US – Indonesia Partnership Program for Study Abroad Capacity
This program is based on the 2011 pilot program. This theme-based study abroad model is innovative in two significant ways. First, by convening a group of Indonesian and American students who travel and learn together, they are experimenting with a model for study abroad that gets away from “intellectual tourism” and moves toward a true intercultural experience. Students, both American and Indonesian, will be immediately immersed in an intercultural community of their own constitution, and will draw insights through this community about both cultures. While in their home country, students will play host to their counterparts, sharing their knowledge and in the process, clarifying their own self-knowledge. While abroad, students will benefit from expertise of their local hosts and reach a deeper engagement with foreign perspectives, languages, cultures, and histories.
Secondly, by addressing the same issues of religion and politics in radically different places, students will come to a more complex intellectual understanding of those issues. Comparisons between countries, cultures, and histories, arising naturally through the course of the trip, will enrich students’ understanding of religion and politics as theoretical concepts.
This trip thus departs from the traditional models of study abroad where isolated students attempt to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and, all too often, fail, not having the language or interpersonal skills, or where groups travel in a foreign country but maintain their distance from local populations, creating a mobile comfort zone of their own cultural group. This is essential for 21st century students, who require preparation for a far more globalized world and the ability to see issues from multiple perspectives.
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