Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Cultural and Psychological Theories of Self in Society

Bali, Indonesia



Bali, Indonesia
Photo by: Stephanie Horta


This program will take place in Ubud, Bali, which provides a good point of contrast to the United States for understanding complexities of self and culture and its application to psychopathology and healing. While Indonesia is host to the largest Muslim population in the world, the majority of residents in Bali are Hindu. Students will be exposed to Balinese Hindu and animist spiritual beliefs as it pertains to the Balinese construction of self, wellness, psychopathology, and healing.  Classwork will be supplemented with Balinese guest lecturers, visits to cultural sites, temples, traditional healers and nonprofit organizations. 

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.99.

  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Tuesday, March 17


All info sessions have concluded for this spring, for more information please email us or


Culture, Healing, & Psychopathology (3 credits):  In this course, students will be introduced to the specifics of Balinese culture, how the Balinese view transgressions and therefore illness, and how they heal. To fully understand the dimensions of wellness-illness in Bali, students will be introduced to two key guiding precepts—Balinese religious beliefs and Balinese kinship systems. Balinese religion considers both Hindu principles as well as more local beliefs that include spirits and ancestral worship. These systems are intricately linked and illness is believed to be directly triggered by imbalance. Students will also be briefly introduced to the study of emotions, as it pertains to psychopathology. Students will then examine case studies that illustrate different psychopathologies. Finally, discussions will involve both evolving Western medical systems and traditional healers. Students will be able to visit traditional healers to understand local belief systems in a keener manner. Finally, the application of multicultural principles to psychological practice and research will be integrated throughout the course. 

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Multicultural Issues in Forensic Psychology​ (3 credits): In this course, students will be introduced to the different theoretical ways in which psychology has addressed the tensions of cultural differences and universals in psychology with a focus on how cultures construct what it means to a person. Building upon these theoretical foundations, the course will introduce students to varying perspectives on gender and sexuality as one crucial component of self-hood and the core of many issues in multiculturalism. Readings will be drawn from classic psychology articles on self, gender and sexuality as well as specific case studies of the self, gender and sexuality in Bali.

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Undergraduate students are required to take both classes as part of this study-abroad program.


Diversity Issues in Forensic Psychology (3 credits): This course will encompass material from both undergraduate courses above. The graduate course will also include clinical applications as relevant.

In both the undergraduate and graduate courses of study, students will be exposed to interdisciplinary ideas in a different cultural context through an intense program of study. All course lectures will be enriched by field visits and where possible additional guest lecturers will be provided which will give students an opportunity to experience ideas and debates in context. 

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  1. Minimum 2.5 GPA
  2. If graduate student, good standing in a Master’s program

  • Housing: Students will stay in double-occupancy accommodations.
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here:

    Photo by: Lissette Zayas
    Summer 2016

  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit:
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change, **program cost(s), syllabi, *dates, etc.


It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.

Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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Please note that most travelers:

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Indonesia, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

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You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Indonesia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

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Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: TBDHowever, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 

PROGRAM COST:               

Estimated Program Cost: TBD**
**Subject to change. Includes double occupancy, hotel accommodations, some meals, international health insurance, excursions and transportation on-site associated with program. Does not include CUNY tuition, airfare, some meals, visa cost, personal expenses & excursions, etc.     

     Estimated Costs       

John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Graduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 


Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad ScholarshipJJC Student Travel Fund, and the CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunities can be found here.

Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at


Academic Inquiries:
Prof. Chitra Raghavan, Dept. of Psychology
Office: 10.63.10NB
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Professor's Biography

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director

Daniel Braslavsky, Coordinator


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New York, NY 10019
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