Why joining the SIM Study Tour is the best thing for aspiring international students

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The SIM Study Tour 2019 is coming in a month’s time and I’m super excited! Not only will I be getting to meet my cousin from Malaysia who’s signed up for the tour, I’ll also be spending more time with her and all the other participants as a student volunteer!

What’s SIM Study Tour you may ask? Well, I shall let the video speak for itself before I explain more about it.

SIM Study Tour video will be embedded here

Being given the opportunity to be part of the Study Tour is a huge privilege to me as I’m responsible for ensuring that those in high school get the most out of their time here. Especially if they’re here to find out why they should study in Singapore. So I’ve decided to list down the reasons why I believe joining the study tour is probably the best thing every aspiring international student can do.

  1. You will learn so much more about yourself
    When I first came for my study tour a few years ago prior to joining SIM, the workshops we went through really helped me decide that an education in Singapore at SIM was right for me. We were fully engaged in hands-on group assignments, and had a superb time exchanging ideas with students from different countries. The experience showed me just how much I could learn and grow as an individual when given the opportunity and exposure.
  1. You will learn about cool topics like Creative Design Thinking
    That’s right. Get ready to open your eyes to the bigger world. Taught by SIM GE Teaching Faculty, Creative Design Thinking is a design methodology that offers a solution-based approach to fixing problems. There’s also a Creative Tourism workshop which will show you how such forms of tourism can impact a country’s economy!
  1. You will make new friends from all over the world
    The SIM Study Tour also attracts participants from Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea – just to name a few. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about their culture and bond closer while taking part in workshops and activities together. I’ve made some wonderful friends during my study tour and we still keep in touch to date.
  1. You will experience SIM GE and Singapore like no other!
    You’ll get to experience the vibrance of campus life as an SIM student with teambuilding activities organised by the SIM Student Life Department. Then, we’ll bring you to Singapore’s must-see attractions like the Merlion and Universal Studios Singapore. We’ll visit places like Chinatown where you’ll get a glimpse of Singapore’s culture and traditions too!

If you’re just as excited as I am about the upcoming SIM Study Tour, learn more here.

See you soon!

 

Beatrice

What’s next after graduation? An international student’s perspective

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When you first embark on your university journey, it may seem like you have an eternity to think about the next step after graduation. While it may seem that way, I personally feel that it’s important to start preparing ahead.

What I love about SIM is that it allows me to develop my professional self while completing my Bachelor’s programme through workshops and other initiatives by the SIM Career Development Office.

While the preparation towards the next big chapter of our lives may sound like a lot of work, I know that the knowledge and real-world experience gained will be valuable when it’s my turn to step out in the real world in a few years’ time.

Many have asked me to share how we can set ourselves up for opportunities while studying at SIM. Here are some quick tips:

  1. Understand yourself
    Do you know what are your strengths, values and aspirations? How about your weaknesses and areas that need more development? I found it very useful to learn about my personal traits as it enabled me to make decisions more confidently. Not sure where to start? Take the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) profiling test offered at our Career Development Office.
  1. Develop yourself
    If I haven’t mentioned it yet, SIM’s Career Development Office is a great resource for students. You can sign up for various workshops, like the Hire-Me-Series Career Preparation Workshops that I attended. You can also learn how to create social media posts with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator tools, set up your LinkedIn profile and learn how to dress and communicate in the workplace.3.Start Building Your Professional Network
    One of the ways to do this is to join Career Chapters by the SIM Career Development Office. It’s a student-centric entity that organises industry engagement and networking events with the aim to immerse students in best practices and mentorship from senior industry practitioners. There are six Sectors and over 10 Career Chapters in total, ranging from Finance Sector, Media Sector to Non-Profit Organisation Sector. You will likely be able to find one that aligns with your aspirations. Also, you never know where your newfound connections could take you! Get yourself a mentor
    Project Protégé
    is a 4-month mentorship programme which connects SIM GE students to alumni who are established in their industries. I think it’s one of the best platforms SIM has that can really help us learn from these mentors’ professional experiences, job search strategies and career advice.

