Nineteen students of the Holy Cross of Davao College will mark the institution’s history as the pioneering batch to be sent in Bali, Indonesia for an educational exposure this academic year.

The students from the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (BA-PolSci), Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA-Comm), School of Teacher Education (STE), Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSPsych) are set to immerse themselves in an international educational exposure from April 27 to May 16, 2023.

In preparation for their trip, Head of Center for Linkages, Internationalization, and Language Studies (Link-In & LS), and the Institute of ASEAN European Studies (IAES) Sheryl J. Urdaneta spearheaded the pre-departure orientation on the etiquettes, culture, as well as the dos and don’ts in Indonesia, on Wednesday, April 20, at the HCDC President’s Boardroom. 

“We care about the preparedness of the participants for international exposure, setting their expectations.  This is part of the services we offer at Link-In & LS, and I believe we need to do our due diligence, Urdaneta emphasized.

Urdaneta expressed her delight as this is a huge milestone for the institution.

“This is history in the making for us, this being the first international exposure for our students at HCDC. I am sure that the students will take away a lot of lifelong lessons, which only this exposure can offer them,” she said.

She added that the international experience of the students will add more positive points in the future employability.

“Aside from this, I am sure that the students will take away a lot of lifelong lessons, which only this exposure can offer them,” she said. 

Cymon Abarsolo, a BA-Comm specializing in journalism and broadcasting student, also expressed his excitement on the upcoming international educational trip.

“Being chosen as a delegate for an international educational exposure is undoubtedly an exciting and exhilarating experience,” he said. 

He also stressed that he feels humbly proud to bring the name of the school as he will accomplish a new experience of the institution’s history.

“The prospect of traveling to a foreign land, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures is undoubtedly thrilling. I am excited about what’s coming next,” he added.

The program is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between HCDC and premier state university, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha (UNDIKSHA) of Bali, Indonesia – offering a platform for cooperation in several areas such as student and faculty exchanges, faculty development programs, and joint research.

The HCDC international experience is part of the institution’s continued effort to provide an all-inclusive learning experience, preparing students to become globally competitive in their chosen fields.