Enrol in an in-country Indonesian language program that gives you immersion-in-culture and daily interaction with people.
Supportive local university teachers integrate rigorous coursework with interesting cultural activities and excursions. Rewarding experiences living in the community, whilst studying, will enrich your understanding of the Indonesian language and way of life.
The University of Tasmania in conjunction with Charles Darwin University, the University of New England, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Mataram University offers intensive language programs in Lombok, Indonesia.
The in-country programs are offered at 8 levels, from total beginners to advanced. Choose to study one unit over three weeks, or two units consecutively over six weeks.
UTAS and other students can gain credit towards their degree program. Available also to people not currently studying at university.
Please note that all participants must be 18 years or over.
Term One: 6-24 January 2014 (for those who enrolled in Level 1/3/5/7)
Term Two: 27 January - 14 February 2014 (for those who enrolled in Level 2/4/6/8)
Registration period: 1 July - 6 October 2013 (the online registration will not accept late registration)
Deadline for providing all required information and paying the administration fee: 6 October 2013
Visa application to be sent by the individual student/participant to the Visa Office: 23 October - 23 November 2013
Here are some comments from returning students from the 2011 program on which cultural experience/field trips they found valuable and why.
"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."
"Lombok is an interesting island. Very cultural and very Islam, however that was not a problem as most of us tried very hard to respect all local customs."
"The trip to the village school was very good, mainly to see how people really live in the country."
"I think heading to the local markets and bargining with local people. I also enjoyed learing about the coral reefs, the children of the village were great to practice with."
"Visiting the fishing village - the children took us and showed us their school, then they showed us where the fish farm belonging to the village was - then they swung on a rope and jumped in with the fish!! a bit of a worry - they showed us the snails on the side walls of the fish farm and explained that they ate them. The old man in the village who was carving a canoe/boat from a fallen capok trunk. The committee of fishermen who had approached the Govt. and received money to turn their village into a tourist attraction, and how they were reseeding coral reefs that in a previous age they had blown up to catch the fish!! How they were having all the children taught English so that they had a better start in life. This village was proactive - and that was good to see."