Singapore, the tiny island that is 0.007% the size of British Columbia and 11% more populated, is a city with delicious food, four official languages, and an extremely efficient public transportation system. Not to mention average temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius the whole year!
Welcome to my blog for my academic exchange at the National University of Singapore! My name is Kyle, a fourth year student at the Beedie School of Business studying MIS and Entrepreneurship. Within this blog, I will be sharing my experiences while I study abroad in Singapore. I hope that this provides you with a good idea of what you can experience through a semester abroad; whether in Singapore, or elsewhere!
Since my arrival in Singapore, I have had several unforgettable experiences. My most memorable so far include hanging out with one of my favourite mentors, Sam Thiara, in Bangkok; competing in the Inter Faculty Games with Team Bizad in Ultimate Frisbee; and rowing a dragon boat under the water from the Merlion in Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay. Each day has a new adventure, new people to meet, and new things to do!
One of the greatest benefits of studying at NUS is its international vibe, with thousands of exchange and international students enrolled each semester. Along with local Singaporian students, the University is a melting pot of numerous cultures and nationalities. This is a great environment to form new friendships with people from all over the world, and has greatly enhanced group work! Overall, the project teams in my classes are composed of students from over ten different countries. One of my greatest inspirations for going on exchange was doing group work with exchange students at SFU, so I am very happy that I have the opportunity to work with people from so many different cultures at NUS. And despite all of the different cultures and backgrounds, everyone in Singapore and NUS speak fluent English.
My favourite part about Singapore so far has to be the food. It is the best place to get cheap, fast, and delicious food. The people here even pride themselves as having “eating” as one of their favourite past times. Throughout the country, there are places called “hawker centers” that are composed of hundreds of food stalls offering their own unique cuisine. These hawker centers have some of the best dishes in Singapore; including local favourites Hainanese Chicken Rice, Satay, and Laksa. The hawker centers also offer a wide variety of Muslim, Indian, Malaysian, and Chinese food. My favourite food so far is the Laksa from the East Coast Lagoon Food Center. And not to worry, eating at hawker centers in Singapore is very safe, as the government requires that each stall posts its rating in cleanliness. Almost all of the stalls and restaurants have an A or B rating. As someone who loves to eat, I make trips to different areas of the city just to go to the hawker centers with the best food!
Stay tuned to my upcoming posts. These will cover topics ranging from student life at NUS to the benefits of having Singapore as your home base while you explore Southeast Asia.