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  • Locations: Bali, Indonesia; Taipei, Taiwan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Length: Short-term Recommended GPA: 2.5
Living Arrangements: Hotel Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

The Culture of Bali
Study Abroad is monitoring the global COVID-19 pandemic and waiting for more complete information to determine if this program will move forward in Summer 2021.  We are reviewing each program on a case-by-case basis and will let students know the status of the program around the application deadline.

Bali is known as the island of the gods, where daily life is intricately intertwined with the arts, tradition, philosophy, culture, and spirituality. The interconnected community’s unique approach to life on the island has captured the imagination of artists and poets, and inspired anthropological studies for centuries.

This Study Abroad Program invites students to travel to Bali for two weeks to train and interact with a Balinese artistic community. Students will attend six workshops focusing on Balinese performance genres; including music, puppetry, masks and traditional dance. They will have a unique “insiders look” at Balinese performing arts, including learning arts traditions and philosophies at a community Balinese Sanggar (artists’ studio) led by a master of these arts. Visits to culturally important temples and markets will give students the opportunity to experience Balinese arts and culture in different contexts.

Study Abroad Indonesia: Balinese Arts and Culture will provide opportunities for: cultural exchange, observing and learning traditional performance protocols in a Balinese setting, understanding new perspectives, and preparing students for global citizenship.


Dr. Sue Fenty Studham has been working and researching in Bali for 10 years. Her PhD thesis: “Stage Management: A question of approach in intercultural theatre” was set in Bali, and investigated the complexities of cultural exchange in theatrical contexts. Studham has stage managed for more than three decades in 13 countries, her credits include hundreds of shows in many genres of theatre from solo performances to large-scale events involving up to 1,600 performers, including Bali Agung (Bali, Indonesia), 3 Opening Ceremonies for Citrawarna: Colours of Malaysia (Putrajaya & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the Perth International Arts Festival (Australia), and festivals in New York City, including Lincoln Centre Out-of-Doors and JVC Jazz Festival. Fenty Studham is Head of the Stage Management Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is also Managing Editor of Behind the Scenes: Journal of Theatre Production Practice and has published articles based on her Balinese study.
Course TEC 424-302 - Special Topics in Theatre Technology
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2021
Class meeting times Classes are likely to take place on Friday afternoons, but the faculty will work with all accepted students to find a time that works for everyone.
Liberal Studies domain Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Studham
Course description This class will incorporate Balinese history and artistic philosophy, drawing on texts from the Balinese Performing Arts, including: FB Eiseman: Bali Sekala and Niskala: Essays on religion, ritual and art, and IW Dibia and R Barringer’s: Balinese Dance, Drama and Music: A guide to the performing arts of Bali. We will discuss the arts and culture of the region in-depth.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students stay in hotels in double occupancy rooms.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Bali program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

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DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 03/01/2022 TBA TBA