Marine Biology, Oceanography, Sociology, Anthropology in Bali, Indonesia

Fall 2023 Semester Program


  • Immerse yourself in Bali - an island incredibly rich in culture, tradition and nature, and a people that will welcome you with open hearts. This program will give you hands-on experiential education in Marine biology, Oceanography, Anthropology and Sociology!

    You will spend time in both remote, quiet villages as well as in thriving cultural centers, giving you an unparalleled opportunity to explore and experience the vibrant diversity and friendliness that is Bali. Learn about Marine Biology by snorkeling on breathtaking coral reefs just steps from the shore and exploring how reefs and marine organisms differ from the north to the south. Delve into the environmental footprint and challenges and discover innovations of those seeking to improve humanity's relationship to nature.

    Truly experience and savor Bali’s astoundingly colorful and distinct cultures. You will learn about the culture, religion, art, architecture, sculptures, dance and music, as well as a myriad of social issues both distinct and similar to our own. Bali is a place that once visited, will stay with you forever – the beauty, friendliness, and spirit of the island will deepen your life and your connection to the world.

  • Depart U.S. September 8, 2023

    Return to U.S. November 7, 2023

  • Michelle Paddack

    Co-Director Michelle Paddack, Ph.D:
    Professor Michelle Paddack is passionate about the ocean and sharing its beauty with students.  Her marine science classes are designed to be experiential so that students can interact directly with what they are learning.  She loves teaching students of all majors, helping them to enjoy science and nature while discovering their own paths.  Professor Paddack recently returned from Bali, where she led the spring semester program for SBCC.

    Many SBCC students have been involved in Michelle’s scientific research; specializing in reef ecology and biocultural conservation.  She works closely with fishermen and indigenous peoples whose lives rely upon oceans to revive and strengthen traditional cultural practices and knowledge by sharing ecological knowledge and scientific perspectives to support sustainable, thriving, diverse communities.  Working across the globe and bringing those experiences back into the classroom provides students with a unique perspective of science in action. 

    Prior to her scientific career, Michelle was a Principal Dancer with a professional dance company in Washington, D.C. ‘Images of Cultural Artistry.’  She feels so honored to have achieved her own life dreams and strives to help people discover and realize their own aspirations and see how their own passions can ripple out into supporting a vibrant, connected, healthy world.  

    You can reach Professor Paddack at: 

    Betsy Phillips
    Co-Director Betsy Phillips:
    At SBCC Betsy Phillips has been teaching as an adjunct professor of Sociology as well as for the Addictions Department and International Students Department for the past five years, as well as an LCSW/Counselor in the Student Health Department. You can also find her at the UCSB Acacia Counseling Center, and she works as a job skills coordinator for Domestic Violence Solutions. Professor Phillips has worked extensively as an activist and social worker with a large variety of populations and cultures, teaching coursework in Multicultural Counseling, Marriage family and Intimacy, Introduction to Social Work with a focus on International Social work. She is fascinated by the interplay of culture and social change theories, and is particularly interested in environmental social work.  She has a BA in Latin American Studies and a minor in Biology from Carleton College and a masters in Social Work from the University of Utah.  She has a second degree in Dance, and has additionally been teaching Yoga, Pilates, Barre, and Dance classes for the past twenty years.

    You can reach Professor Phillips at:

  • The program will have many cultural and academic events, which will be mandatory. Below is a list of program highlights included in the program (subject to change):

    • Snorkel Excursions at Lembongan Island with Nusa Penida tour, Menjangan Island, Jemeluk Beach and in Candidasa (local islands and Blue Lagoon)
    • Snorkel excursion at
    • Activities with NGO’s (Coral Triangle Center, BioRock, Marine Megafauna Foundation, Reef Seen turtle project, Eco Bali)
    • Balinese cooking class
    • Kecak dance and Legong dance performance with gamelan orchestra
    • Wayang kulit shadow puppet performance
    • Balinese dance workshop
    • Stone or wood carving workshop
    • Gamelan orchestra workshop
    • Visit to art museum in Ubud
    • Entry to cultural sites including:
      • Elephant Cave
      • Gunung Kawi
      • Tirta Empul
      • Bali Barat National Park
      • Jatiluwih rice terraces
      • Munduk Waterfall
      • Brahmavihara-Arama Buddhist monastery
      • Pulaki temple
      • Pura Ulun Danau Bratan water palace
      • Traditional salt maker in Kusamba
      • Tirtagangga water palace
      • Goa Lawah (Bat Cave)
      • Uluwatu Temple
  • You do not have to be currently enrolled at SBCC to apply for the program. However, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be in good academic standing to participate in the program (GPA 2.0 >>, no disciplinary actions)
    • Must be at least 18 years old on the day of departure
    • Must have successfully completed at least 12 college level units
    • Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5
    • There is no major or language requirement for this program

