Immersion Courses

IndoAustay* offers immersion language courses based in Indonesia for adults and for students who are completing year 10 or 11.

Adult Immersion Course, Bandung

7–20 January 2018 (course runs 8–19 January)

The Adult Immersion Course, held in Bandung over two weeks in January, consists of no more than ten participants. It is designed to extend Indonesian language competence and understanding of Indonesia.

The immersion course is taught through Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI). Each weekday, participants attend a theme-based lesson followed by a related activity outside the classroom to put into practice what they have learned. The course draws on communicative and task-based methodologies, involving excursions, reporting and interaction with Indonesian people. There is also some scope to adapt the syllabus to suit individual or professional interests.

For the duration of the course, each participant lives with a local family, which is an integral part of the language learning process. Weekends consist of free time and activities with the host family.

Participants arrange their own travel to and from Bandung and must remain in Bandung for the duration of the course. The cost of the course is $2000, with $650 payable as a deposit. Applications close on 5 November 2017. IndoAustay may accept late applications that are otherwise complete. You can download an application form in Word or PDF format.

You can read a review of the course by one of the 2016 participants.


For more detailed information on this immersion course please contact Lester Levinson on 0418 314 379 or email

Secondary Student Immersion Course, Yogyakarta

30 December 2017 14 January 2018 (dates of instruction 1–12 January 2018)

The course is devised and conducted by Pak Tata Survi, using communicative and task-based activities. It is directed at students who have completed year 10 or year 11 in Australian secondary schools. It is based in Yogyakarta (also known as Jogjakarta or Jogja) in central Java.

Victorian students about to begin year 12 will have the opportunity to begin preparation for their detailed study under the guidance of Pak Survi, who is an experienced teacher and examiner of year 12 VCE Indonesian.

Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9 am until 3.30 pm. The day consists of formal instruction on most weekday mornings, followed by a ‘mission’, which involves participants in small groups putting their language skills into practice by gathering, seeking and recording information and carrying out practical tasks in the field. The ‘missions’ are then reviewed in class in the afternoons.

One or two full-day group excursions out of town will also form part of the program.

Students spend the weekends with their host families.

Students stay with Indonesian families who will have a child of the same sex and similar age. Individual homestay is regarded as an essential element of the language and cultural experience provided by the course.

Students will not be able to stay with a friend, schoolmate or relation, or to stay in a hotel.

Participants should arrive in Yogyakarta on Saturday 1 December and leave on Friday 12 January. Participants may arrive earlier or leave later by prior arrangement without incurring any extra homestay cost. Liaise with Pak Survi about this.

Participants find their own way (ideally travelling as a group) to and from Yogyakarta. A liaison person will be available in Melbourne to facilitate this process, but parents will be responsible for actually making their child’s travel arrangements.
Flight details should be forwarded to Susan Wireman (contact details below) by 1 September.

Participants will be met by their host families at Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto Airport and returned to the airport at the end of the course.

The cost of the course is $1800, which covers all tuition and group activities, homestay costs, including laundry, transport while in Yogyakarta, and all meals. A $750 deposit is payable by 18 August, with the remaining balance to be paid by 15 September.

Airfares, travel insurance, spending money and incidentals are not included in the above cost.

Students travelling on an Australian passport do not require a visa.

Because of the highly personalised nature of the course, the group size is limited to no more than six participants.

For more information and application forms, see the Forthcoming Student Exchange page.


Two scholarships are available for participants in the secondary student immersion program. The scholarships, which cover the participation fees, are offered by AIA of NSW, in conjunction with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and by AIA of Victoria, in conjunction with Garuda Indonesia. For more information, see the AIA NSW website.


For more detailed information on this immersion course please contact Tata Survi on or 0405 547 882.
To advise course administrators of flight details, please contact Susan Wirawan on

*IndoAustay is a not-for-profit volunteer-operated public company limited by guarantee of its members, the Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) and Australia Indonesia Association of NSW.

The following details may be used for written correspondence to the AIAV.  To submit an immediate web inquiry, you can email us on the addresses below or use the Contact Us page to submit a web inquiry:

PO Box 527
Carlton South  VIC 3053
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