Ho Jie Hui
" I have found the SEP to be a very enlightening experience for me. Being in a different university of a different culture has opened my eyes to the different views of people and their method of working…
During the course
of the SEP, I visited different areas of the country and had
also ventured outside to the neighbouring countries to explore.
I found the trip, the overall independence of self, very
enriching. It gave me opportunities to reflect upon and compare
the differences between Singapore and the outside world, that
part that I had seen. I was very satisfied with my trip and was
very thankful that I had this chance to go overseas to explore
and widen my horizons. It truly had been a very rewarding time
and the lessons that I've learnt would be sure to be invaluable
in times to come."
the 2nd semester of AY2008/2009, I was granted the opportunity
to study in City University of Hong Kong for one semester. It
was a very memorable and enriching experience… Academic wise, I
feel that SEP is a new eye opener… the IS department is under
the Business Faculty and I learnt the modules from a new point
of view. Without neglecting the technology aspect of IS, the
lecturers taught IS modules with a more focused approach on the
management aspect. In conclusion, I am grateful to go for SEP
as I learn to be more mature, independent, and to gain a wider
perspective in life. I am thankful to NUS for giving me this
once in a life time chance to study in another university and to
immerse in a new culture in another country."
is in New Territories (one of the island in HK), personally I
think this is the best campus in HK as the environment is
wonderful! It is a big campus with wonderful facilities like
gym, tennis court, indoor basketball / badminton / table tennis
court and etc, fresh air everyday and lastly you see mountains
"...Overall, there are a lot of "first time" and a lot of unforgettable events. Such experiences are precious and meaningful. I strongly encourage everyone to walk out of his or her comfort zone and go for exchange. even if it means graduating a semester later, it still worth it! (But if you map your modules well, you will still graduate as per normal).
Financial problem is not an
issue, throughout this whole SEP, I did not take a single
cent from my parents. You can always apply for SEP award and
SEP loan. (With these two, you can at least go to Asia
countries like HK/China).."
Chew Yan Jun
"..University of Waterloo is one of the few schools Bill Gates visit for his recruitment of IT professionals. Is is no doubt the Department of Computing, Faculty of Mathematics possesses brilliant and humorous professors that engage you in both their lessons and challenging lab works. Besides Computing, the Psychology Department also holds very valuable experiences in their lecturers and very fruitful lessons can be learnt...."
"..Missing home might be an issue, yet the friendly and cheerful Canadians almost instantly help you fit in. Be it in school, at the malls or simply strolling in the park, winter experience can never be more peaceful..."
Tan Chong Wee
University of Munich
"...Academically speaking, studying at the Technical University of Munich was a rather different experience compared to the system I am used to back in NUS. Classes were generally smaller in size which allowed for more personal interaction with the lecturer or tutor. However, since the classes I opted for were mostly conducted in German, I definitely had to put in more effort in order to understand what was going on. The lecturers were usually accommodating and would do whatever is possible in their capacity to help me out with any language or administration related issues. Students who are not particularly proficient in German should not be put off by this though, since German universities are gradually converting their lectures to use English as the language medium. The change has been taking place over the years and there is a significant amount of lectures which are offered in English..."
"…I took 4 courses in University of Karlsruhe, of which 2 from Mathematics Department and 2 from Computer Science Department. Classes of my 2 math courses were both conducted in small classrooms, and to my surprise, the professors presented the materials using chalk and blackboard. I found that this traditional way of teaching mathematics has an advantage – students tend to understand and remember the formula and theories better by copying the calculation steps from the blackboard than just by reading them. There was much fun and challenge while I learnt the technical terms in German. Exams were in oral –this was challenging for me too. But the professors were so flexible that they allowed me to answer in English.
With the Schengen visa, I was able to travel around Europe during weekends, public holidays, and also before and after the semester. Europe has been my fantasyland since I was young and I finally could step on some of my dream cities – Paris, Barcelona, Athens, Copenhagen…Of course I traveled around Germany too – Berlin, Hamburg, Munich.. My favorite attraction in Germany is Königsee – a quiet narrow lake in Southeast Germany, surrounded by Alps. Travel broadened my mind and I have become more independent and adventurous after the trips.
I am grateful to NUS and University of Karlsruhe for giving me the exchange opportunity. My experience as an international exchange student in Germany was wonderful and I will certainly recommend my juniors to go for exchange too."
University of Auckland
"….The pace of life in Auckland city is fairly slow, but you'll never be bored! A change of lifestyle is good you know! Learning to live independently on your own is an exciting experience! I rented a flat near the university with three other NUS exchange students and we had so much fun going grocery shopping and cooking our own meals! Of course, we got to know the rest of the exchange students from Singapore and made lots of friends from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds in school!
I always look forward to the weekends and term breaks. Why? Because that's when we hit the roads and discover New Zealand! As you drive out of Auckland city, I guarantee you will be mesmerized by the breath-taking landscapes and millions of sheep scattered across the horizons. If you're a car nut like I am, you'll be glad to know that New Zealand is THE place to rent a convertible and drive through the mountains, soaking in God's awesome creations under the clear blue skies….."
Tan Jianming, John
University of California, Santa Barbara
"…Looking at the background research and paperwork involved, that alone is enough to make you scrape the whole idea, but then again, good things are worth fighting for. You've got to hustle for it and at the end I assure you it is worth every single effort. An overseas experience is transformative. What you do back home from day to day may seem normal, but it is only after you've given yourself a chance to be exposed to other cultures and lifestyles that you will question all that you've been doing. Ask tough questions and that's how you learn. In the process you will gain a respect for the beliefs and practices of others as well as more deeply understand yourself. You can be smart and you can be clever, but wisdom comes only from experience. The SEP is one such experience that will make you a wiser, more independent and confident person. Go for it!"