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Study Sustainability & Ecotourism in Bali

16 Weeks Semester Program

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15 Weeks Lectures

15 weeks full of of hands-on lectures at Udayana University, field trips all across Bali and cultural activites.

1 Week Introduction

The 15-weeks semester program will be proceeded by an introduction week to get to know Bali and your fellow classmates.

Profound Expertise

Well structured lectures in English, held at Udayana University will provide you with expertise and prepare you for various field trips.

30 Credit Points

During this 15 weeks study program you can achieve up to 30 ECTS credit points awarded by Udayana University in Bali.

Semester Abroad: Sustainability & Eco Tourism

Indonesia is listed as one of the top 10 countries to travel to in 2019 (LonelyPlanet). Most of the tourists following this recommendation will probably end up in Bali. Therefore sustainability and eco tourism are two very important topics to focus on in order to be able to preserve the traditional Balinese culture as well as the environment despite the masses of tourists coming every day. During this 16 weeks semester program you will learn more about the Balinese life philosophy "Tri Hita Karana" and how it is implemented in tourist attractions and sights. During various field trips, you will be able to see this implementation first hand.

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Semester Facts

Study fees EUR 2,490

Summer Semester: March to July

Winter Semester: August to December

Application deadline

Winter Semester: 15th of June

Summer Semester: 15th of February

Semester start

Summer Semester: 23rd of March

Winter Semester: 24th of August


Available Modules

Biodiversity Conservation & Eco Tourism

The course is about the conservation of biodiversity through development of ecotourism. The course will cover: (a) ecotourism definition, its principles and criteria; (b) biodiversity conservation, community empowerment, and poverty alleviation through ecotourism; (c) the Balinese life philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana (THK); (d) ecotourism products, (e) terrestrial ecotourism; (f) marine ecotourism; (g) agro-ecotourism; (h) eco lodge, (i) case studies in ecotourism and biodiversity conservation organizations. In the practical level there will be several field trips, which may include, but not limited to: Pemuteran (marine conservation and tourism programs), Tahura Ngurah Rai (mangrove conservation & mangrove tour), Subak Sembung (agro-ecotourism), Sanur or Nusa Dua (benthic organism, bio indicator, trekking, bird watching, etc.), Udayana lodge (eco-lodge), Gianyar Botanical Garden (Kebun Raya Gianyar) (plant diversity and traditional way of forest conservation) and Kemenuh Butterfly Park.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Community Based Conservation

To be announced.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Green Hotels/Eco Lodge Implementation

After taking part in this course, students are expected to be able to evaluate the implementation of green hotels or eco lodges. This course focuses on environmental problems and how they can be improved/solved with the implementation of specific criteria for green hotels and eco lodges.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Nature and Eco-Tour Guiding

This course focuses on nature and Eco tour guiding in the most sustainable and environmental friendly way. Besides theoretical lectures such as fragile ecosystems, ethics in guiding or emergency preparation & response in guiding, students will also be able to get hands-on experience.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Sustainable Development based on the Balinese Life Philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana (THK)

This course will give an general understanding of sustainability based on the Balinese life philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana (THK) and how to implement it correctly in working activities.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language in Indonesia and is spoken from a majority of Indonesians next to a variety of different dialects which vary locally. In this language course you will learn the basics of the Indonesian language, in order to be able to immerse into Bali’s culture and life. This course mostly focuses on teaching the students to interact/communicate in Indonesian. Besides that, the students will also learn some basics of grammatical/structural rules.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Credits: 5 ECTS

Introduction Week

Before the official start of the semester there will be an introduction week during which you will get to know your fellow classmates, the unique Balinese culture as well as the environment around the campus.

  • The introduction week will kick-off with a cooking class in central Bali on Monday afternoon/evening. Since the next day will also be spent in central Bali, we will spend the night close to Ubud.

  • On Tuesday we will visit a Balinese family in Payangan where you will learn a lot about the Hindu culture and traditions. The main part of this trip will be a 'Canang Workshop' (a typical offering that is used on a daily basis by the Hindu). In the afternoon, we will visit a conservation center for the critically endangered Bali Starling.

  • The following day, we will visit the turtle conservation and education center on Serangan island and you will get the chance to learn more about corals during a coral transplantation workshop in Nusa Dua.

  • As last activity of the welcome week, we will have some fun on the beach during a surf course.

  • On Friday will be the official opening cermenoy at the university where you will meet your lecturers for the very first time.

This schedule is still subject to change.