In-Country Indonesian Language Courses

at University of Mataram, Lombok

in partnership with the Australian Regional Universities Indonesian Language initiative



[Enrolment procedures for USC, CDU, UNE and Utas students and Cross-Institutional students including Application Form for In-Country Indonesian Language Program
[Fees, Grants, Loans and Personal Finances]
[Intercultural challenge]
[Pre-departure information booklet 2009 MS Word - REVISED 8 October 2008 - under revision 15 Oct 2009]
[What students say]
[Pri and Phil info, 2007, by mp3]
[Useful websites]
[Final Checklist]
[Taking family along]


(20 April 2009 and 21 August and 27 September 2009). Currently being updated March - April 2010.



An in-country language program gives you immersion-in-culture and daily interaction with people. Combining rigorous in-country coursework, taught by supportive university teachers, with excursions and life in the community, is a great way to take your language to a new level.

The Charles Darwin University has been offering courses in Lombok for several years. Now in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, these courses are again being hosted by the Language Centre at the University of Mataram (UNRAM). The staff led by Pak Priyono are highly qualified and experienced.

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It is important for your enrolment
and your welfare -
and will save you time
- that you read and act on
all this information very carefully.


The sequence of eight units offered over six weeks is:

Period 1

Monday 4 January - Friday 22 January 2010

Indonesian language units corresponding to semesters 1,3,5,7

Period 2

Monday 25 January - Friday 12 February 2010

Indonesian language units corresponding to semesters 2,4,6,8

Total beginners can learn from zero base in unit 1. Other students may choose to practise, refresh or extend language skills in intermediate and advanced courses. Generally we accept the level that your university transcript shows you to be at and we look at your sample of writing on the Application Form. Usually, if you have already completed first year Indonesian, you would go to Lombok and study level 3 and 4. If you finished second year, you would take Levels 5 and 6 in Lombok. Level 7 and 8 equals 4th year Indonesian for those who have done three years already (or lived in-country). You, the Resident Director from Australia and UNRAM staff can negotiate a change of level so that the most appropriate level is taken. The most advanced is unit 8. These are equivalent to eight, consecutive semester-long classroom units in Australia. Students normally enrol in two consecutive units (e.g. 3 and 4) but may opt for one only.

At CDU, the units to choose from are
INI101 and INI102 - Indonesian 1 and 2
INI201 and INI202 Indonesian 3 and 4
INI 301 and INI302 Indonesian 3 and 4
CAH301 Independent Studies A (for Indonesian 7)
CAH302 Independent Studies A (for Indonesian 8)
[CAH = Creative Arts and Humanities]
At USC students enrol in
a one-semester 12 credit point course coded INT282
INT282 (brief)         INT282 (full outline)
or a two-semester equivalent worth 24 points coded INT283
INT283 (brief)         INT283 (full outline)
These are used to give credit for any of the course combinations studied in Lombok.
(If you return for more in another year, there are also 48 cp courses (INT280 and INT281) through which USC normally awards credit for ACICIS semesters.)
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Enrolment procedures and restrictions

USC is the central administrative university for the Lombok in-country programs for the next few years. All students please send an expression of interest email to at USC's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Administration Assistant Teagan Gray will compile a list of all students from all over Australia who are interested and keep you up-to-date with developments and requirements. IMPORTANT Register interest asap with your lecturer at your university and via if you are genuinely interested so that your name is on the list sent by UNRAM to the Embassy for the Social Cultural Visa.
CDU, UNE and UTas have their own course codes in place for the Lombok program so students from those universities can enrol directly at their home campus - Read about Levels just below then skip down to Application Form for In-Country Indonesian Language Program].

USC students enrol in the appropriate Indonesian units set up at the University of the Sunshine Coast (INT282 for 3 weeks, or INT283 for 6 weeks), no matter at what level. Student Admin has to process your application manually. FASS Program Advisers Dannielle Cochrane and Robyn Kleinhans can sign Change of Enrolment Form as required but students need to fill in and sign the form before dropping it in to the FASS office. Students can get the form from the office or download.

Enrol only in INT283 if you will undertake a six-week double offering at any level.
Enrol in INT282 if you intend to do any one three-week offering at any level.

