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1. What is Wisma Bahasa?

Wisma Bahasa – Yogyakarta Indonesian Language Centre (YILC) was established in 1982 by Mr. Daniel Pearlmen who was a Peace Corps volunteer from State University of California at Berkeley, USA. At the present time Wisma Bahasa is owned by Suara Bhakti Foundation. We have been dealing with our clients for 37 years. A relaxed atmosphere is deliberately created to eliminate the concept of “teacher-student relationships”. We foster the “relationship of friends” concept within our school’s environment.

2. What Programs are available?

Wisma Bahasa provides:

Indonesian Language Course in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Bali, Immersion, and online/E-Learning

3. Do I get assessment test if I have been able to speak some Indonesia?

Yes, Wisma Bahasa provides an assessment test. Assessment test can be done on the first session of your training or before you come to Wisma Bahasa. It usually takes less than 1 hour or 1 hour maximum. 

4. What kind of visa that should be prepared for taking the course at Wisma Bahasa?

You could use any visas, except Visa Exemption, for studying at Wisma Bahasa (commonly Social/Cultural Visa). It needs about a week to arrange a Social/Cultural Visa. It is valid only for 30 days. For staying longer than 30 days, you have to extend it at the Bureau of Immigration. The maximum extension period of the visa is four times. Therefore, you have maximum 150 days for staying in Indonesia by using a Social/ Cultural Visa. You could contact Wisma Bahasa for your visa arrangement.

5. What are the requirements for getting a Social Culture Visa through Wisma Bahasa?

It is better to have a Social Culture Visa by Wisma Bahasa’s Sponsorship. There are some requirements. First, you should pay 80 hours (40 sessions) course at Wisma Bahasa in advance. Then to extend the visa, you should pay another 40 hours (20) in advance. The maximum extension period of the visa is three or four times (depend on the first validity). If you wish to have your visa arranged by Wisma Bahasa, please advise us your identity such as full name, place and date of birth, and passport number. For details, please contact Wisma Bahasa. More details……

Wisma Bahasa will assist the process of extending your visa. About 14 days before your visa expires, please meet Wisma Bahasa staff to process your visa extension.

For renewal you need to fill out a form, provide a passport, visa, sponsorship letter from our school, and a photocopy of the following items: passport, visa, return ticket, and the completed form. The current visa extension fee is around IDR 500,000.

6. When does the Indonesian language course start?

There are no set dates for beginning of new terms. Learning days and hours are flexible and classes may start on any day requested by learners.

7. How long and how many sessions per day are available?

Class in Yogyakarta: One session is 1 hour 45 minutes. The sessions are Session 1: 08.00-09.45, Session 2: 10.15-12.00, Session 3: 13.00-14.45, Session 4: 15.15-17.00 and Session 5: 17.15-19.00

Class in Jakarta: One session is 1 hour 30 minutes. The sessions are Session 1: 08.00 – 9.30, Session 2: 10.30 – 12.00, Session 3: 13.00 – 14.30, Session 4: 15.00 – 16.30, and Session 5: 17.30 – 19.00

Class in Bali: One session is 1 hour 30 minutes. The sessions are Session 1: 08.00 – 9.30, Session 2: 10.30 – 12.00, Session 3: 13.00 – 14.30, and Session 4: 15.00 – 16.30

8. I have never learnt Indonesian language before. Does it take a long time to master Indonesian language for basic communication?

There is a Short Course Program at Wisma Bahasa. The length of the course is 30 hours or based on the learner’s need and time. This short course will enable learners to speak survival or basic Indonesian.

9. Does Wisma Bahasa provide classmates?

Wisma Bahasa does not provide classmates, but we will inform you if there are learners who have the same level of proficiency in Indonesian language with you and look for classmates.

10. How many learnenrs are there in a class?

Classes are for 1 to 4 learners. Classes of more than 1 learner should be formed by the learners themselves. And our recommendation is the classes should consist of learners with the same level of Indonesian language competence.

11. Does Wisma Bahasa cover the transportation cost on arrival and departure and from homestay/hotel to Wisma Bahasa on the first day?

Wisma Bahasa does not cover the transportation cost, but we have complimentary pick up and drop off service for students from and to the airport/train/bus station on their arrival or last day in Yogyakarta, and also provides pick up service from hotel or homestay on the first day for new students (first time study at Wisma Bahasa).

12. Could Wisma Bahasa help students make any appointment, either with Government Agencies or with Non-Government Organizations?

Yes, we could help you make an appointment with Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, Political Parties, schools, hospitals, etc. Please advise your purpose in visiting the organizations.

13. Does Wisma Bahasa give discount for university student apply to all programs?

Yes, Wisma Bahasa gives 15% discount for those (students) who have valid students card (Junior or Senior High School, or University Cards) for studying Indonesian and Javanese language course in Yogyakarta.

14. I want to learn Indonesian language in Wisma Bahasa but cannot come to Yogyakarta. Any solution?

Wisma Bahasa conducts classes in Jakarta, Bali and if distance is your problem, try E-Learning (online class) program. Just email us for further information.

15. Does Wisma Bahasa help me to find accommodation? What kind of accommodation do you offer?

Yes, we provide you with a list of hotels and homestays for consideration and will help you to make the reservation.

16. Can I bring my own learning materials as I need to focus on certain terminologies for my job and needs?

Yes, you can bring your own materials and we can use those materials. In order that the teachers can prepare your class well, please give us a copy of the materials before your class.

17. Who is my teacher?

A group of teachers are responsible for one class. One of them is the class coordinator who arranges the lesson plan for the class. All of them write a report after teaching to guarantee that the group can always monitor the class progress. We are not teachers to learners, but friends. We do not just teach the language, but create situations in which learners enjoy communicating in the target language. Hospitality is our principle. This is why we do not name our institution a college or school, but a home of language, Wisma Bahasa.

18. How to pay the course fee?

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