Indonesia (CIMSA-ISMKI) - Surabaya, Universitas Airlangga
anasthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, forensic medicine, gynecology/obstetrics, internal medicine-cardiology, internal medicine-endocrinology, internal medicine-gastroenterology, internal medicine-general, internal medicine-tropical medicine, paediatrics, urology
July, August, September
Host family and student hostel
Bring your own stethoscope
Aditya Wisnu wardhana
ulaa haniifah

Brief History

The earliest record of Surabaya was in a 1225 book written by Zhao Rugua, in which it was called Jung-ya-lu, the ancient name of Surabaya. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Surabaya was a sultanate and a major political and military power in eastern Java but then was captured by the fierce Sultanate of Mataram that control almost the whole Java island. In November 1743 the East Indies Companies took over Surabaya from weakened Mataram making it a major trading site and the largest naval base under the Dutch colonial government. The Dutch control the city of Surabaya until the insurgence of Japan in 1942. Japan surrender to the Allies because of the bombs encouraging the Indonesian nationalist to seize the city.

However, the young nation was soon put into conflict with the British, who were caretakers of the Dutch colony after the surrender of the Japanese. The Battle of Surabaya, one of the most important battles of the Indonesian revolution, started after the killing of the British Brigadier Mallaby on October 30, 1945 near Jembatan Merah (the "Red Bridge"), allegedly by a stray bullet. The Allies gave an ultimatum to the republicans inside the city to surrender, but they refused. The ensuing battle, which cost thousands of lives, took place on November 10, which Indonesians subsequently celebrate as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan). The incident of the red-white flag (the Dutch national red-white-and-blue flag at the top of Yamato Hotel's tower that was torn into the Indonesian red-white flag) by Bung Tomo is also recorded as a heroic feat during the struggle of this city.

The Goverment issued a decree about the establishment date of Surabaya, The decree set the date for May 31, 1293 as the date of the anniversary of the city of Surabaya. The date is determined on an agreement established by a group of historians that the name of Surabaya City Government is derived from the "Sura ing Bhaya 'meaning" courage to face danger, "is taken from the round defeat of the Mongol army led by Raden Wijaya Java forces on May 31, 1293. 


Like many cities in Indonesia, Surabaya features a tropical wet and dry climate. The city’s wet season starts from November to June, while the dry season covers the remaining five months. The city has an average high and low temperatures that are very consistent throughout the course of the year, with an average high temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius and average low temperatures of around 26 degrees Celsius. What you need to know is Surabaya has a humidity level of 90% (most of the time) so even if the temperature is like summer months from your origin country, the humidity is something you should be prepared for. People here sweat almost throughout the day so you might need to bring antiperspirant or buy it here so you don’t sweat as much. Sun screen lotion is a must; bug-repellent is a recommendation; while rain coat or umbrella is optional.

Introduction to the City

As the main seaport and commercial center in the eastern region of Indonesia, Surabaya has become one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Today, Surabaya's population is around three million, and the surrounding sub-urban area houses at least 7 million. The areas surrounding Surabaya include: Lamongan to the northwest, Gresik to the west, Bangkalan to the northeast, Sidoarjo to the south, and Mojokerto and Jombang to the southwest. Gresik, Bangkalan, Mojokerto, Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Lamongan as an area is called as Gerbang kertosusila. Surabaya is a major shopping destination for Indonesians, with several large multi-level shopping malls and is the home to the Eastern Fleet, one of two fleets in the Indonesian Navy. Its strong maritime heritage is also reflected in the Submarine Monument, a retired Russian submarine.

On Wednesday, 10 June 2009 the Suramadu Bridge, between Surabaya and the island of Madura, was completed, and it is currently the longest bridge in the country. Madura can also be accessed by a ferry service that operates regularly from Surabaya's port, Tanjung Perak (which literally means: "Silver Cape" in Indonesian). In June 2011, Surabaya got the Adipura Kencana Award as number one among 20 cities in Indonesia. Surabaya today has some wide sidewalks and with many cleans and green parks.



