The Real Estate’s Student Exchange Programme (SEP) provides students with invaluable opportunities to experience student life in a totally different educational, social and cultural environment for a semester. In line with the government's call for Singaporeans to go global, the exchange will allow students to widen their outlook and establish network early in their professional life.
To enable students to proceed on SEP, Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) are signed with reputable overseas universities allowing for reciprocal exchange of students. MOUs can be signed at the University-level, School-level or Department-level. SEP places arising from University-level MOUs will be designated UW places and administered by Registrar's Office while those from the Department-level MOUs will be designated DL places and will be administered by the Department.
Various scholarships, awards, grants and loans are available to NUS students going on exchange, especially NUS Awards for Study Abroad (NASA).
One of the main highlights of SEP would be the travelling in which I am glad I had the chance to experience. It was a really memorable aspect of my SEP stint as I got to marvel at amazing natural sights, and visit places teeming with history and culture. This was especially memorable as I was able to witness in real life the things that I have learnt in my real estate modules (especially the ones on urban planning). As a real estate student, I was also able to better appreciate the built environment in each city. I would highly recommend students to embark on an overseas exchange programme, for it has undoubtedly been the highlight of my university experience thus far.
Experiencing different academic teaching style was something that surprisingly was a challenge for me because it was different from what I was used to in Singapore. Therefore I was happy I managed to adapt to it within the first few weeks of school. I am proud to say that I did achieve all the goals I set for myself and forged lifelong friendships with a group of unforgettable international friends in UBC, alongside my adventures with them throughout the semester.