The University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA)’s BIPA program is a hidden gem for those hoping to gain, not only, Indonesian language proficiency, but also, the opportunity to study and gain work experience within an international development context. The course itself is tailored towards non-native speakers of Bahasa Indonesia. Through the study program students gain the ability to actively communicate both in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia.
The course is provided in universities throughout Indonesia. However, with funding from the Ministries of Culture and Education (KPK), of Higher Education (DIKTI) and of Research and Technology (RISTEK), only the University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA) provides the BIPA course for foreign students. Students learn not only Bahasa Indonesia but also gain insights into Indonesian culture, history, politics and a range of other topics tailored to the interests of participating students. To ensure that students maximize their time in Indonesia, the program also includes a range of field trips. Students are invited to attend art workshops, museums, village health care centers, government offices, traditional markets and other cultural sites and eco-tourism spots. The art workshops provide facilities and training for participants to learn about traditional songs, dance, unique musical instruments and Ikat weaving of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). As a result, students gain deep insights into culture which can only be found in East Indonesia while also learning about the more commonly studied Indonesian culture of Java and Bali.
As a new program, BIPA remains an untapped resource for those who wish to gain Indonesian language and cross-cultural communication skills. In order to reach an optimal balance between student to teacher ratio and collaborative classroom discussions, each class has been limited to 5 students.
Asia Options recommends this program for students hoping to gain a unique experience off the beaten track of Indonesia. It is best to find a group of friends or classmates and register as a class of five.
BIPA Course Options
Regular program (3 months)
The regular program spans over three months. The course dates are flexible and based upon demand from students. Classes are scheduled five days a week: Monday to Friday from 09.00 – 16.00. The language skills taught cover speaking, reading, listening, writing, and vocabulary building. using BIPA’s authentic materials. This program also includes art workshops, field trips, and additional travel.
Short-visit program (1 month)
The short-visit program takes one month and runs anytime as requested. Classes are scheduled five days a week: Monday to Friday from 09.00 – 16.00. The language skills taught cover speaking, reading, listening, writing, and vocabulary building using BIPA’s authentic materials. This program also includes art workshops, fieldtrips, and additional travel.
Special program with field trip (2 weeks)
The special program with a field trip is run over two weeks with flexible course dates based upon request. Classes are scheduled five days a week: Monday to Friday from 09.00 – 16.00. This program focuses on practising daily conversation. This program also includes art workshops and field trips.
Special program with travel (2 weeks)
The special program with travel runs over two weeks with flexible course dates based upon request. Classes are scheduled five days a week: Monday to Friday from 09.00 – 16.00. This program focuses on practising daily conversation. This program also includes an art workshop and travelling.
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