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A Singaporean girl who enjoys travelling, reading books and doing some geeky stuff.

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  1. Olivia says:

    Hi! My name is Olivia. I am previously from Temasek JC. I have been reading your blog posts on NUS and HKUST. I am torn between the two, as I have been admitted to Biz in both and they are both equally good. Do you have any suggestion or advice that might be useful for me? How are the stress level in HK compared to SG? And how are the people there? Do they also study hard and play harder? Do they have many students-initiated events in HKUST just like in NUS? And what about the language barrier? I can only speak conversational mandarin with zero knowledge of Cantonese. Hahahaha. I really hope for your advice as I am running out of time to decide between the two.
    Thank you anyways ;))

    • Hi Olivia, thanks for dropping by my blog. 🙂 NUS and HKUST differ in many ways. I think it depends on what you want out of university education as well. Comparatively, I find HKUST classes easier and there were MCQs for a number of my exams – something that you don’t get very much in NUS. There were many small assignments in HKUST but I didn’t find them difficult, just need to do them! But I mostly did Science classes there so I can’t say too much about the Business classes. I think for a Singaporean, you probably won’t find it stressful over there but some locals do get quite stressed at times..Culturally, a big difference between SG and HK is that people in SG like to study together with peers and do assignments together. On the other hand, HK people don’t really have this peer learning culture so it is less supportive in that sense. They played harder I think, especially in the halls, there are many students-led activities. However, they tend to speak cantonese though. Even so, it is not impossible to pick up cantonese. And you probably just need to make a HK friend and they will teach you cantonese and accommodate you with English. They speak good English too! I hope my advice is useful!

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