I hope the above tips have been beneficial! If you’d like to find out more about how SIM’s Career Development Office is helping to prepare students for life beyond graduation, check out these initiatives.  

Till the next post friends, Beatrice.

What My Parents Thought About Sending Me Abroad

Hi friends! I’m pretty excited to share this piece of news with everyone. This month, I will officially begin my first semester of the SIM – University at Buffalo Bachelor of Arts (International Trade and Psychology) programme. I’ve been on a short break since graduating from SIM Diploma in International Business early this year but as you can tell, I’m already all geared up for the upcoming semester.

Life at SIM has been fun and I’ve been making new friends from various nationalities in SIM. One of them is meeting Su and her parents, from Myanmar! Su and I got to talking about how our parents had to send us abroad and since her parents are here in Singapore, I have decided to take this opportunity to interview them and share their stories with you!

First of all, let me introduce you to Su!

Su (in the middle) & her lovely parents

She was only 10 when she came to Singapore to study in a local primary and secondary school.

However, it was only in Secondary 3 that she knew that she wanted to continue her higher education here. How did she find out about SIM you may ask? Well, she chanced upon an SIM Open House advertisement while scrolling through her social media feed and when she headed down to SIM to learn about the variety of programmes offered and the pathways to complete her diploma and bachelors’ degree in a shorter duration as compared to studying in the UK or US, she was sold. The rest, as they say, is history.

Whenever Su and I talked about how we started our education journey here in Singapore, it all draws back to our parents. Now that I look back on those early days, it was probably hard on my parents who had to decide if they should send me to study abroad. Many of my friends and their parents have asked me how they feel about it. Now that Su’s parents are here, I thought the best way to answer them was to turn those questions to them. Here’s what they shared with me, and I hope it will help other parents understand the benefits of studying abroad!

Me: Why did you choose to send Su to study in Singapore?
Su’s parents: Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world and it’s near to Myanmar. This was one of the most important deciding factors for us as we wouldn’t need to worry about her safety, even when she is travelling alone. The country’s world renowned education system is also another important reason. We hope that an education in Singapore would open up more career opportunities and options for Su – be it here, back in Myanmar, or even other parts of the world.

Me: What other factors did you consider?
Su’s parents: Cost of course. Getting an education in Singapore can get expensive. But seeing how happy Su is here makes us happy as well. Besides being safe and convenient to get around, Singapore also has a highly affordable transport system and finding a suitable accommodation in Singapore is also very easy.

Me: What makes you think you have made the right choice?
Su’s parents: We’ve seen how independent and confident Su have become after moving here! Su now know how to manage her own time and take responsibility for the decisions she make in life. Not only is she an SIM Student Ambassador and member of the SIM Regional Marketing Agency, she is even trying out Muay Thai! We love seeing how Su step out of her comfort zone and grow into a fine, young woman who is sociable yet humble and passionate about life. As parents, we couldn’t be prouder!

Su: Any words of advice for other parents who are thinking of sending their child to study in SIM?
Su’s parents: Don’t hesitate. It’s probably the best thing you’ll be doing for their future by helping them fulfil their potential and opening doors to diverse opportunities. These are just some of the benefits of studying abroad!

For us international students and our parents, the decision to study abroad requires taking a huge leap of faith. I’m glad I am pursuing my studies in Asia’s education hub – Singapore as I don’t just get expose to new cultures and picking up new languages, but having the bonus of learning from the international community from all walks of life. If you’d like to hear from other students on what it’s like to study and live in Singapore, check out these videos on the SIM website.

Till the next post, friends!
Beatrice

Understanding issues, changing outlooks

As a student majoring in Economics and Management, it is nothing short of a dream to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, inarguably one of the greatest Economics and Management faculties in the world. Therefore, after viewing my results in the February preliminary examinations of my second year, I applied to LSE for the General Course.

