Okay, before we begin anything, I just got to check: how many of you have misconceptions about overseas education?
Quite a bit, right?
Only rich kids study overseas because it’s expensive; that and they typically cannot get into local universities so they have no other choice but to seek out other places.
I don’t blame you because I got to admit, I’ve thought the same things too.
Well, that is until I’ve had a chance to speak with an overseas education service provider, IDP, right here in Singapore and let me tell you, it was mind-blowing.
Did you know that overseas universities offer bursaries and scholarships? These, if you get them, will bring the fees down to what you pay for local universities with government subsidies. And you finish so much earlier.
Curious to know how much? You’ll be mind-blown. Check with IDP if your dream university offers bursaries, study grants or scholarships. I know some of them even offer up to $20,000 for Australian universities.
But that’s for school fees! You’d say. How about living expenses?!
You can earn your own way through school by working part time while studying. And you got to remember that countries like Australia have a minimum wage, so you’re looking at $16 per hour.
Curious to know whether you’ll survive the living expenses in Australia? Check out their study calculator.
Sandwich Courses By UK Universities
UK universities offer what they call sandwich courses. No, not that type of sandwich. The legit kind.
So this is what they do: if the course you’re going into offers a sandwich, the university itself will find a job for you in the country. Kind of like an internship, except, you’ll be working there full-time for a year.
Yes, that means, firstly, full-time pay, which is pretty crazy considering they have minimum wage systems there (depending on the country you’re in); imagine how rich you’ll be if you save and bring it all back to Singapore?
The Ministry of Finance will give you a Certificate of Achievement for helping to bring money back into our economy. Okay, maybe not.
Secondly, and even more importantly, you’ll get full-time work experience even while studying. That’s right, not like some internship jobs you get here where you’re basically the runner; getting coffee, photocopying papers and all.
It’s full-time, meaning you get to work on projects related to the field of your study and get real working experience. Come back to Singapore and you’d probably find companies eager to get you in.
Hell, if I didn’t already finish my degree studies, I’d be incredibly tempted.
But that doesn’t mean anyone can do it. You still got to get good grades and be deemed sufficiently good at your academics to qualify for the sandwich option. If not, you’ll just be given the normal degree route.
Sounds interesting so far? Unfortunately, that’s the most of my knowledge on studying in overseas universities.
If you’re interested in knowing more, especially those still deciding between working or continuing your education, why not find out more from the experts?
And because I’m your good friend (let’s be friends, please?), I need to tell you about this enlightening event.
IDP Overseas University Expo “Advance Standing to your discipline of choice”
The event will be taking place on 13 and 14 May 2017 at Orchard Hotel.
At the event, they will have university reps from the Australia, UK and New Zealand universities themselves to tell you more about studying at their schools.
And we’re not talking about any 啊狗啊猫 university, we’re talking about top universities in their respective countries.
Like the University of New South Wales (UNSW) & the University of Western Australia from Australia’s Group of Eight; the University of Southampton and the University of York from UK’s Russell Group.
From the types of courses, the experiences you’ll be able to get, VRs to check out the school facilities; all your questions can and will be answered there.
Not sure about what to do with your life? No harm checking it out then. Asking is free after all, isn’t it?
Event Exclusive Lucky Draw
But that’s not the main point of this article: make your way there and you stand a chance to take part in their event exclusive lucky draw where you stand a chance to win a pair of return air tickets to Australia with Qantas, or $100 Travel vouchers with STA Travel.
But these are just secondary because I feel that if you’re going, you should go because it will change the direction of your life, not just for the lucky draw.
But that’s just me.
Check out the universities there and get your questions answered; and if it really interests you, don’t worry because IDP is a free overseas education provider in Singapore so they’ll handle everything from giving you advice, helping out in the visa application to application to the school itself for free.
You can register for the event here.
Location: Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Date: 13-14 May 2017, 11 am – 4.30 pm
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