Examine biodiversity, conservation, resource-use patterns, and the restoration of wildlife on the exotic islands of Bali and Borneo.
WHY STUDY IN INDONESIA?
One of the world’s recognized “megadiverse” countries, Indonesia is known for its primeval rainforests and wealth of natural resources including some15,000 plant species. Take a journey through villages and volcanic landscapes, plantations and lushly forested conservation areas, as well as the stunning coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, and seagrass beds of this ecologically rich pocket of the world. Starting in Bali, on the grounds of an ancient palace complex, explore grassroots conservation focused on habitat restoration, community sustainability, and endangered species management., Witness extreme threats to animal and plant life posed by rapid growth in tourism and the palm oil industry. Learn from conservationists dedicated to protecting national parks in Java and Borneo, and observe the diverse community of primates and other large fauna. There will be opportunities to snorkel among the coral reefs and manta rays, hike in tropical forests, and visit conservation projects aimed at protecting the Bali myna, Javan rhinoceros, Sumatran orangutan, and other endangered species.
Study “endemic” plants and wildlife that exist in only one part of the world.
Undertake extensive fieldwork, from land to sea, exploring forests and reefs.
Learn Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of the vast Indonesian archipelago.
Examine the challenges of human-dominated, yet unique, tropical ecosystems.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Conservation strategies for habitats in human-dominated landscapes
Principles and practices of sustainability and conservation biology
Dynamics of habitat fragmentation in tropical ecosystems
Restoration strategies for marine and terrestrial ecosystems
The double-edged sword of tourism with a conservation strategy
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
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.
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