Welcome to Indonesian at UNE! We cater for a range of proficiency levels from complete beginners to native speakers. You can find the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in which you can study Indonesian here at UNE below. We've also listed our units. Off-campus students study the same material as on-campus ones, submit the same assignments and sit the same exams.

As part of your Indonesian studies, you can choose to spend one or two trimesters overseas in Indonesia. In-country study is compulsory in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, and the Bachelor of International and Language Studies. You can find out more below.

Here are some excellent reasons to study Indonesian with us:

  • Indonesian at UNE is highly experienced in flexible delivery modes including weekly virtual classes.
  • Our students can study both on-campus and off-campus.
  • We have low student/staff ratios and offer a more personal experience.
  • We rank highly for student satisfaction.
  • We offer a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Our staff are highly qualified and respected.
  • Graduate career prospects are great.
Why study Indonesian at UNE?

Indonesian at UNE uses multimedia teaching materials and methods, which make learning Indonesian a more engaging, interactive, and hence more effective, experience. We offer online virtual classroom teaching, where students can see and interact with the tutor and other students to boost oral performance and minimise feelings of isolation. We also provide face-to-face intensive classes at UNE Sydney in Parramatta. Short-term (three intensive weeks per unit in January/February and June/July) and longer-term (1 or 2 trimesters) in-country study is also available.

We use the new interactive online version of The Indonesian Way textbook along with other in-house materials.  These online materials are also being used at top universities around the globe. This means that the UNE is using cutting edge, world class materials, developed specifically for online and distance learners.

Indonesian gives you access to one of the most interesting and important areas of the world.

Indonesia is spread over more than 13,000 islands and has a population of approximately 240 million. Over 500 languages are spoken in this area, and there are at least as many different ethnic groups. It is the largest Muslim country in the world, but also has significant Christian, Hindu and Buddhist populations. Because of its size and location, it is an important member of the international community. As a travel destination, Indonesia is an enjoyable and affordable place to visit. These days thousands of Australians visit Indonesian regions such as Bali, Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi islands annually, and thousands more live happily in Indonesia.

Indonesian is easier for beginners than many other languages

It is relatively easy for beginners to reach a general level of competence in Indonesian. It uses a 'phonetic' Latin alphabet, has no tenses or conjugation of verbs, or many of the other grammatical features that can make initial progress in a foreign language difficult, although mastering its affixes may require some extra work at formal higher levels.

Indonesian is a form of Malay (generally, speakers of Indonesian can communicate with Malay speakers), a language spoken in a number of other countries. Malay is the national language of Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. It is also spoken by minority communities in Southern Thailand and other areas of the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I have no prior background in Indonesian language. Can I study Indonesian from scratch?
A:  Yes! In fact, our first year programme is designed for absolute beginners.

Q:  I did HSC Indonesian/have studied Indonesian before. Where do I fit in?
A:  If you have done HSC (or equivalent) in Indonesian, you will start Indonesian at second year level. If you have studied elsewhere, you can get credit and start at a higher level (depending on the extent of your previous study).

Q:  Can I study Indonesian at UNE as an off-campus student?
A:  Yes! The majority of our students study off-campus. We use a variety of resources to help our students learn Indonesian online, including interactive materials, optional residential schools, online resources (including interactive chat sessions and online classrooms).

Q:  Can I become a competent speaker of Indonesian through studying off-campus?
A:  Yes! Our on-campus and off-campus students sit the same exams and there is no difference in standards. Of course, high level fluency can only come through some form of immersion - we recommend that our advanced students take intensive courses in-country. We also offer in-country summer short courses.

Q:  Can I study Indonesia as part of a UNE degree?
A:  Yes! UNE is a member of the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) which runs 6-12 month programmes at the prestigious Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta and the Muhammadiyah University in Malang. UNE also gives credit for recognised short-term programmes (4-6 weeks) in cities such as Padang, Jakarta, Salatiga and Denpasar.

In-country language study

You can study in Indonesia as part of your degree. UNE has exchange agreements with universities in Indonesia for in-country study which can be credited to UNE degrees.

If you enrol in the Indonesian major in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies), or the Bachelor of International Studies, you can choose to spend one or two trimesters studying a language in-country.

If you enrol in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, or the Bachelor of International and Language Studies, it is compulsory to undertake in-country study.

Indonesian also has six units specific to in-country language study: INDN111, INDN112, INDN211, INDN212, INDN311, and INDN312. Students usually enrol in these units to undertake intensive 3-week blocks of study in January and/or February in Mataram, Lombok Island.

To find out more about in-country study programs

The universities with which UNE has agreements or bilateral exchange agreements are:

Find out more about overseas language study

Undergraduate courses

Indonesian can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study Indonesian as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study Indonesian

Postgraduate courses

Indonesian can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate research

Find out more about Higher Degree Research


Indonesian Units

The Indonesian major

Units to be taken in an Indonesian major are detailed for each course (see the Course and Unit Catalogue). As a general rule students complete INDN101, INDN102, INDN201, INDN202, INDN301 and INDN302 plus two additional units chosen from a list of Indonesian language, culture and in-country study units (INDN211, INDN212, INDN311, INDN312). Those students with substantial prior knowledge of Indonesian, equivalent to HSC 2 unit continuers, should commence with INDN201 and complete four additional units from the second list, while Indonesian or Malay native speakers should commence with INDN301 and complete six units from the second list. If students are in doubt as to the unit they should start with, they should consult the Discipline Convenor to take a placement test.


Indonesian can get you a job. The number of students studying Indonesian in Australia is currently critically low. Graduates in Indonesian language are in demand and find work in:

  • government agencies
  • the education sector (schools)
  • the Australian Defence Force
  • customs and immigration
  • consultancies
  • non-government organisations
  • as well as other private companies in Australia and Indonesia
Partnerships and networks


For more information about studying Indonesian at UNE, please contact:

Dr Zi Adnan
Convenor of Indonesian

Senior Lecturer (Indonesian)
School of Arts
University of New England

Telephone (02) 6773 3516 International: +61 2 6773 3516
Facsimile (02) 6773 2623 International: +61 2 6773 2623