Levels of study
You and your home lecturer agree on what level you should undertake and will get credit for. We ask you to give us a sample of Indonesian writing on Application Form which gives the Universitas Mataram lecturers an indication of your skill level. If the chosen level is too low or too high for your standard, you can request a switch and confirm this with your home lecturer. Some weaker students prefer to consolidate what they know rather than strain at a higher level. Some strong achievers complain the work is too easy at a certain level so - with your home lecturer's approval - you could switch levels if it seems advisable. So, which course code is for me? (rollover tip).

Students from all other universities (i.e. not at RUILI partners CDU, UNE, USC and Utas) are welcome to apply via USC but, if you want to count this program credit for your degree, you should speak with your home university Indonesian lecturer first and seek official approval. We need final confirmation of your intention to take part by the end of November 2007. Be aware that some universities may withdraw official endorsement and permission to study in Indonesia quite late because of unforeseen security risks. You may be able to switch to cross-institutional enrolment BUT make sure therefore that you take out travel insurance against such events (loss of airfare).

To enrol as a Cross-Institutional Student at USC (for non-USC students), the process is simple. Go to, follow Step 3 which includes getting your own university to sign their approval on our forms and to certify your official academic transcript (rollover tip).

If you are enrolling as a cross-institutional student then your university should have a corresponding application form so that your enrolment here is then listed on your academic record. The HECS officer at your university should also complete the HECS detail on the USC form - the Student ID is your current university ID. You will receive an offer package from USC when your application has been accepted. Please read the "Getting Started" guide and fill in your checklist on your USC Central page.

USC Insurance will NOT cover you while in Indonesia so please take out your own comprehensive Travel Insurance.

For the Lombok program 2009, USC students and Cross Institutional Students will choose to enrol in one course (three weeks, INT282 In-Country Indonesian Studies C, 12 cp at USC) or two courses (over six weeks, accredited as INT283 In-Country Indonesian Studies D, 24 cp at USC -rollover tip.) The content of these courses at all levels will focus on Indonesian language and cultures. Your Universitas Mataram transcript will show this and reflect the level. USC will accredit these as generic in-country Indonesian language study courses.

If you can not enrol cross-institutionally, for whatever reason, contact Phil Mahnken (07 5430 1254) to discuss.


We require ALL participants to complete and sign this

Lombok_In-Country_Application_Form.doc [updated Sept 2009]

supplying all the personal details and stating that they have read the Commonwealth Government's Travel Warning for Indonesia and USC Code of Conduct and Conduct and Discipline Policy, that they are going voluntarily to Indonesia, not as a requirement of the university. The form is also an excellent checklist of all the little details you must attend to.
(BTW There is much useful information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade "Country Information" for Indonesia).
All students, please lodge the Application for Award Study In-Country Indonesian Language Program Form with Teagan Gray in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office. Postal address is on the form. [By the way -rollover tip].

Restrictions The partner universities reserve the right to decline the enrolment of any student on grounds of poor academic record, health risk, or if a quota is deemed advisable for any unit, or to limit the number of students in Lombok as a whole. Students will also sign an agreement that they respect the authority of the Australian and Indonesian lecturers who have the right to expel them from the program if behaviour is unacceptable or putting the welfare or learning of other students at risk.

Withdrawal from program

There is a Census date for all universty programs, including over summer semester. For this intensive program, it usually the end of the first week. If you must drop out before completion, because of illness, home emergency or simple discontent with the program, be sure to notify the Australian Resident Director so that the hoem university withdraws you officially and you are not liable to academic or financial penalty. ALSO be sure that the Language Centre at UNRAM knows you are withdrawing so they do not charge the Consortium for educational services you did not receive. If you withdraw after the end of week one, you will still be required to pay for the course as you would at your home university after census date.


Students arrange their own travel to Indonesia. Our program is offered at the peak travel season so cheap airfares may be difficult to find. You are advised to book well in advance and shop around for best airfares. Book a reservation now if possible! Because of changing security conditions, flight bookings should be flexible (in case the program is suspended before commencement date or during the period of study.) Students who commence in the second three-week period may find airfares lower. For your security, you should let your lecturers know your travel plans so they know (and inform the Resident Director) when to expect you and when you will depart from Lombok. The same applies to special health and diet matters. We draw your attention to the Australian government Department of Foreign Affairs and TRade's Smart Traveller Travel Advice page for Indonesia which includes a section on Airline Safety. A June 2007 article about safety concerns with Indonesian airlines. A Garuda plane crashed in Yogya in 2007 with 21 deaths including 5 Australians.
*Smart Traveller advises that "The US embassy in Jakarta has advised Americans travelling to and from Indonesia to fly directly to their destination on international carriers whenever possible." You can fly to Singapore and directly into Lombok.

