spacious and comfortable, each with a large communal area as well as private suites. The residence is in a prime location, close to one of the island’s leading shopping districts and at walking distance from the island’s stunning beaches. All meals are included in your placement. Our Indonesian staff are a friendly and knowledgeable lot who will take you around and make sure you get the most out of your time.


Transport services are provided to and from the hospital. However, in cases where accommodation facilities are arranged close to elective areas then a short walk across to the placement location does the trick. Once your program ends, transport is provided to the airport before we see you off.

Indonesia requires 6 months in advance applications submissions 

Due to Indonesia's strict hospital rules and regulations, we require all participants to submit their complete application and paperwork 6 months in advance. 

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