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The Indonesian Language

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of the most populous Muslim country and one of the world's most interesting cultural and economic landscapes. Spoken by over 250 million people living in the archipelago nation of Indonesia, fewer than 300 Americans enrolled in collegiate Indonesian courses in 2009, creating an amazing opportunity for those students who take it.

Indonesia is a remarkable country made up of 6,000 inhabited islands (and 11,000 more uninhabited ones!), and many of these islands feature their own unique cultures and languages. Closely related to the widely spoken Malay language, Indonesian has the potential to be a gateway to many countries in Southeast Asia. Today, Indonesia features a rapidly growing economy and is gaining momentum on the international stage. By studying Bahasa Indonesian, you can add an in-demand language to your repertoire and prepare to contribute globally in your field, whether it's medicine, environmental policy, or music and the arts.

Program Sites

Malang, Indonesia
Universitas Negeri Malang
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Helen Jiang
Indonesian 2016
Malang, Indonesia
Joy Cariño
Indonesian 2019
Malang, Indonesia
Emily Wood
Indonesian 2018
Malang, Indonesia

Indonesian Stories

Announcing the CLS 2021 Finalists

The CLS Program is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 summer competition. We applaud all applicants for the 2021 CLS Program for their commitment to language learning and congratulate the finalists and alternates selected from this impressive pool of students.

Finalists for the...

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Posted March 03, 2021

In Defense of U.S. Education and Cultural Programs
Daniel Bottomley, CLS Alumnus (2012 Indonesian) and Director of Public Diplomacy & Global Initiatives at University of Delaware, makes the case for a renewed focus on international exchange programs promoting mutual understanding within the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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Posted February 15, 2021