Insurance All enrolees should take out their own travel and health insurance - as far as we are aware, no insurance covers against acts of terrorism.

Your insurance may be void if you break the law (as at home). For example, if you ride a motorbike without a local or international licence and hurt yourself, your insurance could decline to assist or pay for your medical expenses. See more about local transport in the Pre-Departure Booklet. You really need to think about your own welfare in terms of sickness, theft, accident or violence, even your morale, especially when you are in an unfamiliar environment. We have had no serious harm befall any of our students so far but we have had dengue fever cases, pickpocketing and a fall from a motorbike. Your host family, the Resident Director, the host university and your class mates will all be looking out for you but your own responsible behaviour and caution are your best defence.

We give no endorsement to any travel agencies listed here. USC students have dealt with all of these. Have a look at

QANTAS Country Info - Indonesia.

Vivien Horton
Travel Adviser
STA Travel Chermside
Shop 190 Westfield Shoppingtown
Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Roads
Chermside QLD 4032
Tel: 07 3861 4266
fax: 07 3861 4277
web: STA Travel

Mary Walker at Flight Centre will often match or better any deal. Flight Centre Mooloolaba
Tel: 54525644

Jetstar now flies ot Bali too but take a warm jacket on the plane - seriously - or pay $8.00 not to shiver.

Merpati Airlines has four to six flights a day to Lombok. Usual price if bought in Bali is about Aus$50.00 each way. Flight takes 20 minutes. Going by ferry from Padangbai is an adventure and takes best part of a day.

Bali - Qantas from Darwin

You may stitch a cheap deal together by hopping to Darwin, then to Bali or Kupang, then to Lombok. You could spend a fair bit of time waiting in airports, too, even going via Singapore!

Sometimes agencies will organise extras if you want two nights in Bali or Singapore or throw in accommodation. Pressure for the best deal. Ask about special deals. Sometimes Internet bookings are cheaper than an agency. Departing before 17 December (?) and after 16 January will save money. Ask.

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There is very detailed Health and Insurance advise on the DFAT Travel Well page. All participants should visit their regular doctor for a thorough medical consultation and ask specific advice for Indonesia, especially for avoiding and treating fever. Dengue fever is a mosquito borne disease and is not to be taken lightly. Infection will knock you out of the course for a week or more at a time when you are meant to be studying intensively. Symptoms will make you miserable and incapacitated. Therefore, it is worth taking all possible anti-mosquito precautions - religiously - especially early and late in the day.
Come to Indonesia prepared with ample supplies of any medicines you regularly take and prescriptions. It is also your responsibility to inform the Australian and Indonesian program directors of any allergies or medical conditions that may affect your participation in the study program or well-being in a tropical environment.

The on-campus doctors are very helpful with rashes or problems that can be easily treated. There is a clean, cheap Catholic hospital in Ampenan, Rumah Sakit Karang Ujung, attentive staff and excellent English speaking doctor. There is also a first rate blood testing clinic in case you need confirmation or ruling out of dengue or malaria.

Please read this September 2006 information from ACICIS on Avian Influenza flu) in Indonesia. Here is a World Health Organisation update on avian influenza virus. The whole WHO site on Indonesia is always worth a look. An April 2006 newspaper article on bird flu in Indonesia.
Keep away from all live poultry in Indonesia! (and East England, and Egypt, etc)

Other reliable websites include:

The Travel Doctor (TMVC)
USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention Health Information for Travelers to Southeast Asia

Travel Health Advisory Group Indonesia page (Australian)

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The correct visa to obtain is the Social-Culture Visa, valid if presented within 3 (three) months from the date of issuance. It will be granted to conduct socio-culture activities (family gathering, education, sport, etc.) A single entry Social Culture Visa will be issued for up to 60 (sixty) days and can be extended in Indonesia and could be converted into a Temporary Stay Visa. Visa fee A$ 60.00

