I began my exchange at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Central Java and quickly made new friends in my course (I studied the International Undergraduate Law Program, which was taught in English). I had also come over with three other friends in my same course back at Swinburne, and we all took Indonesian Language training classes alongside our study. We had all enjoyed living, travelling and socialising together with our new friends for a number of months before the others returned back to Australia.
After this, I worked for a month intensively doing more language training before commencing a nine-week Internship at a Law firm based in Central Jakarta. At this internship I worked in both English and Indonesian and took on tasks that replicated what I would have done back at an Australian firm- doing research, document drafting and engaging with clients in meetings.
Through all of these programs I have travelled frequently, met numerous people and done so much during my time abroad that I would not have anticipated prior to me making the decision to go. The people, food, culture and experience as a whole has had a very positive effect on me and I will likely remember it for the rest of my life, and ultimately, I hope to return in the future - whether that is to visit or work, only time will tell.