[Stories] Yeonju Lee at ISC Paris (France)

현재 교환학생으로 다니고 있는 ISC Paris는 경영, 경제 그랑제꼴로, 경영과 패션, 럭셔리 브랜드 그리고 와인 문화 등 다양한 수업이 열리는 곳입니다. 동시에 수업 부담은 덜해  마음만 먹으면 학기 중에도 여행을 맘껏 즐길 수 있답니다! 그래서 교환학생 친구들과 독일, 스위스, 영국 등 가까운 이웃 유럽 국가는 물론 프랑스 콜마, 스트라스부르까지 모두 다녀올 수 있었습니다. 유럽 교환학생의 가장 큰 장점은 인근 여러 국가들을 자유롭게 여행할 수 있다는 것인데, 이 기회를 잘 이용하여 평생 남을 추억을 많이 쌓고 가면 참 좋을 것 같아요. 특히 학생 비자를 소지한 경우 루브르 박물관, 오르세 미술관 등 많은 관광지에서 무료 입장 혜택을 누릴 수 있답니다!   다만 프랑스에서는 늘 소매치기를 조심하셔야 해요. 유명 관광지에서는 물론 여행 중 버스를 탈 때도 경유 시 자신의 캐리어를 꼭 살펴야 합니다. 또한 다른 유럽국가들에서와 마찬가지로, 일요일에는 많은 상점들이 영업하지 않거나 일찍 닫는 경우가 많으니 장은 토요일에 미리 봐두길 권장합니다!   I am currently an exchange student at Institute supérieur du commerce de Paris (ISC Paris ). I study at grande école of management and economics and it provides many other courses such as fashion, luxury brand, culture of wine and so on. The school schedule is not too tight, this allow me to have the opportunity to travel with other exchange students to not only neighbor countries like Germany, Switzerland, England but also Colmar and Strasbourg in France. The best advantage of being an exchange student in Europe is you can travel many nearby countries, so I hope that you will take this great chance and make an unforgettable memory. In addition, you can enjoy free entry at many tourist attractions such as Louvre museum and The Musée d'Orsay if you are student pass holder.     However, you should be always careful of pickpockets in France. You should take good care of your belongings while traveling or taking a public transportation. As many restaurants and markets are closed on Sunday in Europe, you should go to grocery shopping on Saturday. Yeonju Lee, from Yonsei University (South Korea), currently on exchange at ISC Paris.

[Stories] Jungwon Lee at Tianjin University (China)

안녕하세요! 大家好!  Hello everyone! 저는 현재 중국 천진의 천진대학교(天津大学)에 재학 중입니다. 다들 톈진조약 등 역사책에서 한번쯤은 들어봤을 천진은 오래 전부터 무역과 상업의 중심지였어요. 한때는 프랑스, 이탈리아, 러시아 등의 서양 국가들의 조계지로서의 역할을 하였기 때문에, 지금도 톈진 곳곳에서는 서양의 흔적을 찾아볼 수 있습니다. I am currently studying at Tianjin University. You might have rarely heard about treaty of Tianjin before. Tianjin has been a hub of trade and commerce since long time ago. At one time, Tianjin played a role as a resting place for western countries such as France, Italy and Russia, so there are still many western traces throughout the city.  그리고 천진은 수도 베이징과 매우 가까워서(기차로 40분 정도), 천진에 사는 학생들은 베이징으로 자주 당일치기 여행을 가곤 한답니다. 저도 얼마 전 당일치기로 만리장성을 다녀왔고, 조만간 또 베이징을 방문할 예정입니다.  And Tianjin is very close to the capital city, Beijing (about 40 minutes by train) so that students can go on a day trip to Beijing. I visited the Great Wall few days ago, and I am planning to visit Beijing again soon.  베이징도 여행하기에 좋지만, 천진 역시 이 도시만의 매력이 있습니다. 고문화거리, 푸른 잔디밭이 정말 아름다운 오대도의 민원광장, 천진아이, 천진의 번화가인 빈장따오, 천진장성, 남시식품가, 이탈리아거리, 천진역사박물관, 천진자연사박물관, 천진타워, 수상공원, 동물원 등 볼거리가 아주 많답니다. 야경을 너무나 좋아하는 제게 천진의 밤은 정말 아름다움 그 자체입니다.  Beijing is a good city to travel around, but Tianjin also has its own attractiveness. There are so many places to visit such as old cultural street, Italian street, Nanshi food street, Tianjin history museum, Tianjin natural history museum, Tianjin tower, water park, zoo and so on. The night of Tianjin is such a beautiful itself especially for people like me who love to see night view.  현재 중국은 봄철이라 사방이 미세먼지로 가득하지만, 열심히 공부하고, 놀고, 먹으며 미세먼지를 이겨내고 있습니다! 공부도 즐겁고 특히 중국에는 맛있는 음식이 정말 많아서 행복하네요. 매일 뭘 먹을지 행복한 고민을 합니다. 특히 천진을 방문하게 된다면 천진의 삼대 명물인 狗不理包子(고부리만두), 麻花(마화, 꽈배기과자), 炸糕(자까오-찹쌀호떡)를 꼭 먹어보세요! It is spring time in China now so everywhere is filled with fine dust, but I truly enjoy my exchange life by studying hard, playing hard, and eating a lot to overcome this fine dust. Espec

[Travel Tips] An Insider’s Tips for Exchange Students visiting Korea:

Exchange students, welcome to Korea! As an ex-exchange student myself, a history & culture geek and a zealous traveler with an eye of curiosity and relentless pursuit to explore, I’d like to share some tips for you to make the most out of your study abroad in Korea. 1.Crisscross the Entire Country. First and foremost, travel everywhere in Korea. Did you know that 70% of the Korean Peninsula is mountainous and Korea’s territory includes 3,000 islands? While Seoul is a huge metropolitan city with a population of more than 10 million, if you drive away from the urban skyscrapers for just 2 hours, you can find quiet unspoiled countryside, beautiful mountains and deep blue sea with a scenic stretch of coastline carved by the wind and waves. Rural areas in Korea are so much loved by local Koreans for their stunning views of landscape and tasty local food. It’s a pity that not many foreigners have visited these places. I believe it’s because travelers don’t have enough time to explore further and things aren’t English-friendly in the rural areas. But, you are an exchange student who has plenty of time to explore these hidden gems! Don’t worry about the language barrier. I’ll tell you a very useful service that will get rid of your struggle. Trazy.com is an online travel website where you can find tours, activities and discount tickets in Korea. They do everything in English from booking to customer service - hurray for foreigners! Booking is available by international credit card and P

[Stories] Faiz Ajhman at Korea Maritime and Ocean University (South Korea)

I went to KMOU as an exchange student for a semester back in Spring 2015. It was my first experience enjoying the cherry blossom in the university. I liked the difference between the environment in KMOU and my university. There's so much thing to learn and get to know in KMOU from the cozy dormitory to the nice cafeteria with a scanner that scan the blood veins on your wrist to enter. It's so cool that you have a chance to experience it yourself. The university itself is in the middle of an island and it's very interesting! Majority of the students there are Korean and quite friendly even though I was not that good in Korean at that time. I was able to make friends with my classmates and also students from other universities in Busan while I was traveling. During my stay, I got a chance to go to Seoul and Jeju Island on the weekends. I even took the initiative to travel to Daegu alone and it was an awesome experience. One thing I like about Busan is that the city is more peaceful and less crowded compared to Seoul. I had a great time and experience and hopefully one day I could go there again to further my studies. For the future exchange students, you just have to enjoy every moment you have. The student exchange program has very short period of time. So go out and try to make friends with the locals, widen your networks and explore as many places as you can. Who knows if you can get those kinds of experience again! :) Faiz Ajhman, from Management and Science University (Malaysia), previously on exchange at Korea Maritime and Ocean University (South Korea)

[Travel Tips] Top 6 Things to Do in Batam for Your Next Weekend Getaway

Top 6 Things to Do in Batam for Your Weekend Getaway Let a local tell you how to enjoy Batam! Batam is a familiar holiday destination, and travelers love it for the beautiful beaches, exciting outdoor activities, and amazing shopping. This article will show you how to get the best out of Batam.   1. Indonesian food at Sederhana Lintau This eatery provides an authentic taste of Indonesia, and there are about 30 types of dishes to choose from. You can also ask for a “hidangkan” meal, which means that they serve all the dishes but you only pay for what you eat. The star favourites are Beef Rendang and Perkedel (mashed potatoes). Address: Restoran Sederhana Lintau, Ruko Panbil blok B no.15 - 16, Panbil Commercial Area, Jl. Ahmad Yani, Muka Kuning, Batam. Damage: $3-5/person   2. Luxurious accommodation at Best Western Premier Panbil Batam Batam is already known for it’s affordable prices, so why not take the chance to live like royalty while you’re here. Best Western is located in the center of the city, and has an infinity pool! If you’re lucky enough, you may also get a room with a great view of the lake. Website: http://www.bwprem

[Travel Tips] 7 Services You Need To Get The Most Out of Your Stay In Korea!

Korea has been one of the top destinations for travelers in the recent years. And for good reason! Be it the delicious food, great shopping, stunning scenery or simply satisfying your K-pop and K-drama cravings, Korea definitely has something for everyone. While travelling is always fun, being in a foreign land can be slightly confusing and stressful too. To help smoothen your trip, we have recommended 7 types of services you will appreciate when visiting Korea!  #1 Trazy When travelling, we look to experience the best attractions and events throughout the country. However, it gets quite complicated to track all the events and top attractions throughout the country. To ease this process, Trazy is the perfect solution. Trazy.com is a foreigner-friendly website as all the information and details are available in English!  The website offers discounted attraction tickets, tours and transportation throughout Korea. For all the K-pop fans out there, this is where great deals on concerts or meetups can be found! This makes the planning of short or day trips within Korea much easier. Trazy has many great deals and discounts on their site that is beneficial for anyone travelling on a budget! And if all that is not enough, simply visit this link to enjoy a further 5% discount off from us at Flying Chalks!

[Stories] Joshua Wong at Warsaw School of Economics

I did my exchange at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in Warsaw, Poland. Pre-exchange, my seniors and peers would often tell me how exchange was a great experience and definitely the best part of their university lives. On the other hand, I was struggling with some of my (pre-conceived) worries and questions – would I be able to fit in there? Can I manage my money? Is Poland even safe?! These fears were completely unfounded as firstly, Warsaw is a really safe city. I had no troubles walking home, around the city centre or taking the metro late at night. Transport is also convenient, and like much of Europe, Poland employs the use of trams that run along tracks on street level. Cost-wise, relative to Singapore, Poland is really cheap and a great place to live if you are a student. Case in point, there was a café that ran a $0.30SGD breakfast promotion on weekday mornings; you could get a whole pizza for that price! Safe to say, my friends and I frequented that place (and many others) as often as we could. The city itself is beautiful and is home to iconic architecture such as the Palace of Culture and Science, as well as natural scenery in the sprawling Lazienki Park. I think my only real struggle was that many of the Polish people have limited knowledge of English and at times it was difficult to communicate what you wanted. However, most of the younger people know English to a certain extent and often were friendly and willing to help if you asked. Studying at SGH was markedly different experience from NUS. The classes I was enrolled into were much smaller and allowed for more interaction between professors and other classmates. Grades were also not run on a bell-curve system like back home but on absolute score, and this considerably relieved the stress of having to outperform peers in order to do well. I was most thankful to the school for running a fun-filled Orientation Week with activities like traditional Polish dumplin

[Stories] Yee Pei Xuan at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Having the opportunity to attend an exchange program with Erasmus University Rotterdam has definitely been one of the greatest blessings. Before deciding on an exchange school, I had a few considerations. They were: 1. Emphasis on usage of English; 2. Ease of travelling around Europe; 3. Safety; 4. Mapping of modules. Erasmus University Rotterdam happened to be the right fit and I was fortunate enough to attend the exchange program with two close friends. Studying in Erasmus University Rotterdam was not very different from Singapore as it offered both seminar and lecture style. One thing I really liked about Erasmus’ teaching style was that the professors would build on the readings that we were assigned to us rather than going through the content of the readings in class. Professors expect you to apply the theories mentioned in the readings to case studies and class discussions. This means that you are expected to complete your readings before class and it also ensures more in-depth discussions. In addition, I took a module which consisted of a factory tour to the historical and famed Van Nelle Factory. I found the tour to be very interesting as it provided us with greater insights towards Rotterdam’s industrialization era and, the influence the economy had on Rotterdam’s architecture. With its modern architecture, Rotterdam stands out from other cities in Netherlands. When visiting Rotterdam, the Cube Houses and Markthal at Blaak should definitely be on your To-Go list! Want to experience living in a tilted house? Book a stay at the Cube House. Feeling Hungry? Markthal is the place to try various Dutch’s delicacies. Get yourself a packet of Stroopwafels from Van Vliet Stroopwafels, you wont regret it! It is my favorite Stroopwafels store in Netherlands and I actually bought 12 packets back to Singapore. While you are at Markthal admire the stunning interior design on the ceiling. I also highly recommend a day trip out

[Travel Tips] 11 Lessons I Learnt From My France Exchange

The time for me to enjoy student life is now over. These days I see my juniors come and go for exchange, and I relive the excitement and trepidation of flying on a one-way ticket for the first time through them each time. To the ones who’ve returned from an exchange, I wonder if they feel the same way as I did? Would we have had the same lessons? I’ve been putting this post off for over a year now, keeping it in my drafts and adding something to it every time I learn something new from my travels or recall something I’ve learned. Most of what I’ve written below are lessons I’ve learned from doing a semester abroad in France back in 2015. Oh how time passes. I’m no longer a student now, but that doesn’t stop me from learning about the world through my travels. I have to admit, the best lessons in travel are those where you’ve lived abroad for an extended period of time, and not from short getaways to nearby countries where you’re always checking things off the famous attractions. Do you agree? 11 Lessons I Learnt From My France Exchange #1 People can be kind, and I mean genuinely kind. They

[Stories] No One Told Me Life Was Gonna Be This Way!

