Originally, we just intended to assist the university in Bali in optimising the processes and content as a favour. We completely reorganized the curriculum and developed a suitable supporting programme with workshops and field trips. Our first official semester consisted of eleven students. StudyInBali has grown steadily in all areas over time. The number of students has increased and we have added more programmes in addition to architecture: Engineering and Sports & Physiotherapy. We were able to attract additional universities, and we expanded our selection of programmes (Tourism Destination Management, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Photo & Videography) and initiated a summer school. Now, over 1,000 students have come to Bali in the meantime.
Next summer semester we will be starting a new architecture programme (Tropical Interior & Green Architecture) at Sekolah Tinggi Desian Bali, and in August 2020 there will be an interdisciplinary summer school for the first time, focusing on sustainable urban development in Panama: “STUDY SMART – Smarter Panama City”.
You get the feeling that your encounters with the Balinese people take you to a different level. Time moves much more slowly than in our world, and after just a few days in Bali, you find yourself in a state of inner peace and balance. The Balinese manage to remain true to themselves and their culture despite mass tourism and the influences of hundreds of countries and cultures, and this is probably one of the reasons why the island holds such an attraction for many millions of visitors. The hustle and bustle of tourism has had little impact on the traditional Balinese way of life. Tradition and modernity go hand in hand. Customs, rites and rituals are passed on to the younger generations, religion is an integral part of everyday life, and at the same time the Balinese are able to remain open to foreign and new things, and to naturally integrate them into their world.
There are a lot of places they interact, of course, both in everyday life and at the university. Our summer schools have a buddy programme, in which local students accompany the international students and provide advice and support for all of their questions, even before they start their studies. Occasionally, students want to live with a host family, so we try to establish contacts here as well. Great friendships have already grown out of this. With WhatsApp, Facebook and the like, communication today is much easier than it was a few years ago, even beyond Bali time.
An important point to mention is that the semester or summer school in Bali does not just take place at the university. We are convinced that a stay abroad must include a good balance of subject-specific teaching, learning of culture and language, and off-campus activities and experiences. This is the only way to truly understand a culture, how the country and its people work, their philosophy of life and their opportunities and challenges. The subject Indonesian Language, History & Culture is an integral part of the curriculum of our 15-week programmes (one semester). Students are given the opportunity to explore the island with all its various facets, architecture and culture in the numerous field trips and workshops.
The programmes and subjects are usually developed together with the universities. One common theme of what we offer is: East meets West! This is about the blending of ideas between life in the West and tropical life in Bali. Our aim is to compare western and tropical architecture and create new harmonies in modern architecture through possible combinations of styles.
A typical day as a student in Bali begins (usually after a hectic ride on a scooter through the busy streets of its capital, Denpasar) with seminar-like lectures, which are primarily designed for mutual exchange between students and lecturers. Lectures are held in English, and the course content of Resort Design & Hospitality Design, Tropical Home, Interior Architecture and South East Asian Vernacular Architecture is dealt with in a personal atmosphere.
There are weekly field trips to construction sites, Bali’s landmarks, modern hotel complexes and villas and traditional villages. We also visit studios of renowned architects and the projects they have completed. In workshops, the students get impressions of the variety of local materials, colours and light, as well as the relevance and techniques of earthquake-proof construction. Sustainable building methods using bamboo are presented and put into practice in a full-scale model in a one-day bamboo workshop.
Summer Class (28/03–31/07/2020), deadline: 15/02/2020
Winter Class (29/08–18/12/2020), deadline: 15/06/2020
Summer Schools (01/08–29/08/2020), deadline: 15/06/2020