Indonesian studies

Since the 1960s Australia has been an important centre for the study of Indonesian language and culture. Indonesia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. With over 220 million people and more than eighteen thousand islands linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans it is of great environmental, cultural, political and economic interest to the countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Teaching Program

Indonesian studies at Monash teaches Indonesian language to a high proficiency level through a focus on literary and linguistic topics. The program is complemented by extensive research conducted by the Faculty of Arts in the history, politics, economy and the music of Indonesia.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework Indonesian studies page.


The research we do can be grouped in the following key themes:

  • Islam in Indonesia
  • Communication and publics in Indonesia
  • Anthropology of Indonesia
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Literatures and languages of Indonesia
  • Linguistics.


Our academics in Indonesian studies enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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