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The Five Best Things about University of Sussex

How is it like to study at the University of Sussex? In this blog post, I would share the top 5 best things about this university where I am currently studying at, which might help prospected students to generate a decision. In the beginning, I was thinking to write positive and negative aspects of it in one article, similar to my last post About Brighton, but then it was going to be a long article. Therefore, I split it into two pieces: this post focuses on the jolly side, while the other dark side (ho-ho) is covered in the latter post (not necessarily after this one).

My first impression about the University of Sussex was how they welcome international students warmly. When I arrived in the UK for the first time in Heathrow Airport on 16th September 2018, just when I walked out the arrival gate, the university greeted me with someone holding the university signpost. She and other students standby there that day (and the day before) were sent by International Student Support (ISS) to…
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BRP Stolen in London

Last December I experienced a magical thing. I got my BRP and my daughter's BRP cards stolen and returned back. BRP is Biometric Residence Permit, a very important identity card used to confirm the right to study or work in the United Kingdom (UK). The cards were inside my wallet which was stolen when I was counting money to buy a ride token in the Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, on the first day of my 9 days end-year trip. During that holiday, my family and I planned to travel around London, Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff and Bath. Imagine how devastated we were to continue our next 8 days journey. Other than the two cards, there were also one credit card (which I could easily call the bank to block it), some store membership cards (that were not so important), and only £5 cash. I did not care about the other stuff, but I was really depressed to lose the two BRP cards.

When BRP is lost, it takes around 6 weeks to get a new one with such amount of fee, not including the…

A Day in the Life of Bunda in Brighton

Bunda, means Mother in the Indonesian language, is what my daughter calls me, at least until two months ago, before she starts calling me Mommie or Mama (with that British accent), following what her friends at school call their Mom. Children are indeed resembling a sponge, they are very quick in adapting to the surrounding environment. Nevertheless, I am still a Bunda, perhaps the only Bunda in Brighton. My daily life in Brighton, in general, is filled with studying, seeing beautiful places (even only the autumn/winter trees and Victorian-styled houses) and doing mom's duty. It is not exactly the same, some days feel longer and some days feel easier. This routine I am about to tell is probably the normal one.

It starts in the morning with preparing for my kid's and my own breakfast, and sometimes my packed lunch if I have no chance to go home for lunch on that day (even though my house is inside the campus!). Usually, I just reheat the foods I have cooked the night before. Af…

About Brighton

It has been almost 2 months since I arrived in England in the middle of September and started living in Brighton. Brighton might not be known so much by people outside the United Kingdom (UK), and some people might even mistaken it with Brighton of Melbourne, Australia. Located on the seaside, Brighton is a small resort town about an hour train ride to the south of London, which is a favorite holiday destination for Londoners. Brighton and its neighbor Hove are towns, but together they form a city called Brighton & Hove (yeah, easy) started from year 2000. It is going to be my home for the next one year (minus 2 months) while I am studying a Master Degree in one of the universities in Brighton. So, what can I say about this new home of mine?

What I Like About Brighton

The first thing I like in Brighton is its laid-back atmosphere. Like the usual vacation town, people here are so relaxed and easy-going. Minority and foreigners, including Moslems, are very welcomed. My husband admitt…

Membuat Medical Certificate untuk Visa UK

Salah satu syarat dokumen untuk mengajukan visa UK non visitor adalah surat kesehatan bebas Tuberculosis (TBC). Surat atau sertifikat ini harus dikeluarkan oleh klinik-klinik yang sudah ditunjuk (Approved Clinic), jadi tidak bisa di sembarang rumah sakit.

Berikut list klinik nya di Indonesia:
RS Premier JatinegaraRS Premier BintaroRS Premier SurabayaRS Premier Bali Yang paling dekat dari rumah saya adalah RS Premier Jatinegara. Sebelum mendatangi langsung, saya mendaftar dulu via telepon ke nomor 1500908. Awalnya saya telpon tidak diangkat. Lalu tidak berapa lama mereka menelepon saya balik ke nomor yang tadi saya pakai buat telpon kesana, keren juga RS Premier Jatinegara ini.

Staff nya kemudian mendata nama dan tanggal lahir yang mau medical checkup, dan menjelaskan syarat-syaratnya:
Pasfoto 4x6 sebanyak 2 lembar dengan background biru (biru apa saja)PassportHasil scan xray atau medical checkup setahun terakhir jika ada (tapi akhirnya tidak dicek juga)Uang sebesar Rp.690,000 untuk 1 Me…

Membuat Surat Referensi Bank untuk Visa UK

Salah satu syarat dokumen untuk pembuatan Visa Student UK adalah Surat Referensi Bank (Bank Reference Letter) dan Rekening Koran (Bank Account Statement) milik pelamar (kalau biaya sendiri) atau milik parents/guardians (kalau disponsor oleh parents/guardians). Sebenarnya dokumen ini tidak wajib, apalagi bagi pelamar yang mendapat beasiswa penuh. Bagi saya yang dapat beasiswanya parsial dan sisanya ditanggung sendiri, saya butuh menyiapkan dokumen ini kalau-kalau nanti diminta. Surat ini biasanya berisi no rekening kita di bank tersebut dan jumlah saldo nya, termasuk rekening tabungan dan rekening deposito. Kalau reksadana atau saham lainnya tidak bisa.

Berapakah saldo minimum yang disyaratkan? Kalau tinggalnya di luar London, living cost setahun atau disebut juga maintenance fee untuk 1 orang adalah £9135. Kalau berangkat sendiri, jumlah saldo minimum yang harus ditunjukkan adalah maintenance fee + tuition fee. Kalau bawa keluarga (suami/istri dan anak) atau dependant, tambah lagi den…

List Dokumen Visa Student UK

Berikut ini list dokumen yang diperlukan untuk proses pembuatan Visa PBS (Point Based System) Tier 4 / Student UK, yang saya dapat dari IDP.

Paspor baru dan LamaMedical CertificateXray CertificateIjasah (Indonesian & translation)Transkrip (Indonesian & translation)IELTS, jika di CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) diminta untuk dilampirkanAkte Lahir (Indonesian & translation)Kartu keluarga (Indonesian & translation)KTP (Indonesian & translation)Fotokopi
Appointment ConfirmationPrint out one line visa application formMedical CertificateXray CertificateLetter of Sponsor from Parents/Guardians (kalau case saya ini surat dari Suami)Copy SIUP, NPWP & TDP (jika sponsor/parents/guardians punya perusahaan)Surat keterangan kerja sponsor (jika sponsor bekerja)Bank Reference & Bank Statement asliPaspor (halaman yg ada foto)CAS StatementIjasah (Indonesian & translation)Transkrip (Indonesian & translation)IELTS (jika di CAS diminta untuk dilampirkan)A…