No one told me life was gonna be this way~! | It has been 4 weeks since I touched down in Singapore, and the time spent here has been great. I never imagined that I will take the plunge to spend a semester in a culture completely different from my own, but the people here have been so helpful! Regardless of how cozy everything has been, nothing beats the familiarity of home. I was scrolling through mindlessly on Facebook the other day and saw a video from Flying Chalks featuring the one and only Central Perk!! Everyone who knows me would know that I am obsessed with FRIENDS. I mean, what’s not to love? The humor, Joey’s goofiness, and the relatable ups and downs the cast faced. It was a weekend, so I went to visit that very day. Doesn’t the iconic logo bring back memories? As I entered the café, I felt like I was entering an episode from the series. The interior was decorated amazingly. At a glance, you could see the famous couch, Monica’s kitchen and the Pac man machine.      As if the nostalgia isn’t enough, you can relive those memories by watching unlimited episodes at the café. I guess I have found the place to spend my weekends! They also have Chandler and Joe’s foosball table, Joey’s white porcelain dog “Pat” and Ross’s paleontology collection.

[Stories] Chang Lea at Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration

One of the highlights on my university life has definitely been the semester I spent on exchange. Since I entered NUS, I have heard so much from seniors and friends about the idea of exchange and could not wait to experience it for myself. I am glad to say that I was not disappointed. I did my exchange in Bergen, Norway, in the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration(NHH). The learning style there was very different from what I am used to in Singapore. For the modules I took in NHH, it was a purely lecture only system, and our grades was based purely on written submissions and finals examinations. There was no class participation or presentation requirements, which are given very heavy weightage in Singapore. However, the students in NHH still willingly spoke up to contribute to the class, which is different from the silence that greet professors in lectures in Singapore. Additionally, NHH does not work on a bell curve system, making it less competitive. This provided for a good break from the hectic academic life in Singapore. As a city, Bergen is very different from Singapore. Bergen is surrounded by 7 mountains that are great for hiking. This made for great after school excursions during the summer months! Bergen is also the city that inspired the Disney movie Frozen, so imagine how pretty the city Centre and its surroundings are! For a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae……… I could see the Northern Lights from my bedroom window! One of my favorite experiences in Norway, however, would be participating in a wolves encounter 2 hours drive from Tromsø. There, we were able to interact with wolves who had been socialized. The idea seemed intimidating at first, but quickly became one of the best experiences I have ever had. During the s

[Stories] Hyunji Yoo at Universidad Santo Tomas (Colombia)

저는 2016 년 가을학기동안 남미 콜롬비아에서 정부 장학생으로 산토 토마스 대학교에서 수학했습니다. 이 곳에서 가장 큰 목표는 스페인어로 소통하는 것이었는데, 실수를 할 때마다 항상 여유를 가지라는 말로 자신감을 많이 불어넣어주던 콜롬비아 대학 친구들 덕분에 어학 뿐만 아니라 소중한 친구들까지 얻을 수 있었던 값진 경험이었습니다. 제가 파견된 부카라망가(Bucaramanga)라는 도시 자체는 보고타(Bogota)나 메데진(Medellin)처럼 전 세계의 관광객으로 북적이는 편은 아니었습니다. 하지만 어느 도시보다도 치안이 좋았기에 콜롬비아에 대해 떠오르는 마약, 치안문제, 내전 등 부정적인 모습들은 찾아보기 어려웠습니다. 그 보다는 실제로 경험하니 알지 못했던 긍정적인 부분을 몸으로 느낄 수 있었습니다.흔히남미를혼자여행한다고하면걱정부터하기마련인데,매주다른지역으로여행을 다니면서 여행하기 좋은 곳이라는 것을 느꼈습니다. 한국에서는 접하기 어려운 남미의 문화를 많이 배워와많은분들에게도추천하고싶어요.그리고한학기동안학업뿐아니라라틴음악,춤을사랑하게 되어 새로운 취미생활을 가질 수 있던 점도 매력적이었던 것 같습니다! 소속된 학교와 학과 자체가 워낙 학생들의 의견에 귀를 많이 기울이려 노력했던 편이기도 했지만, 파견 대학교에서는 교환학생으로 온 아시안 학생들에게 더 많은 기회를 주려고 노력했던 것 같습니다. 특히 아시아문화에대한선입견을없애고,한국에대해알릴수있는기회와소통의장이많아보다능동적인 학교생활을 할 수 있었던 것 같습니다. 예컨대 캠퍼스 인터내셔널(Campus International)라는 학교 자체 국제교류 프로그램은 아시아, 유럽, 남미 국가들에 대한 소개와 문화에 대해 나눌 수 있었던 기회였고, 학생들을 대상으로 영어 튜터링 봉사를 할 때는 한국에 대해 영어로 토론하고 한국에 대한 다큐멘터리를 만드는 활동을 통해 실질적으로 콜롬비아-한국의 학생이 교류할 수 있었던 장이라고 생각했습니다. 뿐만 아니라 인류학 수업시간에 스페인어로 남북한의 상황을 발표하면서, 제가 우리 학교의 대표일 뿐만 아니라 타지에서는 한국을 대표하는 사람이라 생각하게 되었습니다. I went to Santo Tomas University at Colombia, South America on second semester of 2016 as a government sch

[Stories] Midori at National University of Singapore

Going on an exchange is definitely a great way to step out of routine life and get some fresh perspectives. My exchange term in National University of Singapore has turn out to be a highlight of 2016. From the teaching system, lifestyle, or even climate, I found life in NUS tremendously different from my home university, University of British Columbia in Canada. Compared to the relaxed pace in Vancouver, people in Singapore seem to be more lively in many aspects. A lot of emphasis is put on participation in class. All kinds of presentations are constantly required of students. Students need to present on not only their research regarding course topic but also process to solve given questions. I took one Economics classes in which students are separated into several groups and debates are held in weekly tutorials to help students better understand course topic. Besides adapting to the school system, it took me a long time to get used to the sudden pouring rains and temperature difference between indoor and outside. In NUS, jackets and cardigans are meant to be wore in lecture halls against air-conditioned low temperature, while shorts and T-shirt are what you need for outside. Living in residential hall is absolutely a unique Singaporean experience. There is always a lot of activities going on. Every residents are all proud of their hall and they are familiar with each other. They always “jio” (Singaporean word of “invite”) me into all kinds of activities. In sports games held among halls, everyone living in hall would go support their team, wearing T-shirts in their hall color. Relationship among neighbours turns out to be much closer than those who live nextdoor, more like family. Singapore has been well known as a “Garden City”. However, Singapore is also a sleepless city. On the day I finished all my exams, my friend “jio”ed me to join them in night cycling. We st

[Travel Tips] 5 reasons to not travel with your girlfriend; You always end up as her Instagram boyfriend.

1. The girlfriend takes forever to get ready. "I can't decide what to wear…" Girlfriend on vacation = snooze buttons, singing in showers, and time waiting for her to choose her outfit, contour/highlight her face and more. "I'll be ready in 5 minutes!" (sounds familiar?) Before you know it, girlfriend's self-initiated breakfast plan turns into brunch.  On hindsight, who doesn't want to sleep in a little more and without an alarm on vacation? Plus, the girlfriend will be happy when she has her beauty sleep, time to choose her outfit and do makeup while not feeling rushed. Happy girlfriend = happy vacay. Pro Tip #1: Start your day early and never skip breakfast!

[Stories] Ching Kai at University of Oslo (Norway)

University of Oslo (UiO) is located in Oslo, the vibrant and idyllic capital of Norway. UiO is the largest and most reputable public university in Norway and offers a wide range of courses across multiple disciplines. While most courses are taught in Norwegian, the university ensures that a select number of courses are taught in English in each semester to ensure that exchange students are able to have a sufficiently robust choice of courses to choose from. Significantly, the university organizes numerous modules that are related to Norwegian life (ranging from literature, history, culture and the language itself) -- which have proved to be extremely popular among exchange students! Also, there is a large exchange community in the university (with students coming all the way from far-flung countries like Chile and Australia!!!) and thus presents a great platform to meet new friends from all over the world! Norway IS undoubtedly a very expensive country -- think 15SGD big mac meals, 5SGD public transport rides. Of course, expenses will prove to be a challenge for every exchange student, but there are ways to circumvent high costs in Norway as well! In fact, most exchange students in Norway are challenged by the high living costs and attempt to circumvent this through cooking our own meals -- which are much more affordable! House parties are thus very common in Norway, whereby exchange students get together and cook different foods from their respective cultures -- a great way to bond and meet new friends as well as to learn about other cultures! Still hesitating? If you're a nature-lover and one who enjoys looking at picturesque and stunning landscapes, think no further as Norway is definitely the place for you! Well-known for its fjords (think valleys surrounded by towering snow-capped mountain peaks), the scenery in Norway is definitely unrivaled in the world. And if you're especially lucky to be in Norway during the brilliant summer

[Stories] Soon Kiang at Tampere University of Technology (Finland)

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is located in the town of Tampere, Finland. TUT offers a range of classes with different levels to choose from. Students studying material science, electronics, and control engineering will enjoy manyhands on opportunities at university’s excellent facilities, and gaining valuable experience as a result. Learning the language is a common and popular choice with the students here – the basic Finnish language course is extremely fun and enriching. The teachers are passionate and friendly, and will not hesitate to answer any queries on their subject matter. All modules for exchange students are taught in English.  The town of Tampere may seem quiet initially but you will find that it is actually bustling with activities all year round. There is a wide range of activities, from free jamming sessions at the city library, to knitting classes at old factories. There is never a dull moment in Tampere if you know what to look out for! Trekking through the surrounding forest may seem daunting at first, but if you manage to find the Pyyniki Tower, you will definitely not regret the decision to take the first step! The viewing platform offers an amazing view of the whole town and lake - a sight not to be missed! Each season will offer you different feels and experiences. They will definitely be key moments engraved in your memory even if you fail to c

[Stories] Jeonghee Kang at Chinese Culture University (Taiwan)

