SIT: Indonesia Arts, Religion, and Social Change


Through the SIT: Indonesia Arts, Religion and Social Change program Whitman students can explore the evolving relationships among religion, fine arts, performing arts, and social organization in contemporary Indonesia.

Fields of study:

Bahasa Indonesia language and Interdisciplinary Studies related to arts, religion and social change in Indonesia.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one’s own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


August – December, January – May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Arts, Religion and Social Change Seminar (3 credits)
Intensive Language Study: Bahasa Indonesia (6 credits)
Field Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Homestays in Bedulu, Tabanan area, and Java.  Other accommodations during the program include hostels or small hotels.


All meals for the entire program period are covered either by SIT directly, or through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.