June 6 - 27, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
This interdisciplinary field course focuses on the ecology and culture of agriculture and food systems on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. Through this course, students will develop a holistic understanding of the environmental, economic and social dimensions of agriculture in Indonesia, historic forces driving agricultural development and policy, and challenges to future sustainability.
Course activities will introduce students to ecological field methods, interview and observation skills, asset-based mapping, and critical reflection activities focused on holistic analysis of sustainability. Particular emphasis will be placed on agroforestry, organic vegetables, rice, as well as alternative and traditional production systems.
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Participate in mangrove restoration projects and learn from a fishing community about their challenges to protect the mangroves and farm sustainability.
- Ecology field visit to the world-renowned volcano, Krakatoa, whose eruption in 1883 is still considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern human history.
- Trek through rice fields and learn about the complex rice farming systems there that have existed for centuries, and are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Learn about coffee, farming and cooperatives in the mountains of Sumatra.
This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.
For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
For More Info, contact:
Dr. Keiko Tanaka, faculty member in the Department of Community Leadership and Development at the University of Kentucky, email@example.com
Dr. Krista Jacobsen, faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Susan Meredith, EA Advisor, email@example.com.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in GEN 302: Sustainable Rural Development in Indonesia: Religions & Sustainability (3 credit hours) and SAG 390: Tropical Agroecology in Indonesia: Religions & Sustainability (3 credit hours).
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in hotel or university guest houses at all locations. Most meals are covered by the program fee except for the meals which occur on free days or are otherwise not included in the program itinerary.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.