Overseas Experience

The overseas exchange experience was undoubtedly the best part of my life as an undergraduate. Living abroad in Vancouver had been extremely eye-opening in more ways than one, from the well-structured academic curriculum in UBC to the vast and majestic natural landscape all around. Courses are conducted very much differently from that in Singapore, and it was a refreshingly novel approach towards academic rigour. Through my travels, I also had the opportunity to immerse myself in the diverse cultures of the world. This experience had truly allowed me to grow as a person and broaden my life's perspective. I am immensely grateful for this overseas exchange opportunity and would keep these fond memories close to my heart.

Austine Yapp Zong Han, Year 4 
University of British Columbia 
 Computer Engineering 

My overseas year in Berkeley has been nothing short of amazing. Berkeley is indeed one of the best public university in the world. There is an incredible energy in Berkeley that pushes you to grow, because you are surrounded by some of the best and brightest people in the world. Over weekends, you get to travel around to see a different part of the country or new city. You can also join the local social events, gatherings or even a club to get to make new friends. I would highly recommend to go for it!

Stephen Ng Jia Yu, Year 4
University of California, Berkeley
Computer Science

The one-year exchange in UBC, Vancouver was definitely the highlight of my university life. I was able to immerse myself in a uniquely different culture, experienced the four seasons in the beautiful British Columbia, tried activities that I never thought I would and gained a great deal in terms of self-discovery and exploration. UBC places its focus on hands-on learning and applications, and it was enlightening to learn from professors who are rich in industry experiences. With a myriad of exchange students from all over the world, UBC also presents opportunities for learning about cultures and practices globally, and forging valuable friendships. Overall, the one year abroad had been beyond amazing, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to broaden my horizons. 

Ang Li Ting Joeline, Year 5 
University of British Columbia 
 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 


Living in Canada for a year had offered me a myriad of new and fascinating experiences. I witnessed a live surgery for my Biomechanics course, listening to the surgeon’s candid conversations as he sawed off a femoral head and handed it to me. I worked on projects with a group of six meticulous and stereotypically friendly Canadians, gaining insights into their working style and personal motivations. I joined the outdoor club and met like-minded peers, going on adventures in the alpine I could only once dream of. These, and many more mind-blowing experiences taught me about things and emotions I never knew existed. It had been an invaluable journey of growth and learning that I am immensely grateful for. 

Chang Chern Jie, Year 5
University of British Columbia
 Mechanical Engineering

Spending an entire year abroad in UC Berkeley, California, had been an experience like no other. UC Berkeley prioritizes hands-on learning, which means students can take on well-designed projects or lab work and gain a much deeper technical understanding from the application of theories. Hence, the use of programming in Python or Matlab as an academic tool is commonplace across many engineering disciplines. Furthermore, UC Berkeley has a plethora of unique and diverse modules. There is sure to be something for everyone at UC Berkeley. In travel, I had the immense privilege to experience cultures vastly different from our own, accumulating myriad experiences of a lifetime. This exchange had opened my eyes to the world and was without a doubt a highlight of my university life. 

Daniel Sebastian Yee, Year 5
University of California, Berkeley
Computer Science
 

Embarking on an overseas exchange was truly an eye-opening experience. In UCB, I see how the different disciplines of engineering intersect and it was thrilling to learn from some of the best professors in the world. I got to interact with peers from different backgrounds, take interesting classes like henna art, and travel around the US to see the beautiful scenery nature has to offer. Living in Parsons Hall also allowed me to gain the opportunity to hone my culinary skills and form better relationships with fellow REP-ians. Of course, there were times that I miss Singapore but it made me appreciate how incredibly supportive my batchmates are. All in all, being able to travel to the US for a year was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am grateful for.

Tan Si Pei, Year 5
University of California, Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering

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