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       in Jakarta, Indonesia

Why study with


Learn Indonesian - Director of Studies


High-quality English-language instruction has long been available to Indonesians living in Jakarta.


But those seeking 'Indonesian language training' have generally had to settle for inconsistent instruction through private individuals, or study with English-language schools offering informal Indonesian language courses.


In 2007, we set about to change all that.  We founded LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA with one singular mission : to develop and implement an internationally-recognised Bahasa Indonesia curriculum - a curriculum comprising the world's best practices in modern language education.

Rahdian Saepuloh | Co-Founder & Director


We are proud to have introduced to Indonesia an international standard of Bahasa Indonesia education which has never-before been available . . . and now, through the LSI ONLINE OUTREACH PROGRAM, this education is also accessible to learners all over Indonesia and in 122 countries worldwide.


If you're seeking serious Bahasa Indonesia training and rapid language acquisition (in Jakarta or online worldwide),

please look no further than LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA!  We look forward to serving you.

Today, LSI  is known around the globe as "The Bahasa Indonesia School," and, in 2016, 2018 and 2019,  LSI's

in  Bahasa Indonesia was recognised  as   the  BEST EDUCATION PROGRAM OF

the Minister of Higher Education.

Certificate  Program

by Indonesia's Minister



of Education and

Desmond Breau | Co-Founder & Program Coordinator


LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA is Indonesia's Leading School for Indonesian language studies.  Indeed, it is the only educational institution in Jakarta devoted exclusively to the study of Bahasa Indonesia.

We attribute our success and market-position entirely to our people.  LSI’s “product” is its teaching faculty! And, given this fact, we devote more time and effort to the recruitment and development of world-class Indonesian Instructors than we do any other aspect of the School's operation.

The most common concern of incoming students is that their Instructor will "lack the leadership" to guide them to rapid fluency.

If you have such concerns, please put them to rest :

Learn Indonesian - Program Coordinator
  • LSI's faculty is comprised wholly of university-accredited Language Instructors, all of whom are fully trilingual, speaking English, an Indonesian local language, and, of course, Bahasa Indonesia ;

  • Their credentials notwithstanding, all incoming Instructors are required to successfully complete 'LSI's Teacher Education Program' (which focuses  on "effective adult coaching methods") before joining the faculty ; and     

  • Throughout their tenures, Instructors are expected to attend Indonesian school conferences and pursue opportunities for professional development.

LSI’s careful selection process and ongoing development programs ensure that each student receives the highest possible level of Indonesian language education from a dynamic Instructor with proven teaching skills.

Whether you live Indonesia or the other side of the world, we hope we will have the opportunity of welcoming you to LSI's worldwide student-body in the weeks and months ahead.

From Our Alumni

Language School Reviews



Ian Wilson | Switzerland

I am setting up some business in Jakarta and was staying for a couple of month in Hotel. I reached out to LSI to see if they could provide me some basic knowledge of Bahasa and as I am very busy with work I needed a tailored program and teacher attending my hotel.

I can only highly recommend LSI to anybody wanting to learn Bahasa. The program that was offered to me was excellent, the teachers were friendly and extremely talented and professional.


My knowledge of Bahasa has increased incredibly within 36 hours tutorial, thanks to Desmond, Monalisa and Meizar. For sure if I return to Jakarta I will contact LSI again for next steps.

Terima kasih!




Erica & Hideko YokoyamaJapan


My daughter and I came to Jakarta in April, and my daughter started learning Bahasa from May, and I just started this month at LSI.  Here's a mail I sent to LSI to express my appreciation・・・

Thank you very much for your assistance at the school.  I really enjoyed the lessons everyday for 2 weeks.  Actually, my friends were traveling around for this 2 weeks, but I was here studying Bahasa Indonesia.

I envied them a little, but I think it was the best choice I have ever done.  For sure, we will go back to study Bahasa soon.

Well, Erika is having some Indonesian friends at school now, and seems enjoying her school life.  And we both have more time to watch Indonesian TV pro, and try harder to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia out side.


All of changes in our life are brought from LSI.


Again, I would like to say, Terima kasih and sampai bertemu lagi.


