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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Complete Guide to Studying in Singapore

Guest post by Akansha Arora (Submit your essay)

How about pursuing your further studies in a country that is one of the most vibrant and modern and has an excellent education system. Not only quality, Singapore also brings to you numerous opportunities for employment. If you are one of them wishing to study in Singapore, read the following article to know about everything that you need to study in Singapore.

The ‘global schoolhouse’ as the country is often referred as to marks a strong impact on the education system of Singapore. The country prides in itself for providing excellent quality education and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning. The country offers you opportunities of practical education along with the theory lessons. So, a student that graduates out of a university in Singapore is ready for corporate placements.

The improvising of quality standards in Singapore can go back to the British Rule in the country where British-based education was introduced. Today, it is one of the leaders in higher education not only in Asia but the world.

Before you choose Singapore as your study abroad destination, satisfy yourself with some facts.

Some Facts about Education in Singapore

Why Singapore? If this question is still playing in your head and then the facts will convince you for sure.
  • With its six national universities and more than 30,000 students in the two largest universities, Singapore sure is a welcoming country for students
  • The National University of Singapore is ranked amongst top universities in fields like mechanical engineering, law, geography, communication and media studies, statics and modern language.
  • Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University are among other top universities in Singapore
  • A number of foreign universities have their campuses in Singapore
  • Other than the national universities, Singapore also has a number of private institutions
  • International Students in Singapore account more than 15% of the total students studying there
  • The official language of instruction in Singapore is English

Money Matters: Know the Cost of Studying and Living in Singapore

Tuition Grant Singapore Ministry of Education
Tuition Fees: If compared to the three big players in study abroad destinations; The UK, the USA and Australia, then Singapore has the most reasonable cost of living and education. This is another reason that pulls a lot of students towards Singapore.

The tuition fees and education costs depend on the course and university that you choose to study. On an average a course in Singapore would cost you around 14,000 SGD (Singapore Dollar).

You can apply for tuition grants to the Singaporean Ministry of Education even if you are an international student. In return the Ministry of Education signs a bond that requires you to work for a minimum of three years in the country once you finish the course.

Cost of Living: Singapore offers one of the best standards of living in Asia. The cost of living if compared to the US, UK and Australia is pretty less. On an average the cost of living can cost you between 750 SGD and 2,000 SGD. It depends a lot on how a person decides to live in the country.

The following table summarizes the cost that you will have to bear for basic necessities:


Necessities
Cost (in SGD)
Utilities
80-100
Food
300-450
Public Transport
20-150
Telecommunications
30 onwards
Stationery
30-100
Personal Expenses
100-300

Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Singapore depends on the type of accommodation, its demand, location, facilities etc. The place can cost you a price that is between SGD 400 to SGD 1600. Other than these, the universities have hostel accommodation at a reasonable price sometimes included in the tuition fees.

How to Get There? – Visas

Guide to Studying in Singapore for Malaysian Students
Like every country, international students who wish to study in Singapore will require a student visa to do so. The process of visa application is directly linked to the university application and every student who is accepted at the university will receive a letter of acceptance or approval. With this letter of approval, the students receive a visa that can be used at entry points in the country. There is no such need of applying a visa otherwise.

Other than this, there is one more thing that is needed to study in Singapore. It is a student pass. It is one such documents that allows you to work while you are studying. This student pass is issued by signing up to the Special Pass Online Application and Registration System. Apply for this pass two months before the course commences.

Know Singapore

Agreed that the basic purpose of you being there is education. But other than that there are some things that you must know so that you can live a memorable life during your tenure in the country. The nation is multicultural that has excellent opportunities both in terms of professional life and social life.

The climate of the nation is hot and humid almost all months of the year. Major tourist destinations in and around Singapore include:
  • Singapore Zoo
  • The Orchard Road District
  • Sentosa Island
  • Tiger Sky Tower
  • Shopping Belts
Do not miss these when you are staying in Singapore.

Lastly

One of the best developed economies in Asia, Singapore is considered as a major hub of global commerce and trade. Hence, the courses offered by the universities and the cost of living is manageable and relatively less than the other developed nations of the world.

Recommended reading: Why studying in Singapore is not as good as you think?

Akansha Arora
Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger who loves to pen down her views on a number of topics that interest a reader. She writes keeping in mind the current scenarios and wishes to keep her readers well informed. The above article guides you about everything if you wish to study in Singapore. You can follow her on google.com/+AkanshaArora2112


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

My AIESEC Exchange to Sao Carlos, Brazil

Testimonial: AIESEC Exchange to Sao Carlos, Brazil

Guest post by Zhi Kai Chong (submit your guest post and get featured here)

31st December 2014, I started my exciting journey to Brazil under the Global Community Development Project by AIESEC. The six-week exchange was a life-changing experience that broadened my knowledge and opened myself to the world. I will elaborate and evaluate my exchange experience from two perspectives; the cultural aspect and the project.

South America is a land that not many of us have explored. Viewing exchange as an opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone, I decided not to choose ‘conventional’ AIESEC exchange countries like China and Taiwan. Selecting Brazil as my destination of exchange allowed me to challenge language barrier and experience culture shock, which in turn made me learn Portuguese and understand cultures on the other side of the world.