Faculty of Medicine Universitas Airlangga is one of the oldest and the most prestigious medical faculty in Indonesia. Our campus is proudly located in the heart of the vibrant Surabaya, which is the second largest city in Indonesia. Our school is located just next to dentistry faculty at Prof. Dr. Moestopo 47 Surabaya, the complex called Campus A. We have been applying PBL (Problem Based Learning) curriculum for learning model since year of 2000 and had been turned to a competency-based curriculum since 2005. Tropical Disease, Disaster Management and Research are three main interests of our school. We have 6 different education programs; they are Doctor Education, Midwifery Education, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Medical Analyst and Traditional Medicine.


You will be working in RSUD Dr. Soetomo (Dr. Soetomo General Hospital), which is the second largest state-owned hospital in the country and also the main referral hospital in the eastern region of Indonesia. The hospital has polyclinics, surgery center building and a diagnostic center building. There will be countless diseases that are being treated here ranging from the common tropical disease (which is one of our specialties) until the most complicated and chronic diseases you can find every disease you can imagine here.  As for the surgical department we also have the most advanced equipment with the most skillful doctors, even people from medical school all around Indonesia would be lucky to be placed in any surgical departments here. The hospital is officially functional since the year of 2010 and became the first teaching hospital owned by the university in Indonesia, but until right now all the teaching activities still take place in Dr. Soetomo General Hospital. Our university also has Tropical Disease and Infection Hospital next to the teaching hospital, and the Tropical Disease Institute.

We provide you with the largest selection of departments you can choose as a promising exchange.

You will be placed in either student hostel or in a host family (you will be notified before your arrival in Surabaya).

The city is served by Juanda International Airport. For trains, the city has several stations. They are Surabaya Kota (better known as Semut), Pasar Turi, and Gubeng. The main bus terminal is Purabaya (also known as Bungurasih, the area where it is located). 

For transportation in the city, you can take becak (tricycle), bemo (like Tuk-Tuk in Thailand), or just cab. The cab fare is cheap, and the traffic in Surabaya is not that crowded, so it’s most comfortable to take the cab. The price for Bemo is only 3000 rupiah but it’s not comfortable because they don’t have an air conditioning in the car, and for becak it depends on the distance you want to travel, but usually the becak driver set the price high for the tourist, so you have to bargain to get the price you want! 


1. Bromo Mountain

Located 4 hours hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, the magnificent Mt Bromo will not disappoint with its spectacular views and dramatic landscapes. At 2392 meters tall, Mt Bromo is not among the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. 

From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang. visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mt Bromo. From this spot the vista is magnificent. All you will hear is the click of cameras as visitors snap their camera’s hoping to capture the incredible scene of Mt Bromo in the foreground with Mt Semeru smoking in the distance and the sun shining brightly, quickly rising in the sky.    

The eerie landscape has spurned countless legends and myths. Mt Bromo has particular significance for the Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. The people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.

2. Trowulan Site

The Trowulan site is the only city site of the Hindu-Budha classical age in Indonesia that can still be found. The site covers an area of 11 km x 9 km, which includes the Districts of Trowulan and Sooko within the Regency of Mojokerto and the Districts of Mojoagung and Mojowarno under the Jombang Regency. The site of the former capital city of the Majapahit Kingdom was built on flat terrains at the foot of three mountains, namely the Penanggungan, Welirang, and Anjasmara Mountain. Geographically, the Trowulan area was suitable for human settlement since it was supported by plane topography with relatively shallow ground water. Hundreds of thousands of archaeological remnants of the old city in the Trowulan Site were found buried underground as well as on the surface in the form of: artifacts, eco-facts, and features.

3. Cuban Rondo Waterfall

Coban Rondo waterfall is a beautiful waterfall on the slope of Mount Panderman resort that is about 32 km to the west from Malang, it is very interesting to see and visit. The height of waterfall is about 60 meter. Visitor can find and enjoy beautiful panorama and peaceful impression around the waterfall.