Daniel Tranter | Australia

My experience with LSI has been fantastic. From first meeting Ibu Chitra and Ibu Mita at reception, who greeted me with warmth (and patience with my attempts at speaking Bahasa Indonesia) to all my learning experiences with various teachers - Ibu Tantry, Pak Greg, Ibu Ifa, Pak Maezar, Ibu Dian - they all conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism, but more importantly, they taught me skillfully and with passion for their job. They took an interest in my life and made me feel like I was a part of the LSI family.


After only a few lessons, I felt comfortable using the language outside the classroom, and the teaching methods ensured I was able to remember my vocabulary. I highly recommend learning Bahasa Indonesia with Language Studies Indonesia.


Monica Reyes | Philippines


I just finished the Beginner I course and am delighted with the whole experience.

Everyone in the LSI team was very professional and helpful.


Halfway through the course, I was already able to communicate well with the taxi drivers and order food--very helpful in a city like Jakarta! Definitely recommend this school. :)



Samantha Duffey Surface | United States

After living in Jakarta for one year I grew eager to learn how to converse more deeply with the locals I met. Since I worked in Jakarta I looked into many different programs that would be professional and accommodating to my schedule. LSI was better and beyond my expectations. I chose to do an immersion of two hour language classes everyday for two months and was very pleased with my progress.

The teachers became more like friends than simply teachers. They went above and beyond to help assist me in my learning by helping me engage and use my Bahasa outside of class. They would make notes during each lesson of things I needed to progress on, learning habits they were learning or anything they wanted to note so we could build on it. This was very impressive to me. I am back in my home country and my teachers are still working with me to continue my language learning.

I would fully recommend LSI for Jakarta language learners! I could not have been more thankful.


Daniel Stephen | Singapore

Never have I come across a language school as professional and dedicated to helping expats learn Bahasa Indonesia as LSI. My teacher Bapak Desmond has also been a true revelation. Over the course of the past three months he has not just been a passionate Bahasa tutor but rather has also become a mentor for me. Classes with him are always refreshing and at times enlightening.

Despite my short stay in Indonesia of 3 months for an internship, I was still able to cover level A2, B1 and even had a bit of spare time to cover some bonus content from level B2. All of this because Bapak Desmond encouraged me to push my limits. Now I take great pride in saying that I am a fairly effective speaker of the language.

Rest assured that joining LSI will be the best decision you can make to enhance your life here in Indonesia. In addition, if you are committed and work closely with them you can get great bang for buck as well.


Lilian Gatubu | Kenya

My son and I took the Foundations I course level. This was the best Christmas gift we have ever received! The course was excellent, beyond our expectations. The instructor was very good, very patient, yet firm with us, systematic and clear. We are excited that, within two weeks, we have some basic conversations in Bahasa Indonesia. The outside class activities (Batik making, cooking and Jakarta tour) were well organized and a good opportunity to practice the language in real life.

The weekend excursion to Pulau Macan was a memorable visit to the island during the Christmas weekend.

Our accommodation at Pesona Guesthouse was so welcoming and homely. We were excited to be part of the "the family" for two weeks.

We look forward to taking the next level with LSI. Thank you.



Abigail Carretas | United States

I am thankful that I am learning from Pak Aji and that I signed up with LSI. I really like how LSI is professional, friendly, and organized. I am an online learner because of Covid-19. I started in June from USA and still studying online in Indonesia. LSI and Pak Aji were both accommodating to the time difference.

My experience with Pak Aji and LSI have been great. Pak Aji has been very patient with me especially when I mix up the word structure. Pak Aji is professional and also has been like a friend, easy to talk with and can ask questions freely. I like when he asks me questions in Bahasa Indonesia about anything and so he makes me practice even more. He is very helpful, gives homework that I can handle and also challenges me with what I need to work on.

I have already been recommending LSI to my friends and acquaintances. I will continue to do so because I believe that LSI is a wonderful place to learn Bahasa Indonesia.

