Each year, on 28 October, Indonesia celebrates ‘The Youth Pledge Day’, or in Bahasa Indonesia, ‘Hari Sumpah Pemuda’. This date marks the day back in 1928, when a group of young Indonesian nationalists declared the “Sumpah Pemuda” for the first time. They proclaimed three ideas that went on to underwrite the establishment of the Indonesian republic: one motherland, one nation and one language.

Emphasising the “one language” part of the pledge, the young nationalists declared “We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, uphold the language of unity, Bahasa Indonesia.” Because of this pivotal historical event, in Indonesia, October is often referred to as “Bulan Bahasa” or “Language Month”. During this month, campaigns, competitions and activities are often held to express the love for—and appreciation of—the nation-building role that Bahasa Indonesia has played in uniting Indonesia’s 270 million people into a single country.

This year (2022), ACICIS is challenging all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over to share their favourite word in Bahasa Indonesia through the “Bahasa Sesh Challenge”.

Participating in this challenge will be a great opportunity to win one free ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course session in Central Java, valued at over $3,000 AUD! Additionally, all submissions will be considered as a collective effort to learn Bahasa Indonesia, for everyone, in an exciting yet modern way.

The challenge will be open from 1 to 26 October 2022. The winner will be announced on 28 October 2022.

1. Prepare your video

  • Record a short video of yourself telling us what your favourite word in Bahasa Indonesia is and why.
  • Extra points for telling us the meaning of the word and for using it in a sentence (in Bahasa Indonesia). You can be as fun and creative as you want!
  • There are no restrictions on the duration of the video, on the video creation technicalities (format, aspect ratio, editing software, etc).
  • Need inspiration? Check out past Bahasa Sesh materials at the bottom of this page.  

2. Submit your video

  • Post your video submission(s) to one of these social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). 
  • Mention and tag ACICIS Study Indonesia.
  • Use #bahasasesh hashtag.
  • Follow ACICIS Study Indonesia social channels.

Grand Prize

One free ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course session in Central Java, valued at over $3,000 AUD!


The ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC) program consists of intensive Indonesian language classes (from total beginner to advanced), cultural classes and fieldtrips. The program will be held in Salatiga, central Java, Indonesia. Read more about ILSC here.

Don’t listen to us, listen to some past ILSC participants here: 

Katherine Durban (2021): https://www.asiaoptions.org/why-study-with-acicis/ 

Lucas Cary (2019): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indonesian-language-training-salatiga-lucas-cary/ 

Other ILSC past participants’ student profiles: https://www.acicis.edu.au/tag/ilsc/ 

Weekly Winners

There are also several weekly prizes to be won! 

  • We encourage anyone and everyone to take part in the ACICIS 2022 Bahasa Sesh Challenge, however, prizes will only be awarded to Australian citizens over 18 years of age.
  • You can submit as many videos as you like. The more the merrier! 
  • ACICIS may share your video submission(s) to our social channels. 
  • All submissions will be posted publicly on ACICIS’ YouTube channel.
  • The challenge will be open from 1-26 October 2022. 
  • The grand prize winner will be announced on 28 October 2022 via ACICIS’ social media channels. 
  • The weekly winners will be announced weekly via ACICIS’ social media channels.
  • Both the grand prize winner and weekly winners agree to be involved in the promotion of the competition. The winners agree to be photographed, interviewed and featured on ACICIS’ social media.
  • The prizes are not transferrable.
  • The prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • If the selected winners do not accept the prizes, ACICIS will select new winners.
  • The grand prize only covers the administration and tuition fee of the program. The associated costs of participation must be borne by the winner. You can find a breakdown of the fees and costs here: ILSC Fees & Costs.
  • The grand prize must be used in July 2023 or January 2024.
  • Should you have any questions about the 2022 ACICIS Bahasa Sesh Challenge, please email us at enquiries@acicis.edu.au 


Bahasa Sesh initiative started as a segment in ACICIS’ social channels in early 2022. Through Bahasa Sesh, ACICIS has been sharing some words and phrases in Bahasa Indonesia every weekend. Bahasa Sesh is one of many ways to encourage ACICIS’ audience (especially Australian undergraduate students) to learn Bahasa Indonesia. We believe that Bahasa Sesh could be a vital opening for someone to learn more about the Indonesian language. The initiative has been transformative and engaging in the last 8 months. The recent Bahasa Sesh comes in the form of video, involving ACICIS staff explaining a piece of Bahasa Indonesia for our audience to learn. This Bahasa Sesh Challenge is the extension of this initiative. We would love to involve anyone to share any Bahasa Indonesia to anyone. Imagine, how fruitful it is when you are unintentionally learning, but you actually learn something? Go grab your camera, and submit your video. Good luck!