정말 좋았습니다. 우선 중국문화대학교안에 한국어과가 있기 때문에 한국이라는 나라에 관심이 있는 친구들이 많았기 때문에 문화교류의 기회가 많았습니다. 언어교환 도우미도 있었고, 한국-대만 친목모임도 여럿 있었습니다. 또한 교환학생수업이 따로 있었지만 본과수업도 선택해서 들을 수 있어 대만친구들과 같이 수업을 들을 수도 있었던 점이 좋았습니다. 뿐만 아니라, 제가 파견 갔던 중국문화대학교는 학교 전체적으로 여가문화가 발달해서 교내 체육관이 잘 갖추어져 있었고, 동아리 종류도 다양했습니다. 저는 그 중 테니스 동아리와 기타 동아리 활동을 했었는데, 대만 친구들이 외국인인 저를 낯설어하지 않고 잘 대해주어 너무 즐겁게 동아리 생활을 잘 했던 것 같습니다. 사실 교내 친구들뿐만 아니라, 대만 사람들이 전체적으로 아주 친절합니다. 도시 치안도 아주 훌륭하고 거리도 깨끗하여 중국어를 공부하는 데 있어 정말 좋은 국가라는 생각을 항상 하곤 했습니다. 우선 학생들의 느낌자체가 다릅니다. 부산대학생들의 경우, 시험기간은 말할 것도 없고, 시험기간이 아닐 때에도 항상 퀴즈, 과제, 스터디 등이 쌓여있어서 항상 바쁩니다. 그 와중에 뒷풀이, 술자리는 또 빠질 수 없죠. 하지만 대만에서 다닌 학교의 분위기는 그렇지 않았습니다. 우선 성적이 단순히 pass/fail로 나뉘기 때문에 시험기간을 제외하고는 크게 공부하지 않는 분위기입니다. 이것은 제가 다닌 학교만의 특징일 수도 있습니다. 이 학교 학생들은 대신 자신의 시간표가 다 끝나면 각자 동아리 활동을 하러 가거나, 다른 여가생활을 하러 갔습니다. 이곳의 동아리는 우리나라의 동아리와 달리 더 전문적이고, 집중적입니다. 부산대의 동아리가 기승전술 동아리로 끝나는 것과 달리 테니스 동아리에서는 정말 테니스를 가르치고, 같이 연습하며, 칵테일 제조 동아리, 현대무용 동아리 등 전문적인 동아리들이 많았습니다. 그리고 이들은 뒷풀이 같은 술자리는 따로 없고 그 활동이 끝나면 각자 집으로 돌아가는 형식입니다. 어느 것이 좋다고는 할 수 없지만, 전체적인 분위기랄까, 삶의 속도가 다르다 라는 느낌이 컸습니다. I truly loved my experience in Taiwan. I had a fantastic cultural exchange as I found many local students who are interested in Korean culture at the Korean department of the Chinese Culture University. Further, there were so many school programs that gave me a chance to interact with local students. They include the buddy program, the friendship meeting and classes that were open to both local and exchange students. I think Taiwan is the best country for exchange students to learn

[Stories] Balaji at University of Bedfordshire (England)

The United Kingdom (UK) is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Pursuing my higher studies in the UK was an honour and I enjoyed every moment I spent there. I obtained my MSc at University of Bedfordshire, Luton. I never had a fear of traveling to a new country because I am good in socializing with people. The people in the UK were so nice & generous and I quickly embedded myself in the new culture. There is nothing as good as having a hot cup of coffee in the cold weather, and my first experience of watching snow fall was the most amazing thing ever. I lived in Luton and it is located 30 minutes away from London by train. The trains are available every 20 minutes and it is an easy way to access London on weekends. One of the best choices I made is to travel to London every weekend, and the city looks amazing during Christmas.

[Travel Tips] Seafood, Laser Tag and Movie for less than US$20 in Johor Bahru!

Being students, we’re always looking for good deals to maximize our tight budget. Imagine savoring on yummy seafood, smashing a game of Laser Tag and watching a Movie for under US$20 in Johor Bahru! Located at the southern tip of Malaysia, it is a beautiful, modern city which is also friendly on the wallet. 1) Laser Battle, City Square A game at Laser Battle only costs about US$5/person (RM25). Grab a group of friends and go on a mission! Transport  For a group of 4 or less, you can Uber to the next destination, Hiang Kee Seafood Restaurant. Address: Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johore Contact: +60 7-335 2633 Co

[Stories] Nhung at School of Business, University of Arts and Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

Studying in Switzerland has been my best decision so far.  My university, School of Business, University of Arts and Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), with teachers and students from different parts of the world makes a multicultural environment in the classroom. Group work is utmost important in school of Applied Sciences and we learn from practical case studies and live projects with clients, which promotes creativity and business acumen. I live in a small town but it's just around one hour away from big cities like Zurich, Bern, Lucerne, Basel. Living in Switzerland is expensive but the food quality is always guaranteed and I enjoyed great transport services.  Public transports with train, trams and buses are awesome and always on time. The only complaint that I have in Switzerland is that shops including supermarkets and convenient stores close very early in the evening. Switzerland is a beautiful country with spectacular Swiss alps, marvellous lakes, and fresh air. I spent most of my weekend to travel around. French, Italy and German parts of Switzerland are very different from the languages, food to sightseeing and worth discovering every single spot.

[Travel Tips] 10 Student Travel Tips I Wish I’d Known Earlier

  From whether you should take the plunge to study abroad during your summer holidays, to actually being out there and making the best of your overseas stint, this article offers you 10 student travel tips on alternative ways to travel while studying, how to overcome pre-trip anxiety, and how to utilise your status as as a student to travel cheaply! 1. Ask the experts There are many considerations when thinking about studying abroad. Can I afford it? Can I map the classes back to my degree? Does it fit the requirements of my major? Are my grades good enough? Speak to your study abroad school staff or seniors who have been there. The people who work in the study abroad department and run programs are very passionate about study abroad. They are the people most likely to know how to work around the student’s concerns. This could be anything from pointing them towards scholarships to help cover costs, or finding ways to bypass minimum GPA requirements. – Ann Belle, who worked in student travel and study abroad programmes Don’t let your worries stop you from studying abroad! 2. Utilise off-peak periods.

[Stories] Jhohan at University of Tulsa (USA)

Whenever I mention that I did my exchange studies at the University of Tulsa (TU), Oklahoma, most people will give me that frown of disapproval and ask me why did I go to Oklahoma. Despite all the crazy tornadoes and redneck jokes, I truly enjoyed my time at University of Tulsa. I lived in a really nice university apartment on campus, as all exchange students have to stay in accommodation provided by the university. Being a private school in America, TU has great facilities to serve the relatively smaller student population. TU serves a large percentage of international students, so living on Campus made me feel as if I was living at an international town. I spent most of my time in the gym, playing basketball with the other students, and attending all the sports events. TU’s sports teams participate in NCAA Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference, hence the competition level there is even higher than our Southeast Asia games. That was also one of the reasons why I chose TU for my exchange studies. As a student athlete and sports fan, I was pampered during the four months stay in TU with its easily accessible sports facilities and eye-opening sports events, which are what the Singapore universities lack off. TU students are also dif

[Stories] Silje Røise at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

My exchange semester at SMU has been a memory for life, and also somethingi would recommend others to do. I do find the cultural difference a bit larger than expected, thus it has made the semester more exciting. My experience at SMU is really great, even though it’s quite different from my home university. At home I only have one final exam in each module. There are no marks for class participation, case analysis, presentation, midterms and so on. Getting the opportunity to work in groups with locals has been an exciting, different, challenging and good experience. Seeing the effort the locals are putting into their school projects has been both a motivation and an inspiration. Singapore is an amazing city with so much to offer. Whether you want to sunbathe, go shopping or just have a taste of the wonderful Singaporean food. At first the Asian food looked a bit frightening, with all the strange colors and smells. Now, when the semester has come to an end, I would almost consider myself a local, regarding the food. I’m not looking forward to leaving Singapore, and I know I’m definitely coming back.

[Travel Tips] 12 Travel vlogging tips that will help you make an awesome video

Make awesome video with 12 Best Travel vlogging tips  Are you going on a holiday soon, and want to make a video that will help you remember it? Read on for some helpful travel vlogging tips that will help you make travel videos you'll want to watch over and over again. 1) Don't film everything Yes, really. The first travel vlogging tip is you shouldn't film everything you experience on your trip. I understand that sometimes you don't want to miss a single moment. I've been there and done that. When I returned from one of my trips, I had over

[Travel Tips] Tips for Outbound Exchange Students

Dear outbound exchange friends, I am sure you are pretty excited for your big trip, like I was one year back, and are making grand, lofty plans about your travels. I remember looking forward to my first big trip out of Singapore very much, and also feeling a tinge of anxiety for the uncertainty that loomed ahead. It’s as if no matter how much I prepared, there was going to be something I would leave out. Fear not, though. I learned that everything will find its way eventually. Burano, Italy There are a lot of nitty gritty administrative details to clear, and I hope you’ve already got them out of your way, such as: Visa Insuran

[Travel Tips] How to pack light and smart

Packing light and smart is important for any traveller, whether it’s for a week’s vacation, a work trip or even backpacking for months. I recall easily sauntering through the narrow streets of Venice with my backpack while my friend was lugging her hefty baggage over bumpy cobblestones and steep bridges to our hotel. Also, by packing light (hence small), it expedited the boarding and alighting process for boats, buses and even small planes.  Too much luggage not only hinders you but labels you as a typical tourist who may be prone to snatch theft or similar crimes. Packing light and smart provides both comfort and convenience. First thing’s first, are you packing for style or comfort and convenience? I know it’s possible to pack light while looking stylish on your trip but I believe that has more to do with fashion than actual packing. This guide is catered for those travellers striving for comfort and convenience instead of being a fashion traveller.

[Travel Tips] The Cost of Having International Friends

Having international friends is one of the most rewarding things in the entire world. I think after my exchange I hardly made any friends who were from my own country, and if they were they were also involved with the international community. There is some thrill about meeting someone from a different place. They can tell you things you never knew you never knew. They can give you a different perspective on certain things, including yourself. International friendships are rewarding because they make you realize who and what you really are because they are often so completely different from you. They make you realize that the world is bigger. They give room to all the other personalities that are inside of you. Yet it is always at a certain cost. Amazing things always are. Having international friends, or friends who like to travel, means that you have to say good bye at some point. Having friends all over the world means that you never get to have ALL of your friends together. I have been passionate about meeting from all over the world for as long as I can remember, but

[Stories] Ella at Singapore Management University

Honestly, before coming to Singapore I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I had some friends who were here on exchange before, but it always different getting the info from someone else and experiencing it first-hand. After almost 5 months, I can say that coming to SMU, and Singapore in general, was one of the best decisions I've ever made. There are some pretty big differences in my home university; Zagreb School of Economics and Management and SMU. While being here, I never felt different or excluded in any way. The professors (who I applaud for their tremendous efforts to really teach their students not just theoretical knowledge, but "life knowledge", too), the students and the overall community here are just amazing. I have never seen a university this organised and friendly towards their exchange students. We could literally ask whatever we wanted to know to whomever and get a response in a matter of few minutes. Additionally, I made so many new friends here with which I hope to stay friends for life - amazing people! Someone once said to me that Singaporeans are reserved towards others - that person could not have been more wrong. Seriously, you guys are the best. Plus, you all loooove food which makes me love you even more :D. For the past few weeks, I found myself missing home a little as I can't run away from where I come from. Don't get me wrong, I love my country/city/university, but living there my whole life made me want more. The beautiful country of Croatia (google it right now if you don't know where it is or how it looks like) is truly a special place. Yes, the people aren't this open towards others (language barrier I guess - but, that's mostly the older generations), but what I respect is that we always try to make foreigners feel like home. The number of exchange students coming to ZSEM is rapidly growing as years go by. We're a young university, but we sure take care

[Stories] Kayo at Singapore Management University

I am really enjoying my university life at SMU. I got to meet a lot of people who have different thoughts that I couldn't have noticed, and it's very interesting to find out about those new ideas. Although Singapore is a small country, I have many opportunities to get to know people from various backgrounds. Thanks to them, the time I spend here is very special. Here in SMU, almost everything is different from my home university. First of all, classes are small compared to the ones in my home university where we usually only sit and listen to the lecture while participation is required in SMU. Because I'm not confident, I was afraid of making mistakes when I give my opinion to the class, but I learned that each student respect each other's perspectives, so I am trying to speak up more in class. Also, students here are really passionate about what they are learning. Their passion literally made me rethink about my future goals. It made me realize that everything I learn will be connected to my future path and that now would be the only time when I can fully focus on studying what I like, so I should treasure my time here. I still haven't figured what I want to do in the future, but hopefully, I'll find one through my study at SMU. Kayo, from Waseda University (Japan), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University

[Travel Tips] 8 Things To Do in Lisbon to Complete Your Portuguese Experience

1. Take a tram ride. This tops my list of things to do in Lisbon for a reason. While the tram is a common means of transport for the locals, the tram is iconic of Lisbon. If you want a quick guide to the best of Lisbon, Tram 28 is for you. Tram 28 runs through the city, taking you around the historic neighbourhoods. It is the tram you have got to sit it at least once during your visit to Lisbon. 2. Go up the Santa Justa elevator.   (

[Travel Tips] How to reduce spending for your Exchange

Funding for exchange can be burdensome for students since they have no income. Below shows 4 ways that make funding for exchange more manageable. 1. Go for cheap ticket deals. So I took a shot at Malaysia Airlines on my flight from Singapore. Seriously. The flight tickets were half the price of the 2nd cheapest airline ticket- less than SGD500 for a one-way ticket. What’s there to lose? (A life, maybe.) Okay so if you value your life too much, you should probably stick to the safer option. 2. Take a shot at applying for exchange scholarships! You never know your chances of obtaining one, even if your grades are mediocre. I tried, and just when I least I expected it, I got it! I am so beyond thankful on so many levels. 3. I keep a record of my expenses- every single one of it.  

