Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing (BIPA) or Indonesian for Speakers of Other Languages at Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang, in its approach to teach Indonesian to foreigners, aims to cultivate a balance of all language skill (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) both in formal and colloquial Indonesian.
The teaching BIPA began in 1974 when it was still called IKIP Malang. This program was initially called “Program Asing” because they mainly managed foreigners. The name “BIPA” has not been widely used back then. Among the programs held during that time until 2000s were: 1) Darmasiswa RI Program, 2) Consortium on Teaching of Indonesian (COTI), USA, 3) Coopertive Southeast Asian Studies Program (CSASP), USA, 4) Councils Study Center (CSC), USA, 5) American Foreign Service (AFS), USA, 6) The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), Australia, and 7) Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Program.
From 2010 to 2020, programs that are managed by BIPA UM including: 1) Darmasiswa RI Program, 2) Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) Program, 3) In-Country Program from Walailak University, Thailand, 4) Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program from American Councils, USA, 4) PANDA Program from Quangzi Normal University, China, 5) Internship and Credit Transfer Program from Yala Rajabhat University, Thailand, 6) Study Abroad Program from Kasetsart University, Thailand, 7) The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) from American Councils, University of Wisconsin, and UM, 8) Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP) from American Councils, USA, and 9) AMINEF program. BIPA UM also conducts plenty private courses for foreigners from Japan, South Korea, USA, China, as well as Middle Eastern, Latin American, and other ASEAN countries.