On Monday (9/7), International Office of Universitas Brawijaya held a workshop. Located in Meeting Room of 8th Floor of Rectorate Building UB, this workshop talked about the Information System Integrated with International Services. This activity was followed by the Deans and Vice Deans of the faculties and any related working units, and inaugurated by the Vice Rector I, Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Suharto, MS.
In his speech, the Vice Rector I said some fundamental problems in foreign student admission in UB. The fundamental problems are financing of education, permissions, schedule adjustments, etc.
The objectives to hold this workshop is to explain the information about international student admission, including the fee, residence permit, length of stay and so forth. The Director of International Office UB, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ifar Subagiyo explained commonly used three kind of single residence permit, such as, visa on arrival, socio-cultural visa, and limited residence permit visa.
“Most of foreign students in UB use limited visa. This visa is used by fifty percent of Malaysian students in Medical Faculty,” he explained. This kind of visa is valid for 1 or 2 years and recommended for the students. While for visa on arrival is only used by five percent of international students and the rest is used by Libyan students. “The long process to administer this visa is caused by each candidate who must pass the clearing house by DIKTI, BPKLN, Immigration, Interior Ministry (Kemenlu) to Interpol for state security,” he said.
According to Ifar, international students are divided into four groups, i.e., prospective students who are fluent in English and take international classes, prospective students who are fluent in Indonesian and choose regular classes, prospective students who are not fluent in English and Indonesian, and students who need language courses.
Common problems in administering foreign students are, there is a different schedule of each country, the different in education fee, adaptation, and the needs of readiness from each faculty and the information of English study program and the clarity of information for prospective students.
This workshop produces some decisions, such as, the concentration of foreign student admission is in International Office UB and the application of working instruction is based on the set Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). [vicky/ translated by a. wicaksono]