What attracted me to this programme was the wide array of subjects that LSE offers. As a General Course student, we are permitted to choose any course from any department; and while I took courses from the Management and Economics departments, many of my peers took courses from Social Policy, Philosophy, Mathematics and so on.

I have benefited so much from the General Course. It has provided me with an opportunity to connect with some of the leading minds of the academic world. Being a part of the LSE community, I was able to attend lectures and seminars by some of the most prominent thinkers, academicians, politicians, economists such as Paul Polman (the ex-CEO of Unilever) and Amartya Sen (a Nobel prize-winner in Economics). It has allowed me to understand a lot of the issues that pose a threat to the survival of our world as it is, and this has most certainly changed my outlook towards a great many such issues.

Another prominent benefit was the status of being an LSE alumnus. The motto at LSE is ‘Rerum cognoscere causas’ which means ‘understanding the causes of things’, and for many decades, LSE has encouraged its students to do just that. It enables one to think deeper into the matter at hand, beyond the surface and to question every fact and outcome, an invaluable skill that the job market respects.

As captured by the popular maxim, ‘A smooth sea never made a skilful sailor’. Life at LSE is not easy, it is accompanied by its own set of hardships and obstacles, that one must learn how to overcome. At LSE, we were required to read many articles before we attend our classes so that we are aware of the issue that is to be discussed. At the end of the year, I had to submit a written paper for my summative exam, and while this might be common for some, it was something completely new for me and I had no idea of how to do it. With the help of my friends and LSE’s faculty, I managed to successfully complete these tasks.

Something that the SIM – UOL programme structure prepared me for was the mental stress of an annual exam. As a UOL student, we have one main exam at the end of the year which we mentally prepare for. However, many other students who are not privy to this form of examinations tend to struggle. It is important to note that most Economics Courses at LSE have two exams – one in January and one in May.

In conclusion, being in the LSE General Course has been one of the most exhilarating years of my life so far, where I have learned more than I ever thought I could, and made some lifelong friends in the process.

 

Anchit Goyal
BSc Economics and Management 
Final year at LSE General Course, UK

The SIM Food Guide: 5 Dishes worth Queuing for

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It’s been a while friends! I’m currently on my lunch break before I head to my next class so I thought I should update my blog.

Since we’re on the topic of lunch, one of the things I absolutely love about studying at SIM is that it has a wide range of food choices on campus to satisfy different appetites and taste buds. SIM is very culturally diverse – I have classmates from different corners of the world like India, Korea, Myanmar and Indonesia just to name a few! I personally feel that the abundance of food choices can be very comforting for us foreign students in Singapore, being so far away from home.

The food courts do get super crowded during lunch hour and since I get asked all the time what’s good to eat here, this is my list of top 5 must-try dishes at SIM!

Where: Block A, Foodclique
Always dependable and great value for money, Foodclique is a crowd favourite among all students!

  1. Stall name: Indonesian Express (Halal) Nasi Ayam Penyet

Must-try: Nasi Ayam Penyet
A delicious dish of “smashed” fried chicken and rice. Served with an addictive sambal (chilli), sliced cucumbers and fried tofu on a bed of rice doused in curry. I was told that this touch of curry is unique to this stall! This dish is great for spicy food lovers like me, but if you can’t handle the heat, add in some sweet sauce to make it more manageable.

Price: S$5.50

Also recommended: Steamed Chicken Set, Ikan Dory Set

  1. Stall name: Vegetarian vegeterian salad

Must-try: Salad
This is the default choice for those on a diet, or if you simply want to eat healthier. For me, I come to enjoy a quick, guilt-free meal in between classes. I like that there’s a good variety of items like baby corn, protein balls, seaweed tofu, pasta and potato salad to choose from.

Price: From S$4.20 onwards

Also recommended: Try the Japanese Sesame Sauce salad dressing!

  1. Stall name: Noodles Yong Tau Foo

Must-try: Yong Tau Foo
Pick what you like from a salad bar-like counter stacked full of fresh vegetables, fishballs, crabmeat sticks, seaweed chicken and others. Let the cook know if you want your ingredients served dry (soup will served on the side), or in a laksa (spicy, curry-like) or clear soup. Enjoy with your choice of noodles or rice.

