Five foreign tourists denoting the students of a university in Germany are studying about culture at the University of Dhyana Pura (Undhira). Other than culture such as dancing and playing gamelan music, they also study Bahasa Indonesian, cuisines and care for others by visiting orphanages in different regions in Bali. “Since 2008, Undhira has already
Five foreign tourists denoting the students of a university in Germany are studying about culture at the University of Dhyana Pura (Undhira). Other than culture such as dancing and playing gamelan music, they also study Bahasa Indonesian, cuisines and care for others by visiting orphanages in different regions in Bali. “Since 2008, Undhira has already been receiving foreign students to learn about Balinese culture,” said Kristin Suyasa, International Program Coordinator of Undhira on Monday (Mar. 6).
One of the five students is from Romania. They are Selena Fix, Michelle Schreiber, Julia Mosbrugger, Dominique Gaiser and Larisa Nuszbaum. Foreign students are learning basic Balinese dance such as Pendet as well as learning the Gilak gamelan music. In the process of learning, the foreign students are supported by student activity unit (UKM) and trained by three lecturers. Although learning local culture, the language of instruction is English. “Actually the students do not have any art background because their major is tourism management and international business,” she said.
Kristin Suyasa said that the foreign students are studying economics and human resource-based economics, namely local wisdom-based entrepreneurship. They also study Bahasa Indonesian, Balinese culture (dancing and playing gamelan) on an ongoing basis. There is also a field trip giving the opportunity to students to stay at the location (community-based tourism) or at village, near plantations and orphanage. “In the second semester, there are usually students from Japan coming to study Balinese culture, apart from Germany. This happens because Undhira has signed an MoU with universities in Germany and Japan,” added Kristin Suyasa.
Selena Fix said that at the campus of Undhira she and her fellow students are taking courses of cultural studies for five months. She chooses this program because she is very impressed with Bali. Though the island is small, it has a unique culture and the community promotes local wisdom and the harmonization of religion is very nice. “Bali is very unique and is different from our home country,” said Selena Fix.
Similar comment was given by Michelle Schreiber. This sweet lady admitted to get impressed when attending off-campus lectures in Singaraja. In North Bali, she and her friends made a visit to an orphanage and interacted with local children. They also had time to visit some tourist attractions like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and others.
“While in Bali, we do not travel in Kuta because it is too crowded. We travel to Canggu to see the beauty of nature and feel the atmosphere of local village,” said Michelle Schreiber. According to her, the island community has traditional art, classical and modern art and they still survive up to these days. It is different from her home country that has no traditional music or dance. Moreover, the dance preserved by local community is unique and everything is well organized quickly. “Balinese culture is unique. We have never experienced and enjoyed this kind of unique art before. We learn this dance, and will be assessed at the end,” she said.
Larisa Nuszbaum admitted that their study in Bali is on their own account. The tuition of studying at the Undhira will later be included in the study tuition at their home country because there has been cooperation in the field of study. During the study in Bali, they stay at campus’ dorm. ‘The food in Bali is also delicious,” she said. (BTN/bud)