- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- This program takes students on a tour through the history of Indonesia as seen through the lens of the major religions, societies, and art forms of Java and Bali. By learning with respected masters in their field, students discover how religion, society, and the arts have developed side-by-side on each island.
Coursework explores the ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese culture and the history of the republican movement that led to the formation of modern Indonesia. Students also analyze current debates on the future of Balinese culture and society in relation to global pressures such as increased development and international tourism. The program’s Field Study Seminar provides instruction on conducting field work in new cultural and physical terrains.
Coursework in this program focuses on the connections between religion, the fine arts and performing arts, and social organization in Bali. Coursework puts the experience of being in Bali in an historical context, especially with regard to its special history as an island that was brought under the influence of Dutch colonialism very late (1846 for North Bali, 1909 for South Bali), and never lost its unique form of Hinduism. Through a combination of thematic seminars, language study, field studies, and educational excursions the program introduces students to the historical, political, and economic circumstances that condition everyday life in Bali and Indonesia. Coursework also aims to assist students in understanding the very different set of personal and social points of orientation that are in the background of Balinese life, but serve as determining factors in their sense of self and society. These include the relationship between the self and the geophysical world, social relationships, and the relationship to the calendar that determines rituals, an important part of Balinese life. Students examine the ways in which the arts fit into these patterns. Students explore the deeply seated Balinese notion of a constant interplay between physical/visible reality, and a metaphysical/non-visible world of energies that is believed to exist alongside the visible world, and to condition the visible world in ways that often require ritual or healing interventions.
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses.
- Setting Description:
- Students in this program examine the close relationship between religion, fine arts, performing arts, and social organization in contemporary Bali. Students discover the dynamic ways in which Balinese traditional arts are changing, especially in urban settings, in response to the pressures of globalization and increased Balinese engagement with global networks.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
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Based on 2 Reviews
- Fantastic cultural experience, but awkward academic experience02/12/20
From the homestays, to the excursions, to the staff’s expert understanding of local custom, and to the final Independent Study Project (ISP), the program from start to finish helps dip its participants into Indonesian culture. By the end of the program,
I felt confident in my ability to navigate Indonesian life and problem solve unfamiliar situations there; and I gained life-changing skills that have followed me out of Indonesia. On the other hand, the academic assignments (with the exception of the ISP) left much to be desired. It was clear that the staff was unfamiliar with the Western-esque standards of oral presentations and essays. As a result, rarely could the staff provide assistance with said assignments--either help during the process of crafting the assignments themselves or afterwards when locating areas for improvement--and they graded only on the basis of whether or not we followed basic instructions such as the correct page limit and citation style, rather than grading for content, structure, and/or style. If these assignments weren’t going to end up on our transcripts, then I could let this oversight go; but the fact remains that our academic work in Indonesia has consequences back in America; and I am disappointed by the lack of training/resources given to the staff in regards to such assignments.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Living experientially: appreciation, gratitude, and living in the moment09/12/16
Readings nicely accompanied the excursions and other experiences we had in the program. Our instructors encouraged us to connect what we were reading with what we were seeing. However, the assignments we turned in were based more on observations and less
on readings. The readings supplemented what we learned experientially when we took the midterm and final exams. Directors, coordinators, and instructors were available 24/7 and went above and beyond in making sure we were safe and comfortable! My host family was wonderful, caring, attentive, patient, kind - everything good in the world! I got lucky. I miss Indonesian food so, so much. And the food provided at the program center was amazing - and there were options for every diet. Language was fully integrated! Living at home with my host family, speaking Indonesian in class and at home, on the streets, in stores, restaurants, etc. And going on every excursion or small trip offered - that helped with getting comfortable with new surroundings. Also asking questions helps a lot! Health issues was the topic of one of the first discussions we had as a group - a local doctor also served as a guest speaker. When anyone had health issues, they were cared for immediately and as a priority above all academic and extra-curricular activities. Everyone stayed safe throughout our trip, and I think a key to accomplishing this was following the advice of our director and teachers, and sometimes families. We spoke Indonesian every day and had intensive language study from the beginning of the program until we departed for independent study projects. Excursions and conversations with everyone we saw when away from the program center were crucial to learning the language - speaking the language you are studying by practicing with your host family is so beneficial!! Speak with your host families, don't be shy or afraid of making mistakes, understand that the people you speak with probably appreciate that you are trying, laugh at any mistakes you make and ask questions in class! Also pay attention to the links between language and cultural customs, practices, social behaviors, etc. I became a calmer, less worried, less frantic, more patient, more loving, more open, happier person because of my experience abroad. The people were lovely - caring, sharing - and the place was beyond beautiful. I also got to study things I have not focused on in school, which was my goal for going abroad. I learned to treat everything in life as a learning experience and to approach things and people without expectations or reservations.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend