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Indonesian Language Short Course

Georgia Forster is a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient from Australian National University. Georgia undertook the Indonesian Language Short Course at Satya Wacana University in Salatiga in 2019.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake ACICIS’ Indonesian Language Short Course?

Studying in country gives you the opportunity to practice your language with ordinary people, everyday! Not only with other students and your host family but with street vendors, shop owners and other tourists.

Q: Did you receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant? If so, how did this contribute to your experience in Indonesia?

Yes, the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant gave me the opportunity to come to Indonesia when I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to come. It’s also connected me to an excellent community of young people who are encouraging me to further my studies in Indonesia.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging about the ILSC?

I found the most challenging thing is definitely the language…of course!

Q: How will your proficiency in Indonesian Language gained through the Indonesian Language Short Course influence your future career or study?

I’d love to work in the Asia-Pacific region later in life and this has given me a great introduction to the region.

Q: Have you had previous experience learning Indonesian in Australia? If so, how different is in-country Indonesian language learning to your previous experiences? If not, how do classes in Indonesia compare to classes in Australia?

I previously did one semester of language study in Australia. I think classes in-country are different because they’re more immersive. Also, the opportunity to use your language outside of class is greater.

Q: Would you like to return to Indonesia for future study or work?

Absolutely! I’m already planning on doing ACICIS Flexible Language Program in the future.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about the course?

The people and culture! I’d never been to Southeast Asia before but it’s truly incredible.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Salatiga?

I’ve done lots of hiking and walking around the rice fields. Also, hanging out with the awesome people here. I would absolutely recommend climbing Mt. Andong, it’s was one of the best experiences of my life.
Also, go to the Semarang International Festival if you’re in Salatiga!

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian food? 

In Salatiga, Lotek. But if you have time go to Solo and have Nasi Liwet – it’s mind blowing!

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian phrase?

Sampai jumpa lagi!