[Stories] Yu Ning at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Thought that most people here in Singapore can speak both English and Chinese, I’d never expected my life here to be so different from that in China. This idea was proven completely wrong from the moment I landed. What I see is a melting pot. I have 5 professors all from different countries but none of them are locals. The Chinese food doesn’t taste so “Chinese”; The Chinese they speak doesn’t always sound like “Chinese”; While the English they use is mixed with what is called “Singlish”. It took me a month to realize that the “la” people put at the end of their English sentence, is actually taken from Chinese. The truth is, there’s no pure eastern or western here. There is only Singaporean. Learning in SMU is interactive and fulfilling, where you won’t find any 300-people lecture. But it could also be stressful, with “5 dues in 3 days” happening all the time and you know what? Chinese students are not the most diligent ones. Singaporean students, or more specifically, SMU students are! As an exchange student, life is full of novelty, surprise, clashes and beautiful marvels. It takes time to make adjustments for sure. But then all in a sudden, it just feels like a second home, a beautiful place with a group of beautiful people. Yu Ning from Ji Lin University (China), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University  

[Stories] Vera at National University of Singapore (Singapore)

I'm currently doing my exchange here at the National University of Singapore and I really love it! For me it is a life changing experience.  I've met so many people from different cultures, every day is a new adventure and studying abroad gives me a new outlook and perception on life. I really don't want to go back to "the normal life" haha, so I'm not homesick at all. UTown (the campus) is AMAZING. There are a lot of facilities over here like a gym, several food courts, 24/7 Starbucks and a swimming pool. You can just stay here without leaving the campus, because it is a whole own "town" in Singapore. But let's be honest: Singapore is great so you really have to discover its unique beauty. Studying in Singapore is very different in comparison with Amsterdam. Especially my tutorial classes here are very small; we are with only 9 in one class. Furthermore, interaction is very important and you are graded for that so you really have to speak up. The local students here are very ambitious. Sometimes when i'm walking to Starbucks at 3am to grab a coffee, I see a lot of students working over there what makes me more motivated. In conclusion: I can say during this exchange in Singapore I've grown personally and academically so I hope everyone gets the opportunity to experience a unique education abroad experience, too. Vera, from University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), currently on exhange at National University of Singapore

[Travel Tips] 15 Things I Learnt On Exchange

I am really happy to be home in sunny(and rainy) Singapore! Exchange in Europe has been wonderful, but it really does feel good to be home. Catching up with friends over the past few weeks have been the best, and this Summer for me is really just to do the things i want(me being lazy and thus decided not to work). My days have been basically spent on events like SG Coffee Fest, Beer fest, attending various workshops and spending time with loved ones. It’s really a time i will treasure before beginning my last year at SMU and venturing into the working world. Exchange has taught me a lot, so i decided that a post on my experiences might help those intending to go on exchange/studying overseas. Might i add the disclaiming fact that this is written on my perspective of being in Spain, but i think most of the country-specific statements can still be applied to yours if tweaked just a little-

[Stories] Maude at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I’ve lived in Singapore for the last 11 weeks and I still have 9 more weeks to go in Asia. Only one month left of school and the most exciting part is coming; travel around South-East-Asia. During the last months, I’ve met so many wonderful people from all around the globe. I’m glad to say that I have a friend in almost every country of the world. I’ve also experienced Singapore good taste for food. The good things about the lifestyle here is that you don’t cook, therefore you don’t have dishes and you don’t buy big groceries. I’m studying business at Singapore Management University. The first challenge was the language barrier. Not only it was my first time having my lessons in English but on top of that, Singaporeans speak Singlish. Singlish is very different in terms of pronunciation and vocabulary. On the first day, I felt like people weren’t talking English, but Mandarin or Indian dialects. The exchange brought me a different business point of view, talking about ASEAN countries instead of North American. Interesting fact to know, SMU has a gym and a rooftop pool if you need breaks from the library. SMU, to be honest, is similar to my home university in many ways. First, the workload is the same and the time organisation as well. I’m used to have few hours of classes and then a lot of homework and projects to do by my own. There are two main differences. First, Singaporeans spend a lot of time in the library compared to people from HEC, almost from opening to closing 7 days out of 7. Second, in Singapore, they have this unique concept called class participation. I hope you’re not shy and you’re listening if you’re coming to SMU because teachers are directly asking you questions and the class participation is graded.

[Stories] Julia Lim at Bocconi University (Italy)

I’m halfway into my exchange semester in Milan, Italy now. While there’s still so much to discover about this fascinating country, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s truly different from the life I had back in Singapore. In a short duration of two months so far, I’ve learnt a great deal of things about myself – especially what kind of traveler I am. After getting past the initial excitement and perhaps also, the slight nagging discomfort of how differently cities are run here in Europe, you get to see your host country and all the other places you travel to, for what they really are. I came on exchange hoping to see how I’d fare out of my comfort zone and got a lot more than I bargained for - being conditioned to the efficiency that Singapore offers, the chronemics of ‘Italian time’ were frustrating at the start and I’m (still) gradually learning to take it all in stride. Food-wise, there are no complaints – I can only describe my gelato runs, cosy apertivo nights and the heartwarming pasta and risottos I’ve had here in the superlative, but of course, I still go into an excited frenzy when I find my favorite Yeo’s Soya Milk at the supermarket in Chinatown here. When it comes to academics, Universita Bocconi has seminars very similar to SMU’s, save for the fact that one can have the option of being a non-attending student. While the concept of not having to attend classes at all and only taking a final exam may seem ludicrous (or enticing, depending on what kind of student you are) to many of us in Singapore, it takes an enormous amount of determination to stay focused should you choose to go for non-attendance, since all your learning is essentially self-directed. I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to experience the emotions I’ve felt on exchange once I head back to Singapore in a couple of months – the gradual cognizance of how d

[Stories] Sara at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I came to Singapore three months ago to study Business at the Singapore Management University (SMU). So far this experience has been amazing. I got to meet people from different nationalities, discovered great places in Singapore and traveled around Asia.  SMU is very different from my university in Germany and I had to change some of my habits. In Germany, most classes are very crowded and attendance is voluntary. Moreover, the final exam usually makes up a hundred percent of the grade. There is no mid-terms and participation and attendance is not graded. In addition, we don´t have homework and a lot of students mostly tend to study towards the end of the semester. Here, in Singapore, the workload is much more spread out. Professors at SMU regularly assess on the content and there is a lot of homework. This requires a lot of work and commitment but it also takes same pressure from the final exam.  I am happy to discover a new system and I feel like I´m learning a lot. I am very thankful for this experience and looking forward to 2 more months of studying and travelling. Sara, from University of Tuebingen (Germany), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University

[Stories] Zahra at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I still can’t believe that I’m leaving this adventure. Never in my life, I would have thought that I’ll fell in love in a country like I did with Singapore. Having lived in 5 different countries already, I can say that Singapore, the Lion City, is my favourite so far. Each day, I saw this amazing country grow closer to my heart. Its safety, welcoming people, multiculturalism, multi-ethnicity, openness, internationalism is one of the few reasons why I have ever not felt at home. This experience is unbelievable and allowed me to meet so many people from different countries. Name a country and I’m sure I have a friend there now. It’s been 2 months now since I’ve started studying at the Singapore Management University. Normally, I study accounting at HEC Montreal in Canada, but I can’t take my accounting classes here. I can tell you that schooling here is a little different from the ones we have at home. First, we have 5 subjects per semester and lesser subjects to do at home than here. Also, the participation is not really graded. Fortunately, you get used to the rhythm very easily. Other than that, the grading system is quite similar and the workload is a little bit lesser than the one we have at home. What amazed me the most at SMU is how the local students facilitate my integration. Being in the basketball team of the university helped me a lot too, I have to say. One of the perks of living in Singapore is its location. For me to travel is to live. My travel experiences have always proven to be rewarding and helped me mature. I just came back from Japan and already planning to go to Australia, New Zealand and the Maldives. If it was up to me, I would have gone to all the countries in the world by now. Travelling helps you discover not only yourself but also people from different cultures, who have different values and beliefs and different histories. I’ve known it before but now I can clearly say

[Travel Tips] What It’s Like Travelling With An Introvert

Gina, as an extrovert, shared her experiences travelling with her introverted partner. This has helped them to understand each other on a much deeper level. 1. You find yourself talking to yourself sometimes Being an extrovert myself, it was quite interesting travelling with an introvert for a year across the globe. We definitely react (very) differently to most things and travelling helped us understand each other on a much deeper level. As an extrovert, one of my favourite past times is talking. Yes, I absolutely love talking to people about anything under the sun but for some reason, Daniel doesn’t seem to feel the same way. In fact, he would avoid talking if given a choice. So imagine travelling with an introvert, you'll most likely end up talking so much that sometimes, you realise that you're talking to yourself. Haha, but it's not all that bad, introverts are excellent listeners!  2. He doesn’t seem to have much expression (not easily annoyed or excited) I get excited

[Stories] SunYu Park at National University of Singapore (Singapore)

One of the first things to strike me here at NUS is how so many are dancers and/or sportsmen and/or musicians alongside their whatever degree. While back in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, it's a norm to express somewhat an exclamation when you come across friends with such “talent genes”! From Street Hip Hop to Salsa, and ultimate Frisbee to Muay Thai, students here generally lead a very fit lifestyle. It is not uncommon to make way for a swarm of joggers around campus every night which only had a positive influence on my (once) sedentary lifestyle! Another thing which struck me is the sheer scale to which NUS is involved in supporting social enterprises where my career interests lie. So far I have been privileged to attend two major social entrepreneurship events. I gained immensely from both events as I got to take glimpses into the realities faced by budding social ventures. In fact, I have found Singapore itself is devoting much into growing such an economy.​ I would say overall there is not much to adjust to at NUS so far but yes, it was the certain characteristics here that I have, without a doubt, gained from.​ SunYu Park, from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, currently on exchange at National University of Singapore

[Travel Tips] 13 Awesome Experiences That Every Traveller Would Definitely Relate To

No matter the reason for travelling, be it self-discovery, curiosity, escaping stresses and so on, once that ticket out is purchased, you will be amazed at how much you can get out of it!  We have once again, gotten the privilege to publish another post written by Gina and Daniel from Sunrise Odyssey (link above)! If you are an avid traveller or a wanderlust, these 13 awesome experiences, in picture format, surely be relatable!   1. That nostalgic train ride etched in your heart

[Stories] Joyce at National University of Singapore (Singapore)

NUS is very different to my home university (University of Manchester). It's so green here! I love how coming back to halls in UTown makes me feel like I am on vacation - not everyone can say they have an infinity pool only a few steps away. Focusing on the academic side, perhaps the biggest difference is the way of teaching. I am in the business school and here all my modules are seminar-style taught. We are only a maximum of 40 in a class and have to contribute in discussions (it is graded!). Professors know you and address you by your name while in Manchester, professors may recognise you but rarely know you by name unless you make yourself known. We have seminars but mainly, we are taught via lectures (could be 400+ people) so you do not get the immediate contact with professors. Back there, it is up to the student to be self-motivating as you are expected to work independently. Homework is not graded you self-mark it in seminars while here, we have weekly graded assignments in an attempt to keep you working throughout the semester. Another apparent difference is that professors know who's work they are marking but in the UK, to avoid potential 'preferential treatment', our names are not to be revealed to the marker. My life here is different to back in Manchester. Firstly, I have more free time since I cannot cook in halls at NUS and have less contact hours. Secondly, because of the sunny weather, I am up to much more everyday. Transport is cheap and convenient which is a major plus. I really love it here - it reminds me a little of what my life was like back in Spain before I started university.