Abdallah Zubeidi | Malaysia

Firstly the application process and the feed back was wonderfully informative, it made it smooth to understand everything i needed to know, I got to Jakarta and studied 2 courses which have helped me a lot in learning the Indonesian language, I feel confident I can ask questions and understand the answers or vice versa, the teachers are wonderful and know how to work with the students, the material given is very organized and easy to skim through.


It was a good experience for me and a very quick and educational one, I would truly suggest LSI to anyone who would want to study the language, only thing now is for LSI to open up in other areas so that the students wouldn't be tied down to one certain area especially for international students.  Terima kasih.


Peter Maccioni | Australia

I've thoroughly enjoyed studying with LSI over the past four months. They are clearly experts in their field. After having learnt two other languages via more formal teaching styles, Bu Tantry's flexible and fun approach to teaching means I look forward to every class and I'm learning far more quickly than if i studied at a language school or university in Australia. I've found the online-based classes to be very effective. It also means that I can do classes while I travel.

A friend recommended LSI to me and I would do the same to anyone looking for the quickest and most thorough to learn Indonesian.


Maruska Pinares | Peru

Highly recommended. They have great teachers, flexible schedules according to your needs. They did a great Job with me and after a short time I was ready to speak and understand the local language. They also provide print and online academic material, theres no way you cant learn with them, really amazing!



Aishah Brice | United Kingdom


I’ve been studying Indonesian with LSI for approximately five months and the progress has been crazy! I started the course learning in person then switched to online classes—LSI’s a programme accessible to anyone across the world.

Since starting, my Indonesian has noticeably improved. I’ve gone from knowing simple phrases to holding entire conversations with people my own age! This development is all thanks to LSI and my teacher, Yunisa, who ensures our sessions are just like meeting up with any other friend. Though the educational aspect is important, LSI also values the customer’s personal comfort—something rare in professional businesses. I’d definitely recommend LSI to anyone of any age with whatever reason wanting to learn Indonesian!




Abdullah Aldosari | Saudi Arabia


It is the best school for learning indonesian language, Really I am very lucky to find this school!



Carrlos Cuellar| United States


I have been living in Indonesia for almost four years. The first two years in Indonesia, I took Indonesian language courses at various language schools in Jakarta but I always found the courses focused on casual conversation and skills to get you by on a day to day basis.


I found most Bahasa Indonesia language schools in Jakarta focus very little on writing skills and foundations of grammar. Most of the Bahasa Indonesia language courses seem geared towards the casual student/expat passing by through Jakarta and are intended to only give you a quick exposure to the language. Enough to order your food in a restaurant, buy your groceries at the local supermarket, etc.


As I am based in Jakarta for business I was interested in learning the grammar well so I could take my Bahasa Indonesia to the next level and conduct more sophisticated conversations as well as communicating in writing in Bahasa Indonesia in a business setting.


LSI did just that!  Teachers were really knowledgeable of the foundations of the grammar and adapted the course to my needs and schedule in a very flexible manner. Furthermore, I realized if I had started learning Bahasa Indonesia with LSI upon arrival to Jakarta it would have taken me half the time it took me with other schools to achieve the level of fluency needed to get by on a daily basis and hence, if desired and needed, build a platform for advanced Bahasa Indonesia skills.


If one is interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia well, LSI is definitely the best place I have found in Jakarta. Alternatively, if one is only interested in casually studying Bahasa Indonesia (maybe enough to get you by on a day to day basis and find the proper spot for your next weekend of surfing somewhere in Indonesia), studying with LSI will shorten significantly the time you will require to do so.


It is the only place I have found with the capacity to cover both the needs of casual learners as well as the needs of more serious students. Just make sure to explain the teachers what your goals are.



Shoura Zehetner-HashemiAustria

I have been living in Jakarta for almost 2,5 years and as I was working for an Embassy here it was expected from me to speak at least basic or intermediate Bahasa Indonesia (the formal language, not any kind of slang).


I was looking for professional language schools that would offer private language classes and I am really happy to have been able to find LSI and to study here.


My teacher, Ms. Dhara, was great! She was always on time, highly qualified, very motivated, kind and funny.


I enjoyed our sessions (twice a week) very much and I really started to admire the Indonesian language for its playfulness! In the end of my language cycle I was even able to read the paper (of course I needed a dictionary sometimes).

