Indonesia is a land of breathtaking contrast. The fourth most populous country in the world, it is a place of extraordinary diversity, home to more than 300 ethnic groups speaking over 700 languages. It is home to the world’s largest population of Muslims, and also to substantial Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian and animist minorities. And as the world’s third largest democracy, it has made extraordinary strides towards ensuring civil rights and freedoms for its citizens. Yet Indonesia today is facing tremendous challenges. The legacies of state-sponsored violence and ethnic conflict that marked Indonesia in the 20th century have yet to be addressed, and communities of survivors continue to call for truth and justice. Indonesia’s environment is under threat from unrestrained development and corporate greed, as well as the ravages of climate change. In many parts of the country, traditional tolerance for cultural and religious difference is giving way to heightened religious conflict, and widespread corruption continues to mark Indonesia’s democratic progress.
This course will explore Indonesia and its challenges by turning a gendered lens on issues of conflict, civic engagement, violence, development and justice. Working in close collaboration with a range of local organizations, course participants will learn about the experiences of Indonesian women and men working for a more equitable future. While visiting the Indonesian islands of Bali and Java, participants will engage with a trans-disciplinary range of social theories and materials from U.S. and Indonesian contexts, investigating issues related to the social construction of gender, gender and culture, gender and religion, post-colonial feminism(s), the political economy of gender in Indonesia, and gender and post-conflict peace-building. Students will visit with local NGOs working on gender justice, gender-based violence, LGBTQI rights, transitional justice, migration, violent extremism, fair trade, and inter-religious conflict resolution issues.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Students will be registered for one 3-credit course. There is an online/Blackboard component that will be open in December and must be completed before the program begins.
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 695: Selected Topics
- Conflict Analysis - CONF 385: International Field Experience, CONF 397: Study Abroad Special Topics
January 6 - 18, 2020
Please note this course will include an online course requirement that will be available on Blackboard on in December. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure in January.
The dates listed above are in-country days of the program. Students who arrive before the program starts or stay after the program ends are responsible for their own accommodations and all other expenses associated with independent travel.
Note: This course will include an online course requirement that will be available on Blackboard in November. Students are expected to complete the online requirements before their departure in January.
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
|Blackboard course opens
|Mandatory Pre-trip session
|Arrive in Indonesia
|Course in Indonesia
||January 8 to 17
|Return to U.S.
Winter 2019: $3,850
Winter 2020: $3,820
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double occupancy lodging at local guesthouses, three meals daily while in Indonesia, guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary, transportation in Indonesia, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Round-trip airfare*, passport and visa fees, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the program administrator.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 20, 2019. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
: The final balance payment is due by November 10, 2019. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits
: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" and "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" are available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program.
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:
November 8, 2019
S-CAR Application Questions: This questionnaire includes questions about previous experiences and coursework relevant to your program participation.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.