NTU offers various overseas programmes for students to gain a global perspective. Students will have the opportunity to enrich their undergraduate experience by spending a semester or two abroad in one of more than forty universities around the world. NTU's international exchange partners include universities in countries such as the US, UK, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Studying and living in a different culture is an invaluable experience that will make students better placed for working or studying abroad after they graduate.
The following are some testimonials from some of our students who went on local/overseas exchange programmes and professional attachment.
Professional Attachment - Centre for Effective Living Pte. Ltd
My Professional Attachment was done at the Centre for Effective Living Pte. Ltd, a private psychology clinic. It was only a 10-week attachment, and in that time, I had learnt more than I had expected. My job scope as an intern was to shadow the psychologists in their job, and helping them with their work when needed, as well as helping out with the administrative work. When the clients gave their consent, I was allowed to sit in for the sessions. I observed many psychological testings, such as the WPSSI-III, WISC-IV, and WAIS-III, and was also lucky enough to witness a leadership testing by the organisational psychologist in the clinic. These are areas which undergraduates rarely get to experience. Besides testings, I also got to sit in for some therapy sessions, and was even entrusted the responsibility of mentoring one of the psychologist’s patients. Research work is of course an integral part of being a psychologist, as they are sometimes invited to give talks to organisations and schools. As such, I often helped the psychologists to find materials for their talk.
The attachment experience not only allowed me to witness first-hand the applications of psychology in the real world, but also allowed me to learn more about myself. This has allowed me to grow, and develop not only personally, but also professionally, as I have learnt how to handle myself better in different situations.
GEM Discoverer Prelude – Vietnam National University
Gem Discoverer – Summer Exchange at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
Gem Explorer – Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada
I am grateful to have the opportunity to go on an exchange programme in Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada. It allowed me to experience independent living whereby we need to handle everything on our own, from grocery shopping to whipping up meals to doing the laundry. It was interesting and fun to hang out with friends in a foreign country, exploring the world together, and getting all amazed by the natural beauty out there. It also widens my perspective in terms of education, as I witnessed the differences between the country's education system and learning attitude of its people. Most importantly, it made me realise that "home is still the best" :) All in all, it was a wonderful memorable learning experience of a lifetime, and one should definitely grab the chance to go for an exchange or studying overseas, if opportunity comes knocking.
Global Immersion Programme (GIP) – University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Going for GIP was a dream come true. The programme exposed me to a myriad of new cultures, new places, and new people. After the initial shock of being thrown into a whole new environment wore off, I eased into the slower pace of life that Seattle had to offer. The laid-back yet encouraging pedagogical atmosphere was a welcome change from what I was normally used to, and I benefited greatly from my interactions with both American and international students alike. I am deeply grateful for this experience, and would never trade it for anything in the world.
Singapore Universities Student Exchange Programme (SUSEP) – National University of Singapore
International Student Exchange Programme (INSTEP) – University of Melbourne, Australia
Having had the opportunity to go on an exchange programme to the University of Melbourne, Australia, I believe I gained a most enriching experience. I learnt much from the lessons I had – not just lessons on campus, but also in managing daily life matters independently as well as living on my own. I also got to travel a lot more extensively to gorgeous places such as Philip Island to see the smallest penguins in the world, and the 12 Apostles on my Great Ocean Road Trip. Overall, I had a blast!