The Dean and Vice Deans of FCS UB and FBS Unesa


The Faculty of Languages and Arts (FBS) the State University of Surabaya (UNESA) visited the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) on Thursday (12/1/2022). The visit, which was held in the meeting room on the 6th floor of Building A FCS, was in the context of International Class Benchmarking.

Dr. Trisaksi, M.Sc., the Dean of FBS Unesa said that FBS Unesa had just declared as PTNBH and was interested in learning about international classes at FCS UB.

“We indeed have international collaborations, but we need to know what we can do for this collaboration so that we can design curricula and so on for international classes,” she said.

Hamamah, Ph.D., the Dean of FCS UB, explained that the international classes at FCS UB have been established since 2017. There are three international classes: the Study Programme of English Literature, the Study Programme of Japanese Literature, and the Study Programme of Chinese Literature.

“The reason for having an international class in FCS UB is that the students should have international academic experience. Students who enrol in international classes are required to leave the country in certain semesters according to the intended university curriculum. This was conveyed at the beginning during registration by inviting and agreeing with their parents,” explained Hamamah, Ph.D.

FBS UNESA International Class Benchmarking to FCS UB

The international class programmes are offered at FCS UB with various schemes, namely the Double Degree Programme where students will obtain two diplomas (from UB and overseas partner universities) through a choice of 2+2 or 3+1 programme schemes. Then the Single Degree Plus Programme where students will get a degree from UB and gain international experience through a choice of Short (Summer/Winter) Courses, Study Abroad, Exchange Programmes, and Internship programme schemes.

Hamamah, Ph.D., also explained that FCS UB is trying to provide financial assistance through the contents of the cooperation agreement, for example, free boarding fees or tuition fees. Students can also take scholarship programmes provided by the government such as the Monbukagakusho by the Japanese Consulate General.

“International class was stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but for next year we will continue the programme because FCS UB also has foreign students who want to study here,” said Hamamah, Ph.D.

“The obstacle for foreign students who study non-English subjects at FCS UB is the language because there is no UKBI standard (Indonesian Language Proficiency Test) for foreign students who will study in Indonesia. So we are preparing schemes for foreign students who will study here,” she concluded.

The event continued with a more detailed discussion regarding the implementation of international classes by both parties. [dts/aaz/PR FCS]