I began my Indonesian language courses at Flinders in 2014, four years after I had last learned Indonesian in Year 12. Flinders staff were very helpful in ensuring that I was enrolled in the right topics with regards to my previous knowledge. If you are in a similar position to me, or considering beginning to learn Indonesian I would highly recommend it.
I particularly like the manner of teaching, where there is a good balance between theory and practical learning. For example, my assessments have included interviewing people from Indonesia, creating multimedia presentations and even having our tutorial in a restaurant. These great experiences are in addition to the opportunities to travel overseas and study for extended periods of time. In 2015 I spent six months in Indonesia via ACICIS, and the skills I developed were invaluable.
During my Bachelor of International Studies I went to study for one semester in Malaysia on exchange. While in Malaysia, and especially during a short trip to Sumatra, I realized how much more fun it would be if I could speak and understand the local language. When I came back to Flinders I was already at the beginning of the 3nd year and didn't have enough electives left to start a language. Luckily, I could enrol in the Language Diploma in Indonesian and I graduated from my BA with Honours and had 2 years of the Language Diploma behind me. I completed the last two units of the Language Diploma by spending a semester at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in Bandung, Indonesia. I took classes on politics and history taught in Indonesian alongside Indonesian students, which was a great way to learn more about Indonesia while earning credit towards the Language Diploma. After the semester in Bandung I went straight into an internship at a political foundation in Jakarta to put my Indonesian language skills to use. Now I am a PhD candidate at the Australian National University in Canberra and I look forward to going back to Indonesia to do research on Indonesia's political system.

I studied a Master of Public Administration at Flinders, with a Graduate Diploma in Languages (Indonesian).  I gained employment with the Australian Government through a competitive graduate program, and my study of Indonesian has continued to open doors since then.  I have had the opportunity to develop Australia's close relationship with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries.  I have worked with Indonesian government representatives on issues of common interest to our two countries, and have travelled overseas for my work.  My Indonesian language skills and the cultural knowledge I have gained are valued by my employer, and have enabled me to work on issues I became passionate about at university.
When I first started my law degree I had a general idea that I wanted to help people, but I didn't know what that might look like. Then in third year, on a 'whim' I decided to pick Indonesian language as what I thought would be the minor of my Arts degree. I haven't looked back. By studying Indonesian I have had the opportunity to study on exchange in Indonesia (counting towards both my Arts degree and my Law degree) and have a really hands-on experience of life in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. I've been able to study about Islam, about Indonesian law and politics, about the bilateral relationship between our two countries, as well as vaguer ideas about how life can be done differently from the model in which I had been brought up in.  Last summer I had an opportunity to go back to Indonesia on a government-sponsored community development project in South-East Sulawesi and now I'm writing my honours thesis in Indonesian language on political corruption. With my law degree and my experiences in Indonesia, I feel well equipped to start this next stage of my life.