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UK Sponsored: Tropical Agroecology & Sustainable Development in Indonesia (Agriculture, Food & Environment)
Multiple, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Agriculture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Community and Leadership Development, Geography, Plant and Soil Science, Sustainable Agriculture
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hotel
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Sarah Whitaker
Program Director:
Keiko Tanaka, Krista Jacobsen
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Tropical Agroecology & Sustainable Development in Indonesia
(Agriculture, Food & Environment)

July 16-August 8th, 2015
Danau Laut TawarProgram Overview

This interdisciplinary field course focuses on the ecology and culture of agriculture and food systems on the  Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, and Bali. 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.

To view the syllabus for this course, click here! (Syllabus to be uploaded soon!)

  • Homestays with Indonesian familes
  • Visits to numerous farms and learning from farm communities that grow coffee, tea, rice, cocoa and other tropical crops
  • 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
  • Visits to ancient Hindu temples
  • Discussions with Indonesian experts on agriculture and sustainable development

This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. 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 directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the 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 300: Special Course: Tropical Agroecology (3 credit hours) and CLD 395: Special Problems in Community Communications and Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsRice Terrace

Students will reside in homestays with faculty at the University of Lampung while in Sumatra, and at locally-owned hotels in Java and Bali. In-country flights and visa costs between these locations are included in the program fee. All 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.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Tanah Lot TemplePassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a tourist visa for entry into Indonesia, which can be purchased upon arrival in any Indonesian airport for $25-$50 cash. Please consult the Indonesian Embassy or your Education Abroad Advisor for more information about this. Non-U.S. passport holding students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a travel-visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Krista Jacobson, faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Jacobson will be directing the program.

Ms. Sarah Whitaker, EA Advisor,

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.