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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.


What is an Independent Study Project (ISP)?
The ISP is a way for you to pursue something you are excited about. The majority of the hands-on ISP work is done in Jogja because that’s where we have the most consistent access to mentors/teachers in specific crafts and traditions. You can expect to devote several afternoons a week exploring a hands-on topic in Jogja (e.g., learning a craft such as silver smithing, creating traditional art like batik, cooking Indonesian dishes, etc.).

We’ll talk more about all of this in-country. For now, here are some options that past students have pursued in Jogja:

• Food: cooking, street food, the spice trade, rice cultivation, identity through food e.g. Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, Javanese, Bajau, Flores cuisine
• Performing Arts: Gamelan, Javanese dance
• Crafts and Textiles: Silver smithing, batik, leather puppet making (wayang kulit), bird cage making
• Medicine and Healing: traditional medicine (Jamu)
• Religion and Spirituality: Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, local beliefs/mysticism
• Economies: exploring different livelihoods in/around the city
• Visual Story Telling: Street art, story telling through photography/video/drawings
• Indonesian Martial art (Pencak Silat)

We’ll talk more about the ISPs during our in-country orientation, but it would be helpful if you identified a couple of topics/projects that interest you, even if it’s pretty vague like music, art, dance, cooking, etc., so we can setup meetings for our first week in Jogja.