Exchange Student at the University of Singapore  



Rupert Grimes, Combined Honours

Why I got involved

I wanted more of a rounded university experience - to see things in a completely different environment, to be surrounded by a different culture (with warmer weather!) Being at Newcastle for three years is great, but it’s nice to see more of the world and take on an alternate learning programme.

Why did you choose your specific destination?

I went to my degree programme director to see what options were available. Singapore seemed the most interesting - it is so far away and so different from what I was used to.

Most enjoyable aspect

Meeting so many new people. The accommodation I was in was a huge complex with so many different nationalities. It’s really interesting to talk to people from totally different backgrounds. You’re all there for the same things - to learn and to have fun, so it’s great to have so much variety.

What was the most challenging aspect?

There is an emphasis on group work and so many ideas are flying around it can be quite challenging to focus on specific points. Everyone had a different level of English and it helped to make me more patient when sharing views and finding common ground. I definitely think these hurdles improved my team-working skills.

How do you feel it helped to enhance your degree?

It’s quite an extraordinary thing to do, and the fact that I actively went out and organised a lot of it myself will hopefully show a level of confidence and a spirit of adventure. University of Singapore is one of the best universities in Asia, so that will look good on my CV. It really made me more aware of the different ways of studying, which will hopefully benefit my Newcastle degree. It was a great experience, but it also made me appreciate how things work here.

How I've benefited personally?

I learnt a lot about myself, and now I know if I throw myself into something completely alien, I have the confidence and the tenacity to see it through.

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