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UI program sponsors 'study tour' of Indonesia June 11-27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in exploring the cultural, geographic and educational sites of Indonesia are invited to take part in a 15-day "study tour" of the Pacific island nation June 11-27, sponsored by the Office of International Education of the University of Iowa College of Education.

The trip is intended to provide educators, students, and people with an interest in other cultures with the opportunity to learn about Indonesia, its people and its educational and religious institutions in a way that provides an in-depth introduction that isn't available to most tourists.

The public is welcome to join the tour.

Paul Retish, director of the Office of International Education, says the tour is an attempt to introduce Iowans to a part of the world that plays an increasingly important role in international issues. The office directs an international program that has brought 150 Indonesian teachers and college professors to the UI to study in the past three years and will bring 150 more in the next three years.

"The people of Indonesia know Iowa, and they know it in a very positive light," Retish says.

Registration for the tour is $2,500, which includes airfare, transportation in and around Indonesia, and all lodging. The costs also cover an average of two meals a day.

Students can receive up to eight hours of credit from the UI, but must complete two seminars before departure, two seminars after returning to the United States, and take part in a faculty-led discussion each night of the tour. The costs include tuition.

Retish says the tour will also include activities that are not available to the average tourist visiting Indonesia. For example, one of the highlights is a four-day stop in Bali where participants will study with local artists to create their own traditional works of art.

During the tour, participants also will have several options to pick from for each day's activities.

The office has sponsored previous tours to Mexico, Australia, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

For more information contact the Office of International Education at the University of Iowa College of Education, N297 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; phone: (319) 335-335-6289; fax: (319) 335-6291.