[Travel Tips] 6 Handy Apps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Technology advancements have led to an increase reliance on smartphones so why not make use of it to lighten your load, replace physical navigation tools and enhance your travel experiences! Listed here are some must-have travel apps tested and recommended by Gina and Daniel from Sunrise Odyssey. Hopefully, they will be able to help you navigate through your travel adventures as well. Here are some apps that have drastically improved our travel experience!   1. Track your entire journey distance and see your past travel track using this app! MotionX ($2.98)  (Only available on IOS) Not only will you be able to track your entire journey distance and see your past travel track on the "Map" section, the tracked GPS can be downloaded into your computer and even shared on social media platforms! Every time you look back at the tracked GPS, there will be a sense of accomplishment having a journey well travelled. It also allows you to pre-download maps for offline use! One of our favourite functions is its ability track where the c

[Stories] Min Hee at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Hi! I’m an exchange student from Ewha Womans University, South Korea. It’s been 2 months since I have been here in Singapore and I had so many wonderful experiences. I chose SMU because of the great location and the modern campus. However, I think the best part in SMU is the students! Students in SMU are all very welcoming and warm. They were always ready to give a hand to exchange students. I cannot leave out my experiences in CCA when I talk about my experience in SMU. I actually joined 4 CCAs which is a lot. But still, I don’t think it is too much since there are so many interesting CCAs in SMU. I was not really into sports in Korea but here, there were so many chances for doing variety of sports. So I made up my mind to experience everything what I haven’t done before in SMU. First, joining trial session of the archery club was fun. Some of them thought I would be good at archery because I’m from Korea but that was a big misconception. Different from the stereotype, it was my first time doing archery and it was much more challenging than I expected. But it was really fun so now I’m planning to learn archery more when I go back to Korea. Also, I’ve currently joined the cue sports club and it was great learning how to do cue sports because I’ve never learned cue sports so professionally before. I’m kind of confident that I can beat my friends in Korea now. However, it was very surprising that students in SMU are so busy doing their assignments and stuffs but at the same time putting much effort to CCAs. Classes were so different here in SMU compared to universities in Korea. At first, I was pretty shocked when I realized that all of my courses were held in seminar rooms. It’s not a usual thing to attend a lecture in seminar room in Korea. Moreover, ‘name tents’ were really unfamiliar to me since we don’t have such thing in Ewha.

[Stories] Rachel at Oregon State University (USA)

I study at Oregon State University. I love it here because the campus is beautiful and it is extremely bike friendly.   There are also many facilities in close proximity (gym, rock climbing walls, multiple fields, basketball/volleyball courts, swimming pool etc) which motivates me to get out for some work out! The people here are expressive and friendly; they always greet with "how's your day", or "how's it going", and are very willing to help. I joined the rugby club and although I was new to the sport, the players were encouraging and patient. I also enjoy traveling to places nearby (West Coast) as I get the opportunity to be exposed to different people who have their own special story.  Rachel, from Singapore Management University, currently on exchange at Oregon State University (USA)  

[Exchange Tips] 6 Tips On How To Prepare For International Exchange

If you are preparing for an international exchange, here's featuring Ser Yang from Travitas' 6 handy tips on How to prepare for an International Exchange! Do bear them in mind for your future exchange studies even if you're not going now!  As I prepare for my own exchange to the States for the second half of the year, I’ve done a bit of research and made some really interesting observations that I think will serve as extremely useful and handy reminders for those of you in a similar situation. Taking note of the following may help you save a lot of money, and make your exchange a little more enjoyable. While some of these pointers may seem obvious, you’ll be surprised how easily they are forgotten when you get too involved in planning for your exchange! (Image Credit) 1. How far is the university away from city centre and international airport?  This is very important because unlike in Singapore, universities in larger countries (like U.S., China etc) may be located at

[Stories] Cheng Ling at Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany)

My exchange was the best time of my life! In Singapore, all that we focused on were work and grades but in Germany where I did my exchange, I learnt a lot of soft skills and understood more about the cultures of my international friends. All these were gained through traveling in Europe and mixing with a diverse group of people in classes. My exchange experience changed my perspective about life. There is more to life than just doing well in school and achieving straight As. What I noticed about my European friends is that they may not have the best grades because they don't study as much, but their knowledge and experiences beat ours hands down through internships and traveling. I have since learnt that life should be about making positive differences in people's lives and seeing as much of the world as possible. Cheng Ling, from Nanyang Technological University, previously on exchange at Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany)

[Stories] Kitty at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

My name is Kitty Sun, from University of New South Wales, Australia. So far being on exchange for only 3 weeks, I feel that SMU is the right place for me. The food is awesome, the location is fantastic, the library is magnificent and the people are nice and welcoming. The thing that overwhelmed me most was the size of the classes and the way the professors teach. Instead of hundreds of people eating silently, listening to a boring speech from the professor, SMU utilizes a more interactive method to engage a smaller group of students.  The average class size is about 40 students, so it is very easy for students to interact with professors and exchange thoughts. This increases the effectiveness of classes. There are also a lot of readings to do compared to UNSW.  I thought it was extremely difficult because in the first week, I had about 20 readings. However, it is now the third week and through this time, I feel that I am learning much faster and absorbing more in class. The second thing that differs from UNSW is the way CCAs operates. In Australia, there are also different societies and clubs for students to join, but students there do not participate regularly. Because every club and society is

[Stories] Cassandre at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I​'ve now been in Singapore for a month and studying Economics in Singapore Management University for more than 2 weeks and I can already say that this experience is unbelievable. Being in Singapore for exchange allows me to meet so many people from different cultures. Thanks to the ideal geographic location of Singapore, I can discover many countries in Asia that I've been dreaming of visiting for so long, like Indonesia, Korea and Thailand. I've already been to 3 countries and this is just the beginning. However, the rhythm of University here is very different compared to my home university and this makes me develop different habits. In France, we have about 10 subjects a semester and a full week of school, but there's not much to do at home. It is completely different here as we are required to do more personal work and the "typical" student day really differs. But I'm happy to discover that the system I’m used to is not universal. I'll go back home with a head full of memories! Xx Cassandre, from Université Paris-Dauphine (France), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University (Singapore).

[Stories] Chanel at University of Western Ontario (Canada)

My exchange was the best time of my university life, there are no regrets travelling to a foreign land and exploring life outside Singapore. It was definitely worth the money and these experiences gained are valuable and priceless. I would do it all over again. I think I became a more independent person. When you're overseas, you have to fend for yourself and basically cook, do housework and settle everything on your own. Also, I think am better at tolerating the cold now. *haha* All thanks to Quebec city's -30 degrees during the peak of winter. Chanel, from National University of Singapore, previously on exchange at University of Western Ontario (Canada).

[Stories] Cheryl at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (Germany)

Between the highs of chasing northern lights and lows of overnight campings in cold-no-sofa-no-food airports (yes Stansted I’m talking about you), it was the small things that left me the deepest memories I have of exchange – spontaneous weekend hikes, celebrating whenever there was sun, eating straight out of the pot with inappropriate cutlery too many times. I was also blessed with an incredible community by my side, who pranced with me around Oktoberfest, suffered with me through a miserable thunderstorm in the middle of a Croatian national park, or allowed me to crash their tiny Parisian apartment with 10 other Singaporeans over CNY so we can "lo hei" together.  I don’t think exchange changes you overnight, but it certainly puts you out there to be vulnerable to change. For me, it has taught me to be brave in trying new things and through that learning more about the world and myself. For example, throwing myself into Masters Political Science classes and realizing I have an appreciation for quantitative research. Couchsurfing and turning hosts into dear friends. A spontaneous solo trip through Bosnia and learning that I have zero skills of navigation outside Google Maps…

[Stories] Zhan Hao at CATOLICA-LISBON School of Business and Economics (Portugal)

My exchange in Lisbon has been nothing short of amazing. Why? Because Lisbon is certainly one of the coolest and sunniest cities in Europe! The small capital city is filled with lots of beautiful scenery and museums, friendly Portuguese, great food (like the famous Pastéis de Nata) and amazing weather. If you are sick and tired of the hot and humid weather in Singapore like me, you're gonna love the dry-and-cooling-but-yet-sunny weather there for sure - trust me. Studying in Catolica has exposed me to the European history and culture, and learn how to work with other peers with different working styles and habits. Last but not least, Lisbon is a great gateway to many European cities and the UK. You'll be able to grab cheap flights tickets and travel around Europe without having to spend too much money! Missing my exchange already and hope that I'll have a chance to visit Lisbon again someday. Zhan Hao, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at CATOLICA-LISBON School of Business and Economics (Portugal).

[Stories] Phoebe at University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Overall, I really enjoyed the whole exchange experience as Netherlands is a very beautiful place. I was in a very vibrant city filled with students from all around the world and parties almost every night. Shots at the clubs were only 1euro each! It is definitely somewhere you would want to consider if you enjoy mixing around with the locals and international students! In Netherlands, cycling paths are common and they are a safe and good connection to everywhere in the country. 99% of the students cycle to school so there are many areas in schools for students to park their bikes. This is definitely very different from what we experience in Singapore.  Curriculum wise, universities in Netherlands allow students to re-sit all their final exams… something I believe exchange students find very useful and beneficial HAHAHA. Phoebe, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at University of Groningen (Netherlands).

[Stories] Shi Yun at Charles University (Czech Republic)

It has been 2 years since my Summer Exchange to Europe however, the experiences and adventures I had during my exchange still lives vividly in my mind.  Going on exchange was really an eye-opener for me and has made me realize how big the world is out there.  Not only has made me a more adventurous and adaptable person, it also gave me the opportunity to meet many inspiring people who taught me what it is like to “live your dream”.  My exchange experience was an awesome and memorable one. Like what Augustine of Hippo said, “The world is like a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”  Thus, I would definitely encourage all to step out of their comfort zone, go on exchange and experience it for themselves! Shi Yun, from National University of Singapore,  previously on exchange at Charles University (Czech Republic)

[Stories] Stephanie at LUISS Guido Carli (Italy).

My overall exchange experience is one of the most precious memories I have made in my University days. It is an experience where I would tell all students to not miss if they are given a chance. On top of just being able to see the world and be able to avoid reality for those few months, my exchange has allowed me to discover who I am as a person outside my comfort zone; who I can be in a new place. Having had my family by my side throughout my whole life, my exchange has given me a venue to leave what I've always known, allowing me to grow as an individual.  I believe that it is only when you're miles away from home that you discover what values you genuinely hold true to yourself when no one is around to hold you accountable, what you miss and appreciate, what makes you spark. But whatever exchange experience a person has really depend on how each individual makes it out to be. You can choose to travel throughout that ~6 months, spend most of your weekends in your host country and spend time with the other exchange students, or a good mixture of both. But whatever option you choose, you would learn a whole lot about yourself. In that 6 months, I have met a lot of new people and shared new laughter; went to new places, tasting new food and learned about various cultures.

[Stories] Kai at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

SMU is located in the heart of Singapore. Around SMU you can find everything; great food, museums, bars, and - of course - shopping malls! Coming from Germany, I had troubles coping with the overall academic system at the beginning. I am used to having one big exam, which mostly determines the grade. However, in this case, I ended up having at least four to five - almost equally graded - projects for every subject. I found myself in a huge chaos of group chats and deadlines for different projects and courses. But there is hope, if I managed to organize these deadlines, you will too! One aspect I really adore about Singapore is its diversity. It was extremely enriching for me to talk to different people with completely different backgrounds, religions, and beliefs. Singaporeans are generally very friendly and helpful and especially amongst the younger students and other friends. I felt completely welcomed and accepted!  Even if one of Singapore’s official language is English, you might still find yourself wondering what the older man meant by “Ahh can, lah” - Welcome to Singlish! But no worries, this accent is actually pretty charming and the moment you being to listen carefully and get used to the very efficient way of using words, you will get along.

[Stories] Seynabou at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Having done my exchange at Singapore Management University, I can say that this has been truly enriching for myself. Not only on a cultural basis but also, perhaps, on a personal level as well. Singapore is an amazing city. Not only for its food, but also for its internationalism and its safety. It’s a true melting pot. To be honest, one reason why this country is close to my heart is the mere proof that various cultures and different ethnicities can “harmoniously” live together. What I’ve also heavily enjoyed in Singapore is its travel location. In fact, I’ve seriously caught the travel bug. In the next weeks, I will be going to my 7th country: Hong Kong. Traveling is an amazing way of discovering yourself. I’ve recognized that South East Asia has an abundance of different cultures, people, history, values and beliefs which had further deepened my perspective on spirituality, my own self-knowledge and perhaps my own self-awareness. Traveling provides you to live in the present, and savor the beautiful artifacts and ways of life. SMU was very helpful and accommodating during my brief academic stay in the university till the point I was trying out all hawker food centers and getting my ice lemon tea at 1983. But I have to say, there is some academic common ground between SMU and my home University that might have facilitated my integration.