    Once the Study Abroad Office has sent out the official confirmation that the program is moving forward: 
    - You must enroll at SBCC for the fall 2023 semester
    - You must register for all courses offered on the program when registration opens for you
    - You must show proof of international health insurance. SBCC requires basic medical insurance, which covers illness and accidents abroad as well as the cost of returning students to the US if needed.
    - You must complete, sign, and return all legal documents to SBCC Study Abroad
    - Should the country of Indonesia have Covid vaccination requirements, you must fulfill the requirements to participate in the program. Vaccination exemption can not be granted in that case.

    Acceptance and participation in the program is not guaranteed until you have completed the interview with the program director and all required documents are received by the Study Abroad office.

  • The courses that are offered as part of the program are usually transferable to the University of California and California State University. Check with your academic advisor for possible exceptions.  You must enroll in a minimum of 13 units throughout the whole program. 

    BIOL 125 Marine Biology (4 Units)
    Study of marine plants and animals, with emphasis on local organisms and their ecological adaptations. Laboratory includes visits to local coastal and marine ecosystems. SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area A. Transfer Information: CSUGE Area B2, CSUGE Area B3, IGETC Area 5B, IGETC Area 5C, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable. UC Transfer Limit: BIOL 125 and 126 combined: maximum credit, one course.
    Note: Course may be replaced with Biol 124 (Biological Oceanography) if BIOL 125 has already been taken

    ERTH 151 Introductory Physical Oceanography (3 Units)
    Designed for students desiring a broadly-based analysis of the physical aspects of the oceans. Study of the origin of the continents and oceans, marine geology, chemistry of seawater, currents, waves, tides and the ocean environment. Required of Marine Science majors. SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area A Lecture. Transfer Information: CSUGE Area B1, IGETC Area 5A, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable.UC Transfer Limit: ERTH 151 and BIOL 124 combined: maximum credit, one course.

    SOC 103 Marriage, Family and Intimacy (3 Units)
    Investigates the family as a social and cultural institution. Examines the increasing diversity of American families, along with cross-cultural comparisons. Examines gender roles in the family and intimate relationships. Topics include love, partner selection, marital adjustment, communication and conflict resolution, divorce, domestic violence and parenting. SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area B, SBCCGE Area E5 Transfer Information: CSUGE Area D0, CSUGE Area E, IGETC Area 4J, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable C-ID: SOCI 130.

    ANTH 113 Witchcraft, Magic, Science And Religion (3 Units)
    Introductory course designed to examine belief systems of a wide variety of cultures around the world. SBCC General Education: SBCCGE Area B, SBCCGE Area E5. Transfer Information: CSUGE Area D1, IGETC Area 4A, CSU Transferable, UC Transferable.

    Please note: The program will include on-campus and/or remote instruction in the beginning of fall 2023 with the exact dates to be determined by SBCC

  •  $5,150

    * based on 20 or more students
    ** does not include flight, tuition, books
    *** includes $450 application fee

    Program Fee Includes:
    - STEP (Smart Traveller Enrollment Program) Enrollment
    - All required fieldtrips and excursions (see 'Program Highlights")
    - Accommodations in double occupancy rooms (see more under "Housing")
    - Daily breakfast, 14 additional meals, welcome & farewell dinner
    - Group airport transfers in Bali only for group flight
    - Group transportation to/from included excursions
    - Pre-departure orientations by SBCC
    - All included program activities are subject to change based on weather and safety conditions

    Program Fee Does Not Include:
    - Round-trip airfare (an optional group flight is available through Latitudes Abroad) see "Travel"
    - Passport or visa fees (Indonesian visa and visa renewal estimated at $100)
    - Meals other than those listed, beverages
    - SBCC tuition, fees, books (non-residents are required to pay out-of-state or out-of-country fees)
    - Mandatory international medical travel insurance
    - Additional fieldtrips and excursions to those listed
    - Recommended Trip cancellation (CFAR/IFAR) or personal property Insurance
    - Any charges relating to damages, losses or expenses incurred at the housing accommodations
    - Any required immunizations/ vaccines or Covid-19 testing
    - Any quarantine-related costs as a result of a positive Covid test. This includes quarantine housing
    - Snorkel gear
    - Laundry, excess luggage or overweight luggage fees
    - Transportation to and from LAX
    - Any items not listed as 'included' in the program itinerary
    - Personal expenses

  • $450 application fee due with application by April 27, 2023

    $2,350 2nd payment due May 16, 2023
    $2,350 final payment due by June 7, 2023
    (2nd and final payment to be made directly to Latitudes Abroad LLC.)

