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  • Locations: Kerambitan, Bali, Indonesia;
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
01/29/2019 05/13/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019
08/27/2019 12/09/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:

Hosted by: School for International Training

The SIT Indonesia program is a field-studies program emphasizing Balinese identity and the arts. Students are exposed to a variety of perspectives, including Indonesian and international academics, local writers, artists, and community leaders. They study Bahasa Indonesian while abroad. The program is highly mobile and housing varies at each location. At the end of the program, students conduct a month-long independent field research.

Academic Focus:

The dynamic ways in which Balinese traditional arts, social networks, and the environment are changing, especially in urban settings, 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.

This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the topics listed above.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: early September to mid-December
Spring: late January to mid-May

Eligibility Requirements:
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.

Program Information: 
Examine the important roles played by Indonesia's arts and six officially recognized religions in shaping socio-cultural 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.

Program Structure:

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.

  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:

    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,

    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and

    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.

  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing.

  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique:

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.

  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35).

  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining.

  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.


  • Arts, Religion, and Social Change Seminar (3 credits) = ANT 390 or SOC 389

  • Bahasa Indonesia language class (6 credits) = LING 151

  • Field Methods and Ethics course (3 credits) = ANT 403 or SOC 389

  • Independent Study Project (4 credits) = ANT 497R or SOC 389

Detailed course information is available online.

* If you wish to receive credit for one of these courses, but from a different academic department at Emory, you must complete this form and include the Faculty Representative at the bottom of the form.
Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Indonesia

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this blanket approved list: Blanket Approval List

Living Arrangements:
The primary home stay for this program is located in the village of Kerambitan, within a short walk from the program's classroom facilities. Through this home stay experience, you will have extraordinary opportunities to observe daily life and participate in the arts and social practices of the village. Kerambitan families, similar to most Balinese families, are very tight-knit and welcoming. You may have the opportunity to join your host family at a wedding, tooth filing, or other life-cycle ritual, and you will see an odalan or anniversary ceremony at a local temple. Students often forge strong connections with their home stay family, and many remain in contact following the program's termination.  You will begin your home stay experience in Kerambitan at the end of the orientation period and will return to your home stay between excursions and for the last few days of the evaluation period. The length of stay with your Balinese family — approximately five weeks spread over the entire program period — will provide you with an exceptional opportunity to become closely acquainted with your home stay family members.

A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Fall, Spring).

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.

SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here

SIT Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.

  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.

  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. 

  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.

  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Tim Edenfield, Study Abroad Advisor,

This program is currently not accepting applications.