[Stories] Karin at Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Fachhochschule (FHWS) (Germany)

This summer semester, I got the chance to be enrolled as an exchange student in FHWS (Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Fachhochschule) in Würzburg, Germany. The building architecture is amazing, including professionally equipped facilities (such as 24h photo studio for photography junkies!), along with talented creative and visionary thinking professors that I found very easy going, make it a whole package of conducive environment for young designers. FHWS also has a wide range of faculties with English taught programmes to suit exchange students interest. I would absolutely recommend Germany to everybody. Especially here, in Bavaria (a state in southeastern Germany bordering Liechtenstein, Austria, and the Czech Republic) where daily life feels extraordinary for me, surrounded with good people and fine delicacies to try (yes beer lovers). In addition, it’s very convenient to spend weekends to go traveling around Europe or just simply having language exchange and barbecue party with intern

[Stories] Cindy at Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada)

My exchange is an exquisite experience that every college student shouldn't miss! You know, that feeling when you have the chance to explore new places on your own, to meet new people from different backgrounds, to indulge yourself in the new culture, to get excited as you do your own travel plan and to try the food you have never had before! I went to Canada for exchange, a place where most people think it is winter forever there. Oh well, partly it's true, the winter chill sometimes gets overly attached to Canada but hey, this country has a very lovely summer and fall too! Well, I didn't have the chance to experience the spring there but people say Canada is very beautiful when the cherry blossom blooms in the spring. Anyway, it was amazing how I could watch the color of the leaves gradually changed (yeap this is a very exciting experience for a person who has been staying in tropical countries since she was born). Canada, especially Toronto, has a very diverse population and many public events are always happening in the city such as parade and bazaar. Friendly people, vintage architecture, old towns, pretty Christmas market, outdoor ice skating, food from many different countries (especially the food trucks!) and snowboarding are a few of my favourite things in Canada.  Besides, exc

[Stories] Reuben at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

The experience that I've had at MIT is pretty incredible, to say the least. There is just so much to take in and appreciate cause the vast pool of what they have to offer just seems endless. I think it largely stems from the fact that they've been around since the 18 hundreds, but also the sheer passion that we feel from their student body and faculty is just immense. And this is just from the small pick of MIT-GLP participants. Whatever they're doing, they're definitely doing it right. Following straight from this, I think there has literally not been a day where I've not learnt something new from my time spent working on the GLP projects at MIT. The main project we're working on now is basically to build an electric boat that will float and move on the Charles River. I was actually a little sceptical about this initially but as things are starting to fall in place and our team is getting bonded working together, I'm confident this will be one of my favourite projects in my undergraduate life. Aside from this boat design challenge, the coordinators also organised auxiliary classes for us like architectural drawing and pottery which I found really enjoyable! I think the classes give us a good avenue to step aside from the heavily technical boat centred stuff we deal with every other day.  The environment that the teaching assistants, professors and facilitators have created just pushes everyone to be fiercely curious about the lesson topics and projects we are working on. These vibes are probably what I'll miss most about sitting in a class at MIT as opposed to anywhere else. 

[Stories] Rachel at Konkuk University (South Korea)

My winter exchange with Konkuk University provided me with an opportunity to understand and experience Korea’s culture first-hand both as a student and tourist. Not only was I able to travel like a tourist to attraction sites, such as Nami island and Lotte World, I was also given an opportunity to take up a third language – Korean language course for which I am keen. On top of that, I was able to build international friendships, broaden my contacts as well as network. I truly enjoyed myself and am glad to be offered such an enriching and eye-opening exchange. Rachel, from University of Birmingham (SIM), previously on exchange at Konkuk University (South Korea)

[Stories] Jasmine at Aalto University School of Business (Finland)

My exchange at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland is one of the best decisions I ever made.It is a refreshing experience to live in a place of an entirely different climate, to bask in a new culture and assimilate into it. Apart from the making international friends, my exchange was made memorable with the best company that one can ask for - my SMU Helsinki exchange pals. We travelled and experienced new things together. I can still vividly remember how we battled the freezing weather and chased the Northern lights in the dark, as well as the magical experience of riding the huskies and reindeers near the arctic circle.  Despite the chilly winter, Finland was a dream exchange destination for me because of its beautiful snowy landscape and how close it is to nature. Also, it is a rather safe place. Curriculum wise, it was rather easy to map my major modules back to SMU because of the wide array of marketing and communications modules being offered. There were Interesting modules like Fashion Marketing and Entrepreneurial Marketing too.  My exchange is also about meeting the locals and getting to know them.

[Stories] Nadia at Ecole de Management Léonard De Vinci (France)

I am originally from Tunghai University in Taiwan studying Literature and in the third year of my study, I went to EMLV (Ecole de Management Léonard De Vinci) in Paris as an exchange student for a semester and studied management. My campus is in La Defénse which is a beautifully modern business district in Paris and the campus has great facilities and also securities. Everything is totally different from my campus in Taiwan, including my life there. I took different classes with great teachers which happen to give a great impact to me and change my whole point of view and also my passion. Besides of studying, I also travel around Europe which forced me to develop a lot of other skills as I’m usually on my own. Everything I do during that time is totally challenging and exciting. I went alone to a country which I cannot even communicate well, I have to take a good care of myself every time I go out because there’s a lot of pickpockets. The daily life pressure has quite brought me down mentally that time. The situation got worse after the Paris shot in November and also by that time bad things continuously happen to me altogether. But I am very lucky to meet friends that helped me go through everything. I was very lucky to be able to speak Chinese and that helped me tremendously to survive living in Paris. I was able to find a cheap and convenient pl

[Stories] Annie at Universite De Paris Dauphine (France)

My exchange was a once in a lifetime experience that I'm blessed to have! It has been a fun and an eye-opening experience as I get to interact with international students and immerse myself into the local culture. This exchange has taught me to be open, tolerant as well as challenged me to be independent and adaptable. Though everything is over, the lessons learnt, friendships forged, and memories created will be the best I've had during my entire SMU journey. Annie, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at Universite De Paris Dauphine (France).

[Travel Tips] 5 islands near Singapore you never knew about

Itching for a short island getaway without having to spend on air tickets or accommodations? Why not consider these islands off the Singapore shore where you can spend a relaxing day! Here are 5 islands that offer you the floral and fauna comparable to that of other countries. You never knew that such places exist near Singapore, didn’t you? 1. St. John’s Island

[Stories] June at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Singapore is my home country for the coming months. Until now, this small but diverse island has exceeded my expectations and I am convinced that it will continue to do so. So far, the highlight of the exchange program has definitely been the National Day Parade. It was amazing to see so many different people uniting as one to celebrate the birthday of their beloved Singapore. Aside from the events, the food has been amazing too. Food can literally be found at every corner. After this semester I’ll probably roll back to Holland! My experience at SMU has been magnificent so far. The atmosphere is vibrant and everyone is so motivated. SMU differs a lot from my home university, VU in Amsterdam. The lectures here are twice as long and there are much fewer students in a class. The professors interact much more which keeps the lessons interesting. Thus far, I have learnt a lot.  As Singapore is a great travelling hub, I’ll definitely travel around Asia. I’m certainly looking forward to the countless adventures ahead of me! June, from VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands)​ currently on exchange at Singapore Management University (Singapore).

[Stories] Jeffrey Fonda at University of New South Wales (Australia)

One word to describe my exchange program to University of New South Wales (UNSW) is just fantastic. his experience has broadened my horizon to a brand new level. The university offers a wide range of courses which is very flexible for exchange students to take. The first time I came here, I thought I wouldn't be busy because I only had to take 4 courses within a semester while normally I take at least 9-10 courses per semester back in my home university. But, the workload turned out to be quite demanding and very time-consuming. I took the majority of finance courses in UNSW as electives to broaden my technical skills. Although the courses are quite heavy, I have really gained extensive knowledge and understanding of finance. On my exchange, I’ve always wanted to make as many friends as possible. In Australia, they have a very diverse nationalities and many International students. This allows me to understand more about both Australian and other cultures at the same time. The university also offers many students activities that enable you to get to know more people. And the most exciting part is when I explored many wonderful sites in Australia together with my new friends. If you are someone who wants to travel around while pursuing a degree, Australia is definit

[Stories] Michelle at Universite Paris Dauphine (France)

My exchange experience in Paris is easily the greatest highlight of my entire SMU journey (or maybe even my life)! Despite taking 5 modules in my exchange school (Universite Paris Dauphine), I managed to have a 2-day school week which gave me much flexibility in my travel plans. As such, I managed to travel almost every weekend and even see the Northern Lights in between my final exams. This exchange experience has allowed me to grow a lot as an individual as I learn how to embrace spontaneity, live in the moment as well as being more independent. In the 5 months abroad, many fond memories were created alongside new friendships forged. Looking back on this experience, it truly felt like a dream. Should this opportunity presents itself again, I would do it all in a heartbeat! Michelle, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at Universite Paris Dauphine (Paris).

[Stories] Dickson at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

I did my exchange with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid during August 2015. It was the most memorable time during my university life. These 5 months helped to shaped me into a more independent person. From living a sheltered life in Singapore, it became one that I had to cook, wash the dishes, and do my own laundry.  During the 5 months there, I had the opportunity to work with international students from all over the world. They brought many new insights for our project and it was a great learning experience to work with them. They were willing to share their experiences with me and they helped me to learn more about their cultures. The classes at UC3M were rather flexible and it allows us to travel around Europe during our weekends. For our housing, I rented an apartment with 6 others Singaporeans as the hostel was far from the city centre. It took us 45 minutes to travel to school; however, it gives us the freedom of roaming the streets of Madrid. Madrid is a really beautiful place with a mix of architectures from the ancient times to the modern. It is really safe to roam the streets, trying out the different food and getting a beer. The experience of staying with others was also really fun. We may have our disagreements and quarrels at times, but it was through this experience that we learn how to deal and live with people. Lastly, Madrid is really cheap on the groceries and they have Asian markets in many places.

[Stories] Natasha at Erasmus University (Netherlands)

I could easily say that exchange was one of the best things that I have ever experienced. Meeting new people, going for solo travels and traveling with new found friends were the best things that ever happened to me during the trip. Exchange really helped me to be more open-minded and more tolerant towards different viewpoints. Other than that, it made me realize that I've caught a travel bug! Natasha, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at Erasmus University (Netherlands).

[Stories] Shi Tian at VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands)

My exchange experience at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was nothing short of A M A Z I N G! I chose Amsterdam for various reasons. Among which, it proved to be a good base to travel out from, people here speak English as their second language which made communication and settling administrative things so much easier and I managed to clear 5 modules! Having being exposed to the Singapore’s education system for almost 1.5 decades of my life, Amsterdam’s education system was a breath of fresh air. It was less fast-paced and the fact that grades don’t count to your overall GPA made learning so much more enjoyable.  Of course, what is exchange without travelling? I did not buy data on exchange and had to rely a lot on offline maps (CityMaps2Go is a really good app and is my lifesaver!). My navigational skills have definitely improved and I dare say that I have become more street-smart, alert and independent. Exchange enabled me to experience many things for the first time and has taught me not to take many minute mundane things for granted.  Being abroad really broadens your outlook in life. I guess this quote pretty much sums up everything. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” I really urge those who

[Stories] Vanessa at University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

I was required to go for an exchange at the University of Birmingham as it is part of our module for International Business major. Sure there were a lot of things that should be prepared and arranged for our studies, but it was worth every one of them. Even though Birmingham is not a big city like London, living there was a very pleasant experience for me (it is easy to adapt there)!  You can easily find tranquil lake, peaceful park and botanic garden everywhere. Oh! Don't worry, the people are very welcoming and willing to help as well. A less packed class schedule also gave me a lot of chances to travel to other cities in the UK. Nevertheless, I would go back there again if I had another chance! Vanessa, from Singapore Institue of Management, previously on exchange at University of Birmingham (UK).

