"Indonesian people are always smiling when seeing others they knew”, as mentioned by Dr. Ing. Satoto Endar Nayono, MEng, MSc in the Darmasiswa Orientation Program hosted in Classroom A, Office of International Affairs and Partnerships (OIAP), YSU. Darmasiswa is a one-year program organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This year, Yogyakarta State University welcomed 17 participants from various countries. The goal of this program is to introduce the language and culture of Indonesia to the international world.

Held on Thursday (9/10/2015), the orientation started with a placement test for observing to what extent their ability in speaking Bahasa Indonesia. The event then continued with Cross-cultural Understanding (CCU), by inviting the head of IOAP, Dr. Ing. Satoto Endar Nayono, MEng, MSc to present materials related to Indonesian culture and tradition.

After a brief explanation regarding the culture of Indonesia and some habits of Indonesia, participants are invited to sample a variety of local fruits, such as longan, matoa, zalacca, and oranges. "I like the taste, they’re all sweet," as stated by Roh Yun Kyung from South Korea.

Next, an explanation about types of visa was delivered by Ria Cahyanti, S. Pd. In the same occasion, Fitri Alfarisy, S. Pd conveyed BIPA program (Indonesian for non-native speakers) in brief, and various other programs where the participants are strongly required to join in.

Participants are enthusiastic in following all sessions. Even, some of them show their earnestness by taking Indonesian language course before following this program. No wonder that some are quite fluent in pronouncing Indonesian vocabulary or sentences.

Activities carried out today are of a series of Darmasiswa orientation program. Meanwhile, the other programs such as Campus Tour and City Tour will be held next day. (Wulan)

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