Your chance to learn Indonesian!


Learning the Indonesian language, or Bahasa Indonesia, opens the door to talking with more than 250 million people in Southeast Asia. Indonesian is widely understood in both Indonesia and Malaysia, where the national language is Malay, a closely related language. Both countries are important to New Zealand, with well-established and growing links in tourism, business and education as well as a range of social and cultural connections.

NZAI, in cooperation with AUT Indonesia Centre, offers Indonesian language courses for adult learners twice a year. The courses are for people with a range of prior exposure to Indonesian, from those who are absolute beginners to those who have some familiarity with the language. We provide a follow-on stream for those who have taken our beginners’ course. The classes are run by two experienced Indonesian tutors, Carissa Paramita and Nelly Martin, who have qualifications from universities in Indonesia and Australia.

The course introduces the core language required to get around and interact with Indonesian speakers, with further topics for more advanced students. Topics include:

  • Introducing yourself and your family
  • Food and shopping
  • Travel, time and making plans
  • Expressing opinions and making requests
  • Business communication

Duration: 1.5 hours per week over six week period
Fee: $200 (including a textbook)


Please note: SEA CAPE Grant: The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (hosted at Victoria University of Wellington) proudly supports the Indonesian language course through a $150 grant-in-aid to all who complete the full course. Application forms available during the course.


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