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

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Examine the important roles played by Indonesia's arts and six officially recognized religions in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java.This program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions... read more

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February 11, 2020 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
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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
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

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Examine the important roles played by Indonesia's arts and six officially recognized religions in shaping sociocultural discourses in Bali and Java.

This program, based in Bali, blends contemporary culture and politics with rich cultural traditions in the arts and religion. You will examine the arts and religions of Indonesia, as well as the socio-religious and other current issues the country faces, including those related to land, water, ethnic identity, and the environment, especially as they relate to the tourism industry in Bali. You will be immersed in the traditions and contemporary interpretations of Hindu and Islamic religious and cultural practices in the context of political transformation and tourism development.

Major topics of study include:

- The dynamic ways in which Balinese traditional arts, social networks, and the environment are changing, in conjunction with the opportunities and pressures of globalization
- Current debates on the future of Balinese culture and society in relation to global pressures such as increased development and international tourism
- The ancient roots of Javanese and Balinese culture and the history of the republican movement that led to the formation of modern Indonesia
- How religion, society, and the arts have developed side by side on each island

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Asian Studies
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Indonesian/Malay Languages, Literature
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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