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Top trends among Singapore students seeking overseas education

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[:en]“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin.
With our dreams in our hearts, we invest our time and work on our minds to get closer to our goals. And as Benjamin Franklin rightly said it, it is the best investment you could ever make.

In today’s age, there are a number of options made available for us to prepare for the future. As more Singaporean students are pursuing their higher education overseas, it only shows that there are plenty of opportunities for international students to study overseas.

But why study overseas and not in local universities? To help you understand the benefits better, we have listed the top 5 reasons why Singaporean students are actively pursuing overseas education.

1. Experience a new culture
Studying overseas means experiencing a new culture, living alone and managing a budget of your own. These are valuable skills that will benefit you in every aspect of your life going forward.

Studying overseas provides you with the chance to experience new cultures, and you get to interact with people from different nationalities! This opens your mind to a multitude of friendships, traditions, cuisines and lifestyles you may have not known.

This is the chapter of your life where you learn to live independently as an individual. Some might even say that this is an added factor of benefit while obtaining an overseas degree.

Learning new cultures will not only help you to know other people’s way of life but is also an advantage when looking for highly rewarding jobs in different parts of the world.

2. More degree options for you!
Ever wanted to specialize in an uncommon degree? Say, you want to specialize in criminology, nuclear engineering, medicine or art?

If your passion lies in one amongst these specialised degrees, then studying overseas might be the decision for you.

In fact, by pursuing such degrees overseas, you make yourself extremely attractive to employers who are trying to find individuals with these specialised skills and expertise.

3. Global recognition
Gaining an edge over the rest of the competition is definitely a huge advantage, and studying abroad undeniably guarantees a global reputation.

According to the QS Global Employer Survey Report, 6 employers out of 10 around the world are given extra credit for international student experience.

No matter the field you’re in, studying overseas will simply expose you to new paths to pursue your passions, or even experiment with new ones.

Studying overseas can also help you to gain a first-hand, real-world perspective and a deeper knowledge about things you knew very less about.

This real-world perspective sets you apart from your local peers, and will also be able to give you a 360-degree view of your industry while making you proficient in your job!

4. Develop your language skills
Studying overseas will be a chance to develop your language skills, either through studying a second language or by practising the language spoken locally.

While English is an international language, it is no longer cool to know just that. Remember you were so amazed by that one friend who speaks French and you thought how cool was that? Yes, studying overseas allows you to completely immerse yourself in that new language and daily speaking is definitely the best way to practise. In any case, the learning of an additional language adds to your skills as an asset.

5. Job opportunities
Universities often have dedicated services to assist their students with careers, including those from overseas. Throughout the year, universities organise workshops to provide students with new skills or to support with their CVs, interviews, and specific career advice.

If you are seeking an esteemed job opportunity overseas, it will be good to begin preparations in advance. It is also very important to research your rights as an international employee in prior.

Also, Australia offers up to 4 years of Post-Study Work Visa to international students who have completed at least 2 years of studies or more at a higher education level of their respective Bachelors or Masters Degree in regional areas. A few top and popular cities such as Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart now offer 1 year of additional post-study work via (total of 3 years).

With this post-study work visa of Australia, you and your family can live, work, study and travel in Australia.

If you are curious to know more about how a study overseas plan could change your life, contact us and talk to our educational experts to guide you better.

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