Based on Malay, Indonesian is closely related to the national languages of three other Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore, thus giving access to more than 200 million people on Australia's doorstep.
Understand one of your closest neighbours
Indonesia’s geographic proximity and strategic importance to Australia make it vital to understand its people, politics, history, languages and culture. Indonesia is culturally diverse, comprising hundreds of different ethnic groups and languages with rich literary traditions, spread over thousands of islands.
You’ll take a placement test to make sure you’re in the right class for your level, but you won’t just have the opportunity to learn how to communicate in Indonesian in a range of social and professional contexts – you’ll be able to explore Indonesian history, contemporary culture, politics and society. There are lots of opportunities to study in Indonesia as part of your studies, either through intensive in-country subjects, on exchange or through study abroad programs.
Where can Indonesian studies take you?
When you complete your Indonesian Studies, you’ll have in-depth knowledge of Indonesia and its cultural and social practices, and have developed the skills to work and communicate with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds – an asset in any workplace. You might apply your skills in a variety of careers, including diplomacy, international trade and cooperation, humanitarian aid, defence, intercultural communication, social project management, education, translation, media and journalism, tourism and the creative industries.
You’ll need to create an account and apply for your chosen course before taking the language questionnaire and placement test.
Visit your chosen course page and begin the application process.
3. Online placement test
The language questionnaire and online placement test makes sure you're placed in the right class for your ability and background in Indonesian. It's important to note that you should not study for this test or get a friend to take it for you as it will assess your current ability. Your test results will determine what level class you're placed in.
Once you have completed your placement test, you will be placed in one of the below entry points:
Indonesian Studies 1 entry point
Students who have never studied Indonesian before or have only rudimentary knowledge of the language usually enter the progression at Indonesian 1.
Indonesian Studies 3 entry point
Students who have completed VCE Indonesian (Second Language), Standard IB Indonesian or have an equivalent language level usually enter the progression at Indonesian 3.
Indonesian Studies 5 entry point
Students who perform at an advanced level in Indonesian, for example those who have completed VCE Indonesian (First Language) or have lived or studied in Indonesia, usually enter at Indonesian 5.
Advanced Indonesian entry point
Students with a very advanced level of language study, including for example those who attended several years of Indonesian or Malay medium school or have worked several years in an Indonesian or Malay speaking environment would normally enter the Advanced Indonesian entry point. The Advanced Indonesian entry point is only available as a minor.
Enhance your study of Indonesian
Overseas intensive subjects offer you the opportunity to complete an entire Indonesian Studies subject overseas in a condensed amount of time. Subjects typically run from one to four weeks.