Overseas Experience

​​​This one-year exchange has been nothing short of amazing. It greatly expands my worldview as I am exposed to the diversity of people and liberal culture. Studying in a new environment exposes me to different teaching methods and an invigorating energy in the classroom setting. Discovery takes place across countries, within the city, around the campus- it is everywhere, and I feel deeply inspired when I least expect it. Being in exchange feels as if I am given a new, blank canvas on which I could paint my own interpreted watercolour, and I feel deeply grateful for this refreshing experience. I have a renewed appreciation for Singapore and a stronger drive to make a difference. 

Lim Shi Ying Serene, Year 3
University of British Columbia 
Mechanical Engineering 


We are really very fortunate to be able to have an overseas experience as part of our REP education. It distinguishes us from other students and widens our perspective of the world. My internship with Dyson UK has taught me many practical skills and lessons that a sheltered school environment cannot teach. Joining Imperial College has so far been an exciting adventure that gives me plenty of opportunities to learn and explore my interests. London is just a wonderful city to live in if you like the hustle and bustle and Woodward Buildings (our hall) is a nice respite from the city life. Impromptu travelling to Europe and even Africa makes the stay even more fun and thrilling. I truly appreciate my journey in REP.

Lim Shu Fung, Year 3
Imperial College London 
Mechanical Engineering

The opportunity to explore and experience the culture in both Europe and the US  during my overseas year has allowed me to discover more about myself and the world around me. I had a fulfilling time at Northwestern, being enriched by the mechanical engineering and design curriculum there and the vibrant school life, from building and launching a model rocket to ice skating on campus during winter. Through living, studying and working with people with vastly different backgrounds and passions, I have gained fresh perspectives and skills which I am excited to share back here in REP.

Cyndi Teh Shin Yi, Year 4
Northwestern University
 Mechanical Engineering

Going for an overseas exchange is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is definitely one of the highlights in REP. I find myself learning a great deal when I was in Imperial College London especially when we interacted with the local students there. The best part of this is in the ‘doing’, getting a first-hand experience of what it feels like to live out of your comfort zone – unlike that of reading from the books or watching videos from an online stream. What’s more, you are free to go seek out your passion, trek up a hill in search of like-minded people and definitely, you get to know the feeling of standing with both your feet on a foreign land, confidently pushing onward in search for a brighter future.

Koh Hong Da, Year 4
Imperial College London 
Computer Science

I have come to realise that REP is such a big part of my life. Above all else, it is family, and it is the people who define the programme. Especially while away on the overseas year, I've come to appreciate the precious people in REP even more, and I want to invest in these relationships, as it will definitely be for a lifetime! Here at Berkeley, I am excited about the way different disciplines intersect. The variety of courses, activities and experiences that result is incredible, and I would like to bring these ideas back to Singapore.

Amber Tan, Year 5
University of California, Berkeley 
 Civil Engineering 


The overseas year programme is a lot about learning how to live independently. It greatly widens my perspective as it challenges me to really balance work and play. The exposure and learning to live with people of various cultures teaches me a lot of people skills and how to deal with disagreements. I'm also exposed to very different teaching styles and active participation in the classroom. The chance to visit so many different countries has also exposed me to the rich culture of Europe but at the same time it has also made me treasure Singapore more.

Joelle Fung, Year 5
Imperial College London 
 Mechanical Engineering 


The overseas year of study unique to the REP is not just about having fun. It is a time of learning and experiencing. I was impressed by the strong engineering and maker culture in Berkeley and started immersing myself in hands-on classes and student clubs focusing on robotics and hands-on electronics. As an electrical engineering specialisation in REP, building things beyond just studying, helped me see my knowledge come to life in the things I built. I hope to bring these skills back and share the passion, joy and art of making cool stuff.

John Lim, Year 5
University of California, Berkeley
 Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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