Five Students from the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany Joint International Tourism Class at University of Udayana

from left to right Tobias Bluhm, Anna-Lena Sperlich, Julia Krämer, Tamma Heidrowski, Nicole Skelnik

From left to right Tobias Bluhm, Anna-Lena Sperlich, Julia Krämer, Tamma Heidrowski, Nicole Skelnik in a post-conference tour to Jatiluwih UNESCO World Heritage, 3 September 2016.

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We, Anna-Lena Sperlich, Julia Krämer, Nicole Skelnik, Tamma Heidrowski and Tobias Bluhm, are five students from the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany, and we decided to come to Udayana University for one exchange semester in 2016. Back home we are studying Tourism Development Strategies at postgraduate level.

Now we joined the International Tourism Class, which is the Masters programme in Tourism Studies, Postgraduate Programme University of Udayana, and we are excited to exchange knowledge and get to know more about the local cultures and tourism issues.

Since our arrival on the 27th August 2016, we have already made many breathtaking experiences in Bali. Not only the hospitality and the kindness of the Balinese, but also the beautiful landscapes of the island, have already made this trip worth it. Moreover, we are fascinated by the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff at the University, who are more than willing to walk the extra mile for us so we can experience a unique and amazing time while studying.

Our new Indonesian classmates and the tourism professors have been extremely helpful to get us started with housing, sports, cell phone contracts and sightseeing options. We are especially grateful for Prof. Dr. I Nyoman Darma Putra, the Head of Master Study Program in Tourism at Udayana University as well as the student volunteer coordinator Yuliska Labawo.

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Academic orientation, 29 August 2016.

Orientation Day and International Conference

We had our orientation day on the  29th August 2016 and we felt very welcomed and already part of the Udayana University, especially since we are not located in Jimbaran but on the Campus in Denpasar. We also got familiar with the guidelines and rules of studying successfully.

Besides a good start at the University we had the chance to attend the first International Tourism Conference “Promoting Cultural & Heritage Tourism” at Udayana University – Bali from the 1st-3rd September 2016.

At Taman Ayun Temple during the closing dinner of tourism conference, 2 September 2016. Te temple is part of the Cultural Landscape Bali Province of UNESCO World Heritage.

At Taman Ayun Temple during the closing dinner of tourism conference, 2 September 2016. Te temple is part of the Cultural Landscape Bali Province of UNESCO World Heritage.

The three conference days helped us to gain first insights in understanding local customs and traditions as well as many sights worth visiting in Bali. Furthermore, the conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet highly appreciated academics from all over the world and to get to know their opinion on current tourism issues. This was not only beneficial for finding ideas for our own academic future but also created many networking opportunities.

We cannot express how overwhelmed we are by our first week in Bali. In the future, we are excited to get to know our new Indonesian classmates and to experience their way of living.

Celebrating Galungan Hindu holiday at Diah Praba's house, 7 September 2016. Diah is one Univeristy of Udayana who will come to Stralsund, Germany for the exchange students programme.

Celebrating Galungan Hindu holiday at Diah Praba’s house, 7 September 2016. Diah is one University of Udayana who will come to Stralsund, Germany for the exchange students programme.

Since most of them are not from Bali, we are very happy about the opportunity to explore the island together. In our opinion, one can only explore a country by acting like the locals would. This means interacting with locals, trying out the food and exploring the traditions and beliefs (Anna-Lena Sperlich).