From the left: Hyuk Jun Kwon-Cornell, Dayeon Kim-UC San Diego, Sohee Kim-Emory, Naeun Kim-Northwestern, Daeun Kim-UCLA, Hyeona Ko-UC San Diego, Christian Kim-West Point, Eui Tae Kim-Chinese U of Hong Kong, and sitting down is Dong Jun Oh-UC Santa Barbara.

From the left: Hyuk Jun Kwon-Cornell, Dayeon Kim-UC San Diego, Sohee Kim-Emory, Naeun Kim-Northwestern, Daeun Kim-UCLA, Hyeona Ko-UC San Diego, Christian Kim-West Point, Eui Tae Kim-Chinese U of Hong Kong, and sitting down is Dong Jun Oh-UC Santa Barbara.

Letter from Singapore while studying abroad:

Dear Peter 삼촌,

 

        Hello Mr.Peter. How are you? I am studying abroad at National University of Singapore for this semester. The school here started little early so it already has been a couple of weeks in Singapore.

        The country is beautiful, nice and well-structured. made an easy adjustment into the country only after few days. The school is on a resort-like campus. The picture is the pool where I spend most of my days, studying, reading and swimming. The high rise building is where I stay. the dorm room. There are 24-hours Starbucks, convenient store and a subway station right off the campus.

        In terms of academics, the system exactly follows the US college, a course consists of a lecture and a discussion session and is taught in English. I have both Singaporean and foreign professors and they all speak polished and perfect English.  The quality of the education here is just as good as Cornell and the students are competitive and hard working as well. 

        So I think, if there are any PCS 후배들 who are considering to study in a college in Asia, this is the place they must have in the option. I was debating between Hong Kong University and NUS but I really think I made a right decision of coming down here. I can't say things about HKU because I haven't been there but I think NUS is incomparable in terms of handling the exchange students. They have quite a number of exchange students from many different countries for many years so the administration people are experienced, know what they are doing and supportive. But I felt the opposite when I was talking to people at HKU on the phone. 

        I just wanted to share my experience with you and 후배들 because I believe NUS and Singapore is the ideal venue for study abroad or even for a regular full-time school. Also, there is a small part of the school named Yale-NUS college (it is actually located behind the pool in the picture). I didn't get to know much about the school yet but I heard its a liberal arts school just opened a couple years ago as a collaboration with Yale.  

Best,

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Hyuk Jun 'Dan' Kwon

Economics

College of Arts & Sciences
Cornell University

+1(607) 288 3008