Semester Testimonials

An honest but romantic experience in Java

By Michele Fois (Sem 56/February 2023) SOAS University of London Dear reader, I don’t know you and probably never will, but I’d like to leave behind an honest and somehow romantic homage to what I have learnt from my experience in Indonesia for those who are interested. The following [...]

June 9th, 2023|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Exchange in Indonesia is Incredible!

By Maggie Dunn (Sem 49/Aug 2019) The University of Melbourne An exchange in America or the UK would be incredible, I have no doubt. But after a period of adjustment, life could be lived in a similar fashion to your life in Australia. New friends, new sights, new experiences no [...]

February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

When you don’t look ‘dari Australia’

By Hwei-See Kay (Sem 47/Aug 2018) University of Technology Sydney Spending more than 8 months in Indonesia means that I, like most people, answered the question ‘dari mana?’ (‘where are you from?’) multiple times a day. But for me and other people who don’t look like the typical idea of an [...]

March 19th, 2019|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

An alumnus from 20 years ago

By Robert Letchford (Sem 5/Aug 1997 & Sem 6/Jan 1998) Murdoch University I have been working for the last 17 years as a manager, consultant and practitioner in the overseas aid and development sector. I have worked in both conflict and post-conflict environments, primarily in the public sector with a focus [...]

October 4th, 2018|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Big city living in Bandung

By Anna Himmelreich (Sem 43/Aug 2016) The Australian National University Growing up in Canberra I considered myself rather cosmopolitan, but it is very hard to get a meal after 9pm or a bus on a Sunday, and I really had to think about if I’d ever been in a traffic [...]

March 1st, 2017|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Surf Photography in Indonesia

By Jake Wundersitz (Sem 39 & 42/Aug 2014 & Jan 2016) Flinders University Best way to describe life in Yogyakarta is a slow and laid back, things don't necessarily happen straight away but you learn patience. In my two semesters at UGM I completed a semester of Indonesian Language at [...]

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Fake it ’til you get Ice Cream

By Anastasia Pavlovic (Feb 2016/Semester 42) The University of Sydney I love ice cream - it's great on its own, in different flavours, and even with small chopped up bits of bread, pearls, fruit, cheese and condensed milk as I discovered here in Indonesia. Known as ‘es campur’, it’s odd, but strangely [...]

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

Learning Across Borders

By Theodore Craig-Piper (Sem 42/Feb 2016) Murdoch University Late this January I arrived in Jogja with little more than my clothes, vitamin pills and the few basic but crucial Indonesian phrases I had made myself learn before flying out from Perth. I carried with me at once both a burning [...]

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Semester Testimonials|

More than the Classroom

By Lara Whitehouse (Semester 42/February 2016) Charles Darwin University Yogyakarta is truly a city that never sleeps. A city that, if one allows it, can render the humble student wide-eyed and gaping at the opportunities, experiences and fun that they are bound to come across during a semester exchange. Yogya [...]

April 28th, 2016|Categories: Semester Testimonials|


By Lachlan Haycock (Semester 42/Feb 2016) University of the Sunshine Coast Words are powerful things, and so it comes as no surprise to me that when you can’t find the right ones or say them in the right way, you lose the power to articulate your meaning or intention as [...]

April 26th, 2016|Categories: Semester Testimonials|