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  • Locations: All, Indonesia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative program dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants 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:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Rising Sophomore, Senior, Sophomore
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Erin Vogel, Wendy Erb
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:

This Program Runs during Even Summers; Will Run Again in Summer 2020

The Program
  • Study sustainable approaches to forest, wildlife, and marine management and see one of the last remaining populations of Javan rhinoceros in Ujung Kulon National Park.
  • Participate in the collection of behavioral data on wild orangutans, quantification of habitat characteristics, and the collection of biological samples.
  • Participate in a field course with faculty and students from Universitas Nasional Jakarta (UNAS) and explore a variety of different views on important global issues.
Your Host Country: Indonesia
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. 

After visit Halimun Salak, we will visit the famous Yogyakarta in Central Java. This city is known as the center for culture, arts, and beautiful temples in Indonesia. Here we will visit the 9th century Buddhist temple Borobudur and the Hindu temple Prambanan. Students will learn the art of Batik and experience a traditional Javan ballet. We will end our trip at the Seribu Islands off the cost of Java where students will get to snorkel while observing beautiful coral reefs, participate in a marine sea turtle release program, and a coral reef restoration program. 

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 2016 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.

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.
  1. Bogor: Students will stay in a homestay or hotel. Meals will be provided by the homestay or purchased at local restaurants. (Lodging to be determined)
  2. Jakarta: Students will stay at a small hotel in close proximity to UNAS.
  3. Palangkaraya: Students will stay at the project house and/or nearby hotel. Meals will be purchased at local restaurants.
  4. Tuanan: Students will stay in dorms at the research station. Meals will be prepared and served at the station. When students are on field excursions, lunch boxes will be provided.
  5. Kepulauan Seribu: Students will stay in a homestay or rented house. Meals will be provided by the homestay or prepared by local community members.

Financial Information
Prices for the 2018 iteration of the program will be updated in Fall Semester. 

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.