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Indonesian 1


Admission requirements

No admission requirements


Indonesian Language 1 is an intensive language course for beginners, in which students acquire the basic grammar and basic vocabulary of Indonesian, as well as cultural knowledge necessary for effective communication in this language. The course consists of three closely linked components: Grammar, Vocabulary and Language Use.

Course objectives

  • The ability to communicate effectively with limited means in Indonesian cultural contexts.

  • Basic knowledge of the vocabulary , morphology and syntax of Indonesian in order to be able to speak, read, and write on a simple level, and to be able to understand simple spoken messages. The overall level to be attained in this course for active and receptive language use according to the Common European Framework of Reference is A1.

  • Basic knowledge of the grammar of Indonesian and the ability to apply this knowledge in oral and written discourse.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (three two hour seminars every week)

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Absence of more than 9 classes automatically implies exclusion from the term end exams. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

The course contains three sessions per week that are obligatory for BA SSEAS students and advised for external students. In case of logistic clashes, external students should contact the coordinator in a timely manner. Missed classes will have to be made up with an extra assignment.

Assessment method


The assessment of Indonesian 1 consists of the following elements:

  • Two vocabulary tests (for a total of 40% of the overall mark). The first test is taken during the mid-term period; the second test at the end of the course.

  • An oral examination at the end of the course (30% of the overall mark).

  • A written examination at the end of the course (30% of the overall mark).
    To pass the course, students must have contributed actively to at least 75% of class meetings and receive an overall mark for the course of 5.50 (=6) or higher.


See above.


A resit exam is possible only for the written examination at the end of the course (30%). The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Reading list

For the Grammar Component:

  • Sneddon, James Neil, K. Alexander Adelaar, Michael C. Ewing & Dwi Noverini Djenar. 2010. Indonesian: A Comprehensive Grammar. London [etc.]: Routledge.

  • Djenar, Dwi Noverini. 2005. A Student’s Guide to Indonesian Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Other Material provided by the lecturers.

  • For the Vocabulary Component:

  • Rovita, Dien et al. 2010. Untaian bahasa 1 & 2. Jakarta: PIBA, LBI, FIB, Universitas Indonesia (provided by the lecturers).

  • Other Material provided by the lecturers.

  • For the Language Use Component:

  • Sugono, Dedy et al. 2008. Lentera Indonesia 1. Jakarta: Pusat Bahasa. (provided by the lecturers).

  • Other Material provided by the lecturers.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: VRIESHOF