Indonesian Studies

Monash University has been teaching Indonesian for over half a century and we are constantly exploring new and innovative approaches to engage students with Australia’s biggest neighbour. Through the use of online materials, one of Australia’s biggest Indonesian library connections, and links to music, translation, film, and international studies, students are offered a broad range of opportunities to develop an understanding of Indonesia and the wider world of Southeast Asia.

Available as a major or minor.

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What is it?

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest and most diverse nations. With over 240 million people and more than seventeen thousand islands, it is of great cultural, political and economic interest to the countries of the Asia Pacific region.

In particular, countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Australia have a rich and complex relationship with Indonesia.

At Monash, the study of Indonesia’s language and culture is centred on developing flexible approaches to intercultural communication for academic and practical purposes. The knowledge and skills acquired in the study of Indonesian, therefore, are applicable to a broad range of interests in encountering and communicating with cultures other than your own.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

Studying Indonesian in Indonesia

Along with general travel opportunities at Monash, there will be a number of opportunities to study language and culture in Indonesia. Programs are available for a single semester or as a full year depending on the design of your major and course. Monash is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-country’ Indonesian Study which has specialist in-country programs in language, journalism, development studies and education. We also have a long-standing relationship with Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta where many of our students have joined mainstream classes in the area of their choice.

Entry Levels

Indonesian has three entry levels: Introductory, intermediate and proficient.

If you have not studied Indonesian in the past, you can start at introductory. For those who have studied it at school of gained knowledge in some other way, you can take an online entry level test. The results will tell you which level you should enrol in.

Find out what your entry level would be...