INTERNATIONAL SUMMER COURSE 2015 : Religion and Globalization in Indonesia

The Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University, in cooperation with Florida International University (Miami, Florida, U.S.A.), invites you to join us for our four-week English-language program this May to experience life and culture in Indonesia and to examine the place of religion and globalization in our contemporary global world. This course will explore “Religion and Globalization” in the context of Indonesia, a diverse society including the world’s largest Muslim population. With its official motto “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (Unity in Diversity), Indonesia faces the challenges of building relationships across diverse religions and ethnicities. During the first three and half weeks in Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, we will examine the diversity of Indonesia’s religious experience through seminars with local and international experts and excursions to local organizations, communities, and sacred places. In Bali, we will explore globalization’s impact on culture, religion and nature.

This course is open to university students and the public. Students who complete the course project will receive three credits from Gadjah Mada University.
Tentative Schedule and Instructors


The History of Religion in Indonesia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Confucianism; Indigenous Religions; Ritual and Symbols; Pentecostal/Charismatic Church Movements in Indonesia; Varieties of Islam in Indonesia; Islamic environmentalism.
Religion and Disaster; Religion and Tourism; Religion, Gender and Education; Religion and Sexuality.
Regulating religion in Indonesia (1945-2015); Managing Religious Diversity (Religion, Secularism and Democracy); Interfaith Dialogue.


Yogyakarta: The Sultan’s Palace; Borobudur Buddhist Temple (World Heritage Site); Javanese spiritual community; Islamic Boarding School; Muslim organic farming; LGBT communities; Javanese old town.

Bali: Balinese Hindu temples in Ubud; Monkey Forest; Subak (traditional irrigation system) Environmental NGO; Ashram Gandhi; Waisak (Buddhist holiday) Ceremony.


Yogyakarta, May 4-26
Bali, May 26 – June 4


The program cost is $ 2230 (Yogyakarta $ 1425 and Bali $ 815), including accomodation (single rooms in campus guesthouse with AC and internet access; hotel or guesthouse in Bali), most meals, lectures, excursions, and one flight from Yogyakarta to Bali.


To apply to the program, please complete the application form (link below) and write a 300-400 word personal statement answering this question: Describe your interest in the program, what experiences you bring to it, and what you hope to gain from it. Please submit both by e-mail to no later than Sunday, April 19th, 2015.
Appication Form

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, April 21st, and requested to submit the program fee by bank transfer no later than Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) Graduate School
Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Phone/fax: +62274 544 976

Ms. Najiyah Martiam
Mobile +6281 328 777 633

Mr. Gregory Vanderbilt