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Indonesia: Bali - Religion & Performing Arts Program (Summer)
Bali, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/24/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2016 06/15/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: good academic standing
Professor(s): Dr. David Harnish, Dr. Lance Nelson Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science Accomodations: Hotel
Prerequisite(s): None Research: No
Graduate Courses Offered: No Program Advisor: Alicia Peña -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


MUSIC 340 / THRS 394: Religion and the Performing Arts in Bali
Music 340 fulfills the USD Core requirement for Fine Arts and a Music major requirement.
THRS 394 fulfills the upper-division THRS core requirement and a THRS major requirement.
Either choice fulfills an upper-division requirement for the Asian Studies minor or the International Relations major.
No course pre-requisites
Students will choose which credit they will receive, either MUSC 340 or THRS 394, NOT both.




Watch the Bali video to learn more about USD's program in Bali:

PLEASE NOTE: This program has an earlier deadline than other Summer programs and has a maximum capacity of students that will be able to participate. Once capacity has been reached, a waitlist will be started.


Indonesia encompasses more than 17,000 islands, two thirds of which are inhabited and richly layered with character.  The Indonesian island of Bali is famous for its artistic culture, vibrant colors, and cuisine. The people and institutions of Bali are very welcoming to outsiders who come, study, and respect their traditions. Southeast Asia is rapidly increasing in importance, both geopolitically and as a vibrant emerging market.

The course will be centered in the town of Ubud in south central Bali. Ubud is the cultural heart of the island, removed from the crowded tourism zone around Denpasar. The last few nights will be spent in Pemuteran, northwest coast of Bali.



This three week long intersession course is offered by the University of San Diego.  The course is instructed by Dr. David Harnish and Dr. Lance Nelson.  Students who successfully complete the program will earn three units of upper division music credit or three units of upper division theology and religious studies credit on a USD transcript. While most of the class lectures will be at the hotel in Ubud, the island itself will serve as a wider "classroom," as students will be learning on-site at various temples, ritual sites, visits with artists and religious/academic leaders, and complimentary activities.


Ulun temple Bali



In addition to its renowned physical beauty, the Indonesian island of Bali is famous for its rich cultural traditions that demonstrate an inseparable relationship between art and religion. This course will explore the faith and practice of Balinese Hindus, particularly in terms of their highly developed ritual sensibility and their integration of music, drama, and other arts in their vibrant ritual life. It will be an interdisciplinary, team-taught course. 

This course is a very intensive course that does not include a lot of free time. Classes will meet five to six days a week in addition to lectures, cultural visits, excursions, musical performances, and group activities.  Students will be provided a course syllabus prior to departure and are expected to adhere to all class activities and assignments.  Students will also be required to attend a pre-departure lecture series on the USD campus during Spring 2015 in order to learn some of the basics of Balinese history, culture, etiquette, and language. Students that want to explore Bali on their own are encouraged to arrive early or stay after the program, as the intensive schedule does not allow much free time during the program.

For evaluation, students will complete a number of written assignments during their time in Bali and write a 12-15-page paper upon their return. This paper will integrate their experiences in Bali with ideas generated from seminars, course readings, and student research. Students will also be evaluated on their level of participation in Bali.

Dr. David Harnish -
Click here for a biography on Dr. Harnish.
Click here to visit the University of San Diego Dept. of Music.

Dr. Lance Nelson -
Click here for a biography on Dr. Nelson
Click here to visit the University of San Diego Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies.



Bali music festival



Cost for the program is $4,800 and includes 3 units of USD tuition, accommodations, international health insurance, some meals, several site/cultural visits and selected cultural activities.  Not included in the program price are most meals, flight tickets, ground transportation to/from the airport, optional excursion, and spending money while abroad.  More detailed cost information can be found by clicking on the "PROGRAM COST" link above.




All program participants will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms in both Ubud and Pemuteran. 


Bali rice paddies