My experience living and studying in UNPAR, Bandung
I am an Exchange Student from Germany doing my Semester abroad at the UNPAR. It is not my first time being in Indonesia but i have never been in a big City, that is why I was pretty surprised how good the english skills are around here.
In comparison to my University in Germany this one is really big and I already got lost a few times, for example looking for the library. But it is not a big deal because I can just ask any Student who is around, they are usually really friendly and happy to help out. It is so easy to just ask any one on the Campus for help, because their english is so good, some have way better english skills than i do, which impressed me a lot. (wirkt das so als würde ich mein englisch so krass gut einschätzen?) Another Thing that is really different here are the classes, they are quite small and it is important to participate actively, in Germany there are many lectures mostly that are visited by so many students it is not even possible to participate that much. My Impression of studying and living here is, that when you are open to/for it, you can easily make a lot of new friends.
For me living in Bandung it was a little bit difficult to handle the traffic, because there are nearly no sidewalks and traffic lights are rare as well. Nevertheless, I got used to it and know how to deal with the traffic around here. Furthermore, Bandung is a big city with a big offer of places where you can get away from the city life, there are a lot of parks and for example Tebing Keraton and many other interesting places.
What I really like about living here, is that you can get a proper meal at nearly every corner without spending too much money.
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Program Joint Degree MIS dan MBA di Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Unpar) dan Jiangsu University merupakan perpaduan yang sangat bagus. Unpar merupakan universitas yang sangat mengutamakan kualitas lulusannya sehingga mahasiswa dibekali basic theory yang mumpuni oleh para pengajar yang kompeten dibidangnya. Tugas-tugas selama saya mengikuti perkuliahan memberikan tambahan ilmu dan pengalaman bagi saya dalam mengembangkan kemampuan menulis paper.
Di sisi lain, Jiangsu University menawarkan pengalaman praktik bisnis bagi para mahasiswanya. Mahasiswa MBA diberikan kesempatan untuk mengikuti study tour ke beberapa perusahaan di China dan magang di perusahaan-perusahaan yang bekerja sama dengan Jiangsu University atau bahkan mahasiswa dapat mencari pelung bisnis sendiri. Lingkungan kampus yang nyaman dan sangat kondusif serta fasilitas pendidikan yang memadai sangat menunjang kegiatan perkuliahan. Di program ini, saya berteman dengan para mahasiswa yang berasal dari berbagai negara yang memberikan pengalaman dan pemahaman keragaman budaya yang sangat berkesan.
Program joint degree Magister Ilmu Sosial Universitas Katolik Parahyangan dan MBA Jiangsu University menawarkan pengalaman belajar secara holistik, baik secara teori maupun praktik. Saya mendapat wawasan yang luas dari para pengajar yang berkualitas, serta merasakan nuansa belajar yang berbeda di 2 universitas yang berbeda negara. Perpaduan budaya, serta kesempatan untuk mencicipi belajar di luar negeri menjadi nilai tambah tersendiri bagi saya dalam mengambil program joint degree MIS-MBA.
Saya sangat merekomendasikan program joint degree MIS UNPAR – MBA Jiangsu karena kita diasah menjadi social engineer dan seorang pebisnis dalam waktu yang bersamaan. Kita akan memahami bisnis, bukan hanya dalam konteks lokal, tetapi juga secara global. Apalagi China saat ini menjadi poros perekonomian dunia yang diperhitungkan di kancah internasional. Sebagai bonusnya kita mendapatkan pengalaman berharga untuk merasakan studi MBA melalui kunjungan perusahaan di China, berbaur dengan mahasiswa dari berbagai negara, serta menikmati festival budaya sebagai wakil mahasiswa Indonesia.
Kabar baik dari program joint degree ini adalah tersedianya beasiswa penuh untuk mahasiswa berprestasi yang mengcover tuition fee yang harus dibayar dan membuat biaya studi kita jauh lebih terjangkau, sehingga kita hanya perlu mempersiapkan biaya untuk transportasi, akomodasi, dan biaya hidup sehari-hari yang setaraf dengan biaya hidup di Bandung. Selamat bergabung di program joint degree MIS-MBA Jiangsu!
The West Java Field Study helps me to become more fluent in Indonesian language and increase my independent research skills, which I think will help me to pursue a career in the government of Australia or an NGO in Indonesia. I have also joined the futsal club at UNPAR which has been a great experience. I have made so many new friends. Other than futsal, I enjoy travelling around Indonesia and Bandung, and visiting cafes in my spare time with friends. Bandung has so many great places to eat!
I think the International Relations Program has helped increase my proficiency in Bahasa Indonesian, which will help in my future career. I also think that I have a better understanding of the Indonesian perspective of the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, which will shape the way I conduct myself when working with Indonesian people in the future. Apart from academic life, I like escaping the busy city life in Bandung by going to explore the beautiful waterfalls, mountains and rice fields. I also like finding new cafes to eat at too!
I could enjoy my life in UNPAR and Bandung for five months. I really appreciate everyone’s kindness and help.
When I landed on Bandung in August, I was very worried about my life because I could not understand Bahasa well. Though I was lonely a little because there were a few Japanese and people who spoke Japanese in Bandung and Japanese student at UNPAR was only me, I had been looking forward to meeting teachers, the IO staff and students. Thanks to the IO staff and my student buddy, Nathaya, these worries eased soon. I could make friends with a lot of local students and Australian exchange students. Classes in UNPAR were student-centered and I felt that everyone studied hard. In my university, Kwansei Gakuin, many of classes are teacher-centered. So, I got motivation from UNPAR students. read more
My experience studying at UNPAR is something I will always remember. I thoroughly enjoyed the engagement with lecturers and particularly building friendships with Indonesian classmates. Working on group tasks together was fascinating and gave me a whole new perspective on International Relations. I found the teaching quality to be of a high standard
When I arrived in Bandung, I was extremely overwhelmed by how big and busy the city was. After spending a few days around the city, getting to meet new people and exploring how beautiful the city really was, I started to fall in love with the place. Within a week, I had made good friends, become familiar with friendly local faces and started to settle in quite well. Once uni started, I felt confident enough to know where I was and it was a great experience going to class with Indonesian students. This program was great at making you feel a part of the community and assimilating you into the culture. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to immerse themselves into the Indonesian way of life and make some life long connections along the way.
The small campus makes it easy to get to know lectures and students. The majority classes were really small which allowed everyone to participate. Lectures seemed very willing to give help if there was a problem.
I feel satisfied with the programs given because is delivered what i expected of an exchange experience: new friends, new knowledge, new experiences, and most importantly new ways of thinking. All the services given was fantastic! I felt like i could ask for help if i needed if and all the paperwork was processed smoothly.
I love studying in UNPAR because the lectures are fantastic and the class interaction is briliant for learning. It is also nice because there is a real sense of community within the university. Everyone i interacted with was extremely friendly, open, and welcoming.