4. Taman Safari Indonesia II – Prigen

This tourism object is located at Jatiarjo village Prigen district. This natural preserve is the branch of Cisarua - Bogor natural preserve. As the natural wild life, preserve Taman Safari Indonesia collects various wild animals. This wildlife preserve is 295 hectares, the wild animal such as: lion tiger, wild buffalo, komodo, rhinoceros, bison that live in open area. Lies at the slope of Mt. Arjuno 800 – 1.500-meter sea level cover 340 ha and divided three zones. Wild life zone, place for visitor observing a natural wild life.

5. Batu Secret Zoo

One of the largest and most complete animals collection from all over the world, Batu Secret Zoo is a must-visit list when you are in Batu. Located inside the Jawa Timur Park 2, not only that you can enjoy the nature’s beauty creations, but also can learn more about the animals including dinosaurs in the zoo museum. Here you can see different concepts about the zoo in Batu by combining arts, techs, and science especially in animals.

6. Yogyakarta

From the all-night shadow-puppet performances to the bold and socially aware graffiti covering many a wall, Yogyakarta, the cultural and spiritual capital of Java, Indonesia, is above all a city of art and culture. Yes, we also arrange our social program trip as far as Yogyakarta, because we know very well that Surabaya can be explored in just matter of days, so to spice things up we can go to Yogyakarta for the weekend. We will visit Borobudur and Prambanan temple, the renowned Malioboro street, and Pindul Cave.


1. Ampel (Arabic Town) 

Ampel is a famous destination for religion and culinary tourism. It has a mosque which called Masjid Sunan Ampel, and tombs- including Sunan Ampel’s Tomb. Ampel is also known as Arab quarter or Kampung Arab, because the largest population of the people who live 

in this area is Arabians. Here, we can see the unique arabic’s house which covered with curtain made from bamboo and the architecture at this area majority is colonial architecture. 

2. Pakuwon Food Festival 

This is the heaven on earth for the food lovers. In this place you can find any kind of Indonesian Foods, especially Surabaya’s own cuisine. This place opens from evening till midnite. This place also has many kind of entertainment such as bumper car, becak (Indonesian Style Tricycle), and many more. 

3. Mirota Batik 

Mirota is one of the largest souvenirs and batik shop in Surabaya. The price is affordable and it is more comfortable than to shop in traditional market. Located in Sulawesi Street no. 24, which is still in the heart of Surabaya and quite near from the Dr. Soetomo General Hospital. 

4. House of Sampoerna 

Located in ‘old Surabaya’, this stately dutch colonial style compound was built in 1858 and is now a preserved historical site.used as an orphanage manage by the Dutch, then it was purchased in 1932 by Liem Seeng Tee, the 

founder of Sampoerna, with the intent of it being used as Sampoerna’s first major cigarette production facility. You can see the workers making a hand-made cigarette if you come to this place during the morning to afternoon, and it also has the bus facility that can take you on a tour around Surabaya. 

5. Submarine Monument (Monumen Kapal Selam) 

This full-scale submarine monument was built in 1995 as a tribute to the nation’s maritime legacy. Known locally as MonKaSel. The submarine has 7 chambers, including 2 torpedo bays; two engine rooms, two lounges, and the command centre. This submarine monument is open for tours throughout the week. 

6. Tugu Pahlawan 

The Heroes Monument is dedicated to the fallen heroes of Surabaya during the independence war of 1945-1949. Although there are many military statues in and around Surabaya, The Tugu Pahlawan is certainly the most imposing. The monument stands majestically in Taman Kebonrojo in Central Surabaya. 

7. Al-Akbar Mosque 

Al-Akbar Mosque was built on land covering 11,2 hectares, constitutes of 25.509 sqm building with the capacity of 28.209 sqm. This mosque was projected to embodied concept of mosque in a universal meaning, as islamic center for multidimensional roles with religious, cultural, educative mission, including religion attraction to develop Islam world. This mosque is another landmark of Surabaya and symbolically enriching the Moslem world and to beautify Surabaya image for foreign countries. This mosque also has a tower which you can go to and see Surabaya's view from high-heights! Beautiful!

You must submit the visiting form (we will give you the form) from our dean to secure your place in the department after you received our CA.