On the day of arrival, the students attended the first day of orientation in Yogyakarta and then traveled to Salatiga to continue for a second day of orientation hosted by UKSW. The orientation sessions covered Indonesian culture, health, security and academic matters. On the final evening of orientation, the students settled into their accommodation before commencing their classes the following day.
The Language Training Centre at UKSW facilitated immersive learning for the students through intensive language classes, providing opportunities for all students to put their language skills to the test by interacting with Indonesian culture, social issues, and through engaging with members of the local community. In each session, students attended seminars on topics including religious issues, tourism and cross-cultural learning.
The intensive language classes were held Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Students in each language level participated in three field trips to villages and other local sites to conduct interviews as part of their training. Interview topics and sites varied depending on the student’s language level and academic background. In Level 1, the students visited a local traditional market; Level 2 students visited a local mosque for interviewing and observation; Level 3 students visited Batik Cenik Jegeg, one of Salatiga’s Batik studios; Level 4 students visited a local traditional jamu maker and a local coffee distributor, and also had the chance to interview locals in coffee shops; Level 5 students visited Musholla Hidayatullah for observation and Level 6 students visited the Faculty of Public Health at UKSW for interviews.