    Latitudes Group Flight payment deadline May 7, 2023 and to be paid directly to Latitudes Abroad LLC. 

    Non-refundable group airfare deposit of $100 due TBD
    Group airfare balance of estimated $1400 due by May 7, 2023

    All payments except the application fee but including any supplements, will be invoiced by Latitudes to each participant at least 2 weeks prior to the payment deadline.

  • Airfare is not included in the program price.

    Latitudes Abroad, LLC will offer a group flight round-trip fare LAX-DPS-LAX estimated at $1400 with the exact dates to be determined. The group flight must have a minimum of 10 participants by May 7, 2023. Space on the group flight cannot be guaranteed after flight payment deadline. A maximum of 22 spots are available on the group flight. For students who would like to join the group flight after it is full, Latitudes Abroad  can help students purchase individual tickets on the same flight or a similar flight. 

    You may make your own travel arrangements if you do not wish to travel with the group.  You are strongly encouraged to purchase Trip Cancellation insurance with CFAR/ IFAR Add-on once you make your program payment. Please do preliminary research on CFAR/IFAR Trip Cancelation insurance as some providers only allow for 24 hrs after making the payment to purchase this coverage. Some providers allow up to 21 days after making your payment to purchase the coverage. It is the responsibility of the student participant to purchase their insurance.

  • Double-occupancy rooms at 3-star hotels with air-conditioning and swimming pools. A limited amount of single room requests can be accommodated at an additional fee of $1,750 (subject to availability.)

    Quarantine housing is not included in the program cost and must be covered by the student if quarantine is required due to a positive Covid test. We stongly suggest purchasing insurance covering quarantine housing.

    All efforts will be made to match roommates based on age, gender, habits and preferences. Roommate requests made by both students will also be considered. 

  • April 26, 2023


    Start your application process well in advance of the application deadline. You will need to submit several required documents with your online application. Some of the documents need to be completed by school officials and other persons, which may take several days or weeks. You are not able to submit your application without the completed required documents.

    Required documents needed for your online application are:

    1. A current photo. This should be a close-up headshot which clearly identifies you. Please do not wear sunglasses or hats.

    2. Unofficial Transcript. The transcript must show the name of your institution, your full name, all the courses you have taken so far with the grade and your GPA. Screenshots from your phone can not be accepted unless each image identifies your institution and your name. 

    3. completed Student Conduct Release Form. This form must be completed by the school official at your current or most recent institution who is responsible for Student Conduct. If that is SBCC for you, the form can be sent to Candee Gyll at Be sure you complete the top part of the form and clearly identify the program you are applying for (Bali Fall 2023). Failure to clearly identify the program may result in a delay in processing your application and forms. The form should be returned to you so you can upload it with your online application

    4. Two recommendation forms. One form must be from a current or past professor/ teacher. The second form can be completed by a professor/ teacher, advisor, coach, manager or supervisor.

    Instructions for the Student Conduct Release Form and Recommendation Form before starting your online application.  We recommend you do this on your computer or labtop, not on your phone.

    1. Download each fillable PDF form and save them to your computer.
    2. Complete the parts as instructed in the document and save the form again with the changes.
    3. Email the forms with your information to the individuals who will complete them and request they return them to you.
    4. Once the forms have been returned to you, click on the Online Application link below to start the application process.
    5. Upload all required documents with your online application.
    6. You will get to a screen that confirms your application and all forms have been submitted. If you do not get to that screen, your application has not been submitted.

    Downloadable forms:
    - Student Conduct Release Form
    - Recommendation Form Template


    Please make sure you read all the instructions on how to apply before starting your application. All information on the application will be lost when you close the site.   You will need to complete your required documents prior to starting the application to you can upload them with the form.

    After submission of your application it will be reviewed and forwarded to the program directors, who will reach out to you for an interview.  Interviews may be held in person or by phone, Zoom, or Skype.
    You will be notified of your official acceptance into the program in writing via email from the Study Abroad office. A verbal accetance from the program director is not official. You are not officially confirmed on the program until you receive the notification and return the Student Participation Agreement, which will be sent with the notification. 

    Once you have officially been accepted to the program, the application will be forwarded to Latitudes Abroad LLC.,  who will get in touch with you for the payment of the application fee. The non-refundable $450 application fee will have to be payed directly to Latitudes Abroad LLC. We advise you to make sure you have the amount of the application fee set aside at the time you apply for the program.

    Please review the cancelation policy below.
    Subsequent payments must be made directly to Latitudes Abroad LLC. Failure to make any payment when due will automatically cancel you from the program one week after the payment due date. All payments are effective the day they are received by Latitudes Abroad LLC. 

