Indonesia Inquiry

Formal Language Study

March 27, 2011 Language Learning Travel & Living Abroad 0

The following post is geared towards foreign travelers, students, and expatriates:

Indonesian or Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia.  It is widely spoken throughout the country.  Whether visiting for a short period or staying for an extended amount of time, learning Indonesian will reap many personal and professional benefits.

Also know that there are hundreds of other languages in the country as well.  Check out Ethnologue’s detailed report on the many languages used in Indonesia at or see Wikipedia and its entry on the national language:

If you are interested in formal language study, the following resources might be helpful:

* Alam Bahasa Indonesia (formerly Puri Indonesian Language Plus):

Online and in-person classes available. Flexible schedules. Excellent value.


* Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS):

The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS – pronounced Ah-chee-chis, as an Indonesian would say it) is an innovative, non-profit, national educational consortium that was established in 1994 to develop and coordinate high-quality, semester-long study programs at Indonesian partner universities for Australian university students.


* Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian and Malay (COTIM):

COTIM is an Indonesian Study Abroad summer program at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Salatiga, Indonesia.


* The Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Service (INCULS):

INCULS is located at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University (GMU), and offers regular, intensive, and individual programs.


* Indonesian Scholarship – Darmasiswa RI Program:

DARMASISWA is a scholarship program offered to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationships with Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia, arts, music and crafts. Participants can choose one of 45 different universities located in different cities in Indonesia. This program is organized by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).


* Language Institute of Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta:

The Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course (ILCIC) programs are designed for foreigners who intend to learn the Indonesian language through immersion in the culture of the people speaking the language. Specific intensive programs are designed for beginners as well as participants who intend to continue their study. Other programs are especially tailored for expatriates who plan to work in Indonesia or who wish to improve their communicative skills in using Indonesian at their workplaces.


* Lembaga Bahasa Colorado:

LB Colorado offers intensive Indonesian language courses for students with moderate, little or even no proficiency in the language. Students will undertake a placement test on their first day of language training to determine their level of proficiency. If required students may progress through all levels offered by LB Colorado. The length of the study depends on the students’ individual competence and requirements.


* Puri Bahasa Indonesia (PBI):

This center offers weekly and monthly classes from beginner to advanced. The center can also help you find housing: boarding house, hotel, a homestay with an Indonesian family, etc. The center can help with the visa process, too.


* Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI):

SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. It has been held since 1983 and hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994-1995 and then since 2000. Instruction is offered for academic credit in nine languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.


* The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Summer Studies Language Program:

USINDO runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students selected in a competitive application process.