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.

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:


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.


SIT Program Scholarships

Program Link:

SIT: Indonesia Arts, Religion and Social Change