See the full requirements for this visa on Indonesian Embassy website on

You need to download the Application Form from

Canberra Visa Office Telephone: 02 6250 8606

You should send your visa application to the Embassy in Canberra or the Consulate in Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth with a letter from your own university or USC explaining your enrolment in the in-country language program at Universitas Mataram, Lombok. The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra and the Darwin Consulate will have on file - as soon as possible after closing date on 31 Octoiber - the letter of support from the University of Mataram. It is illegal to study on an Indonesian campus without the Social-Cultural Visa (i.e. Tourist visas is actually illegal and may void your insurance. The cost is about the same so best to follow the corretc procedure.) You will be asked to show yours to your lecturer before final acceptance.
FAQ: How long before the visa is sent out?
The Embassy or Consulate generally have the visa back to you in a week if you sent everything correctly including a letter of support from your university, or USC, and the letter from Universitas Mataram includes your name in a list.

Melbourne Consulate - Socio-Cultural visa page with Application Form Download

Sydney Consulate visa form download page

Adelaide Consulate - no webpage? Phone: (61-8) 8357-8955 Fax: (61-8) 8373-3342Darwin Consulate

Perth Consulate Perth Visa page  

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Fees, Grants, Loans and Personal Finances

Students enrolled at a participating Australian university will be required to pay

There are currently no other university costs, levies or charges for students. Morning teas and two fields trips per week are paid for by the host university. Any extra excursions, trips or activities are voluntary and may incur fees. You pay to the organiser or service-provider if you choose to participate (e.g. on a weekend to Kuta down south or the Gili Islands).

The Lombok Consortium is not able to accept "independent students", that is anyone who is not somehow enrolled at an Australian university. If you are not interested in non-award status, you can email the secretary of the Language Centre at Universitas Mataram who may be willing to put together a class of independent students at a negotiated price (the last known to us was $400 per three week/60 hour course). We quite often get half a dozen such enquiries so there is a good chance it can happen).Back to top

Students often ask "How much will it cost overall? How much should I take?"
The fees for this course include your HECS which can be deferred for later payment. You need to budget for your visa, airfare, your accommodation (hotel Airlangga is about Rp 115 000 ($20) per night but homestay will probably cost 1.5 million ($200) rupiah for five weeks - depends on host family and your negotiations, services you request, etc), local transport and spending money. The Australian dollar has risen in recent years (27 September 2009 $1 AUD = Rp 8,440.02). [See Universal Currency Converter]. Most students find it hard to spend more than $10 a day in Indonesia unless you are buying lots of presents for people at home. Food is very cheap at normal eating places (alcohol costs more and we'd prefer you not to spend much on that) and so is local transport. Your money goes a long way in Indonesia although some things (like photo development) now cost about the same as in Australia. Of course you can bargain over most things except in supermarkets and department stores. Prices are much higher around the tourist area at Senggigi or elite hotels. (You can bargain anywhere but do not take this to extremes when bargaining with people whose livelihood depends on their small profit each day. The ten or fifty cents you save could be quite meaningful to that small scale street vendor.) Have $1000 in your account to call on and you will certainly have no worries. You can use Master and Visa Card to withdraw from accounts (savings accounts less charges than credit usually) via bank ATM machines not far from campus and at the Mataram Mall. ALWAYS put all cards, cash and wallet away before leaving the booth. One girl had her wallet snatched by a motorbike-riding pickpocket one year and another lost hers to a pair of bemo 'operators'.

Dr Richard Curtis and his student Nick have suggested travellers may consider the "Cash Passport service", safer than taking over your bankcard or visa card as you only transfer from your bank account the money you want to withdraw (via the internet). Apparently, the charge for withdrawals is cheaper too, as it is just the Australian fee. Nick found it very useful when in Malaysia 2 years ago. We have not checked this system and make no guarantees. May be worth a look.

Grant Scheme
Ask at your own university student administration about overseas study grants (most universities have them and they can be quite generous, eg Tasmania Overseas Scholarship).

For USC students, in 2007 the PVC International introduced a grant scheme - please apply - and you may also apply for OS Help Assistance (loan)

"DEST has clarified that OS HELP will also be available for students studying a short term program (ie. Incountry language program to Indonesia for six weeks) if the study period is fulltime and if it is confirmed that the courses completed will be credited towards the current degree of enrolment. However you will still need to fulfill the eligibility requirements that applies to all OS HELP applicants. Please check if you fulfill the eligibility requirements by reading the information and guidelines for OS HELP that you can find via the link of the Global Opportunities Program on the USC websiteYou can also download the application form from the site if you want to apply for the OS HELP assistance.. Please note that with the application for OS HELP assistance you will also need to provide a written confirmation from your Faculty that the courses that you are studying as part of the incountry language program in Indonesia are considered a fulltime study program and that the courses will be credited towards your USC degree. Please let me know if you have any questions. Kind regards Liani Eckard" (USC International Office) [Go Program]

Fee Paying HELP (FEE-HELP) and Overseas Study HELP (OS-HELP)
Enquiry line: (Free-call) 1800 020 108

Be aware of 20% fee on this loan. Borrow as little as possible.

