At this #WeeklyTakeover, Abdul talked about his experience as an international student from Afghanistan.
Abdul Qayoum Safi is a 2021.2 batch Masters’ student in Universitas Padjadjaran‘s Faculty of Communication Sciences. He hasn’t chosen his study concentration yet since he’s spending this semester learning the Indonesian language.
Abdul thinks of Fikom Unpad as one of the best to pursue a Master’s degree. He got this idea after having discussions with his former lecturers, in addition to reviewing its curriculum on his own. He added that, as far as he knows, the communication program in Unpad is placed at the top rank in Indonesia.
Abdul said that in general there’s no Indonesian culture which feels foreign to him. It’s because Afghanistan and Indonesia share the same religion. There’s only a slight difference in terms of food. Indonesians have rice as their staple food, whereas Afghans like to eat bread ‘Afghani’ (made in wheat) with Nasi Kebuli, meat, and vegetables.
Although Abdul is fine with Indonesian culture, he still struggles a bit with Indonesian language. He revealed that he had encountered some miscommunication with native speakers, especially at the market. Consequently, Abdul and the native speakers ended up using sign language to talk. Right now he is not fluent yet and is still practicing his Indonesian language.
Make sure that you get to meet Abdul if you’re in Jatinangor!
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