On February 20, 2020, UPI held another pre-departure orientation for students who will participate in Student Internship Program, PPL Luar Negeri Sekolah Indonesia Luar Negeri (PPL-LN SILN) and Transfer Credit Program.
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia has been actively expanding their international cooperation with several institutions. This time, UPI delegates 11 students for internship program in Malaysia and Thailand, 2 students for Transfer Credit program in Malaysia, and 2 other students for PPL-LN SILN. The 11 students from English Language and Literature study program will undergo their internship program in different institutions such as Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Malaysia, and Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok. The other two participants of PPL-LN SILN program from Social Science Education and Dance Education will have their teaching practicum program in Indonesian School Abroad (Sekolah Indonesia di Luar Negeri) in Malaysia. Meanwhile, the two students from Visual Art Education will be transferred to UiTM for Transfer Credit program.
This departure will be the third time for UPI in the first half of 2020 to send their students abroad. The Head of Office of International Education and Relations, Mr. Ahmad Bukhori Muslim, thanked the students for willing to enhance the international exposure of this university. He also mentioned that these programs will help UPI to fulfill one of the criteria for a university to be listed in QS World University Ranking which is the amount of inbound and outbound students of this university. Before closing his remarks, Mr. Ahmad gave the students commend to be a good representative of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI).
The pre-departure orientation was given by Mr. Cep Ubad Abdullah as the Section Head of International Program Implementation of OIER UPI. Mr. Ubad delivered some information to the students regarding the airport, security and health, financial preparation, electronics, luggage and packaging, and cultural hospitality. He also recommended the students to do local research about their country of destination which may be helpful for the students during their stay outside Indonesia. In doing this program, the students will also receive financial support from UPI. (Writer: Neili Bahjah Muhimmah, Editor: Aida Hasanah)