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Hi all, I got an offer from Kings and one of the things that really stuck out in my mind was the opportunity to transfer to Singapore, Australia, America or Sweden for my 2nd year of my degree.

Anyone know someone who has done this? Planning on doing it yourself? What are the requirements? I would personally LOVE to spend my 2nd year in Singapore
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mm.. before you embark to NUS, i suggest you find out about the education system in singapore and if its to your liking.
Education in singapore is quite different from that in UK, i believe.

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Sorrie I cant help, but the general consensus seems to indicate that requirements for study abroad/exchange are usually stringent. Thats a general view.

Anyway just curious. What makes you so excited about coming to Singapore ?
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Yup... Singapore is .. quite an interesting place to study in to say the least.

I, for one, have been through the education system and .. i would personally find it stressful and competitive.

Nonetheless, i believe Lewisy-boy did an exchange programme with NUS. so he would probably be a good person to seek advice from.
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Sorrie I cant help, but the general consensus seems to indicate that requirements for study abroad/exchange are usually stringent. Thats a general view.

Anyway just curious. What makes you so excited about coming to Singapore ?

I just think it will be brilliant to spend a year abroad studying. Especially as it will be a difficult long road after that to get into medicine (I am looking to do graduate entry). When I found out about the exchange thing I was quite keen to look into the available universities, and NUS and Singapore appealed quite a lot
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yes, its possible to transfer to NUS in your second year. This was confirmed during my conversation with the vice dean of the NUS faculty of law
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yes, its possible to transfer to NUS in your second year. This was confirmed during my conversation with the vice dean of the NUS faculty of law
Cool, are transfer students common?

If you are an NUS student, do you mind me asking a bunch of questions?
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^

I'm not sure if they're common. The vice dean didnt provide any statistics on this matter.

I'm not a NUS student, applied but got rejected. NUS law is very competitive, at least amongst local students...

Btw, which subject are you interested in?
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Biomedical Sciences.

I read in the prospectus for Kings that to transfer you must be selected according to how well you will represent the university then after that you must interview for a place. In terms of cost, it only mentions that university fees still go to Kings as per normal, but accommodation etc isn't catered for.
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lol...what is it about singapore and nus that makes you so interested?

i know more than a few people over here who are so repulsed by it they didn't even bother applying to nus even though we only have 3 decent unis in singapore. and some who are already in it and keep complaining about it...lol.
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lol...what is it about singapore and nus that makes you so interested?

i know more than a few people over here who are so repulsed by it they didn't even bother applying to nus even though we only have 3 decent unis in singapore. and some who are already in it and keep complaining about it...lol.
I thought NUS was meant to be quite good? Or at least equal to Kings College :confused:

What appeals to me about it? I want to visit Singapore, I want to get away from the UK for a while and spend some time in a different environment, and to be honest...it will be a long time before I get to travel. Oh and even if I do transfer to NUS for a year, it all counts towards my degree anyway so I am still earning credits
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yeap, nus has a decent international reputation.

in singapore, however, many are of the opinion that the nus marketing machine has inflated the quality of nus as a whole. its decent but not fantastic.

add on stuff like how the bell curve system is used to determine grades, etc. etc. results in many disparaging remarks about nus...

btw i'm not against nus. i might even end up there lol.
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don cast aspersion on NUS standing and quality

As with any other instituitions, NUS has its pros and cons.

NUS marketing is classic David-meets-Goliath when compared to London unis and Australian unis marketing. Cmon NUS marketing is really infinitesimal, save a few pages on the local newspaper. It's also inevitable since there are 2 other unis encroaching upon the once exclusive territory of NUS as the sole provider of higher education, plus more leaving for overseas instuition.

NUS is premier in asia, many thanks to President Tan Thiam Soon, who has done much to streamline faculty quality, elevate nus standing as well as attract talents from all over the World.
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i've got nothing against nus. just stating what my friends at nus tell me...
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Ah..the dangers of hearsay
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Ah..the dangers of hearsay
when more than 1 person i know is calling it NU-****, its easy to think that way.
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That's when the meaning of "specious" should be thoroughly remembered. Looks and sounds true but in actual fact rings hollow. The number of people who thinks that way does not lend validity to that claim at all.

Everyone's experience is unique. The opinion's of each and every individual is conditioned by what he has been through or heard. If he had a couple of lousy lecturers, or if he didnt manage to socialise well enough, of course his experience would be ******** compared to one manage to have a decent group of friends, had the fortune of getting the better lecturers and who perform consistently well. Worst still, people who are not even in NUS claim that it is **** when they are in the worst position to judge.

Rmb, the things you hear is only as good as the person (from whom you have heard) himself/herself. No one undergoes the same experience. No one has the same expectations or preferences or likes/dislikes. Lastly, nothing is perfect.
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No it is not. The website says otherwise.
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