Indonesia (CIMSA-ISMKI) - Banda Aceh, Universitas Syiah Kuala
January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November
Host family, student's hostel
Bring your own white coat and sthetoscope
Students will do the clerkship for Monday-Friday.
There is also possibility to do nightfhifts, depends on the department. The clerkship schedule will be informed on the arrival day.
Raisha Fathima
Raisha Fathima
Umairana -
Banda Aceh (Acehnese: Banda Acèh, Indonesian: Kota Banda Aceh(formerly known as Kutaradja until 1962, is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Sumatra and has an elevation of 35 meters. The city covers an area of 64 square kilometres and had a population of 219,070 people. The city is also dubbed the "port to Mecca," or the "porch of Mecca" (Indonesian: Serambi Mekkah) in reference to the days when hajj pilgrims travelled by sea from Indonesia and would make a stop over in the city before continuing their journey to Mecca. Banda Aceh features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification, with near constant average temperatures. The city's annual average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. However, the city features wetter and drier seasons, with June through August being the driest months of the year. The official language is Indonesian, while visitors from abroad can use English to communicate. As the capital of the Aceh province, Banda Aceh is home to many landmarks important to the history of the Acehnese people and the Sultanates.


In Banda Aceh, we attend our clerkship in the hospital of Zainoel Abidin, locally known as Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Zainoel Abidin (RSUDZA). RSUDZA is one of the cleanest hospital in Indonesia. It has many sophisticated medical instrument also machine. RSUDZA also has a coorporation with Germany. Join the interns as they do their clerkships with Indonesian patients who have real life cases of tropical diseases.


Syiah Kuala University School of Medicine (FK Unsyiah) was established on April 1st 1982. FK Unsyiah has its own building covering an area of 4389 m2 located in the path Tgk Syech Abdul Rauf , Darussalam, Banda Aceh, which was built on an area of 61,650 m2. Meanwhile, the other college buildings in the Complex Regional General Hospital, dr. Zainoel Abidin Banda Aceh, which has an area of approximately 725 m2.


Research : GAP (Global Action Project) Exchange about Filariasis


Pocket money or meals provided by the host family


You will be placed in a student dormitory or host family . The student dormitory only 100 meters from hospital .You can walk from the student dormitory to hospital. The room with single bed, cupboard, toilet, and air conditioner. In a host family you will lives in the house of a Indonesian student and have his/her boarding in the host family.


Getting there

  • Airport transfer
    You can land in Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport and there will be taxis in the airport that can take you to your destination. From the airport a taxi to downtown is officially 70.000 IDR ( 4.80 EUR ). Usually, your contact person will pick you up at the airport.

  • Bus
    You can get the bus on the left of the exit door. A Bus will traffic from Airport – Baiturrahman Mosque. The bus cost is only 20.000 IDR ( 1.37 EUR ). Bus will operates from 6 am until 5 pm.

Getting around

  • To go somewhere you can take labi-labi(public minibuses) which will cost you minimum 3000-5000 IDR ( 0.21-0.34 EUR )

  • Taxi also can take you anywhere you want in town and its vicinity

  • Becaks are a popular means of getting around in Banda Aceh, with short distance and long distance services in place. The cost is depend on your destination. Usually the cost around 10000-30000 IDR ( 0.69-2.06 EUR ). A becak is roughly 30-50% cheaper than a taxi.

  • Bus are particularly useful if you want to save your money


There is no specific period for social programs and does not depend on the amount incoming foreign students. Every incoming foreign students will go to the beaches near Banda Aceh can be found in the nearby area of Lampuuk and Lhoknga or visits Banda Aceh tourism destinations such as Tsunami Museum, Aceh Museum, Gunongan and so on.

Things to see
1. Pendopo
The Governors official Residence, once built by the Dutch in 1880, is a beautiful building. It is near the Aceh Museum.

2. Museum Aceh

This museum provides a good overall view of the history and culture in Aceh. A traditional house is the center piece of the museum. It was built in 1914 by the dutch governor Van Swart. One of many interesting exhibits is the “Chakra Donya”, a big bell presented to Aceh by a Chinese emperor. There are also some interesting graves on the museum grounds. Among them, the grave of the important ruler Sul- tan Iskandar Muda (1607-1636).

3. Gunongan

The Gunongan was built by Sultan Iskandar Muda in the early 1700’s, for his homesick wife, Putri Pahang from Malaysia. Gunongan is to resemble mountain in Malaysia and was used for both recreational purpose as well as to change clothes after swimming in the nearby river. The architecture has Hindu influences.

4. Baiturrahman Great Mosque

Located in the heart of Banda Aceh. The original mosque was built around the twelve century during the Sultan of Iskandar Muda (1607-1636) as a center of religious knowledge within the country. Even from the Middle East, Turkey, India and Persia, students came to Aceh to study. The Mosque’s architecture and interior design is extraordinary. It is also a symbol of braveness of the Acehnese. It has a wide 4.760 square meter Italian marble floor. The Mosque can accomodate up to 9000 people.

5. Tsunami Museum

This museum is located in the center of Banda Aceh city about 1 Kilometer from the Great Mosque. This museum will be functioning as a Tsunami Museum, as a central of Tsunami Research also as a study center about Tsunami disaster. It also as a symbol of the braveness of Acehnese people in facing the biggest disaster that happened in 2004.


6. Pintu Khop Putroe Phang

Pintu Khop was the gate between the Putri Phang Park and the Sultan’s palace. The palace was later destroyed by the Dutch and replaced with Dutch military houses. The park had a pool and also a library where the Sultan used to relax with his wife. It was built by Sultan Iskandar Muda during the golden age of Aceh. It is nearby Gunongan and it was a recreational area for Putroe Phang after swimming.

7. Kerkhof Peucut

Dutch Kerkhoff Poucut Cemetery is a Dutch military burial ground located near the centre of Banda Aceh, next to the Tsunami Museum. The cemetery name is a combination of Kerkhof (Dutch for churchyard or graveyard) and poucut or poteu cut (Acehnese for prince). The Kerkhoff Poucut is recorded as the largest Dutch military cemetery outside the Netherlands. There are around 2,200 graves of white Dutch soldiers as well as recruits from Ambon, Manado and Java, and several Dutch generals.

8. PLTD Apung

PLDT Apung(Floating Diesel Power Station) with the weight of 780 tons is one of the main tourist attraction since the 2004 tsunami. Today, this power station is providing electricity power to Banda Aceh. It is located in the village of Punge Blang Cut in sub-district Meuraxa, Banda Aceh.

9. Lampuuk Beach

10. Ulee Lheue Beach

11. Lhoknga Beach

12. Whitesand Beach

13. Suhom Waterfall

14. Sabang Island


Many of the patients use Acehnese Language which is a local language and is completely different with the national language, but many of them can use the official language. It is mandatory in our hospital to use a long non-jeans trouser/skirt and long-sleeved shirt with collar + white coat when you attending the clerkship.

Respect all doctors and hospital staffs.

It is mandatory to wear hijab/veil for female students.


Please respect the praying time by not making any noises.