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Experiencing an Emerging Economy in Southeast Asia

January 2016

With more than 250 million people, Indonesia has Southeast Asia's largest economy and population. It is the world's 16th largest economy and is on track to be in 7th place by 2030. Emerging countries, like Indonesia, face many problems during their transition from under-developed, mostly agrarian societies to fully developed countries. A major challenge for these developing countries is to provide access to clean and reliable water and thereby break the cycle of water borne diseases and poverty. For a second, imagine that every other month you are too weak to go to school or work because you consumed water that made you sick with diarrheal disease or worse. When sick frequently, you will not get the education or have the income to lift yourself out of poverty. Therefore, to provide access to clean, safe water and improve the public health, developing countries must invest in water projects and technologies, together with developing sustainable strategies for managing this natural resource.


This program is open to students in all disciplines. Students will earn 3 URI credits for GEO 491: Independent Study. Students can speak to the program director (Dr. Boving) about alternative codes. Orientation sessions will be held prior to departure. Readings and other materials will be made available on Sakai. Classes will be held in the field. No foreign language requirement.

During this program, graduate and undergraduate students will study problems related to water and public health and examine sustainable technologies projects that may enable people in developing countries to leave behind poverty. Students will engage with the cultural, historical, artistic, and culinary richness of Java and immerse into the daily life of Indonesians. Together with Indonesian students from URI’s partner universities in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, we will visit field projects in rural and urban areas where innovative water projects are being tested and students will be involved in hands-on class room activities geared towards future water projects. Collaboration with Indonesian university students to investigate sustainable solutions and technologies for providing safe and reliable water to the people.



Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and located on the island of Java. It is a bustling Megacity that is in many ways typical for the developing world, i.e. you will experience first-hand the stark contrast between the rich and the poor. Brace yourself for a surprise! On the other hand, Yogyakarta is a medium sized town where the pace of life is much slower. It is located in central Java and surrounded by a lush tropical landscape and active volcanoes. It is here where you will find some of the countries’ most famous places like the temples of Borobudur or the Sultan’s Palace, which of course we will visit!

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in hotel rooms of double occupancy. Breakfast is provided and students will be responsible for lunch and dinner (~$20 per day). Please consult with your physician or a travel clinic regarding vaccinations.


Program Cost:
Program Fee* :
Total Cost:







Program Fee Includes:
Round-trip airfare*
In-Country transportation
Excursions and cultural activities
Health insurance


 NOTE: All fees subject to change

Students can opt to travel with the group or individually.

 *Program fee includes Indonesia Opportunity Grant

Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: TBA
Final Payment Due: TBA

Important Requirement: Students are required to complete an Indonesia Questionnaire along with their application

For more information, please contact:


Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Tom Boving
International Center
Department of Geology
37 Lower College Road


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