Samba Carnival at Sao Paulo
Samba Carnival at Sao Paulo
After looking through the AIESEC platform, I was interested in the Smarketing Project, which aimed to promote and raise awareness about community organizations via marketing strategies. My application was successful and I matched with AIESEC Sao Carlos, in a town named Sao Carlos in the state of Sao Paulo.

I was nervous before my trip to Brazil, as it was my first time travelling alone and out of Asia. Worried that I could not make it there, I finally survived my journey, thanks to the friendly Brazilians who helped me in buying bus tickets, who showed me the way, and who became my translators. During the first few days of my stay, I missed home very much and couldn’t wait to return to Malaysia. But eventually I got used to the town and people, and I started to enjoy my experience.

Say 'Ola' to these cute people!
Say 'Ola' to these cute people!
Under the Smarketing Project, I worked in a kindergarten, aiming to help the organization to achieve greater publicity through various creative approaches. The kindergarten, Nave Sal da Terra (translate: Salt of the Earth), was a kindergarten with about 200 children, receiving exchange participants from 2 projects, namely Smarketing and Gira Mundo Project. The vast number of lively children gave exchange participants from Gira Mundo a great opportunity to educate and play with the kids. For Smarketing trainees, we worked in a separate office in the downtown of Sao Carlos.

However, things did not proceed smoothly. Although the office was comfortably set up, I and other project trainees were unable to communicate effectively with the kindergarten workers. Not only there existed language differences, the organization did not truly value our voluntary contribution, probably due to the perception that the exchange trainees were not well-trained. A spate of problems arose because we did not know how to implement the proposed marketing plans, largely in terms of administration procedures. Hence, I decided to lodge my unpleasant experience to AIESEC Sao Carlos, and they transferred me to a new organisation.

Group photo with the founder, teachers and kids of the Nave Sal da Terra
Group photo with the founder, teachers and kids of the Nave Sal da Terra
At the new organisation, Estrela da Manha (translate: The Morning Star), I worked with another 2 trainees from Peru. The workers there were approachable and were more willing to assist us in bringing the most of our exchange program. At that point in time, marketing plans were difficult to be implemented too, because I was left with 3 weeks of project duration, so I only drafted some marketing plans for the organisation in the foreseeable future. Most of the time, I played with infants of age 2-5 (not children, it is an infant house) and assisted teachers from all aspects. Unlike teenagers or school students, we could not draft any teaching or activity plans to teach the babies because they were too young to learn anything.

Despite the negative issues in my project, during the exchange period, there were definitely memories worth reminiscing. I planned on weekdays on places to travel, and I travelled during weekends with other AIESEC members or exchange participants. The Iguasu Falls, which is situated at the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, is just too amazing to visit. During the exchange period also, I met many exchange participants from various countries, Russia, Switzerland, Lebanon, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Mexico and Bolivia, just to name a few. The opportunity to gather under the same roof and work together as a team is indeed a great exposure. The friendship ties that were formed during my exchange are for life. I could not envision myself few months back to have acquaintances all across the world today.

Travelling with this lovely bunch of friends @Rio de Janeiro
Travelling with this lovely bunch of friends @Rio de Janeiro
Looking back, I see changes in myself as a consequence of the exchange. I see myself more as a global citizen, being not only able to learn diverse cultures, world history and issues happening around the globe, but also get to know my own country and culture better through cultural sharing sessions! Throughout the exchange period, I strived to learn Portuguese, which is something completely different from my field of study. I was proud to be able to comprehend basic day-to-day conversations at the end of the day. I also learnt the meaning of lifelong learning.

Next, I see greater independence in myself. I planned my own trips, I did my own house chores, and I learnt to settle problems on my own. Months away from home made me feel like a grown up. From the project itself also, I did learn something - to manage expectations. Although the marketing side of the project did not work well, I somehow enjoyed playing with kids. I explored something that I thought I would not like to do, and the kids actually taught me back something. I saw them played, fell down, cried, but stood up again and again to smile. Isn’t this what we should practice in life when we are faced with difficult times? It was not completely bad at all to not be able to hone my marketing skills!

Of course, during the course of taking care the kids, I understood how not to work in a company. I better appreciate the importance of people, communication and culture in bringing an organization to greater heights. These exposure allowed me to better prepare myself as part of the future workforce in society.

The Iguasu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world
The Iguasu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world
To sum it up, my exchange is extremely satisfying. I embraced different social culture, met acquaintances and travelled to many amazing attractions. I am also proud to say, I have travelled to South America and have introduced Malaysia at a global level, much more than the just the name of Kuala Lumpur. Despite the ups and downs, it is a big YES from me to endorse an exchange. I will definitely go for an exchange again if time permits. Because exchange is done in a different country, one can experience different culture and way of life. Going for an exchange also serves a noble purpose to volunteer and make an impact in a community, making ourselves outstanding as a global citizen. It was a great way to kick start 2015.

Signing off,
Zhi Kai Chong

AIESEC in Malaysia, Sunway:

4 DAYS LEFT TILL APPLICATIONS CLOSE FOR EXCHANGE!
Malaysia AIESEC Exchange Programme Application

Directly impact communities and at the same time discover yourself and your leadership style!

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Deadline: 30 April 2015 (Thursday) | 2359 HRS


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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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