Diploma of Indonesian

Undergraduate degree

This undergraduate course will sharpen your language skills and extend your cultural understanding. Apply today and get the opportunity to study abroad.

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Key facts


3 years part time

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Indonesian is designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. Deakin’s Diploma of Indonesian is a great complement to your studies in any discipline, plus you’ll gain a global perspective and boost your employability. 

Do you want to develop your language skills to build a global career? 

Learning a language is not only fun, it gives you insight into different cultures, develops your adaptability and communication skills, and makes you more employable.

Through this diploma, you'll learn communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia and develop an understanding of the Indonesian culture and ways of life. Gain fluency by taking part in activities across a range of topics focusing on grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure. You’ll also learn about cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations relevant to the Indonesian language.

Indonesia is Australia’s closest Asian neighbour and the region is increasingly important to Australia economically, politically and culturally. Many western businesses operate in the country, including:

  • ANZ
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • IAG
  • Rio Tinto
  • other businesses in a range of economic sectors.

An optional Indonesian In-Country Language Program gives you the opportunity to spend six weeks studying the Indonesian language and culture in its own environment. You'll be able to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

In-Country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Indonesian via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major.

As a second or third-year student, you can spend six weeks studying the language and culture in its own environment. You'll be able to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

For more information about the In-Country Language Program please refer to the Work-integrated learning website or contact the WIL team:

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Indonesian, a student must successfully complete;

  • 8 credit points from the specified list of units below and;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Indonesian major sequence

For students who have completed Indonesian at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

  • Formal and Informal Indonesian A AIF241
  • Formal and Informal Indonesian B AIF242
  • Level 2

  • Professional and Academic Indonesian A AIF341 (2 credit points)
  • Professional and Academic Indonesian B AIF342 (2 credit points)
  • Level 3

    Complete 2 units from level 3, selected from:

  • Indonesian for Business Purposes AIF345 **
  • Contemporary Issues in Indonesia AIF321 **
  • History and Development of the Indonesian Language AIF354 **
  • Indonesian Society Through Literature AIF320 **
  • Indonesian major sequence

    For students at advanced level for background speakers only.

    Level 1

  • Professional and Academic Indonesian A AIF341 (2 credit points)
  • Professional and Academic Indonesian B AIF342 (2 credit points)
  • Levels 2 & 3

  • Indonesian Society Through Literature AIF320 **
  • Contemporary Issues in Indonesia AIF321 **
  • Indonesian for Business Purposes AIF345 **
  • History and Development of the Indonesian Language AIF354 **
  • **AIF320, AIF321, AIF345, AIF354 - Students to check each unit for: Alternating odd or even year; Campus; and Trimester offerings

    Note: Approved Study Abroad may replace either AIF341 or AIF342

    Indonesian major sequence

    For students with no prior language study.

    Level 1

  • The Language, Culture and People of Indonesia AIF146
  • Conversational Indonesian B AIF142
  • AIF145 Conversational Indonesian (2 credit points)* - Final year of offer 2019

    *AIF145 (Trimester 3 unit) can replace units AIF146 and AIF142 in the major. It cannot be studied in conjunction with either AIF146 or AIF142.

    *AIF145 not available to students who are waiting on an offer from VTAC for the current year.

    Level 2

  • Formal and Informal Indonesian A AIF241
  • Formal and Informal Indonesian B AIF242
  • Level 3

  • Professional and Academic Indonesian A AIF341 (2 credit points)
  • Professional and Academic Indonesian B AIF342 (2 credit points)
  • Note: Approved Study Abroad may replace either AIF341 or AIF342

    Key information

    Award granted
    Diploma of Indonesian

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • attainment of a Certificate IV or other qualification at a higher AQF level OR
    • current enrolment in a Bachelor degree OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888


    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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    Career outcomes

    The Diploma of Indonesian equips you with skills in the Indonesian language that will give you a competitive edge, and expand your employment options far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in Indonesia and other countries where Malay is used.

    Adding an international aspect to your degree can open doors to better career opportunities in:

    • the arts
    • business or trade
    • diplomacy or security
    • education
    • foreign policy
    • health
    • international development
    • IT or engineering
    • sciences.

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    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire theoretical, technical knowledge of the language system (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and sociolinguistic practices) in Indonesian and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning


    Communicate effectively and naturally in a range of daily and professional/academic contexts both orally and in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax, pronunciation and sociolinguistic practices in the language of study

    Digital literacy

    Use online technologies and new media for communication and immersion in authentic material in the language of study as well as for autonomous language study

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and evaluate information relating to and expressed in the language of study to support effective and natural language use

    Problem solving

    Use individual initiative to identify linguistic and sociolinguistic problems and apply knowledge of the systems of the language of study to develop personal strategies for solving problems in communication and cultural interpretation


    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, learning strategies and commitment to language study


    Work and study collaboratively with other language students and also native speakers of the language

    Global citizenship

    Understand and analyse issues related to the societies that use the language of study in the domestic, regional, and global context

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

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