Customized courses make Singapore a suitable overseas Education Destination
The University offers career services and students are notified about probable vacancies for internships. Students in Singapore can only work up to a maximum of 16 hours per week on their student visas For Patna boy, Tushar Patra, who moved to Delhi in the hope of better educational opportunities, two years at the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, helped him realise his natural inclination towards the subjects that involve business, law and management.
After completing a five-year integrated BBA LLB degree in 2016, Tushar worked for around three years as a legal analyst in Mumbai. In the interim, working with one of the law firms as an associate in the banking and finance practice prompted him to pursue a specialised master's course in the area of corporate and financial services.
"Singapore being Asia's financial hub attracted my immediate attention to pursue an advanced specialised course in the finance sector. Its proximity to India, customised courses, high global ranking and affordable fee structure further influenced my decision of narrowing down on the Southeast Asian country," says the 27-year old, who joined the Master of Laws (LLM) programme with a specialisation in Corporate and Financial Services at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in August 2019.
The advantage of pursuing specialised courses from outside India, says Tushar, is that the students get to understand the nuances of particular concepts from a comparative point of view. "I chose a 'concept heavy' course to refine my fundamental understanding of Law to be able to apply these concepts in practical scenarios," he adds. Singapore being a country of cultural integration with most of the residents from a foreign country makes it extremely easy for Indian students to embrace the Singaporean way of life. "The Tamil community has a huge role to play in shaping Singapore the way it is, hence Indian students can easily feel at home.
Besides, residents of the country are extremely hard working, organised and have an innate sense of punctuality," says Tushar, who graduated with a five-year integrated BBA LLB degree in 2016. He adds that since Singapore is an English speaking country with three official languages - English, Malay and Tamil - language has never been an issue for him, in or outside classrooms.
INTEGRATING WORK AND STUDIES
Internships do not form a part of the LLM course curriculum but students can receive internships on their own based on merit. Students can also choose to work simultaneously with their studies, intern during the semester break or upon completion of their respective courses. "The university offers student career services and students are notified about probable vacancies for internships. However, one needs to bear in mind that students in Singapore can only work up to a maximum of 16 hours per week on their student visas," adds Tushar.
Residing on campus gives a reasonable advantage to students in acclimatising to the university culture. "The presence of students of various nationalities makes the campus thoroughly multicultural. Getting to stay in the college residences is difficult, but extremely beneficial. I was fortunate to get a space for myself; hence, assimilating in the campus life became a cakewalk," says Tushar, who shares his college accommodation with two boys from China. NUS has two campuses in Singapore - Kent Ridge and Bukit Timah. "The Kent ridge campus is a mini town in itself, which caters to every need of the students and one might not feel the need to step out of the campus. Several in-campus activities enable the cultural integration of the students. On the other hand, the Bukit Timah campus draws its uniqueness from its proximity to the Botanic Garden, which allows one to enjoy the architectural marvel of Singapore while walking to the University," he adds.
BE READY WITH PLAN-B
Singapore offers various career options to expats and students. However, one needs to scout patiently for the best suitable opportunity. "LLM aspirants need to carefully analyse their need for pursuing the course as it may not assure better job prospects in a foreign country like an MBA. Law graduates need to be pragmatic in their approach while hunting jobs abroad and must simultaneously look at options back home," adds Tushar, who hopes to find employment in Singapore but would look for opportunities in India as his fall back option.