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The British Way

Besides being the home of the Beatles and the ubiquitous fish and chips, the UK also has a thriving and well-respected education system. Two Singaporean students share their experiences with us on what is it like to be a student in the UK.

By Farhan Shah

Since young, Geneve Yeo had always felt a certain affinity towards music. She constantly pestered her parents for music lessons and would grab any opportunity to perform live, such as in school and even at weddings.

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On Fish & Chips and Chilli Crab

23-year-old Hany shares her experiences discovering friendship and independence in the UK.

By Kevin Lim

Hany had, by her own admission, a “trouble-free childhood”.

Having lived her younger days safe in the comfort of home, Hany desired to take a leap of faith and challenge herself, and her ability to live independently, overseas.

Since young, Hany knew she wanted to be a lawyer and that was the reason why she chose to study a diploma in Law and Management instead of taking A-levels. In her opinion, it will provide a better foundation for her degree.

In fact, the internship opportunities during her polytechnic days made her even more determined to further her studies in Law.

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Doing It The British Way

There is a lot more to an international study experience, as two Singaporeans Chan Xin Hui and Chan Cheong Shuen discover during their UK education.

By Cheryl Tay

Going abroad to study has always been viewed as a prestigious opportunity for the rich or the smart. Concerns like overseas living expenses, adaptation to a new culture and potential communication barriers are typical of an overseas education.

But these can be easily addressed and overcome in exchange for a highly-respected internationally-recognised qualification and a higher marketability for employment along with self-developed traits like independence and self-reliance.

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British Council: A Bridge to a UK Education

For one polytechnic student, the British Council helped make her dream of studying in the UK come true.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman

Growing up, Tee Ting Hui harboured a fascination with the UK, especially after seeing photographs of her cousins taken while they were there. Thus began her dream of studying in the UK, home to one of the world’s richest historical backgrounds and a plethora of cultures.

Known as an international cultural relations body for Britain, one of the British Council’s aims is to help bring students all over the globe together in an effort to strengthen cultural ties. For Ting Hui, the British Council assisted in making her dream a reality.

“British Council gave me the most useful advice, especially on module exemptions and culture in different parts of the UK. British Council has information on a wide range of universities, from which it is easier to choose the university that meets my criteria, academically and financially,” she recalls.

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