A major in Indonesian enables you to achieve a high level of fluency in the language and learn about the unique culture and history of the country.


Indonesian is the national language of our nearest neighbour and the world's fourth largest country. The cultural diversity and tropical ecology makes Indonesia one of the most enjoyable countries in which to study, travel and work.

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Course description, features and facilities

Indonesian is a relatively easy language to learn as it uses the Roman script and is simple to spell and pronounce. As a result, Indonesian is a popular choice for beginners. Developing in the Indonesian islands as the language of maritime trade, Indonesian is peppered with colourful words from Arabic, Portuguese, English and Dutch heritage. People have written and spoken Indonesian since ancient times, leaving a rich legacy of literature and poetry. As well as learning how to speak, read and write Indonesian, you will be enriched through exposure to this fascinating and dynamic culture. As a student, you will have the exciting opportunity to spend a semester studying at an Indonesian university – a life-changing experience not to be missed.

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Student profile – Tristan Wojnar

Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and we not only share proximity but many common interests. The ability to speak the Indonesian language enables us not only to communicate in a meaningful way but also assists in understanding the complex and varied cultures of Indonesia.

There are increasing opportunities for employment in Indonesia and through studying Indonesian at UWA with Asian Studies or other course combinations, the graduate is well positioned to take advantage of the increasing employment opportunities in areas such as DFAT, commerce, industry and education.

The teaching staff at UWA have a wealth of language and cultural expertise and are a fantastic resource. The small class size together with the committed and enthusiastic teaching staff facilitated in depth discussion so that along with obtaining language skills, a sound understanding of important cultural issues was also gained. The teaching staff bring the language and culture of Indonesia alive!

There are also opportunities to take on “in country” learning which contributes towards your credit points or as in my case the opportunity to apply to participate on the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Programme (AIYEP) a DFAT sponsored scheme. I am hoping that my UWA Law/Arts (Asian Studies) degree and in country Indonesian experience will equip me for a role in Foreign Affairs or international relations.

Studying Indonesian at UWA has all the advantages: interactive classes, enthusiastic lecturers, opportunity for in-country learning and good employment prospects. If language and culture fascinate you, study Indonesian. Selamat belajar!

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Knowledge of Indonesian language, culture and social norms is in demand by state and federal government departments as well as commercial enterprises investing in Indonesia, the media, education, tourism and hospitality industry. Graduates are also well equipped to travel around Indonesia and explore its rich cultures and beautiful natural environment.

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Further study opportunities

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Indonesian: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Arts Student Office
M200 Ground Floor Arts Building
(+618) 6488 2091
Additional information