|Brian Lee, Information System
Exchange at INHA University, South Korea (Fall 2014)
Studying abroad has always been my biggest dream. The student exchange program at INHA University, supported by Global Korean Scholarship from the Korean government, realized my dream. I never thought that I could live in South Korea, explore the culture, learn the language and made many friends. I can’t thank BINUS International Office enough for the opportunity.
|Andre Arlis Chouwanto, International Business Management
AIMS Exchange at University of Malaya, Malaysia (Fall 2014)
I submitted my student exchange application feeling unsure if I could survive in a foreign country, far away from my home and family. However, I took a leap of faith that I would make it there. I was really happy that the application was approved and I got the AIMS scholarship!
|Anindita, Clarissa, Nurul Yunita, Bathia Pratiwi, International Relations
Exchange at Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan (Fall 2014)
Joining the student exchange program to Taiwan was our first experience to learn a different language and culture in a foreign country for five months. It was the BEST life lesson we would never trade with anything. Our strong interest and motivation to go to Taiwan came from the support from our parents. Thanks to them, we got to bring back awesome experience that taught us so much. The adaptation phase was tough but we managed to fit in and get out of our comfort zone. Looking back, those five months were exciting and amazing. We visited so many places. One of the unforgettable moments was performing Indonesian dances with our Thai and Filipino friends for the celebration of The Anniversary of Cheng Shiu University (CSU).
|Emmanuel Vernando, Information System Audit
Exchange at Dongguk University, South Korea (Spring 2014)
Living in South Korea, traveling to local famous places, learning the language and culture were my dreams since I was a freshman. Luckily, through the student exchange program offered by International Office BINUS and Dongguk University (supported by GKS’ Global Korean Scholarship), my dreams came true!!
|Stella Nathalia Ignacia, Hotel Management
AIMS Exchange at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (Fall 2014)
Going abroad had been my dream for a long time, but I didn’t expect the opportunity to come fast! At first, I was worried about the culture shock but the anxiety disappeared as I saw those smiles from the people in the “Land of Smiles”. Trying to communicate with the local people using Thai and body language has led to some misunderstanding, but they were so tolerant and appreciative with my effort as a foreigner.
|Ilma Arifiany, Computer Science
Short Course to Chonbuk National University, South Korea (2014)
I had always dreamed about studying abroad, ever since I was a little girl and even now, I am still dreaming about it. I finally got a chance to experience studying abroad even though it was only for three weeks. I found out about the short course program in Jeonju through a banner in BINUS Maya. I was captivated right away because it said that the tuition was free!
|Jessica Banna, Computer Science
Chung Ang International Summer Program, South Korea (2014)
I joined the program offered by International Office because I wanted to find out how it felt studying abroad and to be far from family since I was planning to take my Master Degree abroad. Therefore, I hoped to gain some international experience by joining this program. I took the summer course in Korea because I had been interested in Korean culture for a long time and learning their language from the native speakers. Furthermore, I had always dreamed to share about Indonesia to the world.
|Vincent Hantanto, Computer Science
Exchange at Dong-A University, South Korea (Spring 2014)
Studying abroad was my childhood dream. My dream came true when I joined student exchange program at Dong-A university through “Global Korean Scholarship” from the Korean government. My exchange experience was the best thing that ever happened to me so far. It was truly spectacular.
|Elbert Lukman, Computer Science and Statistics
Exchange at INHA University, South Korea (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)
I always think that as a student, besides having good GPA and organizational skills, I must have an international experience. Luckily one of my best friends invited me to join student exchange program. I am grateful to my best friend and BINUS University for the amazing experience. The biggest obstacle was making the decision to join the program. I doubt If I could do it. However, after I convinced myself ?Yes, I can do it?, I realize that it was a big leap in my life. I chose INHA University in Korea because the courses matched with my BINUS courses. When I was there, surely I got a culture shock and faced language barrier. On some occasions, I had to use body language when speaking to non English speaking Korean. That was actually quite fun. Besides that, I also made friends with many international students. My friend and I went to places, enjoyed the nature and attended festivals. I spoke English on a regular basis which was a new experience. If you have doubts about studying abroad, then “Don’t”. You will experience something different in your life. It might be challenging to begin with but surely it is full of excitement. I am waiting for your “Yes, I can do it!”
|Ivana Monica, Business Management
Exchange at SolBridge International School of Business, South Korea (Spring 2014)
I never thought that I would spend my 4th semester in South Korea! On top of that, I got a scholarship from the Korean Government, which totally made me jump for joy! You may often hear this clich about how studying abroad is a life-changing experience but believe me, it really is. It was my first time living far from my family and I learned so much during my stay. I interacted with many friends and professors from different countries. I learned new languages and cultures as well as introducing Indonesian culture. My friends and I often went to lunch or dinner together, hanged out, and traveled around Korea. There was a “must do” activity in Korea: Karaoke-ing at night! You might think that people treat exchange semesters as holidays, thus not much effort is put into studying. However it wasn?t the case. I was amazed by my classmates’ passion and enthusiasm to study and it motivated me to study hard as well. Most of my classes were fun even though all were very demanding. I learned how to share my ideas and opinions in class, to debate, and to finish many international business case projects. Joining exchange program has developed my abilities to study in a multi-cultural environment and expanded my knowledge of the global economy, international business and culture. It gave me confidence to adapt in a new country with its language and culture. If I could sum up the whole experience, I would say that stepping out of your comfort zone is like riding a rollercoaster. You may feel anxious at first but once you are out there, you will feel excited and can’t wait to repeat the experience! So guys, are you ready to take on the thrilling ride of exchange experience?
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