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Indonesian Studies


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

As a graduate you will have strong language abilities, transferable academic skills, and substantive country knowledge. The Indonesian Studies major will provide you with the linguistic and academic skills required to use Indonesian in a variety of settings, and to conduct research using Indonesian language.

Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate student, you will learn about the impact of Indonesia's complex archipelagic geography on its peoples and cultures in a context where colonisation and modernity are merely the most recent of many waves of foreign influence. If you are an advanced learner or a background speaker, you will have the opportunity to study key aspects of modern Indonesian society through thematic seminars taught in the Indonesian language.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Indonesian Studies.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications officer 
  • Diplomat 
  • Foreign affairs officer 
  • Language 
  • Teacher 
  • Translator and interpreter 
  • Travel and tourism consultant

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.