Indonesia in-country program students

Indonesian In-Country language program

Indonesian In Country Program

What is the program about?

CDU's Indonesian In-Country Program for 2017 will be held at the Mataram Lingua Franca Institute (MLFI), Semester 1: 2 January to 20 January 2017, and for Semester 2: 23 January to 10 February 2017.

The Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI) invite you to enrol in an intensive in-country Indonesian Language and Cultural Program that gives you high-quality classroom learning with native speaker instructors, immersion-in-culture and daily interaction with local people.

This in-country program is managed by members of RUILI:

  • Charles Darwin University
  • the University of New England
  • the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • the University of Tasmania
  • local Indonesian partners in Lombok (Mataram) in January and February of each year; while a second in-country language program is run in Kupang in June and July of each year.

Since 2007, RUILI has offered Intensive Indonesian Language and Cultural Program with the help of our local colleagues to offer high-quality language instruction in our intensive programs without incurring high cost for students. Our program has several levels of language study, from total beginners to advanced. Students can opt to study just one unit over three weeks, or two units consecutively over six weeks.

Our program offers rewarding experiences living in the community while studying, which will enrich your understanding of the Indonesian language and way of life. It integrates rigorous coursework with interesting cultural activities and excursions, and is taught by supportive local university teachers.

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Overview of the Program

The Indonesian In-Country Program can be taken either for university credit or as a non-award course. For the latter, please see the information later under 'I intend take to undertake non-award course study'.

For university study, the in-country program allows you to complete one full unit of Indonesian language study in three (3) intensive weeks, or two full units in 6 intensive weeks, which is an advantage for those who do not have more time to spare.

The Lombok in-country program has eight levels of Indonesian, for complete beginners, intermediate, advanced students, as well as language specialisation level. The first six levels correspond to the six levels of the CDU Indonesian program.  There is no test or perquisite to attend any of the levels, however students should enrol in the appropriate level according to the previous level completed.

Typically, in-country study for the first six levels is through enrolment in INI units from INI101 to INI302, and for level seven (7) and eight (8) students should enrol in LAN211 and LAN311.  

The program combines an engaging mix of language study and cultural activities. Students are required to study four hours of language study each weekday morning, as well as an addition four hours of self-effort, including homework and practising with locals.  There are occasional cultural activities on some afternoons, and some provision for local excursions on weekends. The program caters for adults (18 years of age or older), from complete beginners to students seeking language specialisation.

Application and Enrolment Procedures

If you wish to undertake this study in Summer Semester 2016, you must enrol in an INI or LAN211 or LAN311 unit.  This can be a specialisaiton within your course or as an elective.  Cross-institutional students may participate by filling out a HE106 form and return it by 28 October 2016.

You will then be asked to confirm your participation in the program.  To do this you must register at the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI) website, which provides a checklist of the various details you must attend to, and which also gives us necessary information about your travel arrangements and next of kin in case of an emergency.

RUILI will confirm your acceptance into the program at this time, so you can then proceed to arrange your travel and passport requirements. There are also certain later CDU requirements you will need to satisfy depending on the type of student you are, as detailed below.

I am already enrolled in a Higher Education course at CDU

To enrol in INI units please add unit in ‘MyStudentInfo’.  To enrol in LAN211 or LAN311 you will need to complete the enrolment form.  Please submit it sometime before 28 November 2016. This provides a basis for billing you for fees in the normal way.

I am currently enrolled in an award course at another Australian University

To enrol in INI units, LAN211 or LAN311 units at CDU, you will need to fill out a HE106 form.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the form is authorised in writing by your home University and is returned to Student Services no later than 28 November 2016. This provides a basis for billing you for fees in the normal way.  Another alternative would be to enrol in CDU as a miscellaneous student, but this is expensive as you will be paying full fees upfront and there is no HECS-HELP subsidy.

I am not currently enrolled in an award course at any Australian University

Another alternative would be to enrol in CDU as a miscellaneous student, but this is expensive as you will be paying full fees upfront and there is no HECS-HELP subsidy.  To become a miscellaneous student please fill out a HE101 Enrolment Form, and write in Section 3 in CDU Course Name that you are a ‘Miscellaneous Student’.

I intend to start a course at CDU in Summer Semester or Semester 1, 2016

Visit CDU Course Finder to view courses and apply via SATAC for entry into the Diploma of Languages (SATAC code 116051) for the Summer Semester. Applications close 28 November 2016 for Summer Semester, and you will be notified of your acceptance by soon after.

You will then need to enrol in an INI or LAN211 or LAN311 unit no later than 28 November 2016). This provides a basis for billing you for fees in the normal way. 


Higher Education students will receive an official CDU grade on successful completion of INI or LAN units and will be notified in the normal way at the end of the Summer Semester period.

Please take seriously the fact that this in an intensive course for which you are awarded university credit.  While studying overseas, you must meet all requirements of the host institution regarding compulsory attendance at lectures/tutorials and completion of assessment tasks and be of good behaviour.

You must put in the same effort on Indonesian language that you would in a course at home.

Fortunately, you can do this not only through classes and homework but also through organised excursions and your informal mixing with Indonesian people in streets, shops, markets, canteens and so on.

Travelling to Indonesia

Students must arrange their own travel to Indonesia. Please schedule your flights to arrive before the course begins and to depart after it ends, since it is important for you to be present on both the first and last days of the program for semester 1 and/or 2 (4 to 20 January and/or 23 January to 10 February 2017 respectively). There is also an optional orientation session on the day before the first class of semester 1 and 2.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for having an up-to-date passport and obtaining their own visas to visit Indonesia. Australians who do not yet have a passport can find information on how to obtain one at The Australia Passport Office website.

