Indonesian Studies program overview

The Indonesian Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.

I started my degree before 2014

A major in Indonesian Studies consists of senior units of study totalling 36 credit points. A major may consist entirely of Indonesian language units or combine language study with the following units about Indonesia and Southeast Asia taught in English through the Asian Studies program:

-- ASNS2660 Islam, Trade and Society: Arabia to Southeast Asia
-- ASNS2661 History of Modern Indonesia

Students may take other Asian Studies units in addition to completing an Indonesian Studies major to provide breadth in their major sequence. This applies particularly to students in the senior levels of the Beginners stream.

Students who have completed first-year language studies in advanced streams may be able to commence learning a second language alongside their major from second year onward. Mid-year entry students may need to exceed the junior credit point limit of their course in order to commence a language in their second year, in which case special permission will be needed. If you are not sure, consult with the Student Advisers in the faculty office.

Note that in order to acquire a major in Indonesian, at least 24 of your senior credit points must be selected from units bearing an INMS code.

The major may also include in-country study. Students have access to a range of options for in-country studies, from summer intensive programs at an Indonesian university to full semester or year long programs offered through the Australian Consortium for In-County Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). Students also have the option to take the month-long Southeast Asia Field School offered by the School of Geosciences, the University of Sydney, under the following units:

-- GEOS3053 Asia Pacific Field School Assessment A
-- GEOS3054 Asia Pacific Field School Assessment B

I started my degree in or after 2014

A major in Indonesian studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 credit points of language units of study and at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Indonesian Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

A semester of in-country program can be taken through the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). You must have completed at least two semesters of Indonesian Studies units at the University of Sydney prior to enrolling in the program.

For more in-depth information on the Indonesian Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to

Indonesian Studies - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook

For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.

Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.

International exchange

The department strongly encourages students to spend a period of exchange at an overseas university. Most University of Sydney students who choose to spend time in Indonesia do so through the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program. If you have questions about spending time in-country, please contact the Chair of Department.

The University’s International Exchange Program is another option. Comprehensive information is available at the Student Exchange Office Website.

Academic policies

The Department follows the policies and procedures set out by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – for information, follow these links to the requisite Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences pages:

Policies webpage for information on:
- Plagiarism - Satisfactory progress - Late Work - Attendance

Student Administration Manual contains procedures, and the necessary forms, for amongst others:
- Applying for credit
- Applying for a DNF after the semester deadline
- Applying for Honours
- Applying for a suspension for one or two semesters
- Appealing against a result

Special Consideration webpage for information on:
- Special Consideration - for serious illness or misadventure
- Special Arrangements - for essential community commitments
- Extensions on assessments - for minor illness or misadventure