I recommend LSI Jakarta highly to everyone who is seriously interested in learning the Indonesian language. The teachers are qualified and disciplined, the administration is very well organised and the prices are sensible.  Kudos to LSI Jakarta!




Shivaji| India


I have been taking Bahasa classes from Ibu Zafira of Language Studies Indonesia and it has been nothing short of exceptional. Ibu Zafira has been very patient and understanding through my learning sessions and tought me the foundation courses with lot of attention and detail. I have tried learning Bahasa Indonesia from other sources but never has it been so effective! The program courses are designed to the unique requirements and pace of learning of the individual and it is a very efficient way of learning a language. The classes are well paced and allows one to learn and apply the language in practice.

I can easily recommend LSI classes to anyone interested in learning the language as it provides great value for money. My sincere gratitude to Ibu Zafira and LSI for helping me pick up the language with so much of ease. Thank you.



Sarah Shaffer | United States

Ibu Zafira, Pak Fauzy, and Pak Meizar are all wonderful teachers, along with the rest of the incredibly kind staff. The patience and accommodation that each of the teachers bring is thoroughly felt throughout every session.


This business is flexible and welcoming to whatever needs you may be looking for. Whether you are just a beginner or already have some experience with the language, the well structured system will help you gain a new learning of knowledge quickly and efficiently.


They offer a well balanced mix of listening, writing, and speaking. I could not recommend this place of learning more to anyone who wants to learn Indonesian! These people are absolutely wonderful, and I thank every one them for all of their well wishes and amazing teaching abilities.


Hein Kiks | Netherlands



I'm 2,5 week into my 4 week immersion course. Got offered a job here and decided I needed to learn the language. These guys know what they are doing, they have a great and extensive program and I can't believe how quick I am picking up the language. All teachers are very polite, nice and patient and know their Bahasa Indonesian and English. Ibu Tantry, Ibu Dian and Pak Fauzy, thank you so much for the classes so far and the classes to come. Could not be happier!

Almost forgot, they use an app that you can use to study after classes and this really helped me a lot!



Steve D. | United States


I took introductory Bahasa Indonesia lessons from LSI online using video Skype and email.  The method was surprisingly efficient and effective overall.  The administration and teaching of the course was very professional and extremely comprehensive in approach.


Like another reviewer said, the teachers are patient, professional, friendly native Bahasa Indonesia speakers with good English language skills.  This is very important to note, as I have taken other language courses elsewhere (French, for example), and this was not always the case.


LSI employs a variety of learning techniques that are quite structured yet allow for flexibility when needed.


Taking courses online are generally not as good as being in an actual live classroom, but the methods used by LSI come pretty close, especially considering I was more than 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) away!  I very much recommend LSI to any foreigner who wants to learn Bahasa Indonesia.


Daniel Schuurman | Australia


I studied with LSI for three months earlier this year and was extremely impressed with the quality of teaching, and the care and commitment of their teachers to helping their students surpass their goals, enjoy the process of learning, and make new friends along the way. I was initially skeptical of taking online classes, but Bapak Greg’s technical knowledge of Indonesian grammar, and also his skilful ability to help me understand it, made our classes very beneficial to me.


The use of Skype and Google Docs for communication felt seemless, and I was appreciative of Pak Greg’s interest in pacing the class to my unique learning speed. I have studied multiple languages with very different schools, and I feel that LSI is one of the most dedicated and professional. I also really enjoyed the regular Sunday Potluck Brunches as a way to get to know other friendly teachers and staff, and to meet other students. And I also took the opportunity to take a one-day city tour with Pak Bayu, which was similarly professional and insightful.


I would recommend LSI to anyone who has an interest in studying Bahasa Indonesia, irrespective of their level or preferred teaching method. I hope one day to be able to return to LSI and continue learning with them. Thank you LSI! I hope to see you all again soon!



Anna| Spain

I have studied Bahasa Indonesia for 6 months three sessions a week, and I am really happy because I have improved a lot. Now I am able to write a text with more or less correctness and be able to develop a topic with certain security.

