Bahasa Indonesia is the national language of the Republic of Indonesia. It unites the over 254 million people of Indonesia (2014), whose native tongue may be one of the over 300 distinct languages or regional dialects. Older people may speak some Dutch and English is the foreign language of choice for business, tourism, and academia.

While it may be technically possible for foreigners to live in Jakarta, Bali, or other big cities without learning/speaking Bahasa Indonesia, it is highly recommended that you obtain a working knowledge of the Indonesian national language. An inability to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia will cut you off from the mainstream of society, and dealing with those Indonesians who don’t speak your foreign language will be very difficult. By not learning the language, you also deny yourself the rich cultural experience of fully communicating with those from another culture. Indonesians are very appreciative of foreigners who make the effort to learn Bahasa Indonesia and build relationships with them. Both business and personal relationships with Indonesians will improve because of the effort made to learn their language.

Indonesia’s Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri announced in early January 2015 his intention to follow through with a regulation mandating that foreign workers pass a Bahasa Indonesia test to obtain a work permit. The exam will be part of a new set of requirements that will determine the eligibility of a foreigner to work in the archipelago. It is included in the ongoing revision of a Manpower Ministry regulation. “We hope that the revision can be complete in February so we can immediately implement the Indonesian language skill test for foreign workers who wish to work in Indonesia,” Hanif told state-run Antara news agency. Although the number of foreign workers in Indonesia has been dropping, an influx is expected next year with the formal implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community.

The Tojan learning center, under the auspices of the Sentani Taruna Jaya Foundation, sees this as an opportunity to introduce Indonesian culture and language to foreigners. We offer an Indonesian language program for non-native speakers seeking an excellent language learning method. Our program, Bahasa Indonesia Untuk Penutur Asing or BIPA, attempts to meet your need as a non-native speaker by providing a well-rounded, high-quality program staffed by teachers who are experienced in giving Indonesian language teaching to foreigners. This program facilitates you in communicating actively in formal Indonesian, both written and spoken, and understanding Indonesia’s cultural fabrics. To this end, our BIPA provides regular programs and a variety of special programs. And also, by joining this course, it means the student helps our learning center to support our children. Fifty percent of the proceeds from this program will be used to implement teaching and learning activities at the Tojan Learning Center.



BIPA is a language program designed for non-native speakers of Indonesian who wish to learn the Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia). It trains international students to actively communicate in both written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia. BIPA program is also intended to introduce Indonesian cultures and arts to foreign speakers.

Students who are studying at TLC for a particular time through a student exchange program or a mobility program. The participants do not only learn Bahasa Indonesia but also the culture of Indonesia. This program also includes outdoor activities such as attending art workshops, field trips, and visiting cultural sites and tourism places. The art workshop provides room and trainer for the participants to learn traditional dances, songs, and local musical instruments. Besides traveling packages to tourism places in Bali and around, participants have field trips to cultural sites, museums, health care centers, government offices, traditional markets,s and other institutions related to the topic given in the class. After joining the course, the students are expected to be able to communicate naturally in spoken and written Indonesian both formal and informal situations, and appreciate diverse Indonesian cultures.


Our regular program is based on BIPA 1 – 7 and it includes levels A1 – C2.

1) BIPA 1 and 2 (A1 level)

Basic—Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows, and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

2) BIPA 3 and 4 (A2 Level)

Lower Intermediate—Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

3) BIPA 5 (B1 Level)

Intermediate—Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

BIPA 6 (B2 Level)

Upper-Intermediate—Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

BIPA 7 (C1 Level)

Advanced—Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

Final BIPA (C2 Level)

Proficiency—Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

In addition to Regular Program, we also offer special programs that are tailor-made to meet your specific needs, budgets, and goals, as follow:

1. Intensive Short Course for Groups

The program, which lasts for two to four weeks, is offered by request. You will find it a very exciting program as it includes language instruction in Bahasa Indonesia, tours, and extracurricular activities such as batik painting or traditional music. We also provide pick-up service at the Airport and living arrangements upon your arrival in Bali.

2. Tutorial Program

This is a tailor-made program to meet your specific needs and is open to a minimum of three people per group.

3. In-house Training Program

This program is arranged on request and is held on your own premises to ensure your utmost convenience.


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