I‘ve never been a keen admirer of local universities; not that they aren’t good, but more of the fact that I’ve never been drawn to them.
I mean sure; Polytechnic was fun. And local Universities are supposed to be extensions of Polytechnics, so that should be a step in the right direction.
Yet… how do I put this? There’s something missing. It wasn’t until I passed out of the army that I realized. Oh… it’s the environment.
Do you want more? Do you want to experience what it’s like to live, not just visit, but live in a different culture?
For those who think studying is more than just getting a degree, then going out to work in 9-5, this is the article for you.
IDP Singapore is a global leader in placing students at overseas universities.
The Australian version of the Ivy League? The top university in London? Nothing’s too far out for them. Provided you meet the grade, of course.
They have 93 offices across 30 countries to help students study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and the UK.
They also have counsellors on hand to advise you. What to expect, what is most suitable for you, even little things like subsidies, bursaries and grants.
And they don’t stop there. Oh, no.
Other than counselling, they also offer these services:
- Application for school, student visa
- Guidance on other services like scholarships and grants
- Assist in personal statements, education loans, remittance
- Arranging for accommodations, guardianship for minors, exclusive flight deals, shipping and logistics, airport pickups
- Arrange guardianship for minors
- Arrange overseas student health coverage
- Has a 24 hotline available for students
And more! It’s like a one-stop solution for people who want to study overseas.
And the best part? They’re doing all these for free.
By the way, did you know IDP counsellors must have studied in overseas universities and be professionally trained by overseas university partners before they can counsel you?
This means they know what they’re talking about, okay. Mai siao siao.
Studying overseas isn’t just for rich kids or CMI ones
There are a lot of misconceptions about studying overseas. That it’s just for rich kids. And it’s for people who cannot go local universities.
Remember where I said subsidies, bursaries and all? Those are important to kids who are not rich but wants to stand out from their peers.
Having 2 markets experience is no joke, especially since big corporations are coming to Singapore to set up regional HQs.
These are places where you need more market experience to actually go for higher positions. Some overseas programmes actually arrange a full-time internship for their students during the course of their studies.
And no, it’s not as easy to get placement in overseas universities. In fact, it’s doubly hard.
That’s why IDP Singapore got rice bowl mah. They’re here to make it easier for you.
IDP Singapore University Expo On 2 & 3 September
If you’ve been thinking about studying overseas, then here’s a good place to get started.
On 2 & 3 Sep 2017 at PARKROYAL Hotel on Pickering from 11 am to 4.30 pm, IDP Singapore is holding an education fair where they bring in representatives of universities from all over the world to Singapore and speak to you.
And we’re talking top universities like University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australian’s Group of 8 (read: it’s as prestigious as the well-known Ivy League), and more!
What to expect:
- Application fees (U.p $500 waived by IDP)
- VR Booth: Take a virtual tour of several overseas campuses before deciding on where you want to go. You get a free VR headgear (cardboard version but mai hiam lah, free one leh)
- Get your questions answered by friendly representatives from overseas universities
- Panelist discussions helmed by said representatives where they will talk about their universities and the courses offered, and Q&A sessions
- A registration booth where you can sign up for your dream school fuss-free
- Lucky Draw where you get to win prizes, including return flight tickets to your school destination and travel vouchers!
If you signed up at the University Expo and win the return flight tickets, you’re practically paying like you’re studying in local universities: The school fees only (assuming you stay in the school’s hostel).
And remember, the gahmen said last year that Singaporeans must venture out into the world more.
For those who are interested in signing up at the event, remember to bring the following documents:
- Original Certificate and Transcripts
- Passport or Identification Documents
- Polytechnic Diploma students: All Original 5 Semester Results
- ‘A’ levels students: Original or Preliminary / Forecast Exam Results
- ‘O’ level students: Original or Preliminary Exam Results
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Date / Time: 2 & 3 Sep 2017, 11 am to 4.30 pm