Price: From S$3.80 onwards for a minimum of 6 ingredients

Also recommended: Help yourself to the unique sweet sauce and chilli dip!

Where: Blk A, Kampung
Opened in 2017, this is our newest food court on the block! 

  1. Stall name: Anggen Ma La Cuisine Ma La Xiang Guo

Must-try: Ma La Xiang Guo
A tongue-numbing stir-fried dish of scrumptious goodness that’s originally from China. The concept is similar to yong tau foo, except the ingredients are priced by weight and stir-fried, not boiled in soup. You’ll also need to choose the level of spiciness you can stomach.

Price: No fixed amount as it depends on what you pick. But be warned, it can get pricey! If you’re on a budget, go easy on the meat and seafood and choose more vegetables.

Where: Blk B, Foodfest (Halal)
   An alternative for halal food in SIM! 

  1. Hainanese Chicken Rice Hainanese Chicken Rice

Must-try: Hainanese Chicken Rice
One of Singapore’s most famous local food! Whether you like your chicken steamed or roasted, you must enjoy this heavenly dish with its three accompanying dips: garlic chilli, ginger and dark soya sauces.

Price: S$2.80

Also recommended: Upgrade your dish to a more nutritional meal by adding vegetables (Kailan), braised egg and tofu!

These are my recommendations but don’t just take my words for it! Watch my friends have a go at some of the dishes above on the SIM YouTube Channel here.

I have to rush off to my next class now, catch you later!

Cheers,
Beatrice

Quick Guide on Applying to Study in Singapore

Phew, what an eventful week it has been! I finally have time to sit down and write the first post on this new blog of mine. Before I get ahead of myself, l am Beatrice. I figured I should start chronicling my days as an undergraduate in Singapore so I can look back fondly on my time here. Studying abroad comes with its own set of challenges and who knows, my experiences can help other international friends as well!

Anyway, I had to bring my cousin from India to the SIM Open House last week and boy did that bring back memories of my first open house event two years ago! Seeing her checking out the campus, finding out more about the courses and (most importantly) how to apply to study in Singapore reminded me just how lost I had felt then too. Since my cousin has decided to join me here, I decided to write this post to help her and anyone else who might find the process confusing. Once you sort out the steps, it’s actually really easy!

  1. Get a student pass

All international students must have a Singapore-issued student pass. You can apply for it online on the SIMConnect Applicant Portal or the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) e-Service portal. To apply, you’ll need to have SIM’s letter of offer to study plus these documents.

  1. Apply while you’re in your home country

You don’t have to come to Singapore to process your application. This is because if your application takes longer to approve, you’ll not be allowed to extend your stay. So to save on time and money, it’s best that you apply for your student pass before arriving in Singapore.

  1. Submit your application early

ICA says you should apply for your student pass two to three months before your course begins. The application fee is S$30 (non-refundable) and you can pay either with a credit/debit card, or internet bank transfer if you have a Singapore bank account. Processing takes about two to four weeks and you will be notified of the outcome on the ICA e-Service portal.

  1. Book your collection appointment

Once your application is approved, you’ll need to book an appointment to collect it personally in Singapore. And I have to emphasise this because I only remembered as I was leaving for the airport – pack and bring along all the original documents stated in your in-principle approval letter or the authorities will not issue your student pass. You’ll have to pay S$60 for the student pass and an additional S$30 for a visa if you need one to enter Singapore.

Hope this helps! If you have more questions, check out the SIM GE international students page.

Studying management in Singapore: top courses and how to apply

Management programmes have consistently been popular with students, because they are often believed to lead to more career options, and better career progression as well. If you too are considering to follow the management path, here are some of the top courses—from the certificate to the postgraduate level—that you may find particularly useful and worth investing in:

Management Foundation Studies (MFS)
Duration: 6 months
Designed as a bridging course for students who do not meet the entry requirements for diploma studies, the MFS will equip you with fundamentals in management and business practice. Through a combination of lab work, class activities, online learning and more, you will gain the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in studies at the diploma stage. With the MFS, you can continue to pursue a diploma in the area of accounting, banking and finance, international business, or management studies.

Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)
Duration: 15 months
A step up from the MFS, the DMS emphasises practical problem-solving, critical thinking skills and a people-centric approach that are all crucial in today’s fast-evolving environment. The course will acquaint you with two fields of management studies. The first covers the broad-based studies of communications, economics, statistics, mathematics, and law. The second covers the functional areas of accountancy and finance, marketing, people and human resource management, information systems, as well as operations management. Opportunities abound for DMS graduates in industries such as banking, marketing, and manufacturing.

Bachelor of Business (Management)
Duration: 3 years
Through this course from RMIT University, Australia—ranked 18th in the world among universities under 50 years old1-you will learn how to deal with complex issues, lead teams and make business decisions applicable across a variety of organisational structures. Graduates of the programme can apply for affiliate membership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders, an eminent professional body for managers and leaders worldwide. More importantly, graduates can look forward to diverse career opportunities in commercial, industrial, and not-for-profit organisations.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and Management
Duration: 3 years
This programme is ideal for those aspiring to be personal bankers, business development executives, entrepreneurs, or anyhow who wishes to carve out a career in general management. From UK’s University of London (UOL), one of the oldest universities in the world, the programme combines established core management units with contemporary business units. Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the different functional business areas, and in turn, develop excellent management analytical skills.

Master of Science Management: Strategy
Duration: 1 year
If you already have a bachelor’s degree in business, management or economics, this programme from the University of Birmingham (UOB) may just be what you are looking for to give your future a boost. Ranked 15th in the UK2, UOB has developed the course to give students an overview of the current issues and emerging trends in the practice of business and management. In addition, you will acquire advanced management concepts and transferable skills related to research and analysis, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. As strategic management and leadership are what drive companies forward, the course will help you become a key player in your company’s success. Exciting career prospects await graduates including consulting, public policy and research. Graduates will also find the course helpful when pursuing managerial positions in both public and private sectors, as well as in companies of all sizes.

Master of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Duration: 1 year
While a bachelor’s programme in the same field offers a broader understanding of supply chain management with an emphasis on general business, this master’s course focuses on using enterprise resource planning systems to improve the operational functions of a business. From the University of Warwick, one of the top 10 universities in the UK3, the course focuses on a number of engaging and imperative topics. Some of them include: innovation, programme and project strategy, and direction motivation. The course opens the door to fulfilling job positions such as head of purchasing, systems support manager, and warehouse operations manager.

It is interesting to note that while the MFS and DMS are awarded by the leading Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are each developed and accredited by the respective foreign universities. Thus, making the qualifications globally recognised. Furthermore, students need not travel too far to complete their degrees, as SIM GE has partnered these renowned universities to bring the courses to Singapore-a world-class city in the heart of Asia.

Thanks to the partnership, students can enjoy more affordable tuition fees. As an illustration, a degree from UOL will cost you about INR 50.55 lakh. However, if you were to pursue the same UOL degree with SIM GE, you will only have to pay about INR 14.35 lakh, which translates into a considerable saving of INR 36.20 lakh.

Getting to know college admissions in Singapore
Now that you have a better picture of the top management courses that are available to you, here are some handy information you need to know on admissions to management universities in Singapore, specifically SIM GE.

First of all, you need to ensure that you have met the academic and English language requirements for the programme you wish to apply for. You will also need the following supporting documents:
1. Original educational certificates and transcripts4
2. Foreign Identification Number (FIN) or passport
3. Passport-size photograph taken within the last three months
These documents must be mailed to SIM GE for verification. There are also a number of appointed agents in India that are able to help you with the application process.

The application outcome will be emailed to you typically within one month before the commencement of the programme. When you have received the offer, you will need to confirm it and accept the student contract online. Thereafter, you can start making preparations for your overseas study adventure!