Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) – First Weekend

1 Oct

I know it’s been 6 months since I updated anything…. Now I am not only busy due to school stuff but also internship!

As the title said, I will write a little bit about my first weekend/Check-In Weekend in Caux.

Still feeling lost in the old big castle, Caux Palace, I only knew the lobby, way back to my room and of course where to find food a.k.a. cafeteria… But I got used to it pretty fast I think because I needed to find my classes and stuff you know πŸ™‚ So, the first weekend was pretty much about orientation , getting to know your lecturers, schedules, important places in school, rules and getting your B-Permit done! B-Permit was the most exciting part! Don’t get me wrong….. NOT the process but what I can do with it! With a B-Permit I can travel to EU countries visa-less! Isn’t that just freakin’ awesome!!!!! πŸ˜€

Over with the B-Permit thing. As stated on Swiss Education Group’s website, all SEG schools are modern and have integrated their courses with technology, i did get an IPad Air 2, which I am suppose to keep until graduation. πŸ™‚ Just so you know, I still prefer using books, papers and pens rather than IPad. I mean IPad does keep your information organized and tidy but jotting down notes with IPAD? A BIG NO NO for me: slow and in the end I can’t even remember why I wrote that note. It’s just not as effective I guess.

Now about schedule. Nothing special about my schedule, really. For me it’s just a piece of paper I need to know by heart as soon as possible. One thing I realized, much more chilled than high school. Meanwhile, it meant more independence and responsibilities. At that moment, I was extremely sure, I would be OK because since a kid, I have always gone to international schools and survived through it well.

One interesting fact I found out on my check-in weekend was that my program coordinator (beloved Mr. P), just randomly put me in a class while I witnessed it. Never ever I had that experience before. So, my story in class 1-3 started. πŸ™‚

That is pretty much it I think to keep it short.Β It’s just too too too much to describe, really. That butterfly in stomach feeling, anxiousness, excitement, nervousness πŸ™‚

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Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) – Arrival

21 Mar

Lat update was like 3 months ago. As usual I am BUSY BUSY BUSY….

Today, I am going to write some stuff about SHMS, my current university. So, I arrived on the 30th of January and I felt extremely tired due to the 16 hours flight from Jakarta to Geneva. However, the snow, yes, the thick thick snow made me feel somehow more energetic! When you ask me: “Is it your first time seeing snow?”, of course the answer is….. NO, i have seen snow before. Snow just makes me happy, as simple as that. I used the airport pick up service, so a lot of SHMS first year students were also there. 90 percent are from Hong Kong and China. It was nice to know some people before the semester starts. Inside my heart I was hoping some of them will be my classmates. You know that feeling when you just don’t know anyone in a new environment, of course you want someone you know to be around you. once I arrived at SHMS, my roommate picked me up at the school’s lobby. Can you believe the lobby is on the 4th floor? But it is, because my school is on a mountain. Back to my roommate picking me up… So, we went back to our room together. Our room is on 5th floor room 47. On the way there, I was thinking:
“What an old building…” Indeed the building is pretty and has some interesting architectural touch. My room is very small: 2 single beds, 1 long study desk with 2 chairs, 1 cupboard, 1 heater, 1 sink and 1 shelf, that sums everything up. But even though it’s small, I am still happy with it. I mean it’s enough and I don’t really need a super big room anyway.

Talking about my roommate… She is from Hong Kong, a person I knew due to the power of Instagram. She is very nice, helpful and friendly, totally different from what she was when we chatted. We organised our things that we brought from our home country. I kept on procrastinating, while my roommate was like full of energy fulling the cupboard with her stuff and putting things on the shelf. If just I could have half her spirit… After resting for a while, I went for a shower. Just for your information, the bathroom is outside my room, so I had to bring my toiletries, clothes and towel with me. The bathroom is not that bad, small but still it has a bathtub. After showering my tummy started to grumble. I knew it! I was hungry cause the plane food was disgusting and I barely ate! So, we, my roommate and I, went to the cafeteria on the 2nd floor. It was big with lots of tables and the food was ok. While I was eating, my brain went: “You know you will have to clean this cafeteria when doing service practice. I am so dead!” There I knew more people.