[Stories] Madeline at LIUC Universita Cattaneo Castellanza (Italy)

I have created the best memories during the 5 months in Europe while embarking on my exchange with Università Carlo Cattaneo in Italy. Initially I was rather hesitant with choosing LIUC because it is situated in Castellanza which is known to be a small and boring university town, however, this was probably one of the best choices I have made because firstly I have come to know three other fabulous and amazing exchange mates and secondly I have created precious friendships with a handful of Italians and other international friends at school. Even though Castellanza may be small, but the great thing about it other than it is safe is that there are many nice friendly locals in the neighbourhood. Thus, I will highly recommend LIUC for students who are looking for a university tucked in a quaint neighbourhood and offers a flexible curriculum that allows them to make travel plans on the weekends. In fact, I managed to clear 2 modules with clashing timetables (attendance taking was super duper lenient). My exchange has allowed me to grow more independently and also helped me to discover myself. It is really tough being away from your comfort zone for such a long period of time, but the experiences gained and lessons learnt are valuable to personal development.  can say that I have levelled up my navigation and map reading skills, confidence in communicating to strangers using my limited Italian vocab, speed of packing for travel (it's a life skill ok), right-hand driving skills (well at least I didn't get into accidents haha) and sne

[Stories] Melanie at Lund University (Sweden)

I did my exchange with Lund University in Sweden about 2 years back and the memories I created there are still fondly remembered till today.  My life in Singapore since birth has very much been sheltered and embarking on this exchange journey without my family for 6 months was at first daunting but has definitely taught me a great deal about a lot of day-to-day things that many of us take for granted back home.  This experience has made me a more independent individual and it was definitely eye-opening to live and study like a Swede for half a year and bask in a culture different from my own. The curriculum here is so much more flexible compared to Singapore, each semester is divided into 2 terms and we were only required to handle 2-3 modules at one go which made it a lot less stressful (and of course more time to travel! Oops!).  The professors here were also very understanding and we were allowed to submit a written essay if we were to miss a mandatory seminar. Oh! And the people! Never have I ever come across such friendly and light-hearted people until i came to Sweden. The locals are always so happy and never fail to smile at you even if you’re just a stranger walking by.  I remember shopping in town one day when an old lady approached me and started talking to me for a good 20 minutes about her travels to Singapore many many years

[Travel Tips] 9 Student Travel Tips I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Congratulations on being one out of more than 10 million others like you who are travelling abroad to study! Chances are that you’re super hyped up for all the adventure and fun travels you’ll have. But before you get on that airplane for your overseas study program, here are 9 travel tips that will definitely help make life easier for you! 1) Always PLAN before you land As the age-old saying goes “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Before you start packing for your semester-long studies abroad, read up on the country and city that you’re heading to. Tons of information can be found both online and off, ranging from travel guides, forums, blogs or even films. A good starting point to find carefully curated information regarding your exchange university would be the Flying Chalks University Guides, which covers essential information from the student life you can expect to even good food on and around campus! Learn more about the culture and social norms so that you wouldn’t stick out like an alien with your new foreign friends. Now, some may think that planning in detail can kill the spontaneity and adventurous nature of studying abroad. However, the truth is that planning can help keep you safe by knowing when and where you need to be, while also helping you to save time and money so that you can explore more places and experience the escapade of your lifetime!

[Stories] Thomas at Waseda University (Japan)

Living in Japan is quite different than I imagined whenever I was applying to study abroad. Coming from a small town in Midwestern America, I had some slightly outlandish expectations of what living abroad would feel like. While every day isn't full of trips all around Tokyo, that does not mean it is any less enjoyable. While studying here at Waseda University I've been able to make so many international friends who have made the time so enjoyable!  Whether it's group study sessions, having dinner and drinks at Izakaya, or going to karaoke after class, life is far from dull. My time in Tokyo has opened my eyes to the Japanese way of life which is quite different from the culture I grew up in. Classes are longer here but meet less frequently, there is a sense of Independence between each of the colleges while maintaining an overall sense of unity, and the students here have many passions they pursue with such focus and determination, I wonder how they can possibly manage their scheduled so well. Before I arrived in Tokyo, I was also nervous about the language barrier. I had not studied Japanese before coming to Waseda, but I found uni students to be quite sociable and have been able to join a club on campus and meet people at their events Thomas, from Universi

[Stories] Jayme at NEOMA Business School (France)

The exchange experience in NEOMA Business School, Rouen (France) is one of the greatest highlights in my undergraduate years in SMU! I had the opportunity to meet many international friends who were curious to know more about Singapore (as they always read on news that Singapore is a very advanced and modern country) and they also shared with me a lot about their own country. Besides, it was interesting to work with them in school projects as they brought many valuable insights to the table and this allowed me to really view our project from different perspectives. Another cultural exchange I had is the regular cook-outs together in our hostel whereby all of us would cook and share our home dishes with one another.  The flexible school curriculum also allowed me to travel out of France frequently to other European countries. One memorable occasion was when I decided to travel on a weekend by myself and I hopped on ablablacar (carpooling service) and Couchsurfed in Brussels, Belgium. On this solo trip, I met a bunch of friendly Spanish friends and we had a lot of fun travelling together! Simi

[Stories] Shouyu at Uppsala University (Sweden)

I arrived in Sweden in January 2016. By some miraculousfluke I got to meet several other Singapore undergraduates (some were from NTU and NUS). Thereafter, they helped me create some of the best memories I've had in my life!  Together we pulled through the long and cold winter nights up north, and now we look forward to welcoming the midnight sun on Midsummer's Day.  If you love nature and taking long walks in parks, Uppsala is a fantastic place for you; if you love a slow-paced life, you'll love Uppsala; if you love seeing a lot of snow in winter, come to Uppsala. I am only a fan of the first one, but I've had a splendid time, because I've been in good company with the new friends I've made over winter. Treasure every moment of your time in Uppsala. o those coming over to Sweden the next semester, please be mindful of this! Take risks! I live in a student district where people throw electrical appliances out the window every otother nightand at 10pm a chorus of people scream their heads off out their windows!

[Stories] Avinash at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

My experience at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) my is vastly different from what university life was like for me in Singapore. At Singapore Management University, we’re used to the seminar-based pedagogy whereas at CBS, it was mostly interactive lectures and tutorials for some of the modules. The class sizes were definitely a lot bigger, and it was interesting to see how they offered some of the modules for exchange students exclusively. Some of the group work also mandated that the groups should consist of students from various continents, nationalities and ethnicities. So overall, I think that the exchange programme at CBS catered rather well to exchange students in helping them network and connect with students from all over the world. I guess this is something that our local universities could adopt as well to not only ease the transition for the exchange students, but also allow local students to broaden their horizons from the perspectives offered by those abroad.

[Stories] Adrian at Università Carlo Cattaneo (Italy)

My exchange to Università Carlo Cattaneo was truly amazing!  Despite some language barriers, I made some really nice Italian friends and one year on, we are still touch with each other. This university had a very flexible curriculum, which allowed me to travel almost every weekend. But most importantly, the professors I met were very well connected to the industry, such that we had prominent guest lecturers every other week. It really helped me understand more about Italy, more than just pasta and pizzas.  This exchange programme has definitely changed me more than I could have imagined. From learning to cook, to taking care of myself, and gaining invaluable exposure to the European countries. It is definitely a period of life that I'll never forget! Adrian, from Singapore Management University, previously on exchange at Università Carlo Cattaneo (Italy)

[Stories] Alice at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Singapore is an amazing place that is full of diversity and is the center of Asia finance interaction. This environment makes people here ready to face any kind of challenges and solve problems. Singaporeans live in a fast pace life. They are competitive because they know what they want and activelypursue it. I love their independent, confident, and matured mentality which are show in the decisions they make. Although in my home university students are busy as well, I think students ofSMU  are more realistic as they do things for their future career but not just for fun. I think it's important to have a sense of environmental trend. One semester in SG is shorter than in TW, so basically everything is intensive and move on very fast. Students need to preview and review concepts after class in order to catch up in class. As a result, despite there are 5 modules limitation per semester, time management is still a lesson for them. Moreover, most professors in SMU ask students to participate in class, this trains students critical thinking and communication skil

[Stories] Sarah at KEDGE Business School (France)

I was in Bordeaux, France for my exchange program in Kedge Business School. My school was structured such that we completed 1-2 modules per month, and this gave me the freedom to travel quite a bit to countries such as Iceland and Scotland. In particular, I really enjoyed climbing Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.  My exchange in Kedge presented a completely new and different learning environment, and the interaction with the locals in and out of school allowed us to learn about their culture, language and city. Bordeaux is a wonderful place with the friendliest locals and great food and wine. I truly enjoyed my exchange experience, which has helped me out of my comfort zone. On exchange, I grew comfortable with traveling across countries by buses, trains and planes, and sleeping in airports. I was able to survive new foreign places without data, and met many new people. These are all opportunities that I would not have had in Singapore. Exchange has definitely taught me to be more independent, as I now know how to cook, find the cheapest tickets and accommodation, and to make the best of every situation. Europe is truly beautiful, and exchange is an experience that has changed my life.

[Stories] Mio at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

My one-year exchange at SMU brought me a huge change in my life. I am a final-year Japanese student from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and doing two years exchange in Washington State University in US and here in Singapore, studying Economics, Development Economics, School of Economics. School life is not easy but fun. Taking four modules per semester is unexpectedly tough with many readings, assignments and group projects, which are much more than in my home university. However, thanks to studious local students and professors, I have never felt wasting time on doing these works because each lesson based on discussion has powerful, active and enthusiastic contents, which makes me motivate for keeping learning, sharing and thinking about all learnings. Other than Economics, I took political science classes since my interest is in international development. Blessed with warmth classmates and professors, I have enjoyed all classes and learned about development in a different from economic aspect.  Multi-cultural/national/religious environment is also attractive and different from my home university. I am very impressed by how Singapore can mingle such diverse nationalities in a small country since we have exchange students in my home university, but we rarely take classes together. Moreover, SMU has lots of exchange students from all over the world. In fact, I have made friends with more than 100 students from more than 30 countries for the entire year.

[Stories] Jane at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

Sa-Wat-Dee-Ka everyone! My name is Pinyapat Manasboonpermpool. You might know by now that I am from Thailand. Packing up my life into a suitcase, I chose Singapore as the destination for my second exchange! Why Singapore? I believe that I can learn many enthralling things from both the locals and the other exchange students, explore places and even visit the other countries nearby. I decided to embark on this second exchange after spending the first exchange in the states with the same purpose of stepping out of my comfort zone and adding on new stories to my life. One month has already passed; I can definitely say that I could have not made a better decision. Singapore is a place that allows me to experience multiculturalism like nowhere else. I have become more knowledgeable and worldly-wise, such that I now have a better understandings of the people from different beliefs, religions, cultures and backgrounds. While attending classes at SMU, I experienced some differences between my home university and here. The most obvious aspect is the class participation. SMU students contribute their knowledge in class discussions and they learn from one another. This would never happen that often in my home university back in Thailand. The professors would rather give the lecture according to the textbook, and the students choose not to voice out their opinions but read the slides and take notes quietly. When a professor asks any questions, there will always be no hands up, unlike at SMU where the students here are eager to participate. For me, I do love listening to such classroom discussions. It is very effective for me to learn from my classmates as if they help to increase my knowledge. However, I am still quite scared of participating in class beca

[Stories] Shanna at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I’m a year 4 student from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and currently on exchange at Singapore Management University, School of Business. My experience at SMU School of business has been challenging yet rewarding. Since my major is in English, taking Business electives is an entirely new experience for me. During my 1 year exchange, I’ve gained a rich understanding of marketing. I am really grateful to my helpful local friends who are always guiding me with much patience.  SMU is vastly different from my home university. What I like about SMU is their timetable of average 4-5 courses per week, while at NTNU, courses can go up to 10! Over here, course schedule is more flexible which gives me the freedom to arrange meetings and activities. However, being a SMU student is still challenging as each term is shorter and more intense. Studying in Singapore has given me the opportunity to explore Singapore's culture and travel around south east Asia. Though my friends back in my home university are graduating earlier while I have to delay graduation by one more year at school because of exchange, it is still worth it! Shanna, from National Taiwan Normal University, currently on exchange at Singapore Management University

[Stories] Chantelle at Comillas Pontifical University (Spain)

I’m currently doing my exchange in Madrid, Spain at Comillas Pontifical University. Having been here since January, it has been a truly enlightening experience.  My school has 2 main faculties- ICADE(Business and Law), and ICAI(Engineering). School life is much more relaxed here, with each module split into 2 sessions per week- one 90min and one 2 hour class. I end most days before 2pm, and i rarely feel tired in class thanks to the short sessions. Classes are kept to smaller groups like SMU tutorials, and the grading structure is pretty similar to SMU with participation, individual assignments, group work, and finals. However, most classes have either mid-terms or group work and not both, and finals can be replaced by take-home papers depending on your professor. I’m lucky to have zero mid-terms and just 2 final exam papers! Most of my classes enjoy working in groups on a daily basis, changing groups so that you work with people of different nationalities each time. This really gives you the opportunity to learn more about other cultures and interact with different styles of people while building new friendships. I also travel on most weekends since my classes end on Thursday morning, leaving me room to travel from Thursday through Sunday.  Also, the fact that exchange is not counted in your GPA does make the learning much more stress-free. You concentrate more on actually learning what is interesting from the class rather than what you “need” to learn, and it makes the process much m

[Stories] Capucine at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

We have been very much welcomed by SMU and my experience here has been really good. I spend most of my time travelling hence I haven’t got the chance to really forge friendships or share moments with local people. I really love the SMU campus especially when everything is so simple. The SMU campus is really big and made up of beautiful buildings where services are easily accessible.  SMU is very similar to my home university in Canada in several aspects such as the day-to-day events for business, sports and parties. The grading system is largely similar too. I also noticed that the students in Singapore are very helpful and hardworking, spending most their time in libraries doing things related to work. But my exchange is an unforgettable experience, and I love Singapore! Capucine, from HEC Montreal (Canada), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University.

