WFU/Indonesia and the Netherlands: Ramadan Observed (Summer)
Amsterdam, Netherlands;Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dates / Deadlines:
** 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.
WFU/Indonesia and the Netherlands:
Indonesia is a vast archipelago located in Southeast Asia made up over 17,000 islands. It has the world's fourth largest population and is home to the world's largest population of Muslims. Given its sprawling location and abundant natural resources, Indonesia has a rich history of being an important trade region, bringing a large and diverse foreign influence that has impacted many aspects of its culture, as well as its identity.
The Netherlands is a country with over 16 million people on an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey, it's a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of many interesting cities. Once a great naval power, this small nation boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. A modern European country today, it preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality.
Summer II, 2014
Academic Program REL 390 Ramadan Observed (3hrs) During this course we will study, observe and participate in events surrounding the Islamic fasting of Ramadan as this special month is celebrated in Indonesia and in the Netherlands. Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country in the world. Ramadan is part of daily culture and religious life and expressed through special preaching and prayer events, festivals, celebrations and forms of popular culture such as publications and movies. Muslims in the Netherlands are a minority. They have to adapt to the surrounding society when fasting and find ways to express their religious identity in a multi-cultural environment. We will compare how Muslims in the two countries experience this special month of the Islamic year and how the non-Muslim environment engages with them during this time.
We will stay three weeks in Yogyakarta, on the island of Java and two weeks in Amsterdam. During our studies we will join Indonesian and Dutch students to discuss topics of inclusion and exclusion, belonging to a majority or minority religious community, and the rituals and practices surrounding Ramadan.
Excursions/Highlights In Yogyakarta we will make various excursions, for example to the Sultan’s palace and mosque, the Buddhist shrine of Borobudur and the Hindu Prambanan. In Amsterdam we will visit mosques, schools, Muslim media as well as other institutions that focus on minority questions in the Netherlands such as the Jewish Museum and the Anne Frank House.
Hotels and student housing.
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories: *Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program. *Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate was $880/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2014. *Airfare – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted. *Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the student's spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee - TBA
Tuition (3hrs) - $2,640
Airfare (estimated) - TBA
Personal Expenses (estimated) - TBA
Estimated total cost - TBA
Scholarships available through Center for International Studies
Good academic standing
All majors accepted
Contact Information Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Professor of Religion 758-3945 firstname.lastname@example.org
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