Saturday, March 21, 2009
Finally i have my application form into National University of Singapore (NUS). It is good to finally have it in, even if i will probably have to make changes to my subject selection later due to a misunderstanding about how many units i was required to take and some uncertainty as to what subjects are available. Hopefully that won't be a problem. The application didn't give me a choice as to which one of the student residences i wanted to be allocated to. I'm praying for a single room with air-conditioning. Don't think i could manage without the air-conditioning!
Soon i'll have to start with some of the other things i have to organise. Of course there's the big things like flights, a student visa and travel insurance but there's also all the little things. Its amazing how many different things there are to consider like will the clothes i have be suitable for the climate & local modesty standards, will my Australian mobile phone work over there or do i need to buy a new one and whether to open a Singapore bank account or pay the international withdrawal fees to access my Australian one while i'm there.
It has been interesting seeing peoples responses when i say i'm going to Singapore to study. Even students who are originally from Singapore sometimes sound a bit surprised. While lots of students from Singapore come here, ether for the full duration of their degree or for a short term exchange, it seems that very few Australian students go to Singapore to study. Not sure why there is such a difference. When it is an Australian i'm talking to the surprise is often accompanied with "Singapore has an awesome airport."