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Indonesian 3 (Upper-) Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Indonesian 1 Beginners and Indonesian 2 Pre-intermediate.


The course Indonesian 3 Upper-) Intermediate (5 ECTS) is the third part of the intensive language course for beginners where students continue to learn Indonesian structures and vocabulary, as well as cultural knowledge that is necessary for effective communication in this language. This course is a continuation of Indonesian 1 and Indonesian 2. As Indonesian 1 and Indonesian 2, the course Indonesian 3 consists of two closely linked components: Structures and Communication. The Structures class focuses on acquiring knowledge of Indonesian grammar and the practical ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse. The Communication class is devoted to acquiring practical competence in Indonesian by means of exercises in conversation, individual oral presentation, comprehension of texts, and writing skills. Indonesian 3 is an integrated whole, both components of which mutually support each other. It is not possible to follow the Structures and Communication classes separately.

Course objectives

Increasing the active and passive proficiency and the using of different affixes, with particular emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and gaining insight into different language situations. The student gains a better insight in subtle semantic differences due to new vocabulary in context. Additionally, the student receives a better idea of formal as well as colloquial Indonesian. The level to be achieved is B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Two two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Atending classes (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities and assessment hours: 208 hours

Assessment method

The assessment of Indonesian Language consists of the following elements:

Assessment and Weighing

  1. Marks for the written homework for both the Structures and Communication components (this counts for 40% of the overall mark). No submissions will be marked 0; Late submissions will be cut 1 point per day; No mid-term exam.
    1. An oral examination at the end of the course (30% of the overall mark).
    2. A written examination at the end of the course (30% of the overall mark).


The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. The resit is only for the student received an overall mark for the entire course of “5” or lower, and has participated in the written and oral exam. As written exam, the resit is 30% of the overall mark.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • James Neil Sneddon, Indonesian: a comprehensive grammar, 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge (2010). This book must be provided by the students.

  • Dien Rovita et al., Untaian Bahasa 3. Jakarta: BIPA UI, 2010

  • George Quinn and Uli Kozok, The Indonesian Way (

  • Other materials from newspapers and internet
    Sneddon’s book must be provided by the students. Other materials will be prepared by instructor. They will be handed out during the class or through blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. S. Suryadi


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.