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Indonesian Studies enables you to explore the fascinating linguistic and cultural heritage of one of Australia's closest neighbours, and equip you with appropriate knowledge and skills for communicating in standard Indonesian/Malay as well as for critical reading of sources in the language. Through language study, you are expected to develop an understanding of Indonesia and the Malay world.

At UNSW, Indonesian Studies combine the teaching of practical language skills with the study of history, society, culture and customs. You will gain knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of career paths, from business, trade and commerce to diplomacy, tourism, interpreting and translating, and the media.

Placement Information

Placement into junior level (INMS1xxx) or senior level (INMS2xxx) courses at the University of Sydney depends on your prior knowledge of the language. Please consult the University of Sydney Handbook under the Subject Areas tab for more information.

If you are admitted in your first year of study to INMS2601 or higher on the grounds of ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of degree requirements.

Cross-Institutional Arrangement with University of Sydney

If you undertake Indonesian Studies as a minor, you may complete some components of your study through cross-institutional study at the University of Sydney. Once you successfully complete Indonesian courses cross-institutionally, you will have your results reported as transfer credits at UNSW, that is, specific grades will not appear on your UNSW transcript.

If you are a Commonwealth-supported student (domestic undergraduate student) in a UNSW program you will pay the student contribution amounts at the University of Sydney for each course. If you are an international student you will pay the corresponding tuition fees.

You will be required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) at the University of Sydney. You may seek a refund for the corresponding UNSW fees if you are concurrently enrolled at UNSW.

You are responsible for all travel and any ancillary or incidental costs or expenses.

If you undertake cross-institutional study at the University of Sydney, you are responsible for ensuring that all the requirements for your application are completed and submitted by the deadlines advertised.

The cross-institutional arrangement with the University of Sydney is subject to annual review by both Universities. It may be discontinued or varied at any time at the Universities’ sole discretion. If the arrangement is discontinued, UNSW will put in place alternative arrangements so that students can finish their study.

Please note, if you are considering cross-institutional study, you should contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Centre.

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC.

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The minor in Indonesian Studies (24 uoc) must not be taken as it is not an approved teaching specialisation.

Language courses via cross-institutional study

You must take at least 12 UOC of the following courses at the University of Sydney.
If you commenced at Introductory Level you must complete the following core courses at the University of Sydney.
- INMS1101 Indonesian 1A
- INMS1102 Indonesian 1B
If you commenced at Intermediate Level you must complete the following core courses. If you commenced at Introductory Level you may take up to 12 UOC of these courses.
- INMS2601 Indonesian 2A
- INMS2602 Indonesian 2B
If you commenced at Intermediate Level you may take up to 12 UOC of the following courses.
- INMS3601 Indonesian 3A
- INMS3602 Indonesian 3B

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