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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The Joint Degree Program MIS-MBA from Universitas Katolih Parahyangan and Jiangsu University is an exceptional combination. Unpar is a university that places quality education for its students above all else. We are taught by competent lecturers that gives us a comprehensive basic theory to master our field study. The assignments that were given to me provides me with the experience and knowledge to develop my skill in writing paper.
On the other hand, Jiangsu University offers practical business experience for its students in the form of study tour. MBA students we given some option to participate in study tour to several corporation in China, becoming an intern at companies that cooperate with Jiangsu, or they could even start their own business. Besides that, Jiangsu provides me with conducive and comfortable study environment supported by excellent facilities for me to study. Fortunately, i gain an unforgettable experience by meeting with other student from a lot of different countries to help me understand cultural diversity and to know the cultures of other people.
Joint Master Degree program between Social Science of Universitas Katolik Parahyangan and MBA of Jiangsu University offers a holistic study experience both in theoretical and practical aspects. I get the knowledge from high quality lecturers and different comfortable environments from two notable universities in two different countries. On top of that, the chance to experience the culture in a foreign country motivates me to take this MIS-MBA Joint Master Degree program.
I highly recommend Unpar and Jiangsu MIS-MBA joint degree program because we are trained to be both a social engineer and a businessman at the same time. We will understand business not just in the local context but also globally especially if we consider how China now is a major economic power. We will also get the valuable experience to visit companies in China, blending with in other students from different countries, and lastly i get the opportunity to represent Indonesia in a cultural festival.
The good thing about this joint degree program is that a full scholarship is available to cover tuition fees so that we only have to pay for accommodation, transportation, and for daily needs which is the same as it is in Bandung. Welcome to the MIS-MBA Jiangsu Joint degree program!
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.