Ten Reasons You Should Study Abroad in Singapore

Why go to Singapore? Megan Reardon who studies at Singapore Management University in Singapore tells you the top 10 reasons why!

Don’t let anyone tell you Singapore is small!
In front of the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The largest infinity pool in the world sits on top.

1) Travel

Probably the top reason I went to Singapore was because I knew that travel opportunities would be plentiful. People normally think of Europe when they want to travel, but Singapore is in the heart of Southeast Asia and offers easy access to destinations like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. On top of that, Singapore’s airport was recently voted as the best airport in the world for the fifth year in the row, making getting to these places very easy.

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Junk Boats on Koh Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Floating Markets in Bangkok, Thailand
Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Summit of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia
Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

2) Language

English is the most widely spoken language in Singapore. While Singapore has four national languages (English, Tamil, Malay, and Mandarin), signs and communication are largely in English and very easy to follow. Unlike other Asian countries, it is not a problem if you are only familiar with English.

3) Safety and Cleanliness

Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. There is essentially no fear of harm if you are out walking alone at night. Singapore is also very clean. Have you ever heard that gum is illegal in Singapore? It’s true! Singapore is so clean that the government doesn’t want to risk gum being spit out on sidewalks.

4) Education

The university that Fisher partners with, Singapore Management University (SMU), offers great courses and a competitive curriculum. Unlike at Fisher, most of their core courses focus on one intense, semester long project. Every class is required to have a group project. This gives an awesome chance to work in a project setting with people from all around the world.

My Group for my Sociology of Terrorism Group Project

5) Food

Singapore is famous for places called Hawker Centers. These are open-air complexes that house stalls selling inexpensive food from around the world. Most days, I would eat various hawker meals for lunch. These cheap meals also give you a chance to try all of the local flavors without breaking the bank.

6) Public Transportation

Singapore is small, and therefore so easy to get around. Getting to the middle of the city from my apartment was a 15 minute MRT train ride. The public transport system hits all parts of the island, and they are constantly adding more routes to improve efficiency.

7) Cultural blend of local and international students

One of the best parts of studying at SMU is that there is such a diverse blend of students and teachers. Whereas in Europe, many of the exchange students are from the U.S., in Singapore most exchange students were from Europe. I rarely met other U.S. foreign exchange students, which offered great opportunities to learn different cultures.

Three Finnish Students, Three American Students, and One French Student
Singaporean Friends

8) SMU is in the city

Unlike the two other Singaporean universities, Singapore Management University (SMU) is directly in the middle of the city. It’s easy to get to, and offers many off campus options for things to do when you’re done with classes.

SMU’s Modern Campus

9) Leading global business hub

Singapore itself is a hub of international business in Asia. Being a business student, this was an awesome way to learn about international business and how business is conducted in Asia.

10) High standard of living

Singapore offers a very high standard of living. SMU is a commuter school, so all exchange students live off campus. Most students live in condos with a few other students. These condos are luxury. They have pools, hot tubs, gym facilities, etc. Since Singapore is usually about 80 F, a long morning of classes is easily followed by an afternoon at the pool.

Megan Reardon

Megan is a fourth year finance student at Fisher College of Business. She spent spring semester 2017 abroad at Singapore Management University. She will graduate in May 2018 and is moving to Seattle to work for Boeing. "I loved seeing parts of Southeast Asia, and being abroad really opened my eyes to travel and more in the world. Simply put - I have the travel bug!"