Report from Students

Activity Report 1 (2015 outbound: Universitas Gadjah Mada)

Gadjahmada 11.16.2015

Masashi Umemoto
College of International Relations, 2nd year

Campus life

The University of Gadjah Mada is one of the top universities in Indonesia, so  many of the students here are very intelligent. Especially when it comes to FEB, the Faculty of Economics and Business, where all of the classes are held in English. The  language barrier leads to a great, educational experience. Almost all of the students are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs after graduation. Some of them have already started their own business, even though they are still freshman. You can see and understand their strategies and plans for the future.

Students are not only involved in academics, but they also belong to clubs. I ‘m a part of the softball club here, and teach freshmen how to play. Although some members can’t speak English at all, it is awesome to see them improve. This club also motivates me to study Indonesian to better communicate and teach softball.

Additionally, I’ve noticed that a lot of people love Japanese culture and language. For example, many students come to the Japanese class that I am teaching even though they receive no credit for taking the class. Also, the University of Gadjah Mada has Japan week once a month! You can eat various kinds of Japanese food there, and so many students are cosplaying. I’m sure that your experience at Ritsumeikan University can benefit the people of Yogyakarta (Jogja).