Why study Indonesian?

Indonesian is the national language of the world’s fourth most populous country. It is closely related to varieties of Malay spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Thailand and some of the Southern areas of the Philippines. In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, Indonesia houses a large part of the world’s biodiversity and is one of the world’s most religiously, linguistically, culturally and socially diverse countries. Indonesia is also one of Australia’s most important neighbours, with continuing cooperation between our countries at government and non-government levels in areas of natural disaster aid, poverty reduction, border protection, defence, trade, commerce, finance, education, and the arts. Despite these relationships, Indonesia remains one of our least understood neighbours. Studying Indonesian is one small first step toward building an Australia that understands and can communicate with our important neighbour. Currently, there are very few students studying Indonesian at tertiary level and this has contributed to a shortage of people who can fill vacancies in areas, such as aid and development, trade, commerce, finance, defence, teaching, translation and more.

Career opportunities

Translator, interpreter, languages teacher, tourism, media, social and community work, foreign affairs, trade, customs, immigration, aid agencies, research assistant.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Diploma of Arts

ATAR and location:Albury-Wodonga: N/ABendigo: N/AMildura: N/AShepparton: N/A

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent1 year

Indonesian placement opportunities

A guide on how to locate and apply for work experience opportunities is available at Careers and Employment.

Visa restrictions may apply for International students. All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

The Walter Mangold Trust provides a number of scholarships to Australian Undergraduates studying Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish Languages to enable students to spend a period of time in a foreign country, with the intention of furthering the education, communication and understanding between peoples and cultures. The grants are restricted to applicants who are residents of Victoria.  Visit the Walter Mangold Trust Fund website to learn more.

In addition, there are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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