Up to that point everyone I know are really nice and friendly. However, I really had no idea what the next day will be like. Tough? Hard? Easy? No clue at all. This will be the greatest adventure of my life I guess.

Swiss Visa Application

5 Dec

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am going to study in Switzerland at the Swiss Hotel Management School! πŸ˜€

True this is not my dream major and not my dream school either, however I still love the nature of the subject and the school is just crazy awesomely cool! So it’s like double YEY! If you are curious or even interested in the major hospitality management, here is a link to the school’s website. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a promotion or anything, but I just need to share this because I am so happy right now! πŸ™‚

Ok, now going to the actual thing here…

Swiss visa application is similar to a German one… Again, i applied my Swiss visa in Jakarta, so this only apply to people living in Indonesia. As I am going to study there, I applied for a D-type visa.

Before:

1. Make an appointment here. Then just follow the steps.

2. After your appointment is approved by the embassy, don’t forget to print the proof (it will be per email) because without it, you will not be allowed to enter the building.

3.Β Make sure you have all your documents and passport or not your visa will not be granted. Here is the visa D application form.Β Here are all the requirements. Here is the photo requirement.

4. Bring cash money with you. When I applied for mine, I had to pay Rp. 1.200.000,-. It depends on the exchange rate, so it won’t do any harm bringing more money. Credit cards are not accepted!

During:

5. You need to park on the side of the road near the embassy because cars are not allowed to enter the embassy. So, you will need to walk in. Also, the security will hold on to your electronic devices while you are inside.

6. Be on time because the embassy will not wait for you!

7. After passing the security, just walk straight and the first building on the right hand side is the “visa building”. Go in, sit and wait until the lady in the locket call you.

8. After being called, walk to the locket and hand in all your documents. The lady might give you back some documents, when she thinks it’s not necessary. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that something bad will happen, the lady is just helping you out so it will be easier for your visa to be granted.

9. After she finished checking, she will tell you to pay. Give her the money and in return she will give you the receipt. Unfortunately, the embassy will keep your passport for 3 days, but afterwards you can take it back. In my opinion, if you are not planning to travel abroad, there is no need to take your passport back after 3 days; just leave it there.

After:

10. You will receive an email once your visa is granted. So, don’t panic.

11. After receiving that email, you will need to go the the embassy again because the Swiss embassy in Jakarta needs to stick your visa in your passport. There will a certain time for that. I think it was between 9 am and 11 am.

12. After the embassy is done sticking your visa, you are allowed to go. Voila, there is your visa! πŸ˜€

I hope this post will be useful for those of you who are planning to study in Switzerland as well! πŸ™‚

German student visa application

4 Dec

So hi guys! I am back! πŸ™‚

Even though I don’t end up studying in Germany, I still want to post something about my student visa application…

I live in Jakarta, which means I also applied my visa here. First of all, I would like to tell you all the steps before, during and after the application:

Before:

1. Make an appointment on the German Embassy website. Here is the link. Arrive there on time, before will be even better.

2. Here is the link to the visa application form. Student visa is a D-type visa.

3. Prepare all necessary documents. Or a better idea is to bring everything! Here is a checklist of all needed documents. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING COMES IN 3 COPIES!

4. Copies of Studienkolleg diploma, university acceptance letter, which must come in 3s, must be stamped by the embassy. You can get this stamp in the consulate department, which is on the first floor. For these stamps you will need to pay as well.

4. DON’T FORGET to bring cash money with you because credit cards are not allowed! Mine was almost Rp. 1.000.000,-. There will be no harm to bring more.

During:

4. You are prohibited to park in the embassy, so you need to park in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is right next to the embassy.

5. Then you walk to the entrance gate (usually it’s the second gate). Here, you will need to show the guard your passport and the email you received after your appointment is approved. So, please please please don’t forget to print the email.

6. Enter the building. You will be able to bring everything with you apart from electronic devices. Don’t worry… They will help you keep your things while you are inside dealing with your needs. In exchange, you will be given a key of a deposit box, where they put your electronic devices.

7. Walk up to the second floor (sadly there is no elevator 😦 ), go in and turn left. There is the visa section. Approach the person who is holding a list of names and tell him/her that you are there already. If you don’t, you will never be called!

