Summer: Rutgers- Primates, Ecology, and Conservation in Indonesia
All, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
The 17,508 islands of the Indonesian archipelago are the home of nearly 250 million people, each of whom have their own distinct cultural identity yet have a strong sense of Indonesian identity. Indonesia supports a wide variety of highly unique flora and fauna that make their home in the temperate climate and fertile soil. The country pursues a moderate, tolerant growth strategy and is the third largest democracy in the world.
This program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain a hands-on immersive educational experience within Indonesia. The program will consist of two courses: “Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology” and “Applied Conservation and Ecosystem Management,” each approximately 10 days in duration.
The first course will take place at Tuanan Biological Research Station in Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Students will learn how to collect behavioral data on wild orangutans, quantify habitat characteristics, collect biological samples, use GPS units and GIS software to generate maps, and analyze and summarize data in the form of a scientific report. While in Borneo, students will also visit Nyaru Menteng, a rehabilitation center for orangutans that have been displaced from their habitat or rescued from the illegal pet trade.
The second course will take place in Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java and will present big-picture issues in conservation, environmental policy, and ecosystem management. Practical components related to these large issues will be explored during field-based activities and field trips. Some of the field components will involve field trips focused on the interface between human activities and the ecosystem. These will include visits to a coral reef plantation, where students will assist the restoration program by planting new coral, and the conservation program for the critically endangered Javan rhinoceros. Students will explore the Javan rainforest, which is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, including three endemic primates (Javan gibbonS, Javan leaf monkeyS, and silvered leaf monkeys). At the end of the course, students will present about their experiences in a group PowerPoint presentation to faculty and students at the Universitas Nasional in Jakarta.
The full program will take 3 1/2 weeks, which includes ten days for each course, a trip to Bogor following the first course, and a brief stay in Jakarta at the end of the program. During these trips students will have the opportunity to experience some of Java's cultural traditions, visit the famous Bogor Botanical Gardens, and learn about the history of Indonesia.
This program aims to provide students with a scientific foundation of information and skills necessary for successfully conducting future graduate studies or obtaining positions with NGO’s and government organizations. In addition, students from Rutgers will integrate with students and faculty from Universitas Nasional Jakarta (UNAS), thus gaining a very unique educational and cultural experience.
To view the program’s 2014 syllabus, please click here. A syllabus for the honors program option is available for download here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Arrival: July 20th
Departure: August 10th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
For all portions of this course, meals will be provided. If students want to purchase extra snacks and food, there will be opportunities for them to visit local supermarkets. In all locations, bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets if necessary) will be provided although students are welcome to bring their own sheets, pillows, and blankets/sleeping bags if they prefer.
Program Cost: 2016 Summer
For more information about the additional non-billable expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.