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During this program, students stay with host families in the metropolitan area of Mataram, Cakranegara and Ampenan. The benefits of family homestay are obvious: we get to use our Indonesian first-hand every day. We learn all sorts of socio-cultural details from interaction with the host family, visitors, the neighbourhood and even passing vendors. The Lombok and Australian organisers have a pool of names of hosts both experienced and new. The cost may vary slightly depending on facilities but is generally about a third of what you would pay to stay in a hotel for the three or six weeks. If you have any difficulties with host family arrangements, the Resident Director and UNRAM coordinators will help you resolve them or move you to another location.

For the first night or two before 4 January, we can make a bulk reservation of rooms at Hotel Airlangga near the University, or others close by. Tariff is about A$17 (Rp 100 000) per night. Even cheaper if two share a twin room. On 3 January there will be an orientation of Mataram and the university, and you will get a local mobile phone card, record the resident director's number and other important contacts.  Students will move to their homestay accommodation late in the afternoon of the 3rd January  

Fitri at Hotel Airlangga is willing to book us into Hotel Kurnia Jaya (a hotel a few blocks closer to the university) or the Hotel Widya Wisata next door to Airlangga 1. Either of these are fine. You can write in English or Indonesian to Fitria Ulfah <> and c.c. to USC via
That way, we will know no-one is getting off a plane without a place to go to.

You can see 2008 list provided by Fitri of rooms available at Hotel Rooms (includes Hotel Airlangga is willing to book us into Hotel Kurnia Jaya (her uncle's hotel a few blocks closer to the university) or the Hotel Widya Wisata next door to Airlangga 1). You can email in English or Indonesian to fitri [ ] but if you make a booking be sure to keep it. OR write and alter with plenty of notice, please. On arrival at Lombok airport, you can catch an airport taxi direct to your hotel - they have fixed rate taxis (probably about Rp 30000 now = $4.00).

[The first Resident Director in 2009, Dr Pam Allen from Utas, will arrive on 1 or 2 January at Hotel Airlangga. She would like all students to come see her on arrival to know where she is based, register their presence, help them get a local mobile phone card, record Pam's number and other important contacts, perhaps do some tripping around the city and university to get oriented, remind you of health, safety and study matters. The resident director for the second three-week block will be Dr Zifirdaus Adnan of UNE. New arrivals for the second time block should repeat all the same procedures as above.

 We require all students to bring or buy a mobile phone and inform the Resident Director and Head of Language Centre of the number for emergency contact.At all times, for security reasons, we request that you keep the Resident Director informed of your whereabouts.

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"I am privileged to have experienced Kuta, Lombok in all her raw beauty.  The day I take my own children there it will be a very different place." Ali (student in 2007 program after reading about the recent announcement that a United Arab Emirates developer has US$60 million ($77 million) to spend on tourist resorts. Plus $60 million is being spent to build a new international airport to open in 2010) [< ahref="">Lombok - is it the next Bali?July 14, 2008 .

During the program you will gain an intimate understanding of the people, their culture and the history of Lombok.The indigenous Sasak people of Lombok have their own local language and religious traditions. There is also a large Balinese Hindu community, a small Christian community as well as Chinese and Arab communities. Lombok is a fascinating place to study cultural diversity at work.

The mountainous island landscape of Lombok is a delight to photographers and tourists. Visitors will meet village people whose way of life is still rural and little changed from their ancestors' ways and others with postgraduate education and overseas experience who can handle themselves in any company. Be diplomatic. Be curious. Remember also that Lombok is still suffering the effects of the economic crisis of 1997-8 and many people are struggling to survive. There is much more background in the Pre-Departure Booklet. [MS Word updated 8 Oct 2008]

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Intercultural experience can be challenging.

