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Indonesian Language Short Course

Daniel Phelan is a student from Monash University. Daniel undertook the Indonesian Language Short Course at Satya Wacana University in Salatiga with the assistance of a $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant in 2023. Daniel is studying Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Information Technology and Diploma of Languages.

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

Wanted to learn some indonesian and tick of a uni subject at the same time.

Q: Did you receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant? If yes, why do you think the NCP is an important initiative?

Yes – its an important stepping stone to bringing more students to the Indo-Pacific region in a way that would other wise not exist and would mean less Australian students are studying and building networks in the region.

Q: What did you find to be the most rewarding part of this in-country experience?

Just being based in country for 3 weeks provides a rewarding experience that you can’t gain any other way. The ACICIS and LTC staff were incredible and made it a completely memorable experience.

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


Q: Have you had previous experience learning Indonesian in Australia? If yes, how different was the in-country ILSC to your previous experiences?


Q: Were you able to learn about the Indonesian culture from this in-country program? If yes, how was this achieved?


Q: What have you enjoyed most about the course?

Learning the language.

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

Learning a language is always great for your resume and professional development but for also learning
in country makes a huge difference and allows you to be properly immersed in the culture and the

Q: Would you recommend this program to your friends?


Q: Describe your experience of the in-country ILSC in three words!

Hot, enlightening and fun!

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian phrase?