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SIT Indonesia: Arts, Religion and Social Change is a field-studies program emphasizing Balinese identity and the arts. During the semester, you have the unique opportunity to study Bahasa Indonesia. The program is highly mobile and housing varies at each location. Towards the end of the program, you also conduct independent field research.


Specific emphasis in this program is placed on traditional and shifting Balinese art forms as well as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the various religions practiced in Indonesia. Coursework typically includes topics such as: Bahasa Indonesia, field methods and ethics course, an independent study project as well as a course on arts, religion and social change.

Program Features

SIT believes in giving you the opportunity to learn through experience. With that in mind, you participate in several educational excursions throughout the semester. Locations in the past have included: local ceremonies in the Ubud, Tabanan and the Denpasar areas of Bali among others.

Because of the high mobility of the program, you live in a variety of different housing situations. Primarily, you live in homestays during the semester abroad.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.