It does take time to organise your passport, so please make sure you have one as soon as possible. With regard to a Indonesian visas, you have two options.

Option 1: The free 30-day visa. Valid for 30 days. CANNOT BE EXTENDED. You only intend to stay in Indonesia for 29 days, and leave the country on the 30th day. If you have any possibility of changing your mind when you are in Indonesia, DO NOT ask for this visa. Choose Option 2.

Option 2: Visa on Arrival (VoA). Costs USD$35. Valid for 30 days. CAN BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER 30 days 7 days before the expiry date of the first VoA. You intend to stay for up to 59 days, and leave the country on the 60th day.

For more detailed information please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website regarding Indonesia’s Entry and Exit requirements.

Living in Indonesia

Participants are responsible for their own living expenses for the duration of the program. Participants are expected to stay at a hotel or homestay (kos) accommodation in and around Mataram for the duration program.

Hotels can cost anywhere from $30 to $100 per night.  The homestay option is much cheaper, costing anywhere usually between $60 to $80 per month.  Meals can be obtained from hotels, restaurants, food stalls, or self-made cooking if you have the facilities.  Groceries and other items can be purchased from convenience stores, mini-marts, or large supermarkets and shopping malls. 

Health and Security

It is a requirement of Charles Darwin University that all students of an in-country program must have health and travel insurance, including coverage for accidental injuries, hospitalisation and medical evacuation.

CDU insurance will automatically cover all enrolled students for the duration of the course as long as they are flying directly to and from the location of their course as part of their travel plans. CDU insurance cannot cover any side trips prior to, during or after the in-country program, however. To be covered by the University's travel insurance policy, a 'Movement Request for Official Travel' form needs to be signed and completed prior to travel. This form will be provided to you.

The University has access to private travel insurance that can be utilised by students and the general public. The policy product is called "In-A-Suitcase" and is provided by ACE Insurance Limited.

This may be a useful option, however, we also recommend that you consult other companies to compare policies to find something that best suits your personal circumstances. It is also important that you read the detailed Health and Insurance advice on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website.

Come to Indonesia prepared with ample supplies of any medicines and prescriptions you take regularly. It is also your responsibility to inform us of any allergies or medical conditions that may affect your participation in the study program.  Other useful websites include:

         The Travel Doctor (TMVC)

         USA Center for Disease Control and Prevention Health Information for Travellers to Southeast Asia

There are no special security issues regarding travel to most places in Indonesia, but you should exercise the same common sense measures as at home and other travel situations, such as not going out alone at night and keeping out of arguments, political, religious or otherwise.

For general advice on security in Indonesia check the Australian Government's Travel Advice for Indonesia on

For Indonesia more generally there is much useful information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Country Information for Indonesia.


Please contact the Office of International Services to find out what scholarships are available.  Also, check out their Global Mobility (Outbound) website.

Summary of Expenses

Students enrolling in the program through CDU enrol in CDU's INI ‘Indonesian’ or LAN 'In-country Language Study' units. These are accredited HECS-HELP liable units and you pay for it in the same way you pay for other CDU units; e.g. domestic students can elect to pay for it upfront or defer their fees.

In addition to that fee, you will need to cover your own cost for travel, visa, insurance, accommodation and living expenses.

You can expect a welcoming function and some excursions to be paid for by the host institution, but you will need to pay yourself for any other excursions, trips or activities that you choose to arrange or become involved in.

For 2015 we have a limited amount of scholarship money available from the New Colombo Plan (NCP).
 If there are more applicants than scholarships, then such matters as level and course of study and/or whether a scholarship was received for previous in-country study may be taken into account.

Interested students should apply contact the Office of International Services.

Provision of Information

  • Participants in any in-country study program are required to supply RUILI Hub and CDU administrators with certain information. Those that may apply to the Indonesia in-country program include:
  • primary and secondary emergency contact details in Australiaflight details and itinerary
  • transfer details to and from the airport, accommodation and program venue(s) (except as arranged through the program)
  • insurance details (travel and medical)
  • a means for the University or program coordinator to contact the participant immediately (e.g. a mobile phone with 'Global Roaming' capability) in the event of an emergency or natural disaster
  • any special dietary, religious, medical, or assistance requirements
  • photocopies of the participant's passport (with a minimum 6 months validity and adequate pages)
  • Accommodation details are must be passed on to the Resident Director once you arrive in Lombok.

Any information supplied to the University will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Information collection, storage and dissemination will be governed by the Information Act (NT) and the University's Privacy Policy.

In addition to application and enrolment forms, all participants will also need to fill out, sign and forward the following documentation to the appropriate program administrators:

  • Indemnity form
  • Movement requisition form (for insurance purposes)
  • DFAT declaration (if applicable at the time)
  • Media release form (so CDU can use pictures of your participation)
  • Insurance details (travel and medical)
  • Medical clearance (from your doctor)
  • An agreement of compliance and undertakings whilst participating in a program. 

Important Dates

This program runs in January and February 2017 (available language levels: 1 to 8). There are two terms:

  • Term 1: 2 Jan – 20 Jan 2017
  • Term 2: 23 Jan – 10 Feb 2017

The dates for registering for this program are:

  • Registration opens: Monday, 1 August 2016
  • Registration closes: Monday, 28 November 2016


Dr Nathan Franklin
Indonesian language Lecturer and Coordinator
Orange 6.3.05
Casuarina campus
T: 08 8946 7171