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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How can students best research their university choices?


Students can now visit Harvard University on a virtual tour

Covid-19 has seen a sudden increase of virtual university tours, student presentations, Q&A sessions and taster lectures to help students make a decision without stepping foot on campus. As well as taking 360-degree tours where you can ‘tour’ facilities such as the sports hall, library, playing fields, science lab and theatre, students should look at the university websites carefully as many FAQs are often answered for them there.

Zoe Williams at Tanglin advises its students to ask plenty of questions.

“We encourage our students to make use of a platform called www.unibuddy.com, which enables students to chat to current students at their prospective university who may be studying the course they are applying for; it is partnered with over 450 institutions across 35+ countries.

“At the current time I would want to find out how students have been supported with their studies during Covid, what the student to staff ratio is, and what the student satisfaction rate is? However, students maybe more interested in how good the nightlife is and what the food is like!”

As Tannaz Daver at SJI International says, it’s important to ask questions that focus on the specifics of a major, programme or other aspects of university life rather than asking what is already available publicly on their website. Such questions might be: ‘Do faculty teach undergraduate courses or are they taught by postgraduate students?’ and ‘What model of delivery are you currently offering and planning to offer – in-person learning, online-only or a hybrid model?’.

Hani Rahman at Dover Court highlights some advantages of the move to virtual open days, as before this students could only access what was local to them or somewhere they had the means of travelling to.

Ms Rahman adds:

“As an international student, you may have different things to adapt to than students who are locally from a place, so your questions may be related to this unique experience. Your questions could range from accessibility of resources in different languages to food options on campus to the proximity to the airport!”

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