Semester Testimonials

All the Reasons Why

By Brooke Nolan (Semester 27/Aug 2008) Curtin University “Why do you like going to Indonesia?” I was asked shortly before leaving for my ACICIS semester in Malang. Why do people like chocolate? Or good wine? Or spectacular sunsets? As with these questions, I had never considered exactly why I have [...]

Food Glorious Food

By Ada Castle (Semester 27/Aug 2008) Monash University In the spirit of my room being right next to the kitchen in my kos(student dorm), I thought it was time for an update on Jogja - through food - before i leave in just over 3 weeks! I will seriously be getting [...]

November 9th, 2008|Categories: Semester Testimonials|Tags: , , , , , |

The Sophisticated Notion of Gender in Indonesia

By Brooke Nolan (Semester 27/Aug 2008) Curtin University The first time I was told to go to the men’s toilets by the half-asleep Javanese girl masquerading as a toilet attendant, I got a bit cranky. After a few weeks in Malang, it became patently clear to me that this was [...]

October 27th, 2008|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

What is UII like?

By Thomas Coghlan (Semester 27/Aug 2008) Private student, Victoria It’s been great so far. Lots of fun living in Yogya and travelling around, and things are going well at Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). In terms of the university, they have been fantastic. They are very well organised, all the lecturers [...]

From Kecap Manis to Kota Manis

By Elena Williams (Semester 20/Feb 2005) University of Sydney When I was five years old I tasted my first bowl of nasi goreng at my Darwin primary school’s annual Indonesian Day. I remember thinking it was too sweet, doused in Indonesia’s famous kecap manis (sweet soy sauce); little did I [...]

An Authentic Experience

By Irma Djaya (Semester 26/Feb 2008) University of Sydney There was a preconceived notion that studying at an Islamic university would be difficult and as a foreigner I would feel uncomfortable in such an environment. Looking back on my semester at Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), I didn't feel like that [...]

July 22nd, 2008|Categories: Semester Testimonials|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Lesson in Cultural Sensitivity

By Michael Costa (Semester 26/Feb 2008)
Deakin University

I undertook Islamic units in philosophy, teachings and business to get my head around what it meant to be a Muslim.

June 22nd, 2008|Categories: Semester Testimonials|Tags: , , , , , |

Lestari Widyastuti: Every Australian Student’s Best Friend

By Robin Bednall (Semester 18/Feb 2004)
University of Melbourne

This article appeared in The Jakarta Post on Monday 29 October 2007.

R.L. Stevenson once famously said, "No man is useless while he has a friend".

October 29th, 2007|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

When Lestari Passed Away

By Emma Vickers (Semester 25/Aug 2007)
University of New South Wales

Today has been a very long and very emotional day for us. It began when we received a message early this morning saying that Lestari, the staff member of ACICIS with the job of looking after us, had passed away unexpectedly.

October 11th, 2007|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Do you have to wear a hijab?

By Rebecca Livermore (Semester 24/Feb 2007) University of Tasmania “Do you have to wear a hijab?”, is what everyone wanted to know, a guaranteed question after I had said that I’d received a scholarship to attend an Islamic University in Indonesia. My head was full of at least a hundred [...]