Jolina Dierkes in Singapore

Field of study in Wageningen: Food Technology
Study period exchange: 15/08/2018 until 04/12/2018
Country (exchange): Singapore
University (exchange): NTU
Faculty (exchange): Chemistry

2. Motivation for exchange

Why did you choose to go on study exchange?

I like exploring new parts of the world and this way I could combine it with my education. This was the perfect fit for me.

What is the reason you chose for this country/university?

I chose to go to Singapore, because I wanted to get to know Asia better. Initially I wanted to go to Japan but the courses they offered were not as much of interest to me which is why I chose the other option in Asia, Singapore.

3. Accessibility to reach destination

Do you have any tips to reach your exchange destination?

It is necessary to take the plane.

4. University and studying

Could you provide some general information about the followed courses?

How is the study formalized?

It is comparable to Wageningen. The biggest difference is that they have semester instead of periods, so you have all exams together at the end of the semester.

What is the culture of the university?

The local students are usually really ambitious and study a lot. If they are of studying most of them are part of a student club were they spent their free time.

What does the university offer the student additionally?

The Campus is like an own little city and you can find everything there. Stores, Hairdresser, Swimming pools and many other sport facilities. Each hall has their own laundry facility.

5.Housing-travelling-living

What are the possibilities for housing? 

Room on campus is quite affordable. Private room in the city is really expensive. Around 600 euro for a 8 square meter room.

What is the culture of the country like? 

Completely different compared to the Netherlands, but compared to other Asian countries, quite Western.

Could you give a general price indication of the place of residence compared to living in Wageningen?

It was a little bit cheaper than in Wageningen since I had on-campus housing and a shared room of the lowest price. I paid around 180 euro per month.

Could you give some information about public transport infrastructure? 

The public transport is really good and quite cheap. You can top up your student card and pay with it and also in many other stores it is possible to pay with the student card. Especially on campus.

6. Free time

What are must-sees in the area?

It is super easy to travel from Singapore. There is the recess week were there are no classes so perfectly for planning a longer trip. And also the weekends are perfect for a short holiday. I advise to travel as much as possible in South East Asia.

What does not appear in the travel guide, but is worth a visit?

Arab Street.

Do you have general tips and tricks about leisure time?

Clarke Quay is perfect for going out. Most of the clubs are located in that area. Also Arab street is super nice to visit during the weekend. There are always many people and many restaurants were you can sit outside. The atmosphere is super nice. But it is better to visit during the day since there are not many people in week nights.

7. Best moment abroad

What was your best memory abroad?

There are too many to decide for one. All the memories are super nice and I would do everything again like I’ve done it now.