UNAIR NEWS – Five bachelor program students of Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) have participated in an exchange program to Fontys University of Applied Science, the Netherlands called Exchange Program Fontys Venlo Spring 2016. They were Evelyn Rahmadanti, Reno Albra, Muhammad Aprilian Adhani, Muhammad Faishal Reza, and Ahmad Wisesa Lumumba. They were in the Netherlands from February 10 to July 18, 2016.
Fontys University has three campuses in Eindhoven, Venlo and Tilburg. But for the international program, the exchange students or postgraduate students study in Venlo. The five students had received scholarships from Fontys University while the accommodation was managed by UNAIR. During their stay, they lived in the students’ dormitory.
“We, as exchange students, were welcomed as guests, friends and tourists. Long before we had been informed about the contact person responsible for all exchange students, and we were free to contact the person if there is a problem,” said Evelyn.
Lecturers in the university were open to foreign students’ way of thinking. They do not easily blame the students. They let the students have discussion intensively or even debate. As exchange students, UNAIR students were scheduled to a trip once a month by paying 5-10 Euros and more expenses were managed by Fontys management.
Living in the Netherlands is an interesting experience. The locals always obey the law. Everything was in order. Everyone respects the nature and it was peaceful with kind people.
“Even though they did not know us, they often addressed us. But there was still a possibility of pickpocket. I lost my wallet in Amsterdam,” she recalled.
The Duth Evelyn encountered and her friends were not racists. They often met students from many countries. They often played with or eat with the foreign students to know each other and share stories on their different cultures.
Public transportation in the Netherlands is always on time. If there is problem or delayed, it is always informed immediately through their official page or application and an announcement in the station.
The secretary of Management Department FEB Dr. Tanti Handriana said that student exchange program is an effort of S-1Management program to give opportunity to students with achievements to study abroad as well as to expand networking with foreign students.
“In the same time, S-1Management program also received Fontys students for a semester. The program is very useful and will always be implemented and developed further,” she said. (*)
Author: Rio F. Rachman
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.