Originally Posted by sapphire1989
petertok, thanks in advance!! gud luck in ur test...!! my parents are not very convinced with da idea of goin to indonesia...i wanna noe most importantly bout safety wise...lecturer wise...technology wise...and any comment u would like to share...so in short are u satisfy with the university?? the course is conduct in english??
and do u know which indo university is best for dentistry? for now i feel like goin for STPM...after that try to apply local u...Indonesia will be as back up then....so which Pre-U did u take? i heard that SEGi college and Nirwana college is offering foundation of science...if i go in JAN intake...dis september i can go to INdonesia already....but still i'm not sure with this...i don really trust the agent that told me this too...did u ask for any agent to help u go to indonesia?
First of all, thank you for your wishes although the test was hard.
About your concerns about the quality of education, that would be of course depend on which university you choose. There are plenty of universities in Indonesia (Maybe more than the secondary schools in malaysia) so first of all, I'd suggest you narrow down your choices to those recognised by our government. From that list, maybe you can opt for the top-ranked ones such as Universitas Indonesia (UI) Jakarta, Universitas Gadjah Madah (UGM) Jogjakarta, and Universitas Padjajaran (Unpad) Bandung.
These are the universities JPA are currently send their Indon-bound scholars too and in the recent THES rankings, UI is ranked 250 and UGM at 270, slightly ahead of the third-ranked local U, USM at 277. However, the rankings, imho, should not be the top priority for you to judge the quality of education you'd expect from the universities.
For dentisty, the only university that offers it in English would be Universitas Padjajaran in Bandung. About the lecturers and environment there, I am not too sure but i have several friends there pursuing dentistry so if you are interested, I could give you their contacts.
However, if you're going for medicine, then I'd recommend you either you go for my university or UGM. For me, I'm satisfied with the international program here for medicine. The lectures are fully conducted in English. Although not all lecturers speak flawless English, but at least they do use English all the time. However, we also need to learn some Indonesian language also in preparation for the clinical years.
Entry to Indonesian universities is not easy for SPM leavers but not hard for STPM or those with solid foundation. Some universities (like mine) require pre-U studies so basically you have to take some kind of foundation before you come here. I took mine, Foundation of Biological/Health Science in KUTPM, Shah Alam and no, i did not use any agents because my college and my sponsor JPA kinda settled everything together. The entrance examinations will be held in KL somewhere around May to June therefore if you're targetting admission this year end (Sep 2007) you'd better get things started. It's not that complicated, you just need a foundation that is accepted by your target university and pass the entrance examination which is held normally around May or June. For UNPAD dentistry, they held interview sessions as well last year. The questions for UNPAD entrance examination were easy compared to UGM and UI but somehow UNPAD was the only university that rejected me last year (=.=)
I think i'll just conclude here that the international program (that uses English) here are mostly consist of jpa and mara scholars so it is not that easy anymore to secure admission because you'll face competition for your year's jpa scholars batch bound for Indon and also some STPM students who failed to secure medicine in local U but their CGPA still of competitive range.
Choose your uni based on their recognition in Malaysia and also the cost (isn't this the whole point coming to Indonesia?). Medicine and Dentistry normally cost around 200k but for my uni, the international program is kinda special so i think it should be around 350k. All in all, make your decision wisely and have no regrets.
If there's any more doubts, just ask here or if you wanna know more about UNPAD dentistry through my friends, just send me a pm. I'll be glad to help. =) [/quote]