China, Bali - Indonesia

Bali Summer School: ‘In Search of Southeast Asia’

when 10 July 2016 - 23 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 990


The Bali International 2016 Summer School: ‘In Search of Southeast Asia’, which will be held at Indonesia’s leading Udayana University on the tropical island of Bali, will offer superb two weeks of learning, sharing, cultural immersion, networking and connecting. The range of lectures, study trips and other activities on offer will be relevant and stimulating for students of various social sciences disciplines, namely International Relations, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Media and Communications, but also young professionals interested in getting a deeper understanding of this strategically and economically important region. Below, you’ll find detailed information about the lectures and field/study trips, dates, cost of the program and others.

Program Outline

The two-week intensive international study abroad program provides a multidisciplinary introduction to key concepts in international relations, politics, economics, sociology and anthropology and their uses in the analysis of modern Southeast Asia, with a special emphasis on Indonesia. It covers the historical, political, cultural and social factors that have helped shape Southeast Asia and the ASEAN regional grouping. Organized activities include an excursion to cultural, religious and historical sites in Bali, several study trips, each focusing on a particular theme, as well as team-building activities, including a white-water rafting adventure trip. There will certainly be also ample free time to explore.

The series of lectures will analyze the evolution of Southeast Asian civilization, as a product of the creative cultural life of several different races and peoples inhabiting the region. They will especially focus on the creative processes by which Southeast Asians have been adapting their cultures to the world in change and also factors influencing the emergence and development of Southeast Asia. The participants will also enhance their understanding of institutions, policies, and processes of ASEAN both in its internal and external cooperation, as well as ASEAN’s strategic and economic interests, intentions and capabilities and evaluate how these have contributed to Southeast Asian states’ success or failure in addressing regional and international issues.

In many ways, Indonesia is regarded as perhaps the most important member of ASEAN. Indonesia’s geographic proximity and its growing strategic importance make it vital to understand its peoples, politics, history, languages and cultures. Indonesia is the most influential member of ASEAN and as the fourth most populous country in the world is an increasingly important force in world affairs. Indonesia is culturally diverse, comprising hundreds of different ethnic groups and languages with rich literary traditions, spread over thousands of islands. It has the world’s largest Muslim-majority population but also includes significant Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities.

This program will provide you with a broad understanding of contemporary Indonesian culture, politics and society. Expertise in Asian/Indonesian Studies can enhance employment opportunities in commerce, education, government and cultural affairs. It can also serve as the foundation for further research through post-graduate work in Asian/Indonesian Studies. Students will be taught by outstanding faculty members and other leading experts from foreign universities, who have a keen interest in helping students develop fresh perspectives and realise their academic potential while giving them an opportunity for personal development.

Target group

The program is designed especially for students of various social sciences disciplines, namely International Relations, Politics, Economics, Sociology, Media and Communications enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s but also Doctoral programs who want to learn – by using interdisciplinary approach – about contemporary developments and issues in Asia and the region’s role in today’s world. However, there are frequently students from other study backgrounds as well, who decide to study other subjects to complement their majors and learn more about the world’s most dynamic region.

Last, but not the least, this program offers also young professionals the exceptional opportunity to enhance their global and leadership competence while focusing on various cutting-edge topics in international relations and politics, international business and economics. Regardless of your academic or professional background, the study abroad experience will undoubtedly be seen as an asset later in your future studies or professional career – in any case, you will have the opportunity to utilize your skills and knowledge no later than when you start competing for your place in the increasingly competitive global job market.

Course aim

- Develop a critical understanding of the key issues and challenges faced by Indonesia and Southeast Asian states in the 20th and 21st centuries;
- Demonstrate an fuller understanding of the relationship between political, security and economic developments in Southeast Asia and international/regional politics, and how to theorize this relationship;
- Develop a critical understanding of the contemporary debates related to the region, its institutions and important issues in the age of globalization;
- Understand a variety of approaches to the study and research of Southeast Asia and ASEAN, with a special emphasis on Indonesia;
- Be able to identify and critically evaluate key security challenges prevalent in Indonesia and within Southeast Asia in the context of the broader international geopolitical conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region while showing an in-depth knowledge of the conflict preventation mechanisms in place to address them.

Credits info

Students enrolled in the program will earn a total of 5 ECTS/3 US credits and a 'Certificate' confirming a successful completion of the program.

Fee info

EUR 990: The program fee includes:

- All tuition and enrollment fees and classroom support costs
- Accommodation in a hotel or, upon request, with a local family for the duration of the program
- All cultural and social programs, as well as field/study trips and excursions
- Most lunches, coffee/tea and snacks during coffee breaks, some dinners and other meals as listed in the program
- Airport pick-up upon arrival in the study abroad destination
- Most local transportation during the study abroad program
- Official academic transcript from host university and credit transfer assistance
- Official certificate confirming active and successful completion of the study abroad program