A vast archipelago made up of thousands of islands–including Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, the Spice Islands, and Papua—Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, and is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Indonesian language is most widely spoken in Southeast Asia (Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Southern Thailand). It is an easy language to learn with no conjugations, tenses, or declensions, and it is written using the Roman alphabet. Indonesian classes at UW-Madison are small, allowing students many opportunities for intensive interaction with each other and the instructor. Classes are filled with interactive and fun activities, such as games and role-plays. Along with classroom activities, various cultural events by the Indonesian community in Madison provide opportunities for students to be immersed in Indonesian language and culture.

Majors & Certificates 

Languages and Cultures of Asia Major, Asian Studies Major, Southeast Asian Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Rachel Weiss,

Language Table

Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm
Der Rathskeller, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street
Contact: Mailani Kamilah

Student Organizations 

Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS Madison); browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Indonesian, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.