Emily K. Exchange Ambassador

What is one word to describe your study abroad experience:

National University of Singapore - Amazing

"Do EVERYTHING you can. You don't want regrets on a trip like this."

Emily K.




Exchange student at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
Winter semester
Studying International Development

  1. What is the best thing that happened while you were studying abroad?  

I went surfing for the first time in Bali.

  1. Where was the coolest place you travelled to during your study abroad experience?  

That's hard! They were all great - but I really LOVED Vietnam

  1. What was the biggest cultural adaptation you had to make?  

I was a racial minority for the first time in my life

  1. Who was the hardest person to leave that you met while on exchange? How did you deal with that?

I met a great group of friends while on exchange. It was hard to leave them, but we are all still in touch over Snapchat and Facebook.

  1. What is something that you know now, that you wish you knew before you studied abroad?   

You're going to have bad days - don't beat yourself up for having them. They happen on exchange just the same as they happen at home.

  1. What was your best learning moment?

Learning to speak Mandarin! It was very useful in Singapore.

  1. If you were to recommend exchange to your best friend, what would you say?  

Do EVERYTHING you can. You don't want regrets on a trip like this. 

  1. Would it be helpful to learn another language for this exchange? 

All of the classes at NUS were taught in English.

  1. Did you live on-campus or off-campus? Would you recommend it, and why?  

I lived on campus. I would recommend it in Singapore as housing is very expensive outside of the school, and I met all my friends in res.

  1. How did you finance your study abroad experience?  

My own money, scholarships from Guelph and OSAP

  1. What interesting courses did you get to take while studying abroad? What was the title of the course(s)?  

 I really liked taking History of the Malay World. It was an interesting course and the prof was awesome.  

Emily's photos from exchange in Singapore

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