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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.

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The CLS Program has suspended all summer language institutes for 2020.


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Featured Alumni Profiles

Sarina Haryanto
Indonesian 2018
Malang, Indonesia
Aisac Marie Accad
Indonesian 2019
Malang, Indonesia
Helen Jiang
Indonesian 2016
Malang, Indonesia

Indonesian Stories

7 Stories Of Growing Up Black In Appalachia
Reporter Benny Becker (Indonesian 2012) tells the story of Derek Akal and his family. Akal currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He was working for Cumberland Mine Service, but was laid off during the pandemic.

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Posted June 24, 2020