    For questions about the application or the application process please contact the Study Abroad office at 805-730-4294 or

  • Cancellation/ Withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to SBCC and Latitudes Abroad LLC and is effective the date of the receipt. The following cancellation fees apply:

    Cancel by May 7, 2023 = $450
    Cancel after May 8 but before July 1, 2023 = $1,250
    Cancel after July 1, 2023 or after = no refund

    The above referenced cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees for the group airfare (estimated $100).

    • Should Latitudes Abroad, LLC and SBCC cancel the program due to lack of enrollment or safety concerns on or after June 1, 2023, then all participants at that time shall receive a full refund of their program costs
      minus any non-recoverable costs. This is in addition to any airline cancellation fees.
    • If the program has already departed, assemble the students and faculty in a safe location and upon consultation and agreement with SBCC, Latitudes Abroad, LLC will coordinate arrangements to fly the students and faculty back to the USA.  In this case, students will receive a pro-rated refund of all fees paid to Latitudes Abroad, LLC for the proportion of the program not completed minus any non-recoverable costs, including any costs incurred in coordinating the flights back to the USA.
  • Service Provider:

    SBCC teams with service provider Latitudes Abroad LLC and Darren Leaver for the Bali Fall 2023 program.

    Latitudes Abroad LLC
    C/O Darren Leaver
    Glendale, CA 91208

    Program Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure meeting will be conducted at SBCC prior to the program start date, introducing the academic course work, addressing general aspects of study abroad and cross-cultural learning and providing practical information regarding preparation and travel. Please check with the Study Abroad Office for the exact date before you make your travel arrangements.

    Program Provider:
    Santa Barbara City College
    Study Abroad Office
    Nicole Walther
    International Education Center, Room 1
    721 Cliff Drive
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    Phone: (805) 730-4294

    SBCC does not currently have a vaccine requirement, but all program participants are subject to the requirements of the host country and are responsible for staying informed about current Covid regulations and requirements.

    Covid-19 requirements for this program updated 2/28/23:

    For International travelers entering Indonesia through Bali (Ngurah Rai International Airport)

    Entry Requirements:

    • Travelers must comply with Indonesian Government health protocols
    • Travelers must use PeduliLindungi application and have downloaded the application prior to departure
    • Travelers must show vaccination card (physical or digital) showing full vaccination at least fourteen days prior to departure.


    Travelers must show a physical or digital vaccination certificate for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine received not less than 14 days prior to departure. This requirement does not apply to travelers under 18 years old; travelers who have special health conditions or comorbidities preventing vaccination (as demonstrated via letter from a medical doctor); travelers who have finished quarantine or recently recovered from COVID-19 (as demonstrated by a letter of recovery from a hospital or licensed doctor); or those travelers who have not been vaccinated but must travel domestically to depart via an international flight.

    The Indonesian Government recognizes the following vaccinations: two-doses Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, or Sinopharm and single-dose of Johnson & Johnson.


    Upon arrival, travelers will complete a COVID-19 symptom check, and temperature check. If the traveler has no symptoms and normal If the traveler is symptomatic or has a body temperature above 99.5 F, a PCR test will be taken at the airport. If this test is positive, the traveler must isolate at their residence or a facility approved for COVID-19 isolation. The traveler is responsible for all associated costs.


    • There is no quarantine requirement for travelers who are fully- vaccinated.
    • Quarantine period of 5 x 24 hours is needed for international travelers who have not been vaccinated or have received first dose of vaccination of a two-dose vaccination regime.
    • Travelers under 18 years of age will follow the quarantine provisions of their parents/caregivers.
    • International travelers are responsible for all expenses during the quarantine, including the COVID-19/PCR tests

    This information is subject to change.

    Please keep yourself informed about any restrictions pertaining to the Coronavirus. You can check on the Department of State website
    Please note that you will be required to upload your CDC vaccination card or medical exemption letter to our SBCC internal system.
    You should make sure that you are aware of any airline cancellation penalties and check with the airlines about their refund policies in case a travel advisory is implemented or the program has to be cancelled.
    Trip Cancelation or Interruption Insurance (CFAR/IFAR) is strongly recommended by SBCC. International health insurance is required. We recommend getting coverage that would cover your quarantine housing requirement, should a quarantine be necessary.
  • No more Information meetings are scheduled for this program Please ontact the program directors to get details about the program and courses. 

    Contact: Michelle Paddack at or Elizabeth Phillips at 
    Follow SBCC Study Abroad on Instagram for meeting announcements, information and photos from past programs and more @studyabroadsbcc

Any information on this site is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as contractual.  Information is subject to change without prior notice.

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