Comments from Past Oxbridge Students

Comments from Past Oxbridge Students

Comments from Past Oxbridge Students

On Singapore

“I didn't quite know what to expect! I heard a lot of positive feedback from the previous cohort, but I've never been to Asia before, so had a hard time imagining myself at NUS. I thought the campus was more integrated into the city, whereas it is virtually a self-sufficient city in itself, although very well well-connected with the outside. Singapore proved to be an extremely welcoming place due to incredible people and a very high standard of living.”
Wojciech Dziwulski
I thought initially that I would maybe have a problem with a language barrier, but it's been absolutely fine as pretty much everyone speaks good English. Also unlike when you visit other Asian countries, you don't feel like such an outsider, and so it's pretty easy to settle in.
Sarab Sethi
Before coming on exchange, my knowledge of Singapore was relatively limited... On top of it being a modern and bustling city-state, I’ve also had the chance to learn about the rich culture and diversity here. It is a very interesting country, which I have found to be multicultural and friendly. I am impressed by the infrastructure, and getting used to living on the Equator!
Grace Beckham

On NUS Curriculum

The NUS curriculum is divided into 2 semesters which are completely independent of each other (with the exception of the 4th Year Project which spans over both sems). Some modules are not examined at all, but from what I've experienced these are actually more challenging as they require constant assignments and project work throughout the semester. Course content wise though it is fairly similar material to what I expect I'd be learning back at Oxford.
Sarab Sethi
There are a few differences when compared to Cambridge. First of all, the academic year is split into two semesters with final exams at the end of each semester and often mid-term exams as well. I find this better than final exams covering the whole year, as it is easier to revise for them. Another difference is that the first two years of engineering tripos cover all major engineering disciplines while in NUS, people specialise right at the start. However, I didn’t have problems coping with the level 3 and 4 modules. The different test and lab formats also need getting used to. Lastly, there is significant difference between supervisions in Cambridge and tutorials in NUS. Tutorials are more like Example classes, where the lecturer goes through the answers to set questions in front of whole class, so it is more difficult to discuss your solutions, although most lecturers are happy to answer questions via email or arrange a meeting with you.
Ondrej Komora
NUS engineering faculty offers a variety of modules, however, the learning process here is slower and workload smaller than in Cambridge. The focus is also more orientated to practical use of the knowledge preparing students for the working life with less emphasis on theoretical derivations and proofs. Students coming here after Part 1 should have no problems taking 3rd or 4th year modules.
Vainus Udra

Things Enjoyed Most While in Singapore

My favourite thing about Singapore is food. I do not think I would ever be able to try so much local, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and many other cuisines in one place. It is very affordable and even though I love to cook, it is so much cheaper to eat out and enjoy what Singapore's food scene has to offer.
Mateusz Krol
The general experience: gaining independence, new perspectives, meeting so many different inspiring people from very different backgrounds (locals and exchanges), being a sort of 'first year' again with all opportunities open, doing something fresh. Singapore seems like an exotic, far away, different, new, small place. It is! And is still exotic, different, new, small, a definite change. Also very westernised, clean, ordered and efficient but has many hidden gems. Also, the chance to travel around (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Burma – an equal learning experience to university), eat great food, enjoy summer all year long, learn Singlish, feel Asian… Live somewhere new!
Nina Shea
Whilst in Singapore, I really enjoyed the project work I did with my groups. I found it was a good bonding session and my group mates were hardworking which I found motivating.
Daniel Barnard

Some Tips If You Are Considering An Exchange to NUS

“Give module choices some serious thought, don’t forget you have an opportunity to see how things are from a different perspective. If you do have any questions, ask! I found whoever I asked to be extremely helpful. Try to go on as many of the orientation week activities as possible, you will meet loads of people and it’ll make settling in a whole lot easier. Definitely go for the NUS exchange, it will give you a very high level of education (just like Cambridge) but will also give you a whole load of experience which you can’t get otherwise.”
Davendra Dinesh Dhoru
“Definitely apply. It is a great experience which for some reason is overlooked by most Oxford Engineers. The experiences you have will be so different and exciting compared to spending another year in Oxford. Obviously Oxford is great and I loved my time there but for one year out of four, why not see a whole new part of the world and be part of a whole new environment? You get to wear shorts everyday, you have more choice in your studies and you pay lower tuition fees… what’s not to love?”
Haraman Singh Johal
One thing that I've found is that it's an ideal place to learn Chinese, with most of the locals fluent in both Chinese and English, and with China taking over the world and all that hopefully will stand me in good stead in the future.
Angus Bain

Comments from Past Oxbridge Students