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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 minor 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.

Students will follow the appropriate pathway specified in the unit of study tables, based on their individual language level. Students completing any of the pathways for a minor will be awarded a minor in Indonesian Studies.

Appropriate language units are determined either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate (as listed in the pathways linked above) or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement. If you are unsure of your language level or which pathway is appropriate for you, please contact the Department for advice.

The Indonesian Studies (Introductory) pathway is suitable for complete beginners or students with very little language experience.

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 minor 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
Career pathways
Courses that offer this minor

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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.