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.