For me, being able to study online has been an opportunity, because in Ende, Flores island in Indonesia, it is difficult to follow a course regularly.


At LSI they are interested in the personal needs of the language and its future use; they also start from the previous knowledge that each one may have. It is true that you have to dedicate time to personal study, but that strengthens learning and allows you to advance.


Likewise, the school and the teachers are professionals in language teaching and dedicate themselves seriously and kindly to the students. Before signing up, I read the excellent recommendations that other students had made. Now I am the one who recommends this center.



Margo Arnold | Canada

I live in Toronto, Canada, and I recently took two Indonesian online courses with Language Studies Indonesia. I studied Bahasa Indonesia two evenings per week for 13 weeks, and completed LSI’s two Beginner levels (in preparation for a permanent move to Bali, Indonesia).

I’m so pleased that I chose Language Studies Indonesia to learn Bahasa Indonesia. These guys are amazingly organized and they are unbelievably good at what they do.

From my very first inquiry, their email responses were immediate and their instructions were clear. I never had a moment of stress when I was setting up my courses. They set up a free half-hour trial session before my first course even began (just to make sure we had a good internet connection), and I wasn't required to pay my tuition until they had confirmed that everything would work out well.

The Courses themselves were superb. The materials were systematic and logical, and my teacher was so kind and encouraging that I quickly became very confident. By the end of my Beginner I course, my teacher and I spoke only in Bahasa Indonesia - no English at all! By the end of my Beginner II course, I had really developed my speaking skills, and now I can’t wait to get to Indonesia and use my new language every day.

If you want to learn Bahasa Indonesia online, and you want to learn quickly, LSI is great.  I highly recommend them. Everything they say about these guys is true!  I wish them every success, and I look forward to studying with them further when I arrive in Indonesia.

Thanks for everything, LSI. You’re the best!



Dalla| Kenya


Firstly the application process and the feed back was wonderfully informative, it made it smooth to understand everything I needed to know, I got to jakarta and studied 2 courses which have helped me alot in learning the Indonesian language, I feel confident I can ask questions and understand the answers or vice verca, the teachers are wonderful and know how to work with the students, the material given is very organized and easy to skim through.

it was a good experience for me and a very quick and educational one, I would truly suggest LSI to anyone who would want to study the language, only thing now is for LSI to open up in other areas so that the students wouldnt be tied down to one certain area especially for international students. Terima kasih!



Andrea DiGiorgio | United Kingdom

I most highly recommend LSI for anyone who wants to learn Bahasa Indonesia! I live in Boston, where language study opportunities abound, but it was very difficult to find Indonesian lessons here.


I need Indonesian for my graduate field work, and stumbled upon LSI as an option.  I took both Beginner modules by Skype online, and the experience was phenomenal! LSI takes advantage of several modes of learning, including speaking, writing (homework, and messaging during the lessons), and listening comprehension.


Pak Ian is an excellent instructor, he was very aware of points that I was missing, and able to help me understand through parallels in English. The lessons moved along at a perfect pace, and I feel that I gained tremendously from the LSI format.


I know several people who have taken Indonesian via local and abroad opportunities, and none have had the excellent experience that I had with LSI - I would definitely make LSI my first choice when investigating potential Bahasa classes.


I plan to take a refresher in person before I start my fieldwork!


Amal Kahwaji | Lebanon

Since I first started the communication with LSI in order to book my course, Ibu Anissa always showed a prompt and effective response.

Following an advanced intensive course, I was highly impressed with the teaching method adopted by LSI. My amazing teachers (Pak Bayu and Ibu Anila) were very supportive and very creative to give me a great challenging experience through a CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM which meets my learning interests.

The dedication showed by Pak Bayu and Ibu Anila always succeeded to keep my class always active and brought me day by day into a higher level of challenge and proficiency, which supported my educational process and significantly improved my skills.

Learning Bahasa Indonesia with LSI made me longing to seek for more linguistic discoveries through the post advanced level that I have already started, and brought new language added values. I genuinely commend LSI for any Bahasa Indonesia’s learning seeker; a great investment and experience to be acquired at the VERY PROPER school.