8. Sit and wait until your name is called.

9. After being called, submit all your documents. You will be asked to do some finger printing too. Once the ladies/sir says your documents are OK, you can go home.

One more thing…. The embassy will clip a small piece of paper on your passport and give you a receipt as well. DON’T LOSE that piece of paper and the receipt! You will need them to get your visa. Happily, the embassy will not keep your visa, so for those of you, who are planning to travel, everything will stay on track πŸ™‚

After:

10. Once your visa is out, you will automatically receive a call from the embassy. So, as long as you haven’t received a call your visa is not here yet.

11. There is a specific time (I forgot what time it was, but they will tell you on the phone) for you to hand in your passport.

12. You will need to leave your passport for a few hours there because the embassy needs to stick your visa inside your passport. The person will tell you when to get your passport. REMEMBER be on time because the embassy will not wait for you!

So, I guess those are the steps… Hope it will be useful for you guys! πŸ™‚

German universities applications for international students

8 Sep

Sorry guys I haven’t updated anything in ages… Super busy with a bunch of stuff…

As it is said in the title of this post, today I will share a little bit of my experience dealing with Germany university applications and their processes.

Things that are VERY IMPORTANT:

1. OPEN a bank account through the website of “Deutsche Bank” and TRANSFER the required amount of money to your newly opened account.

2. MAKE SURE all copies of your documents are LEGALIZED PROPERLY. The best choice will be in a Germany embassy in your country.

3. READ on the website of each university you are interested in to know all the entry requirements.

4. MAKE SURE your application will arrive in Germany on time.

 

Firstly, I will start off with “Uni-Assist”. But what is this “Uni-Assist”??? So, basically, “Uni-Assist” is an organization in Germany that is in partnership with a lot of universities in Germany and helps these universities to sort out applications for them. You guys can find a bunch of useful informations on their website: www.uni-assist.deΒ 

Ok, I must admit that Uni-Assist does help a lot because you will only need to send one copy of each documents and they will make more copies for you. However, you will need to pay. For my first application (the first university I applied to) I needed to pay 60 Euro and the upcoming ones only 15 Euro. So, for example: I applied to 3 different universities… Now I will be charged for 90 Euro. But NOTE that you will only be required to pay that amount even if you applied for 2 different majors in the same university. That sounds weird I know.. haha.. Let my just give an example to make my statement clearer! πŸ™‚ Let’s say you apply to X university and straight away you apply for both Y and Z major. You will still only be charged for 15 Euro and NOT 30 Euro! Get it?

To even start your application on Uni-Assist, you will first need to make an account on their website. In order to do that just click on “Registrierung” and fill in a form online. Don’t worry, they have it in English as well, you will just need to change the setting on the top right corner.

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Afterwards, click “Grundfragen” and fill in all the required fields. And another good thing about this website is that you don’t need to fill in the questions a lot of times. By this I mean if you applied to more than 1 university, you will just need to answer the repeated questions once. But, it depends on each university you apply to; some require you to give more information and some less, so better prepare all your stuff (reports, passport, diplomas etc.) before you start filling in the blank spots.

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Next, go to “Studienangebotsuchen” to find which universities offer what major. This step is easy cause you will just need to scroll down and find what you want. Then click “Suche starten”.

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After pressing “Suche starten”, the website will automatically show the list of universities that offer the major you want.

Then choose the university you want and select which semester you want to apply for. For example like this:

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After that, just click “Bewerbung anlegen”, answer some questions, and there is your application finish! πŸ˜€

Then, you will need to upload all necessary documents on to your account, by clicking “Dateien hochladen und verwalten”. You will be able to choose for which universities are those documents and will also need to be catagorized. It will look something like this:

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Finally, you will need to send all your applications to Uni-Assist in Berlin through post. One more thing… MAKE SURE READ the FAQ because some things may change time to time!

 

Now, how about if the university I want to apply is not a part of Uni-Assist? For this you will need to read from the university’s website to know what they want and need in order for your application to be successful.

This is it for today! πŸ™‚ I hope it will be somewhat useful for you guys!