Michael Groß went to university in Munich and Berlin (MA in 1984, PhD in 1987). From 1988 to 1992 he worked as a lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in linguistics and German language at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Following his return to Germany, he worked as a teacher of German as a foreign language. He also began to work as a translator of various kinds of Indonesian texts. Since 2004 he has served as co-editor of Kita, a journal published by the German-Indonesian Society (Deutsch-Indonesische Gesellschaft), three times a year.