How To Choose The Right University

University counsellors from Tanglin Trust School, Dover Court International School and St Joseph's Institution International offer expert advice on how to plan for university, where to study, and how being an international student in Singapore is a huge advantage.
How To Choose The Right University
By Carli Allan
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What advantages do Singapore's international students have when it comes to university applications?

Students at international schools such as SJI International have the potential to stand out from the crowd of university applications (pic taken pre-Covid)

After spending their academic life mixing with students of different cultures and nationalities, students at international schools generally have an international mindset and can be more outward looking. Many universities see huge benefits in bringing this calibre of students into their lecture theatres and tutorial groups.

Zoe Williams at Tanglin explains: “They often bring unique perspectives to classroom discussions and have a flexibility of thought that universities seek.” And Hani Rahman at Dover Court adds: “The more diversity of viewpoints, the richer class discussion can be, and professors feel the school as a whole is much better off for it.”

As well as often being bilingual (or at the very least competent in a second language), students will have a level of intercultural awareness, understanding and acceptance that cannot be taught in their home country.

Aidan Crowley at SJI International adds:

“They have been exposed to many experiences by living internationally; these can be in the academic, extracurricular and personal family realms. These experiences can be brought to life in the course of their application.”

Students at SJI International are also at an advantage because the vast majority will have their final IB Diploma scores at the time of university application. As the school’s academic year runs from Jan-Dec, students sit their IB exams in November and their results are released in early January. It means that, with a few exceptions, students are not reliant on predicted grades for most university applications.

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