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Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia, one of the world’s most populous democratic nations and a country with diverse ethnic groups and rich cultures. Indonesian with its Malay varieties is spoken across the archipelago and also in other Southeast Asian countries (Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore). Globally, Indonesian is spoken by over 200 million speakers, one of the top ten most spoken languages in the world.

The Southeast Asian region is one of the fast-growing economies in the world. Indonesia plays an increasingly significant role in this region and globally.  Indonesia has been, and will always be, a country of high strategic importance not only for Australia but also for other countries. Learning Indonesian, therefore, means gaining communication skills in an internationally influential language. Such skills are needed in an increasingly globalised economy and provide you with an edge in highly competitive job markets in the 21st Asian century.


Studying Indonesian at the ANU is a unique learning experience. In-class learning and in-country programs provide ample opportunities to gain linguistic as well as cultural fluency. Our language instruction, taught by highly experienced teachers, stress the development of communication skills to enable students to use Indonesian in a range of situations in everyday life. Not only will students be able to converse on topics of relevance and interest to Indonesian speakers, but also will they be able to read and write the language as it appears in the media and in literature.

Study options

Indonesian language study at the ANU is available from the introductory level to advanced levels in accordance with internationally recognised standards. Indonesian language courses are offered in a hybrid mode as in-person and online courses. 

Undergraduate courses Indonesian 1Indonesian 2Indonesian 3Indonesian 4Indonesian 5 and Indonesian 6. See ANU Programs and Courses for study options.

Our unique undergraduate program in Indonesian language is offered as a major and minor, in single or flexible double degrees, including: 

Our postgraduate program in Indonesian language is offered as a specialisation in the following degrees:

The School of Culture, History and Language places a unique emphasis on in-country experience. For more information on exchange programs and in-country language opportunities, visit the ANU global programs or enquire