Safely in Singapore Past Review

By (Urban and Regional Planning, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 06/29/2015 to 07/24/2015 with

National University of Singapore: Singapore - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was my first international experience so I would say that it was extremely worthwhile. Being in a culture so different from the United States was eye-opening. I definitely feel as though I can hold an honest respect for other cultures now, even though I may not agree with all the customs I think it is still important to learn as much as you can about other cultures and this program allowed me to do just that.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would recommend eating on-campus as much as possible at NUS. Although food off-campus comes at a lower sticker price the cost of transportation makes this negligible.


* 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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • The atmosphere of the university
  • Hospitality of the local students
  • Location of the university
* What could be improved?
  • I would have liked the opportunity to meet more local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There will always be extra expenses that you don't see coming, try to prepare for the unexpected in your budget so you don't feel stress about your money situation.