Home University: University of Toronto, Canada,
Indonesian University: Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogykarta
Course of study: Anthropology
Duration: 3 month short research course
Source of funding: full-time work, university government support (grant).
Why do you recommend studying in Indonesia / Yogyakarta / and at UGM? Indonesia is an incredible place to study for more reasons than I can name! One great thing about studying in Indonesia is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language. Bahasa Indonesia is super easy to learn, and locals are always thrilled to teach anyone who shows interest. Another beautiful thing about Indonesia is the locals' relaxed approach to daily life. Life in “Indo” taught me a lot about the value of just relaxing and savouring the moment, even when nothing much is actually going on. That said, there are always adventures to be had. With over 17,000 islands and even more local dialects and ethnic groups, it's one of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world. Not only that, but everyone I met was incredibly open to sharing their worldview- and their home- with foreigners. Indonesia is basically any anthropology student's dream come true, and I would go back in a heartbeat.