Studying overseas

The Chancellor Comes To Town

UC Berkeley is responsible for discovering 16 chemical elements, more than any other university in the world, and at least 66 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Berkeley – as alumni, faculty or researchers. We talk to the Chancellor when he dropped by Singapore for the Spring Reception at the Ritz Carlton.

By Farhan Shah

Established in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is one the world’s most renowned academic institutes for producing distinguished and talented graduates.

Recently coming in at fourth spot in the 2011 Times Higher Education University Ranking, UC Berkeley continually attracts some of the brightest minds to its campus despite experiencing cuts in funding from the state of California.

We talk to Robert Joseph Birgeneau, Chancellor of UC Berkeley, and find out more about the university, its numerous collaborations with Singapore, and what he plans to do after he finishes his term.

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The Application Essay - Demystified

The UK and the US are among the most popular overseas destinations for Singaporean students, and the application processes for both countries require essays. For prospective students, writing a good application essay is an important hurdle to getting into the school of their choice.

By Janelle Lau

For most overseas universities applicants, the most daunting part of the application is the personal essays required. In fact, personal statements can make or break an application. Yet, whether you are applying to a school in the US or the UK matters as there are differences in the style of writing personal essays for both. We delve into the world of both the UK and US universities and show you how to follow the unwritten guidelines for both countries. This will help you immensely during your application process.

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Going Native: The Pros and Cons of Studying Overseas

Some students relish in the idea of ‘breaking free’ from the supposed confines of local education at university level, while others prefer the comforts and familiarity of the Singaporean lifestyle and academia. We find out exactly what appeals to both groups, and why.

By Tan Yan Shuo

An overseas university education in Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (US) can easily set you back by several hundred thousand dollars. In comparison, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) all charge an annual tuition fee of less than S$10,000. Yet, every year, thousands of Singaporean students flock to universities in these countries.

You may be considering studying overseas too. However, before you jump on the bandwagon, it is important to examine your motivations for wanting to do so, and to ask yourself if they are justified. And most of all, to make a better, informed decision, you need to be elucidated on the major differences between studying overseas and locally.

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