The Indonesian program is made up of small groups that can be tailored to the specific needs of the students, with personalized attention from experienced instructors. It focuses on:

  • communicative skills that include speaking, listening, reading, and writing,
  • using interactive oral practices through simulations as well as
  • audio/videos materials.
  • Indonesian classes are offered at all levels from beginner to advance. 

As the largest moderate Muslim country in the world, Indonesia consists of hundreds of ethnic groups, each with its own unique culture and traditions, but everyone speaks the national language: Indonesian. Because of this, our students choose to pair their Indonesian courses with other majors such as:

  • life sciences
  • history 
  • religious studies
  • philosophy

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and the largest Southeast Asian country. With the major islands of Java, Bali, and Sumatra, and major parts of Borneo and New Guinea, Indonesia has vast natural and human resources fertile for investments and business opportunities making the ability to speak Indonesian important to prospective employers.

Our students have found jobs in:

  • international business,
  • military and diplomatic service,
  • NGO humanitarianism,
  • investments
  • and many more

Many of these are US government careers because they classify Indonesian as a "critical language" meaning they are always in need of good employees who speak Indonesian. Because of this, the US government provides many opportunities (usually in scholarship form) to study abroad. Here, at SILC, we prepare and help our students to obtain full scholarship for study abroad programs, and the majority of ASU students applying for these programs were accepted. To learn what you can do with Indonesian, contact our advisors!


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Dive deep into the history of Southeast Asia, from the beaches of Vietnam to the ornate temples of Thailand. Explore the region through transdisciplinary courses and examine contemporary political, social and cultural issues in Asia to gain a strong understanding that aids in any career you pursue.

*This program is offered in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU.

Outreach Programs

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.

Bali, Indonesia CLI's summer program in Bali helps students extend and solidify the communicative and cultural skills they develop during intensive classes on the ASU campus. The program provides 3 hours a day of classroom instruction, during which students review the material covered in Arizona, with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. In the afternoon and on weekends, the program offers excursions and extra-curricular activities led by local activity guides. ROTC students receive full scholarship.

United States Indonesia Society For more than 20 years now, USINDO with the generous support of the Freeman Foundation has held the USINDO Summer Studies Program. This is an intensive ten-week language and cultural studies program held from May to August, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is open to U.S. university juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university. Participants are selected in a competitive application process.

Arizona State University's Critical Languages Institute is a national training institute for less commonly taught languages, offering summer intensive courses and study-abroad programs around the world. CLI instruction in Arizona and abroad is practically focused and proficiency-based. Students not only study a language but learn to live that language. 

The ability to speak another language opens up more opportunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarships. ASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns ( oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Consortium for the Teaching of Indonesian –COTI (Salatiga, Indonesia). ASU is a COTI member intermediate and advanced students are eligible to receive full scholarship. Currently coordinated by UCLA.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language: