Supportive profs, casual atmosphere, great friends! July 06, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/13/2019 to 04/16/2020 with

National University of Singapore: Singapore - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of new friends at YNC and got to take classes that Wellesley didn't have

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Varied workload depending on chosen courses

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Suite style living with single rooms and shared bathroom/living space; allows for lots of interaction within the suite

* Food:

On-campus dining hall is okay; many good off-campus options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is a divide between exchange students and full-time students, but I joined an athletics team which helped and for second semester I switched to an all-YNC suite

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

NUS health services very good; extra vaccines recommended if planning to travel in the region

* Safety:

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)

Room and board included; extra costs for eating out, pharmacy runs, and transport

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $45
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at the dining hall as often as you can stand it, food clique racks up


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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Suite living
  • Club activities
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • Better integrating exchangers w YNC students
  • Dining hall
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely join a club, otherwise hard to meet FT students

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!