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Indonesian Language Short Course

William Schulze is a student from the Flinders University. William 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. William is studying Bachelor Education and Bachelor of Languages.


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

Yes. It allows people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to partake to be able to engage.

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

The immersion and culture.

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

Time management. Time seems to run faster here.

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

Yes, I feel like I have improved more out of necessity in three weeks than I have studying in Australia.

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

Yes, however just observing outside of campus has been a very rich experience.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about the course?

Exploring the language an culture. Much better than reading online.

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

I plan to teach English as a second language and I believe putting myself in the mindset of a language learner is important for this.

Q: Would you recommend this program to your friends?


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

Intense, fun and worthwhile.

Q: What is your favourite Indonesian phrase?

Berjalan jalan.