Immersed in another culture, made great friends, and was educated. Past Review

By (Mechanical Engineering., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 04/13/2012 to 05/02/2012 with

Brigham Young University: Singapore - Singapore Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I most enjoyed just the experience of living in a totally new environment and making great new friends. Those things are priceless to me. I have greater confidence in my ability to work with others outside of my culture.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: National University of Singapore
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues, nor did I witness anybody else's.

* Safety:

I felt perfectly safe in Singapore, even more safe than many parts of the U.S..

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Less than 50 Sing (1 Dollar equalled about 1.25 Sing)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Set a budget and plan ahead. Reserve money for activities as well as souveneirs.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • How integrated we were with the local students
  • How well the local students treated us and welcomed us to their country
  • The freedom we had to do whatever we wanted outside of class
* What could be improved?
  • I would have liked it to be a little longer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I only wish that I hadn't been so intimidated by some things that I experienced. I wished I would have worked harder in the class I was involved in.