Intensive Indonesian Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

The intensive Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia) course is designed to rapidly develop communication skills in standard Indonesian.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component or equivalent to enroll in the J-Term.

Language of Study

Bahasa Indonesia

Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

Online Term

Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Kerambitan, Bali

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.

This intensive Indonesian language course is aimed at helping students quickly learn and master Indonesian language skills as a window into Indonesian culture. This course is divided into two parts: three weeks of online study in the summer 2020 and three weeks on site in Bali, Indonesia, in January 2021. Mid-term and final exams will be given at the end of each part. Emphasis is on speaking and comprehension skills, as well as reading and writing, through online and on-site classroom teaching and field instruction. Based on online and in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing, you are placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes. The native language instructors are experienced in teaching Indonesian language to foreign students. Oral proficiency-based methods and a variety of interactive communication-based language teaching techniques form the core of this course. Students are required to participate in an Indonesian language pledge.

The language program is distinguished by its excellent teacher-to-student ratio. In addition, you will be introduced to Indonesian students, homestay families, and friends when you are in Indonesia, so you can practice Bahasa Indonesia with native speakers and apply what you learn in the classroom to the informal conditions of everyday life.


  • Small-group language study and individualized tutoring
  • Excellent teachers who connect classroom to practical applications
  • Students are required to participate in a Bahasa Indonesia language pledge (J-term)
  • Practice language skills through cultural activities


In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

During the first three weeks of the program, you will undertake 45 class hours of Indonesian language instruction online. Students at all skill levels receive training in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Bahasa Indonesia, with a particular emphasis on the acquisition of practical speaking skills and higher levels of fluency relevant to the program experience. Daily homework is required. Preview and review of your daily language study are encouraged.

In-Country (J-Term) Details

During the three-week period in Bali, Indonesia, you will undertake another 45 hours of Indonesian language instruction. Individualized tutoring and training will be provided to each student two or three times a week. Through a combination of interactive classroom learning, cultural immersion with the local homestay families and students, and the practical application of language skills in Balinese society during day trips and throughout the entire program period, you can make tremendous progress in your Indonesian language skills over the course of the semester.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 hours of online Indonesian language study spread over three weeks in summer 2020
  • 45 hours of on-site Indonesian language study over three weeks in Bali, Indonesia, in January 2021 (J-Term)
  • 15 hours individualized tutoring in Bali, Indonesia, in January 2021 (J-Term)
  • Oral proficiency tests at the beginning and end of each program, and mid-term and final exams

Bahasa Indonesia (Online)

Bahasa Indonesia – Syllabus
(INDO1003-1503 / 3 credits)

Bahasa Indonesia – Syllabus
(INDO2003-2503 / 3 credits)

Bahasa Indonesia – Syllabus
(INDO3003-3503 / 3 credits)

Bahasa Indonesia (In Country)

Faculty & Staff

Indonesia: Intensive Indonesian Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

Ni Wayan Ariati (Bu Ary), PhD
I Made Yudiana (Pak Yudi)
Ni Putu Dian Arisuci (Dian)
Edward Bayu Trisna (Edo)

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    The total cost for this program is $960, while the optional in-country term is $2,947, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.