Bahasa Indonesia

New for 2018!

Bahasa Indonesia Summer Program

The Bahasa Indonesia summer program aims to improve participants’ ability to communicate through reading, writing, speaking and listening. These four language skills will be cultivated through in-class language instruction, as well as cultural presentations and activities. Volunteer work and host family stays encourage students to practice their language in real world environments, while also offering them the opportunity to delve deeper into Indonesian culture. By the end of program, participants will have a greater appreciation for Indonesia, including its language, religion, society, and history.

Program Location: Indonesia
Accommodations: Host families

Why Bahasa Indonesia? “Research suggests Bahasa Indonesia is one of the world’s most accessible languages.  It has an uncomplicated system of grammar and vocabulary, and unlike Chinese or Japanese, Indonesian has no tones and uses the Roman alphabet.” Read more!

Good to know: Body language is just as important as the spoken word in Indonesia. For example, calling out to a person using your index finger is considered rude in Indonesia, as that gesture is used to call your dog.

Fun fact! “Bahasa” translates to “language” in many Asian languages, meaning “Bahasa Indonesia” is literally “the language of Indonesia.” While there are hundreds of local languages spoken in Indonesia, Bahasa Indonesia is the only official language.

Find more information on Indonesia on the U.S. Embassy site!

There will not be an Indonesian academic year program for the 2018-19 program year.

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