Frequently asked Questions about Indonesian Studies

Can I study Indonesian if I am not a student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences?

There are four ways in which you can study Indonesian if you are not a student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

  1. The degree program you are enrolled in may allow you to take a major or a number of units of study outside your home faculty. If you are a student in Economics and Business, for example, it is normally possible to take a full major sequence in Indonesian as part of your degree. In other degree programs, it may only be possible to study Indonesian for one or two years, depending on the number and type of units of study which are prescribed for your degree. In all cases, you need to consult the faculty office for your particular degree, if you are unsure about what the requirements of your degree are.
  2. If there is not enough room in your degree, a Diploma of Languages (available on HECS) can be taken in conjunction with any degree program offered outside the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A Diploma of Languages allows you to complete a full Indonesian major in addition to your degree, and is a valuable addition to your university study program.
  3. If you are not enrolled in the university, but are a graduate of the University of Sydney or another university, you can also take the Diploma of Languages (available on HECS).
  4. If you do not qualify for the Diploma of Languages, you may choose to do individual Indonesian language units of study on a non-award basis.

For further details contact the Chair of Indonesian Studies.

I studied HSC Indonesian, but it was several years ago. Can I enrol in Indonesian 1A?

In this, or in any case where it is not obvious from the unit of study descriptions provided in the Arts Faculty Handbook which Indonesian unit(s) you should enrol in, you should contact the Chair of Indonesian Studies to make an appointment to discuss your options (and possibly undertake a short placement test). You can enter the program at any point which you and the chair decide seems appropriate to your background and experience. Placement is always flexible, and can be varied in the first two weeks of classes.

I am a background speaker of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) or Malay (Bahasa Melayu). Can I do Indonesian?

Yes, you can take on a few units or do a whole major or Diploma of Languages (available on HECS), combining four advanced studies units and two Indonesia-related English-language units of study from Asian Studies. Make an appointment with the Chair of Indonesian Studies to discuss your options.

I have a timetable clash. What should I do?

Timetable clashes are common, so don’t despair. On the other hand, be aware that if you have too many unresolvable clashes, it simply may not be possible for you to do the combination of units of study you have selected. In Indonesian, we generally do not offer repeat classes at times other than those specified in the timetable. If out of four contact hours you have an unavoidable clash with another unit of study for one hour, it is usually possible to “manage” the clash, depending on the type of class which you have to miss. In this case make sure each time you miss a class that you consult with your teacher and/or other students, to check on what you have missed. It is not the teacher’s responsibility to remember to provide you with handouts or information given to other students, when you are not present because of a timetable clash. If you are concerned, discuss the problem with the Chair of Indonesian Studies before you enrol.

How do I arrange to study in Indonesia?

Detailed information on study options, including costs and ways of covering costs, will be provided to students in every unit of study. Remember that these options involve either an intensive course in Indonesia during the summer (or winter) vacation, or full time study in Indonesia for a semester or a year. Check out the possibilities for full time study in Indonesia at the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies.

What can I do after graduating?

This depends to a large extent on what other skills you have acquired in your degree, and what experience and opportunities you manage to find outside your formal studies. Graduates in Indonesian Studies have found jobs in a wide variety of professions, including business, various government departments, the legal profession, teaching, media and journalism. Some have found satisfying work and new career opportunities by working in Indonesia as a volunteer after graduation.