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Department of Indonesian Studies

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Indonesia
Indonesia is a complex and exciting country that is inextricably linked through geography and common regional interests with Australia.

We are the oldest university department in Australia to specialise in the study of Indonesian language and society. Drawing on our extensive links in Indonesia and with the Indonesian community in Australia, we offer a highly integrated and contemporary program covering Indonesian history, politics, geography, anthropology and culture.

Our study offering

A complex and exciting country, Indonesia is very close to Australia yet also very different in many ways. Drawing on our extensive links in Indonesia and with the Indonesian community in Australia, you can experience a highly integrated and contemporary subject area covering history, politics, geography, anthropology, language and culture.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies  degrees.  


Our research 

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • Civil society organisations
  • Contemporary culture
  • History
  • Labour studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Politics
  • Social changes

Our people

  • Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate and Exchange Coordinator: Associate Professor Dwi Noverini Djenar


Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney from 23–25 August 2019.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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Department Chair

Associate Professor Dwi Noverini Djnear profile shot



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