Yogyakarta (29/11) – Nothing is perfect while studying abroad does come pretty darn close, it is not without its problems. Whether it’s the cultural norms tripping you up, you missing home, or you lacking motivation for your studies, many international students experience several different challenges or new things they must face in their life abroad. Besides that, there are still many differences or new things that will be experienced by international students while they are doing their activities as international students. One of them is Salsa Latsica Dewi, one of the IGOV Batch 2020 students who are conducting Student Exchange activities at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. She stated that there were several things that, in her opinion, were new and could not be found at the home university she was at. Some of these things are:
1. Having Unique Roads Contours
She said that the journey to campus from his dormitory has a unique road that goes uphill or up the stairs. “The first thing I realized when exchanging to USM was, I had 2 choices, namely, the road that was uphill or the road that had to climb stairs to get to campus”
2. Buses are everywhere
Of course, facilities are important things that students pay attention to, one of which is facilities to support mobility. Salsa said that there were lots of campus buses and they were always crowded “Maybe for some campuses this looks normal since UMY doesn’t have a campus bus because the campus is integrated so I see that this is something new.”
3. Lot of Canteens
Apart from the facilities to support the facilities, of course, the facilities to support the stomach must be considered, there are many canteens provided by USM and these canteens are always crowded with visitors who are just for eating or relaxing.
4. Big Classroom
As one of the best campuses in Malaysia, USM provides the best facilities for its students, such as very large classrooms so that they can accommodate many students. “I was very surprised when I saw the classrooms at USM because they were very large compared to the classes at UMY and those provided by IGOV UMY.” Salsa said.
5. Choose anything you want
As IGOV UMY students, we have the privilege to be facilitated when doing Student Exchange, including credit transfers. Even though we take courses that are very different from the focus we take at home university, courses taken during student exchange can still be converted into courses at IGOV UMY.
Of course, the existence of the Student Exchange program can help students gain international exposure and increase their value. It is hoped that students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity and explore knowledge to increase their potential. (ARP)