Indonesian

Madeline H. celebrating the end of Ramadan during the Idul Fitri festivities in Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia. August 2013

Madeline H. celebrating the end of Ramadan during the Idul Fitri festivities in Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia. August 2013

Madeline H. wearing traditional Javanese clothing at a wedding in Surakarta

Madeline H. wearing traditional Javanese clothing at a wedding in Surakarta, Indonesia. September 2013

Legong dance

Balinese women performing the Legong, which is a refined dance form characterized by intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and expressive gestures and facial expressions. Bali, Indonesia.

The Indonesian language is derived from Malay and closely related to Malaysian, which is used in Brunei Darsalam and is also one of the official languages of Singapore. It is spoken by nearly one quarter of a billion people and by approximately half the population of the Southeast Asian region. 

Indonesian language studies at the University of Victoria offer a four semester sequence of courses designed to provide you with the fundamentals of the language and to equip you with a basic speaking ability which can be used as an effective platform for further study and, possibly, an immersion experience.  

If you have any questions on our program, please contact our advisors

In conjunction with the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS - pronounced Ah-chee-chis, as an Indonesian would say it), the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies offers an opportunity for UVic students to study Indonesian language and culture in Yojyakarta, Indonesia's capital of arts, culture and history. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Dr. Michael Bodden in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies.
  • Tapol (The Indonesian Human rights Campaign)
  • Tempo.co (Indonesian Language Daily)
  • Inside Indonesian (New Quarterly on Indonesian Politics and Society)