Indonesian for Speakers of Other Languages

What is Alekawa ?

In the Bugis manuscript La Galigo, Alekawa is the world where all creatures and living things reside and thrive. Based on this philosophy, Alekawa language and culture center has been established as a learning center focused on the study of language and culture, specifically those of Indonesia & other countries that we may better reside and thrive together.

Goal

Particularly for foreigners moving to Indonesia, Alekawa hopes to help students adjust to this new environment and culture while growing in their understanding and use of the Indonesian language. Our goal is for students to be able to leave the classroom and confidently engage their neighbors and friends in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways

Courses

Our Indonesian courses are designed to get you understanding and speaking everyday Indonesian from the very first lesson. Our courses focus on daily conversations first and work progressively toward more formal language. Students are given lessons in advance so the material can be studied before class, allowing for class time to be spent fine-tuning and solidifying students’ understanding. Alekawa offers the following programs:

The regular program is design for students to take classes intensively and non- intensively. The students in Intensive course are required to have at least 10 hours class per week .  This program suitable for individual or group classes.

There are 3 level:  Beginner, Intermediate and Advance, with total of 10 units. Each units consist of 20 meetings (1 meeting = 2 hours)

Class registration is all year long, no specific time.

Intensive Course

(5 days/week)

#student(s)/class

#meetings/hours

 cost/unit/student(s)

1 student

20 meetings/40 hours

USD 335

2-3 students

20 meetings/40 hours

USD 320

> 4 students

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Non-Intensive Course

(3 days/week)

1 student

20 meetings/40 hours

USD 360

2-3 students

20 meetings/40 hours

USD 345

> 4 students

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  • No additional cost, text books and teaching materials are included.
  • We do not provide regular group class for this program. For students who wish to study in a group class, they have to arrange the group themselves. 

1. Survival Course
This is a “crash course” for foreigners visiting Makassar. The lessons focus on Indonesian for travelers. Students may choose how long they want to study, anywhere from 1 to 10 lessons.

2. Step Out
The nature of this unit allows for students to study any topic of their choosing. Students are required to prepare the material for the class time and indicate the number of sessions desired.

3. Indonesian Cultural Immersion
This program has two main goals: learning Indonesian and experiencing the culture. In addition to language classes Alekawa provides a homestay, daily schedule and tour-guide. In this program, students will have a chance to experience staying with an Indonesian family, to visit key places in Makassar and to embrace Indonesian culture.

4. BIPA for Kids
The program’s use of everyday situations enables students to practice conversational and natural language in their appropriate contexts. Also, teachers implement various activities and teaching methods to create an effective learning environment.

Why Us ?

What makes us different from other Indonesian courses in Indonesia :

  • Our approach in teaching Indonesian for foreigners.
  • Healthy balance of in-class learning and educational outings.
  • Excursions and field research outside of Makassar built into the courses.
  • Methodology shaped on classes of 1-4 language learners.
  • Ability to organize custom-made programs for larger groups.
  • Qualified bilingual (Indonesian and English) teachers as tutors.
  • An opportunity to live in the city of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi, a city rich in culture, local delicacies and historical significance.

Class Sizes & Time

Class sizes range from 1 to 4 students and are offered at various times throughout the day:

  • 08.00 – 10.00
  • 10.15 – 12.15
  • 13.00 – 15.00
  • 15.00 – 17.00

BIPA Admission Procedures

1. BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICANT
To be qualified to attend BIPA Program, the applicant must graduate from High School level or equivalent.

2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES

To study at BIPA Program, the applicant needs a STUDY PERMIT.

STUDY PERMIT FOR 12 MONTHS
This permit is given to the Applicant who is willing to learn at BIPA Program for 1 year (with LIMITED STAY PERMIT FOR STUDENT VISA)

STUDY PERMIT FOR 6 MONTHS
This visa is given to the Applicant who is willing to learn at BIPA Program for 1 term (with VISIT VISA FOR SOCIO-CULTURAL)

To apply for Study Permit, the Applicant must send these following documents to Alekawa Language and Culture Center by email six weeks before the program started. Documents needed are lists on the Application form

We will forward the application to the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to issued a Study Permit Letter approval.

Alekawa Language and Culture Center can cancel the application if the Applicant fails to get study permit letter from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

VISA PROCESS
In order to stay in Indonesia, a Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) is needed. The ITAS is for one year and a multiple entry visa. Once this has been finalized, you and your family will be able to leave and return to Indonesia as often as liked while on this visa. There are two ways of obtaining an ITAS. 

1.  Telex Visa.  –  We process this visa while you are in your home country. This requires the following procedures. First, you send your completed application form along with all required documents, and your signed student agreement. Second, we will apply for your permit of study through the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Cultural office. Your permit of study will take approximately 42 days to be prepared and approve by Indonesian Ministry of Education and Cultural office. Third, After your permit of study is approve, then we will apply your study visa at The Directorate General of Immigration under Ministry of Law and Human Rights. Last procedure is when your study visa granted, you will go to Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General in your country to receive your Study Visa.

2.  Visit Visa (Socio-Cultural Visa – VKSB)  –  You come to Indonesia using visit visa. You are able to study at Alekawa while waiting for the conversion from Visit Visa (VKSB) to Limited Stay Permit (ITAS). This requires the following procedures. First, You send us your completed application form along with all required documents and your signed agreement. Second, Alekawa will prepare Letter of Invitation for you to study at our school. Third, You bring all documents needed, including the Letter of Invitation to Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General in your country and apply for Visit Visa (Socio-Cultural Visa). During this time, we will apply for your permit of study through Ministry of Education and Cultural Office. Fourth, you come to Indonesian with 30-days or 60-days visit visa, study at our school and wait for your permit of study to be approved. Last, when the permit of study approved, then we will apply for the conversion of your Visit Visa (VKSB) to Limited Stay Permit (ITAS)

 

KITAS holder or Visit Visa holder can apply directly to BIPA Program by bringing these documents:

  • Applicant’s Form
  • Photocopy of the Applicant’s Diploma, Transcript, and Academic Certificate
  • Applicant’s  passport and KITAS/Visa
  • One recent photograph (3×4)