[Travel] Should I Go for an Exchange Trip?

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“Should I go overseas for an exchange trip?”
“Is the Student Exchange Programme my only option?”
“What if I don’t want to stay overseas for an entire semester?”

There comes a point in every university student’s life when the question pops up: “Should I take part in an exchange programme?”

“It’s something that I couldn’t imagine going on my own… so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try [it out].”

That’s what Nur Eliza said when recounting her six-week trip to Mexico. The Year 4 Environmental Studies major had embarked on an International Summer Programme with Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Querétaro, Mexico.

Unbeknownst to many students, the one-semester long Student Exchange Programme (SEP) isn’t the only option that allows you to explore another country and culture.

The International Relations Office (IRO) also has a wide range of international summer programmes you can take part in—from research attachments to community projects. And the best part is, they’re shorter in span than your typical SEP, ranging from four weeks to three months.

Curious about what your peers did overseas last summer?

Grab a copy of THE RIDGE this month—we’ve featured some of their stories, from living as a nomad in Mongolia, to serving the community in Sri Lanka!

Better yet, you can get the chance to speak to them yourselves during the i-Speak Roadshow held at the Central Library on 29 October.

Not only will they be sharing their experiences, the IRO will also be manning a booth where you can pose your questions about the short-term international summer programmes too.

And who knows? Maybe next summer you’ll say the same thing Eliza did, before plunging into life’s biggest adventure yet.