Indonesian Studies


A major in Indonesian Studies is designed to provide students with the communication skills to use Indonesian in a variety of social settings. It also introduces students to the study of Indonesian culture, politics and society, through the use of Indonesian-language source material. The program caters for students with a range of language backgrounds, including beginners, school leavers, and background speakers of Indonesian.

Study plan

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 some of the units of study about Indonesia and Southeast Asia taught in English through the Asian Studies program:

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).

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

Asian Studies

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