SIT Study Abroad: Indonesia - Arts, Religion, and Social Change

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Explore Indonesia’s arts, agriculture, and six officially recognized religions shaping sociocultural discourses on the side-by-side islands of Bali and Java.Discover the astounding dynamics of a highly pluralistic society in one of the most visual... read more

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It's hard to put into words what I gained. I could list practical skills, like experience in the field conducting research, language fluency, and cultural knowledge and familiarity, but the most important thing I gained was connections with people and places. This includes not just the Indonesians I met on the program, but my gr... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a great deal about overcoming personal adversity, as well as about the wonderful archipelago of Indonesia, especially beautiful Bali and Java and the wonderful people who made me feel welcome there. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how resilient and independent I can be. I had never traveled that far by myself, and I ended up being okay! I learned so much about a culture I had never experienced, and grew in so many different ways. - Amherst College View Entire Review
Past Review Glo Bal Ism
new perspective, more self-direction and confidence - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to check my privilege and to get outside of what I deemed my comfort zone - Austin College View Entire Review
Past Review Indonesia
I learned how to cope with stress, how to give up on plans and go with the flow, and how to connect with someone from a wildly different culture. It was entirely worthwhile. - Cornell College View Entire Review
So very much. A completely different perspective on the world from the SE Asian vantage point, learning first hand about the problematic nature of post-colonialism and tourism, wonderful friends, teachers and contacts and a love of this part of the world that I didn't really know existed. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Indonesia - Arts, Religion, and Social Change
I became a calmer, less worried, less frantic, more patient, more loving, more open, happier person because of my experience abroad. I learned to treat everything in life as a learning experience and to approach things and people without expectations or reservations. - Yale University View Entire Review
Self-awareness and friends. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
In a country rapidly westernizing, I learned that people with less concern for objects have happier lifestyles. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review


Explore Indonesia’s arts, agriculture, and six officially recognized religions shaping sociocultural discourses on the side-by-side islands of Bali and Java.

Discover the astounding dynamics of a highly pluralistic society in one of the most visually arresting, culturally rich, and biodiverse parts of the planet. Bali, the program base, is known for its beautiful rice terraces, beaches, temples, and distinctive art forms. Attend classes in an ancient palace, Puri Kerambitan. Then travel to witness Bali’s arts and religious ceremonies, including purification under the sacred fountains, processions to the river or ocean, the making of delicate artistic Hindu offerings, and dance performances lasting late into the night.

Explore Java’s religious sites, temples, and mosques; view street art with Javanese peers; and roam mountains. Java is the original home of tempe,  fermented soy beans, and batik textiles, so you will learn techniques from experts and produce a batik T-shirt. In a farming village in Bali’s Tabanan district, study the local agriculture and unique practices of the subak societies, which govern rice field irrigation. Plant rice, cook traditional dishes, and make a coconut bowl and coconut oil. Meet healers and make traditional medicines. Hear and play Indonesia’s peculiar and widely influential traditional gamelan music, which has distinct styles in both Bali and Java. Attend visual arts and ballet performances, as well as Hindu and Muslim ceremonies in Bali and Java.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Asian Studies
  • Indonesian/Malay Languages, Literature
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
Minimum GPA:
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

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