Studying at one of the world's top universities is a memorable experience. Felicia Limiardo, a student of the Information Technology Study Program, President University (PresUniv), is currently participating in a one-semester student exchange program at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK). She succeeded in realizing this dream thanks to passing the 2021 Indonesian International Student Mobility Awards (IISMA) program organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (Ditjen Dikti), Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbud Ristek).
Academic to Mental Health
Felicia said she is very excited to study at the 20th best university in the world and 4th in the UK, according to QS World University. However, she admits she is also worried because the teaching style at this university is different from that in Indonesia. Felicia shared, “There are 5-8 hours of lectures per subject per week. That does not include the amount of time it takes to study material online before coming to the lab or taking tutorials." She said that all students study independently, and there are various facilities for independent learning here. Students are also expected to think about abstract concepts beyond what is taught in class. This concept will be applied to lecture assignments.
For Felicia, doing assignments is very important because she chooses a scoring system based on the value of the assignment. “At the University of Edinburgh, each course has a different scoring system. I chose those whose ?nal grade is determined solely by assignments. So there is no exam," she said.
This choice was one of the things that had made her anxious. However, fortunately, during her time as a student at the university, Felicia is accompanied by a personal tutor. In fact, she also has a tutor and demonstrator in each course. This kind of assistance makes her feel very helpful, especially when she feels confused about what to do for her assignment. Especially when she has to write a philosophical essay or scientific report.
Another interesting thing that Felicia shared was how the University of Edinburgh really cares about the mental health of its students. And, they take it very seriously. “There are a lot of resources available. There is also a Health and Welfare Center in Bristo Square if there are students who want to get free consultation services," she said. Although she has never tried, Felicia said that she feels happy and relaxed because it is effortless to ask for any help at the university. She added, “The lecturers and staff here are also very friendly and enthusiastic when discussing the subjects they teach. It was a pleasure to discuss with them.”
Find Many Hidden Places
The University of Edinburgh's campus is known to be very wide and huge. In total, there are five main campuses scattered throughout the city. Each building also has a different history. Felicia admits that she frequently visits King's Building because it is the campus for the College of Science and Engineering, which is her current campus. However, not infrequently, she also visited George Square when she took an Introduction to Cognitive Science course tutorial from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Scotland, including Edinburgh, has many historic and iconic old buildings, such as Mary King's Close and the National Museum of Scotland. That is why Felicia spends a lot of time traveling around Edinburgh every Tuesday and Saturday. She shared, “Besides studying, I also explore the city and play with friends. Sometimes I like to walk alone. I have found many hidden places in this beautiful city. I have also seen a number of dormant plants, which appear to be dead, as it is currently entering winter.”
In the future, Felicia plans to visit more places. Moreover, traveling around Edinburgh is very easy and comfortable. Many buses pass by with a very regular traffic flow. Even though she sometimes gets lost, she is not worried because the people around him are very friendly and always helpful. Felicia admits that she is always amazed by the old buildings, the clean and fresh air, and the beautiful blue sky when walking around. “Besides the place is beautiful and comfortable, here I can meet so many people from all over the world. It is fun to be able to share information about culture and experiment on many different projects. I will absolutely and always miss Edinburgh," she said. (Silvia Desi Betrice, PR team. Photo: International Office)