One of my favorite Springs @ National University of Singapore August 21, 2018

By (Computer Science & Economics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

National University of Singapore: Singapore - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the local culture and culture of the surrounding countries. It was an amazing and mind blowing experience and I would do it again if I can. I met many wonderful people that I would be best friends with for life.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The students at this university are very studious and competitive. Thus, the university is very academically intense and rigorous. However, the school provided a lot of resources for students to be successful. Be aware that this school is heavily exam based, almost every course including Computing courses are around 80% to 90% exam based. With that being said, discussion sessions are very important to attend.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I personally thought the exchange student didn't have too many resources and could use more administration in this matter.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was not given a lot of options as other students from other school were given. it was a little unfair. I was placed in graduate housing which gave me less opportunities to participate in some activities that some residential colleges offer for students, and to meet many local students. I also lived on the 17th floor with no air conditioning, it can be unbearable during some months. Especially during the exam season in May, it was very difficult to sleep and can be detrimental to attention and focus needed to do well on exams that are about 50% - 60% of the grade.

* Food:

Food was really cheap and good. It cost around 2-4$ per meal on campus in food courts.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I personally didn't get too many opportunities to meet many local students since they all lived in undergraduate housing and they form their own communities based on where they lived. Otherwise, I feel pretty integrated with the local culture since it had many similarities with my own cultural background. Singapore has a very interesting mix of eastern and western culture. I spent half of my life so far in Asia and the other half in the Americas, I thought it was a good mix of eastern and western culture, very similar to my own.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There was an on campus hospital and clinic, we have a pay small fee for healthcare. However, it was easily accessible and there wasn't prevalent health issues.

* Safety:

Singapore is one of the safest cities I've been in,. Locals were very polite and the city is super clean.

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

Finances

* 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)

Food was very cheap on campus - $10 a day for all three meals. Commuting was pretty cheap. Everything else was really expensive (e.g. daily essentials). If you want to travel, that may increase the budget by quite a bit.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100$ - 150$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring as much as daily essentials & clothes as you can. Those can be quite expensive in Singapore. Try to eat on campus as much as possible, food is very cheap and delicious.

Language

* 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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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Traveling
  • Meeting people
  • Flexibility with courses
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Integration with the local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew what I could do better to mingle with local students since the beginning. I felt like that part of my study abroad experience was a bit lacking.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.