• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code INDN-SPEC
Indonesian Language and Culture Specialisation

This specialisation develops students' ability to communicate in a culturally and socially appropriate manner in Indonesian—the national language of Australia's close neighbour, and a language with well over 200 million speakers. The specialisation emphasises the importance of cultural as well as linguistic fluency from the introductory level onwards and stresses the functional and situational use of the language in everyday life. Not only will students be able to converse on topics of relevance and interest to Indonesian speakers, but they will be able to read and write the language as it appears in the media and in literature.

Students in this specialisation are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Indonesia. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer or winter breaks, or through a year of study in the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students. 

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed, or a course that is a lower level than a course they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a proficiency assessment.


Career opportunities

This specialisation will advance your career in language-related and cross-cultural work in government and non-government organisations, language technologies or as an independent language practitioner or researcher.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and produce the set of standard Indonesian phonemes and use patterns of stress and intonation.
  2. Use an active vocabulary of around 1600 words.
  3. Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures that enable them to converse and write extended passages on a wide range of non-technical topics, as well as to read short authentic non-technical texts with vocabulary support consisting of concise word lists.
  4. Converse and write on a wide range of concrete everyday topics as well as on social-cultural topics such as human rights, learning styles, and Indonesia-Australia relations.
  5. Demonstrate a cultural understanding of a wide range of concrete everyday topics, as well as of Indonesian perceptions and practices regarding such topics as ethnic diversity, tackling law reform, and traditional versus modern medicine.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. 

Relevant past experience includes:

  • Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
  • Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
  • Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  • The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)

Students who are not sure if they need to take a proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. 

Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Back to the top


This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

INDN6002 - Indonesian 3 (6 units)

INDN6003 - Indonesian 4 (6 units)

INDN6102 - Indonesian 1 (6 units)

INDN6103 - Indonesian 2 (6 units)

INDN6104 - Advanced Indonesian: History and Development of the Language (6 units)

INDN6015 - Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English (6 units)

INDN6502 - Indonesian 5 (6 units)

INDN6503 - Indonesian 6 (6 units)

INDN6525 - Learning Language Locally: Indonesia (12 units)

ASIA6083 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A (6 units)

ASIA6108 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

LANG6001 - Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts (6 units)

LANG6002 - Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials (6 units)

LANG8016 - Translation Project (6 units)

Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions