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 advice can you offer students who want to apply to Oxbridge?



Applications to Oxford and Cambridge have a fixed deadline of October 15 each year, so this has now passed for September 2022 entry. Cambridge University does have an optional earlier deadline for international students who prefer to conduct their interviews in their home country/home time zone, meaning they’ll need to apply in September.

The key message is that anyone wanting to apply to Oxbridge needs to prepare early – from January of the year of application – so for September 2023 entry that’s only a few weeks away. As Hani Rahman at Dover Court says:

“In all my years of experience, I’ve never seen an application that wasn’t greatly improved with more time and planning, but it’s easy to identify rushed ones."

There’s no room for complacency when applying to some of the best universities in the world, which are highly competitive.

Zoe Williams at Tanglin says:

“Students with perfect grades are not guaranteed a place, so each student needs to think carefully about the environment, the structure and demands of the course and the teaching style. They need to be confident they are fully engaged with their subject and have a dedication to their studies that goes far beyond the classroom.”

Students should look at how they will be supported by their school for Oxbridge applications; Tanglin, for example, has two interns every year for six weeks from Oxford who “support and advise the students with their experiences of studying at these elite institutions”. And SJI International offers practice interview sessions so that can students get used to “vocalising their thoughts, which is a key part of the interview process”.

Next: Where and what are today's students studying?

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