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. Combining homestays, lectures, fields visits, and excursions in historically Hindu Bali and predominantly Muslim Java, this program integrates students in the lives of urban and rural residents of one of Asia’s most dynamic societies and in the deep artistic traditions and contemporary socio-political challenges of the world’s largest Muslim country.

“The independent study project (ISP) was definitely one of my favorite parts of the program. While the whole concept seemed a bit daunting at first, I really enjoyed my experience after ironing out my topic. There were many individual meetings with the academic director which I found to be very helpful in terms of narrowing my topic and finding sources and contacts...I think that having few instructions was what made the project more interesting." - Uma T. '17

Student Blog:

Maya Volk | Fall 2014

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.

Language Prerequisite:



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

Credit Conversion:

1 SIT credit = 1 Whitman credit


Students choose between an ISP and an internship. Sample internships include assisting efforts to help street children at Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak, practicing the art of batik at Mustokaweni, protecting turtles with the Bali Turtle Conservation Project, and working in an Islamic boarding school.


Five-week homestay in Kerambitan, Bali, five-day homestay in Tabanan in rural Bali, and ten-day homestay in Yogyakarta, Java.


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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, late January – May


Rolling Admission – students are encouraged to apply early.


SIT Program Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Indonesia Arts, Religion, and Social Change