[Stories] Mendi at University of Gothenburg's (Sweden)

I'm currently on exchange in Sweden, at University of Gothenburg's School of Business, Economics and Law. The semester schedule is very different from that of my home university (SMU). One semester consists of 4 terms and each term is dedicated to one or two courses. That said, there can be intensive weeks and rather chill weeks -- gone are the fixed 13-week timetables. The final exam weighs 100% of the course, and for some courses the co-requisite would be to pass the group project. I've also had a course with just three seminars and assignments to submit without any exam sitting. So far so good! (And we get second chances at the re-exams, if anything; no stress, no stress.) Student life here doesn't lie so much in the co-curricular activities or clubs and societies (these are probably within the count of my fingers, a huge contrast to the hundreds over in SMU). Still, I've enjoyed great times hanging out with my buddy group and other exchange students at international dinners, pub crawls, ice-skating, 'fika' aka coffee chats and other activities organised by the International Union. The friendly environment made it all comfortable and I'm guilty of not feeling the least bit homesick. Time sure flies when you're having fun; I can't believe it's just a little more than two months left to the end of the semester and I definitely look forward to what this remaining time has to offer. Skål! 

[Stories] Dylan at University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

As a part of our curriculum, we are required to fly over to our main campus in University of Birmingham for a semester.  I flew here with lots of doubts and uncertainties but those didn’t last longer than a week! Adaptation was pretty easy because all you have to do is open up your “golden mouth” and ask questions! People here are more than willing to help! School life comparing to back at home is a lot less taxing, with approximately six hours of lecture a week. This gives me oodles of time to travel around the UK. On top of that, the nice cooling weather (sometimes erratic) and amazing scenery invalidates any form of stress you might face in school!   Dylan, from Singapore Institute of Management–University Of Birmingham (SIM-UOB), currently exchange at University of Birmingham

[Stories] Mari at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

To be honest, this experience would literally change me. Here, in Singapore, you can unexpectedly have lots of opportunities to mingle with various people from all parts of the globe. I feel like I am studying abroad around the world, not just Singapore, in this just one-year exchange. My experience here in Singapore is totally different! Each class is much smaller than my university, and it is about 40 students in a class and the students are of different nationalities. Based on it, every Professor definitely recognizes every single student and respects our broader values. You are expected to speak up and contribute the class, then this participation is directly connected to your grade. It was worth tackling for myself, which was apparently challenging for kind of “shy” Japanese girl though! Students in Singapore are unbelievable studious. Packing themselves in the library for group projects, writing papers, previews and reviews for their modules everyday. I was really surprised when they caught my eyes but I got really motivated by them to brush me up in the academic perspective. Mari, from Keio University (Japan), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University.

[Stories] Elva at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I think my exchange life in SMU is so nice! There are a lot of activities held for exchange students to explore Singaporean, Malaysian, Indian culture. You can have both city and country life experience in Singapore. I think that Garden by the bay is the best garden I have ever been in Asia. During weekends, you can go hiking to tree top walk and enjoy fresh air in the mountain! As I have no class on Monday and Friday, my weekends is so long that I can spend lots of time travel aboard. The school life of mine in Singapore is very different from my hometown. The class last more than three hours here, so you don’t have to take a lot of courses. In Taiwan, class is only two hours and you need to take a lots of course to fulfill your graduation requirement. The most different point is that SMU is a city university, it’s quite convenient for you to go everywhere in Singapore, it only costs 15 min to Clarke quay, Bugis, Little India! The location of SMU is really really nice for exploring this amazing city.   Elva, from National Chengchi University (Taiwan), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University.

[Stories] Audrey at National University of Singapore (Singapore)

I am majoring in communications, specializing in user experience at Chiaotung University in Taiwan, and currently exchanging to National University Singapore (NUS) for one semester. I really am attracted by the people and the culture since I had been here and I’m really thankful for the friendly locals providing me the help along the way. The exchange life has been totally different from myhome university. The professors in NUS give more interaction and connection with the students during the lectures. Even though there are 100 students in the class, the professor still asks the student to speak up and talk about their opinions of the issues or questions one by one. I think it makes more conducive for learning and training critical thinking of the students. Also, because of the heart location of South East Asia, I have traveled the countries nearby Singapore. It really helps me to open my mind and broaden my horizon. I’m so happy that I have opportunity studying in Singapore. It would be a wonderful experience of my life. Audrey, from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), currently on exchange at National University of Singapore.

[Stories] Victoria at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I am currently studying environmental social science, specialising in business and management at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. Studying at Singapore Management University (SMU) has been a totally different experience compared to my home university. At SMU you do all four courses at once and have multiple midterms and finals compare to Sweden where we do one course at the time and then have one big exam together with projects during the course. We are usually about 200 people at our lectures back home while at SMU we are about 50 and expected to speak up. The campus is also way bigger than my home university and it took me a long time to find my way around. But it has still been beyond my expectations. I love the big campus and it is pleasant studying in the spacious library, the school is alive as it's often activities going on.  As Singapore also is in the heart of South East Asia it has given me the opportunity of travelling and discovering new places and cultures. I've also meet all kind of international people. I'm so happy that I was given an opportunity studying in Singapore, it will be an experience for life. Victoria, from University of Gothenburg, currently on exchange at Singapore Managment Un

[Stories] Stacy at CATOLICA-LISBON School of Business and Economics (Portugal)

Coming to study in Lisbon, Portugal, was initially nerve-wrecking for me. Being the first batch of SMU students going to Catolica-Lisbon meant I had no seniors’ advice to rely on. However, I am thankful for the friendly locals that provided the help I needed along the way. Classes are much smaller here than in SMU, which makes it more conducive for learning. It is also a nice change to have a European focus in classes, and I broaden my perspective with every session. Learning the Portuguese language is not easy, but when I manage to converse (albeit haphazardly) with locals at the shops, their smile and nod sends my heart into a little flurry of happiness. Academics aside, I love indulging in one of the Portuguese's favorite food - Codfish (yum!). Moreover, my French and Swedish housemates would make Swedish meatballs, French crepes and many more delectables while we (Singaporeans) would bring 'Bak Kut Teh' to the table! Everyday here is enriching and it motivates me to get out of bed early, even on weekends. Stacy, from Singapore Management University, currently on exchange at CATOLICA-LISBON School of Business and Economics (Portugal).

[Stories] Hong Zhi at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

My experience at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has been nothing short of amazing. Not only does CBS offer a wide variety of interesting courses, combining business with different areas, it is also an international school. It is like a melting pot of different cultures where you get the chance to work with and interact with people from different cultures and background. To me, it is this interaction that makes the CBS experience an unforgettable one. With the interactive pedagogy and the warm friendly professors, classes at CBS are always interesting and enlightening. They offer a unique perspective (be it political, economical or cultural) to businesses and the way businesses are conducted. Looking forward, I am glad to have the opportunity to experience CBS and it is an experience which will stay with me for life. Hong Zhi, from Singapore Management University, currently on exchange at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

[Stories] Anneka at Singapore Mangement University (Singapore)

I normally study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, which has proved to be a lot different than studying here at SMU. For starters, Singapore is MUCH cleaner and safer than LA. Normally I would never feel safe walking the streets at night, but in Singapore I do it all the time. O ne of the most interesting differences is college life at the two universities. Back in the states, most students tend to live on campus or in apartments and houses together that surround the university, while here most students tend to live at home unless they are on exchange. The best part about this experience has been meeting so many international people and learning not only about the people of Singapore, but about those of all the countries from which exchange students have come from to study. Its truly been a once in a lifetime experience.   Anneka, from University of Southern California, currently on exchange at Singapore Mangement University.

[Stories] Natalie at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I really like it at SMU. I think the best thing is that it’s in the middle of the city, so I can have both the campus and city life experience. The work schedule is really comfortable, because I only have courses on Mondays and Wednesdays so I have time for traveling as well. I visited Malaysia, Thailand, Java, Bali, Hong Kong and the Philippines so far and I still have plans. Singapore is the heart of Southeast Asia, it’s an amazingly developed place to live in. But when you need an adventure you can just hop on a plane and be in a totally different place with a totally different culture. That is so amazing here, every country hides new surprises, new experiences, new foods to try, new cultures to discover and so on… I also managed to make a lot of local friends, which is great, because I wanted to explore the Singaporean culture.  At home (Hungary), we have class everyday so that’s quite different. The classes at home are shorter: 90 minutes only, which I find more convenient. It’s often hard to maintain concentration for 3 hours not to mention if someone has two or three classes in a row. On the other hand I would say at SMU we learn to apply everything in practice which is extremely useful. Also I enjoy being mixed with local students in group projects because I learned a lot from them and the Singaporean working culture. Natalie, from

[Stories] Sherlyn at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

It has been more than one month since I'm studying in Stockholm. Being an exchange student in KTH University is definitely less hectic compared to my time in SMU. Courses here consist of lectures and seminars where instructors explain the lesson in lectures while seminars are focused more towards group discussion. Students therefore not only have the opportunities to share their ideas but also to learn from other fellow students. The professor will also approach the group one by one and participate in the discussion so the class feels more interactive and much more interaction with the professor. Some of the courses even have excursions to museums so you get to explore Stockholm while studying! But all in all, the education system is quite similar to SMU. There are still individual assignments, group projects and presentations. What's more, I really love Stockholm as a city to live and experience the Scandinavia. The people here are incredibly friendly and most of them can speak English quite well so there will be no trouble communicating at all. Even the bus drivers will try to greet the passengers and say "Hej" which makes people feel so warm. Lastly, if you are extremely lucky, you could see the Northern lights in Stockholm so just be aware of looking up at the sky at night." 

[Stories] Matilde at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I decided to come study in Singapore because it’s the heart of SEA. During my 8 months here I met so many people from literally all over the world and I had the chance to get close to few locals, which taught me a lot about culture and food. Moreover, I travelled around SEA, fell in love with Asian food and managed to get used to Singaporean hit. University is really different from my home university back in UK. The campus is big and sometimes I still need to follow signs to find my way to schools. The atmosphere here at SMU is cosy and pleasant: there is always something going on in the concourse: societies and food stands, people singing and dancing. Academically speaking classes are conducted as seminars rather than lectures. You are expected to prepare before coming to class and speak up during discussions. Singapore and SMU have changed me a lot and have definitely broadened my horizons. Matilde, from City University London, currently on exchange at Singapore Management University.

[Stories] Laura at Singapore Management University (Singapore)

I come from France and I’m in Singapore to do an exchange semester at SMU. SMU has a really big campus, much bigger than my home university. When I arrived, I thought I couldnt find my way ever in the SMU complex but there are indications everywhere. It’s very convenient for the exchange students. Besides, I think that the campus is very lively as students spend their time in the corridors of the school where the spaces are adapted for working or just for chilling with some friends.  Concerning education, the Professors here come from all over the world that broaden the perspective of the students. In France we don’t have a Teaching Assitant in class to take down the class participation for instance. To me, having a TA is beneficial to student’s education as it helps to create a true relationship between the teacher and the students. Finally, I would say that the class rooms are very comfortable and furnished with incredible technological means. Laura, from NEOMA business school (France), currently on exchange at Singapore Management University.

[Stories] Watson at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

Having the opportunity to experience and immerse myself on exchange in the Copenhagen Business School really opened my eyes to the different learning culture as compared to Singapore. Professors here take on more of a passive approach and students are expected to be prepared in order to move discussions along. The curriculum here is less rigid as compared to the education that I am used to but lessons have been very interesting! Watson, from Singapore Management University, currently on exchange at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark).

[Stories] Shafaye at University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

I've only been here at Manchester for a short while but in my 3 weeks here I've experienced the warmth of the British people. The people at Uni of Manchester have been nothing short of welcoming and friendly, which really helped me settle in.  Academics-wise, the system is quite different from SMU with lectures, seminars and tutorials, and a much lighter workload, so it's a nice change of pace after 3 years of the SMU system. I'm looking forward to the rest of the sem at UOM!   Shafaye, from Singapore Management University, currently on exchange at University of Manchester (UK).