It is utterly thrilling to roam the markets, shops and streets, to visit schools and homes and businesses, and all that hard work learning language pays off because you can communicate with all these people! BUT this is not just a language learning course. It is an intercultural experience. You will see, hear, smell and experience some things that delight you, some things that disturb you and many interactions that may change you. Why leave home if you want Indonesia and conditions there to be the same as at home? Or if you do not want to encounter and reflect on different ways of living and thinking? It can be confronting. This should be a peak, transformative experience for you. It will leave you better equipped to live and work in the global community. USC students will find on our portal many in-country stories, experiences and tips gathered over many years by Phil Mahnken. I have put two here for everybody. Aniek's 50-50 from Padang in 1995 and Maree on culture shock from 1998. Everybody can also access Phil's photo collections..

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Details and advice about security and safety in Lombok and Indonesia in general are in the Pre-Departure Booklet. All the consortium universities (USC, CDU, UNE and Utas) reserve the right to cancel or suspend the program for their students at any time if the risk to Australian students is judged to be too high so your flight bookings should be flexible or well covered by insurance.. The senior administration of USC and other universities will decide whether to endorse the program for January - February each year while monitoring the political situation and any other threats such as natural disaster. If there is risk of serious danger or any threat of Avian Flu Virus epidemic, the Vice Chancellors or DVCs of all universities may cancel the program by unanimous agreement. (So, insure your airfare.)

A MUST Register your presence in Indonesia and elsewhere with the online form at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

In Lombok, use common sense self-defensive measures as at home, e.g. do not go out alone at night. Students need to avoid political rallies and demonstrations (read this if you doubt the seriousness of this advice.) Keep up-to-date on any security risks through the Embassy Bulletins and website and by asking the Program Directors. In the event of an emergency to do with accident, illness or civil unrest, an emergency plan is in place and the Resident Director will SMS all students immediately to come to the safe house or other meeting point if evacuation is advised. So, all students must carry a working mobile phone (local SIM Card and credit [pulsa]) and notify the Resident Director and PUBAH (Language Centre) of the number as well as any movements outside the Mataram region. Students should carry on them at all times the emergency contact number of your travel agent or insurance company. In the case of a terrorist attack (as with the Jakarta hotel bombings of July 2009) you will be advised to keep away from places where Westerners are commonly known to gather and to keep your mobile phone charged, turned on and with you at all times. You can speak with family at home or if for any reason you cannot contact them directly, call the DFAT 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135. Enter this number in your mobile contacts list - just in case.

The University of the Sunshine Coast contact people in an emergency are:
Business Hours: Sheila Peake, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, ph 07 5430 1247
After Hours: USC Security 0412 113705
Remember that Lombok is two hours behind Sunshine Coast time.

Office of the Vice Chancellor at CDU contact person is Catherine Halkon, 61 8 8946 6040 and the after hours security phone number is 61 8 8946 7777 . 24 hour Insurance assistance is handled by ACE Assistance at 61 2 99292210 (local operator can reverse charges).

Keep out of political argument and involvement in Indonesia. There are people with strong convictions who may be angered even by seemingly innocent or democratic-in-spirit opinions. Although the presidential elections of July 2009 indicate Indonesian voters are deserting the the Muslim parties and the old pro-Suharto party Golkar, lifelong convictions among fanatics will not change so quickly. See Indonesian volunteers join Iraqi resistance in SMH, November 30, 2004. So, learn diplomacy. Listen to the opinions of those around. It will be good for your Indonesian.

The Australian Commonwealth government has insisted on the Level 4 Travel Warning for the last 7 years because it believes there is credible evidence of plots to attack Western installations and citizens. The July bombings in Jakarta prove them correct. "Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is now warning that terrorists could be planning more attacks in Indonesia. DFAT said it continued to receive credible information that terrorists could be planning further attacks in Indonesia, and Bali remained an attractive target." [REF]

This also makes it vitally important that as many Australians as possible learn Indonesian language for thousands of possible roles in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, from informed citizen, surfer/tourist/traveller/lover of Indonesia, to teaching careers, aid and development work, journalism, diplomacy, state and Federal Police, Fisheries and Maritime Authority work, Customs, Quarantine, Defence, armed services, research of all kinds, trade, business and so. PM Kevin Rudd said on 17 July 2009: ""Any terrorist attack on our friends in Indonesia is an attack on our neighbours." [REF] You may think this makes your travel to Indonesia 'essential travel' but it is not compulsory and none of us wish to come to harm there. Be mindful of your personal security in the streets. Keep your eye on the news. Ask family at home to send you any alerts. Keep your mobile phone at hand. The UNRAM security people will be visible around campus. Report to them and the Resident Director anything that worries you. And we should all come home as safely as did Lombok program students over the last five years.


