A blue wave crashes into foam behind as a surfer surfs the wave

U.S. students in Bali (Udayana University)

Surfing spots in Bali are maybe the best in the world

Kyle, David and Zach studied abroad at Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia during spring 2012. They come originally from USA and studied at the San Diego State University. Read their interview below.

Who are you and where are you staying in Bali?

Kyle, David and Zach from California, USA. In Bali we live in the east-coast in little village which is called Biaoung.

What made you to decide to come and study in Bali?

To get to do a semester abroad was our big dream. Also it’s more affordable to do here in Asia than in Europe. Everything is so much cheaper and this program via Asia Exchange was cheaper than with the other organizations. We had also great opportunity to surf here in paradise. Surfing spots in Bali are maybe the best in the whole world.

Students surfing in Bali

How did you get the study place? How was application process?

Really, really easy! Application process was quick and we got the acceptance letter in one week. Thumbs up for Asia Exchange!

What have been the best things about your exchange experience so far?

David: Holidays, extended weekends and all the travelling during those. All the places we have been visiting, travelling around Indonesia. In the beginning we had a tradition to go to Nusa Lembongan every weekend. Of course studying has given us new perspectives and has helped us to get deeper in the local way of living.

What has been the most interesting in your studies so far?

We like Tourism and Management class but we like law teachers as well. David really likes Bahasa Indonesia and it’s the most useful class.

Where did you surf/travel during your exchange period?

Java, Sumatra, Sapora, Sumbawa, Nias, Lembongan, Lombok. We had been surfing and travelling a lot!

Student surfing in Bali, indonesia

Did you experience any culture shock in the beginning?

Yes we did. We found accommodation immediately when we came to Bali, but after four days we wanted to move back to hotel, because the house was a total disappointment. But it was easy to find the perfect villa after doing some research.

If you compare Bali and California as a surf place, what are the differences?

Surfing is perfect here in Bali, only similarity is that both places are crowded. We have to use wetsuits when we surf in California. Here in Bali most of the waves are on the reef but in California beaches are sand.

Do you think you would like to suggest Bali to your friends?

Yes we will definitely do that. We have already told about Bali to our friends and they really want to come here as well. This is a paradise and everybody should experience this!!

Asia Exchange students in Bali

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