Fluent Indonesian speakers are in high demand in both the public and private sectors. Indonesia is:
The Indonesian program develops students' skills in all four skill sets -reading, writing, speaking and listening - and caters to all levels from beginner to advanced. In addition to on campus classes, students can choose to experience language immersion in Indonesia through in-country study.
The Indonesian program at UTAS aims at developing a deep understanding of not only the language, but the society and culture behind it, through a diverse range of studies units covering modern society, literature, politics and popular culture. Units include Indonesian Literature and its Social Context and Political and Social Change in Contemporary Indonesia.
Student can study a major in Indonesian (eight units or a third of a bachelors degree) or can study individual units as a elective.
With significant government, trade and tourism ties, an understanding of the language, culture and society of Indonesia prepares our graduates for work in a variety of fields in Australia and in the region. Our graduates have been very successful in applying for competitive scholarships and placements across Indonesia. One graduate is an Indonesian-speaking journalist and reporter with the ABC.
Demonstrated language skills will enhance any career and open options for work overseas. Language learning can also equip you with communication and cultural skills that are welcomed in many professions. Here are some examples:
UTAS participates in an in-country program for six weeks during the summer break at University of Mataram, on the beautiful island of Lombok in Indonesia. Intensive language programs are offered here during spring/summer at all levels and students complete assessment which is credited to UTAS units at home.
"I was very impressed with the ability displayed by the teachers; they used sight, sound and touch to help us learn, we listened to readings, we played with words, and we visited cultural places."
"Being part of the Mataram university and wider community. Being made feel so welcome. Vastly improving my Indonesian and also my understanding of Indonesian culture."
"The whole immersion aspect of the program; making a visit to Sasak Village Sade near Kuta Lombok and meeting local people there. Some of these people were those we had learned about in class - returned guest workers and a community adapting to rapid social change. It was valuable because it gave a human face to the lessons."
There are additional opportunities through the ACICIS program for students to study in Indonesia on a longer-term exchange program. Students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships supporting in-country programs.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
13 November, 2012