Read carefully the Pre-Departure Booklet 2009.

Register your presence in Indonesia and elsewhere with the online form at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Voice recording

[Priyono and Phil discuss Lombok issues online with 2007 students mp3] discussing transport to Lombok, climbing Mount Rinjani, health issues, and more.

Contact for further details and application forms.
Remember: The only silly question is the one you don't ask! Takut bertanya, sesat di jalan.
There are a lot of details to attend to. Read this info page again. Use the checklist on the Application Form. Email or phone if in doubt.

USC is the administration centre for 2008-9. Email:

at CDU (Darwin)

at UTas (Tasmania)

at USC (Sunshine Coast)

at UNE (New England)

at Pusat Bahasa, Universitas Mataram

Richard Curtis Pamela Allen Phillip Mahnken Steve Miller Dr Sahuddin
Dr Richard Curtis
Lecturer in Indonesian Studies
School of Creative Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
Charles Darwin University
Telephone: 08-8946 7171
Facsimile: 08-8946 6977
Ass. Prof. Pam Allen
Head of School
School of Asian Languages and Studies
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 91
Phone (61) (0)3 6226 2357
Fax (61) (0)3 6226 7813
Dr Phil Mahnken
Coordinator of Languages
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast
Locked Bag 4
Maroochydore Queensland 4558
Telephone: 07 5430 1254
Fax: 07 5430 2880
Mr Steve Miller
Lecturer in Indonesian Language and Culture
Project Coordinator, Regional Universities' Indonesian Language Initiative
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
Phone: 61 + 2 + 6773 3932
Fax: 61 + 2 + 6773 3735
University of New England

Bpk Dr Sahuddin and Bpk Made Sujana
Head and Secretary of Language Centre
University of Mataram
Jalan Pendidikan No 37
Area Code 83125
Tel 0370 622503
    0370 646 037

Mr Made Sujana
Centre Secretary

 : Prof. Barbara Hatley
School of Asian Languages and Studies
University of Tasmania
Tasmania 7250
Telephone: 03 6331 7843
Ms Teagan Gray
Admin. Assistant
School of Communications
University of Sunshine Coast
Locked Bag 1
Maroochydore dc
Queensland 4558

Phone (61) (0)7 5459 4690
Fax (61) (0)7 5430 2859

Dr Zi
Indonesian lecturer
University of New England
Room:E11 215
Phone:02 6773 3516 (or +61 2 6773 3516 overseas)

Mr Untung Waluyo
Curriculum and Professional Development Director
currently also teaching
and studying PhD
at University of the Sunshine Coast

  The front page of our in-country program website is at
Updated 6 December 2004. Partial update 5 March 2005. Much updated November - December 2005. Last update 7 March 2006. Partial update 13 July 2007. Update by Phil and Teagan at USC 21 September 2007. Updated 20 September 2008. Updated December 2009.



A final word about study, results and awards. Please take seriously the fact that this in an intensive course for which you are awarded university credit equivalent to one or two semester units at home. You must put in the same effort per day on Indonesian language that you would in a week at home. Fortunately that is entirely possible through classes, homework, organised excursions and your informal mixing with Indonesians in streets, shops, homestay, markets, canteens, and so on.

Your results from the units you undertake will be sent back to USC and to your home university if it is a consortium university.

USC Students
When we receive your grades from Universitas Mataram, they will be made available to USC students on your grades pages on USC Central. For cross-institutional students there is a $10 fee to be sent an academic transcript. You have to write and request this, it is not sent automatically.

The other three consortium universities have similar processes.

Cross Institutional Students
To receive your grades, you must apply to USC student Administration for for an Official Academic transcript. The fees for this are as follows:

one academic transcript will cost you $10
three academic transcripts will cost you $15
express post within Australia will cost you an additional $5.25
international post will cost you an additional $2.30
international express post will cost you an additional $17.45Z

Please follow this link to download the application form for an Official Academic transcript. If you do not put in this application form, you wil lnot receive your grades from your In-Country Porogram. We can not send out grades without this process being completed.

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