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Indonesia Language & Culture Program

RUILI Programs

The Lombok and Kupang Indonesia Language & Culture Programs are annual intensive in-country language programs that are run by the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI) in collaboration with local partners, the Mataram Lingua Franca Institute (MaLFI) and Nusa Cendana University (UNDANA) in Kupang, West Timor.

The program is divided into three week units (2 blocks of 3-weeks in Lombok, one block of 3 weeks in Kupang), so students can choose to study for either three weeks or six weeks. Each three week period covers material equivalent to one unit of study at UTAS and gains the same credit as one or two units studied in Australia. These units can be counted towards degrees, majors, minors, etc. in the same way as other UTAS units. They are also available to students enrolled at other institutions through cross-institutional enrolment, as well as to those not currently enrolled at university. In each period there are four levels of study available, providing eight levels across the two periods. These levels vary from absolute beginner to advanced learning.

The program gives students the opportunity to study Indonesian in an immersive environment where they use lessons learnt in the classroom on a daily basis in interaction with the local population around them. The supportive staff of MaLFI, UNDANA and Australian Resident Directors work hard to provide interesting cultural activities, including excursions, and seek to help you develop not only a better understanding of Indonesian language, but also Indonesian ways of life.

Please note that all participants in the program must be 18 years or over.

RUILI is a consortium of four Australian regional universities—the University of Tasmania, Charles Darwin University, the University of New England, and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Please refer to the RUILI In-Country Program website for details on the application process, as well as a more detailed description of the program, including costs, course overview, accommodation, visas, and pre-departure information.

Program Dates

There are two sessions: the Summer and Winter sessions. The Summer session starts in early January, and students can choose to study for 3 weeks or 6 weeks. Depending on interests, we might offer Winter session that runs for three weeks at the end of June. University of Tasmania also coordinates Conservation Field Trip that usually runs in November.  For further information for these programs, including deadline and application process, please visit RUILI In-Country Program.

Financial assistance is available through OS Help. Check the eligibility and conditions and apply if it suits your needs. (For more details refer to the Commonwealth Government's guidelines)

New Colombo Plan

Mobility Scholarships ($3000) and limited College of Arts, Law and Education scholarships (up to $1000) may be available to eligible students. You will be automatically assessed for eligibility at the time of application.

Students who receive payments from Centrelink (such as Youth Allowance) should be eligible to receive these payments whilst on the Short Term Program but it is vital that you contact Centrelink to verify this.

Please note, however, that Centrelink will cease payments if a student leaves Australia more than 6 weeks before the commencement of their studies overseas. Payments will not be reinstated until the student physically re-enters the country. Please visit the Centrelink website for further details.

To find out more, please email:

Study in Indonesia is not limited to the Lombok and Kupang programs in Indonesian language. Note the Indonesia Field Trip: Bali & Sumatra "Environmental & Cultural Conservation as well as the diverse range of discipline areas that can be studied through the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). More information on UTAS offerings is available at ACICIS consortium.