When I first came to Bali in 2009 I stopped at the Udayana University campus in Jimbaran by coincidence and immediately knew: “Damn, I want to study here!” I was not even a student back then, but I had already decided to quit work and begin studying. In 2011 I came back to Bali for another vacation just before the start of my business administration studies in Munich. From that point on my dream and ambition to go back to study in Bali started to become reality.
Now I’m sitting on the patio of our Bali home and still sometimes can’t believe that this dream has come true. Unlike most of the other students who rented a nice pool villa in Kerobokan I moved in at a local friend’s place in Seminyak. That was the best decision I ever made, as we always meet new people and get to know all the secret spots only known to the locals and which a normal tourist would never normally see. The student’s everyday life here is also very convenient. We have lectures 3 times a week, so there’s still plenty of time to travel. The professors are highly motivated and most of the lectures are very interesting. However if you are an advanced business student you might have already studied some of the topics. A very positive thing is that we have Bahasa Indonesia classes every day, so you can easily communicate with the locals after just a few weeks. What I had to get used to is the strict attendance policy and the assignments and presentations that you have to prepare, which is just so different from my home university. But of course that’s part of the game; to adapt to other customs when you’re studying abroad. GoBali was always very helpful if any problem came up.
Besides university, life in Bali is just awesome! There’s so much to experience and to see; everything is so easy… You just take your motorbike and go! While living in Bali, I travelled to other destinations such as Lombok, the Gilis, Thailand, Singapore and Australia, though Bali is still my favourite place. Here you have world-class surfing conditions, an awesome nightlife, cheap massages – there’s just nothing you can’t do here. And if you ever have enough of the awesome Indonesian food, you can even get a typical Bavarian “Weißwurst” here. So don’t hesitate and study in Bali, I can promise you, you will have the time of your life here!
Corinna, 26, business administration student from Munich